Top Stories – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 18:31:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Pagosa Springs’ first identified COVID-19 case shares her experience http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-first-identified-covid-19-case-shares-her-experience-2/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:19:56 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200433 Editor’s note: The SUN is honoring the wishes of the author of this story to remain anonymous. 

I live in Pagosa Springs and tested positive for COVID-19. It’s my hope the information here will help you understand a little more about how this nasty virus arrived in our beautiful mountain town. I’m the first and I’m certain I won’t be the last.

It all started when I took a business trip out of the country. On Monday, March 9, I noticed a slight cough, but didn’t think much about it. My destination was wet and cold and I’d been running from dawn to midnight since we arrived.

On Wednesday, March 11, I flew back to Durango where my husband picked me up at the airport. We had agreed before I left that I would go into isolation and no kissing for two weeks. Thank goodness we made this agreement.

On Thursday morning, I started to get worried as the coughing became worse, I ached all over and my head was pounding like I had a migraine. So I called my doctor and spoke to his nurse. She advised me if I didn’t have shortness of breath, it wasn’t COVID-19. And at that time, I was breathing fine.

Friday, I ran a noticeable fever and went to bed. Saturday, I stayed in bed sleeping and taking Advil. Sunday, I realized when I walked across the room, I was starting to sound like a six-pack-a-day smoker as I gasped for air.

Monday, I don’t remember much as I felt so bad and switched to Tylenol. But early Tuesday morning, I woke up about 2 in the morning shivering. My temperature was 102.9 degrees, and I was gasping to breathe. Unable to sleep, I went into our living room and spent the rest of the night with two big blankets covering me and the heating pad at my back.

During the night, I started to get worried as I struggled to breathe. Early that morning, I made the decision we were going to the ER. In my 63 years on this earth, I’ve never been to the emergency room. Knowing it was probably COVID-19, and I was highly contagious, I called the ER in advance.

At first, I think the staff was skeptical, as they should be. When we arrived, the nurse came out to the parking lot all gowned up with a mask on. She took my vitals and, by this time, my fever had broken. They did a regular flu test to rule out influenza. Then, the ER doctor came out and listened to my lungs and said, “I think you have COVID.”

By this time, I suspected as much. The hospital had limited test kits at the time, but they decided to use one on me. They asked me to self-isolate, which I agreed to. We went straight home from the ER and I returned to bed, running a fever once again.

That day, we noticed my symptoms seemed to worsen after taking ibuprofen and I switched to aspirin. Two days later, my fever broke. 

During the next week, our neighbors and friends brought us food and left it on the deck. No one was allowed into our home while we waited for the results. My husband self-quarantined with me and it was an anxious time as we watched the news of the growing pandemic.

Nine days later, the call came from the hospital ER doctor. “You have COVID-19.” No, I wasn’t shocked. The ER doctor had warned me and my own intuition kept telling me this was not bronchitis or the regular flu.

The staff at Pagosa Springs Medical Center was excellent, they were professional and sympathetic. But if you really want to stop the spread, we need the results right away. That’s not the hospital’s fault, but the testing facilities’, which are overrun.

Thank goodness I did not leave my house since the trip to the ER on March 17. I’m now under quarantine for another 10 days and I’ve not had a fever in almost two weeks.

Slowly, I’m starting to feel better. Not great, as I tire easily and still have a tendency to run out of air. My chest hurts less, but occasionally, it will tell me it’s time to sit down. The cough is still there, but not as bad. It’s going to take time to heal.

While I was out of the country, I took every precaution. I wore leather gloves, used almost a full bottle of hand sanitizer, tried not to touch anything, but somehow the virus still found me.

At this time, I feel very fortunate that I’m a healthy, stubborn 63-year-old who had no underlying health problems and believe that’s the reason I survived. That and lots of rest. Slowly, I’m trying to build my strength back, but I’m going to stay home until the end of April. My immune system needs time to rebuild to protect me and the virus is still out there.

Thank God, my husband shows no signs of it, and he’s in isolation with me. For the safety of everyone, including our health professionals, please stay home. Take this virus serious and use every precaution to avoid it. Most of all, at this time, do not travel. My travel destination was beautiful and I want to return, but not until this is over. Stay home. Stay safe.

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Business announcements: Curbside orders, delivery, closures, special hours, online ordering, updated Monday, March 30, 12:30 p.m. http://www.pagosasun.com/business-announcements-curbside-orders-delivery-closures-special-hours-online-ordering-updated-monday-march-30-925-a-m/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 15:28:01 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200428 During this time of precautions and unprecedented changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, area business are making working to better serve you. Please email any changes in hours, business practices or special assistance you are offering, such as curbside pickup, to shari@pagosasun.com. We will post those on our Facebook page and PagosaSUN.com at no cost to you. The following are announcements from local businesses:

Restaurants

• Mountain Pizza — Easy online ordering on our website www.mountainpizzataproom.com. If you would like curbside pickup when you arrive to pick up your online order, call us at (970) 264-7992.

• Riff Raff Brewing — Both locations for Riff Raff Brewing are open for take-out and beer to go from 12pm – 9pm. Delivery service will start on Wednesday, March 18th with certain restrictions. We are offering a 10% discount on all to go orders and $10 off our stainless growler for beer to go. Visit www.riffraffbrewing.com for menu and contact information.

• Pagosa Brewing Company and Grill — Dear Guests & Patrons, * Full menu for Carryout (food & beer – including our new pairing: Paddy’s Lager & Grilled Reuben Sandwiches!) * NEW – Online Ordering. https://pagosabrewing.com/eat/ * NEW – Curbside Pickup * NEW – Delivery Service! * Hours: 11a.m.-7p.m. Keep Calm & Carry On!

• Alley House Grille — 970-264-0999. Menu is available at AlleyHouseGrille.com. We are offering our menu for pick-up Tuesday – Sunday from 4pm – 8pm. We are trying to offer our complete menu but fresh fish and seafood are becoming difficult keep in stock. Our desserts are all in-house made and available for take out. We can offer wine by the glass or the bottle and beer and cocktails. Our Gift Certificates are available at a discounted price and can be used anytime for the next year. We are offering $150 Gift Certificates for $130.00, $100 Gift Certificates for $80 and $50 Gift Certificates for $40. Call us at 970-264-0999 or email to Contact@alleyhousegrille.com. We will be closed the last half of April to complete our kitchen remodel and the new Lounge.

• The Lost Cajun in Pagosa Springs We will be open Tuesday thru Saturday 12-7 pm for to go only. Closed Sunday and Monday. Offering pick up orders and curbside services for people who do not want to come in. Please specify whether you will be picking up curbside or if you will be coming in to pick up your order. Please be sure to give a name with all orders for to go and specify if you need extra sauces or utensils. Thank you for supporting us through this tough time.

• The Buck Stop Market & Eatery is open for all our fresh retail meat and seafood in the market. AND our Full menu for take out and curbside delivery. Hours are Mon-Sat 11am – 7pm.

• Boss Hogg’s Restaurant – Open for takeout 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Limited menu, also selling whole USDA choice ribeye. Call 946-0293 for information.

• Pagosa Baking Company — New Limited Hours. Takeout and Delivery. Tuesdays and Fridays 9 am to 1 pm. We will be open for PRE ORDER ONLY, pick up or delivery, on Tuesdays and Fridays 9 am to 1 pm. Text us at 970-444-5599 to place your order. Include your name, phone number to call you back on, number of each item, day and time of pick up or delivery. We’ll call you to confirm and accept payment. We’ll be adding bread to the order menu soon. And, you can get coffee & espresso drinks, and a few of our usual sweets, when you come by to pick up. Please know this is a temporary system while we are adding ordering functionality to our website. Our best to you and your families, Kathy & Kirsten

• The Juice Goddess — We have received more information about the coming nation-wide events related to the COVID-19 virus and feel like it’s best for us to close so that we can help in the flattening of this curve.

• Papa Murphy’s Pizza is still open normal business hours.

• Rosie’s Pizzeria — Rosie’s open from 11am -9pm for takeout and we DELIVER every night from 4-8 PM. 4 mile radius. $35 minimum order with a $5 delivery fee. Beer and Wine are now available with carryout orders and delivery. Closed on Tuesday. Menu available @ www.Rosiesps.com. Call 970-731-0420.

• PS Chocolates — We are closed.

• Kip’s — We will be doing take out from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. through March 22nd.  We will be closing for our spring cleaning and maintenance from March 23rd through April 2nd.  We will reopen April 3rd at 11am again for to go orders until they allow full service dining again.

• Smoken Moe’s —  Temporary hours will be 11-6, Wed-Sat, Take-out and curbside. Please support our local businesses during this time.

• McDonald’s restaurant located in Pagosa Springs is offering a FREE combo meal to first responders and hospital employees with an official I.D. in the Drive-Thru from now until March 31, 2020: Due to the heightened concern regarding the spread of COVID-19, Brett Bronson – local owner/operator of these McDonald’s locations – would like to honor and give a special ‘thank you’ to all the men and women who put their own lives on the line every day and are serving those affected by this global pandemic. Requirements for redemption of this offer: One per customer, must be present with I.D. to redeem.

• Sage is open Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-3:00 or until sold out. We are open for takeout only. Call 970-264-3227 to place your order. If we don’t answer, we are busy helping customers at the window. Try calling again or come by and place your order at the window under the tent. Thank you for supporting small businesses and keeping them going during this tough time.

• Cafe Colorado —9 to 12, breakfast and lunch, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Check facebook for daily specials.

• Mee Hmong Cuisine is doing take out and curbside delivery. Order online at meepagosa.com or call 970-264-5200. Full Menu.

• The Junction Restaurant is open for take out orders, you can call your order in at 264-5729 or come in and place your order and browse in our gift shop while you wait. The Restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the gift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thank you for your support.

• Colorado Roadhouse: 970-507-4800. We will be offering our full service menu for curb side, pick-up, take out, and drive thru. We will be open starting at 11 a.m. and closing at 7ish. Please continue to check our website for our daily specials. Thank you for you continued support.

• The Lift Coffee House will be open regular business hours (Monday-Thursday 6:30am-2pm & Friday-Sunday 6:30am-5pm). We will offer walk-up and pick up service only. Please check our Facebook page for updates.  Thank you for your understanding and support. Feel free to call in your order at (970) 264-0653. Sincerely, The Lift.

• Los dos Charros Mexican Restaurant — We will be doing take out orders, curbside pick up uppon request and deliveries from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. A $4 fee will be added to the delivery, and a minimum order of $20 please.

• Boulder Coffee Cafe — We are still open everyday 6:30-3:00 in the drive thru window only.  Dining area is closed.  We do offer “call in to pick up.”  We will be serving pastries, burritos, breakfast sandwiches, quiche and bagels for breakfast options and lunch sandwiches, signature soups, quesadillas and salads … as well as all our yummy hot and cold drinks.

• Malt Shoppe is offering curbside service to our customers from 11 AM to 7 PM. Located in the River Center.

• The Break Room Brewing Company is currently open from 12pm – 10:30pm offering our full menu for take-out and delivery orders (up until 9pm), including liquor, alcohol, and wine. A full menu can be found on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Westernslopebreakroom/. Call (970) 731-0566 to place your order!

• Higher Grounds — We are still open for take out coffee, food and pastries also offering curbside delivery. (970) 731-3666.

• Subway Pagosa’s stores want to let our customers know we are here for them as always….as long as we are allowed to be! Subway locations will be open with regular hours of operation, for now, pending unforeseen changes.  We will continue to serve you as you walk in our stores for pick up, call in, or online order for pick up only, no in restaurant sit downs for now. With two locations to serve you, feel free to call the downtown location 970-264-5131 on the corner of Lewis and 160 or the uptown location in front of City Market right behind Papa Murphys Pizza 970-731-7827. In addition order online through our robust Subway app. Go to the app store on your phone and download the Subway app and take advantage of deals and rewards exclusive to online ordering! We look forward to serving you with a smile and continue to pray this will be a temporary adjustment for us all!

• Shang Hai Restaurant — For the safety of our staff and the public we will be taking to go orders only. We will be open regular hours with the exception of our annual 2 week Spring Break. We will be closed from March 21st through April 6th. We will reopen on Tues, April 7th for to go orders only. To place orders please call 970-731-1688 during regular business hours. We will reopen the dining area when we get the ok from our state governor. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please stay safe and healthy everyone. I’m going to do my best to keep all my employees on their regular hours. Thank you everyone for your support.

• 2 Chicks and a Hippie —We have adjusted our hours to 7:00-1:00 and are only making and taking orders for that day within those hours. We will continue to serve until asked to completely close our doors by San Juan Basin Health. We will deliver meals every hour on the hour and curbside pick up. We have a credit card machine that we can take outside or we can take cards over the phone. We will be offering family style menu and single serve menus. We will include breakfast, lunch and dinner items.

– Family style breakfast include eggs, meat of choice, bread of choice, and potatoes. (Bring your own coffee container and we will fill it up!), – Burritos in bulk with sides of chili., – Regular Menu
Lunch and dinner will include family style (feeds 4):, – Chicken Alfredo. Roast beef and potatoes., – Assorted pork, beef and chicken tacos family style.
Lunch menu items:, – Chicken bacon ranch salad., – Salmon, pork or beef tacos, – Lamb gyros, – Hippie club sandwiches, – Chicken salad wraps
We are also serving donuts daily during this time. Please call in your cinnamon rolls, sticky buns and donut orders the day before if possible.
We can also bring breakfast lunch and dinner to you all at one time if you need food for the whole day. Please call (970) 731-6020 or Facebook Messenger (after 2:00).

• Ramon’s will be open for pickup/takeout, Mon.-Sun., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., 731-3012.

• Sushi Fusion is offering curbside to go orders and delivery services to the local community. Deliveries within 10 miles. Menu can be found on Sushi Fusion FB and Sushi Fusion Google pics. We are keeping the delivery fees to $5 per order plus driver gratuity. Minimum of $25 per order. Our phone number is (970) 507-3222 and if that’s busy they can text their order and a call back number to (316) 461-9613.

• Thai Pagosa — We’re open for takeout: Monday – Saturday, 11:30pm – 2:00pm and 4:30pm – 8:00pm. Call (970) 507-8564.

• Talisman Pizza is Open it’s regular hours for carryout and delivery or curbside pickup upon request. Regular hours are 4pm to 3am 7 days a week during this event. 970-422-5544.

• Meltdown on Main/ Specialty Grilled Cheese Truck. Closed until May.

Retail

• Terry’s Ace Hardware and Home Supply is committed to providing for the needs of individuals and businesses in the Pagosa community. We highly encourage our customers to take advantage of online shopping, with in-store pickup option available through AceHardware.com. All in-store pick-up purchases will be delivered to you curbside! Simply select Terry’s Ace as your preferred store before shopping. Select your products, pay online, and pick up at our store in the designated west side parking. Please call us at 970-731-4022 when you have arrived for pick-up. Normal operating hours at this time. Your friends at Terry’s, Pagosa’s Homeplace.

• Smoke Rings Dispensary — We are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. We are a family-owned and operated business. We value family and consider our customers family. We want to protect ourselves as well as you. We will reopen as soon as possible. Please watch the newspaper, facebook and our website for updates.

• At Homespun Comforts, we believe everything we do helps people live happier and healthier lives.  We accomplish this by keeping hot tubs and spas safe and sanitary.  Using your hot tub should not be stressful, quite the opposite.  Spa’s promote healthy cardiovascular systems, a more peaceful and restful sleep, lowering blood pressure and lessens anxiety – all things we need most now. Procedures at Homespun have always stressed cleanliness but more so even now.  We have altered our staff’s schedules to minimize social interaction at the store and we have implemented more aggressive cleaning procedures.  In the field our team is equipped with several layers of disinfecting tools and procedures and have been reeducated in our and the CDC expectations for Hot tub service and maintenance. Our retail store remains open at this time and to better serve our community members with underlying health conditions, Homespun will provide limited delivery service or curbside pick-up for spa chemicals and hot tub incidentals to assist you in maintaining a healthy spa, during this COVID-19 outbreak. If you have any concerns regarding water quality and proper sanitation, please reach out to us and a CPO Certified staff member will be more than happy to guide you. (970) 946-4673 homespuncomforts@live.com

• Pagosa Therapeutics: OPEN 8AM to 7PM! However, to comply with NEW MED and State Regulations in response to COVID-19, we are only offering curbside pickup. How to order: Order ahead through our website FREE Leafly pickup page. FROM YOUR CAR: Call (970)731-4420 or (970)731-4204 to place an order/request in-person assistance. We appreciate your support and understanding through these difficult times. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call.

• Green House: OPEN 8AM to 9PM! However, to comply with NEW MED and State Regulations in response to COVID-19, we are only offering curbside pickup. How to order: FROM YOUR CAR: Call (970)264-4420 or (970)264-3420 to place an order/request in-person assistance. We appreciate your support and understanding through these difficult times. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call.

• Humane Society Thrift Store — Our thrift store will continue to stay closed until further notice and our shelter is operating with limited public access, but our job at the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs has not stopped. The animals in our current and future care depend on our ability to provide shelter, food, medical care, and companionship every day.

• Walmart temporarily changed its hours and will be open 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. until further notice. Tuesday morning, 6-7 a.m. Walmart will be open for seniors only shopping, pharmacy will be open.

• Lantern Dancer – We’re here for you. Even though our brick and mortar store is closed, we are still here for you! You may arrange to pick up items, repairs or drop off repairs by calling our store manager, Leanne Goebel, at 970-903-5272. We are also offering personal shopping services for you. Tell us what you want and we will show you what we have. Email us at: dancer@lanterndancer.com. Best of all. Order gift certificates online and save 10%! Use them when you visit us this Summer or Fall!

• Happy Trails Ladies Boutique — Following current CDC & Colorado State Guidelines, Happy Trails Ladies Boutique will be closed to the public effective today March 24th. We have new Spring & Summer fashions, jewelry, purses & Gift Certificates for purchase over the phone. We are happy to ship & be your personal shopper via telephone, call us @(970-264-4260), Mon-Sat 10-5. Maria & Lynn look forward to hearing from you! We will be providing weekly updates.

• Goodman’s Department Store — We want to let all our loyal customers know that we are here for you during this time, however, with Governor Polis recommending a stay at home advisory, we want to do our part to abide by those guidelines. That being said, to continue supporting you, as well as our staff, we are still safely working behind the scenes to find improved and creative ways to safely support our community. Call us and let us be your personal shoppers! We have lots of fun gift ideas and DIY products to keep you busy! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to hear about special sales and promotions available to shoppers who are purchasing gift cards, utilizing curbside pick up, or shipping their purchases. If you need something or have questions, know we are still here, so please call. As much as we love to see your faces, during this time, we just want you all safe, so we’re doing our best to be here for you, from afar.

• Pagosa Mountain Sports will be staying open for service, online orders, phone orders, curbside pickup, and local delivery for bike sales and service. Service is currently by appointment only. Please call or text (970-507-7886) or email info@pagosamountainsports.com to set up an appointment. We are open 10am-6pm Mon- Fri. Sat 10am-5pm. Closed on Sundays. Thanks for understanding in these rapidly changing times. We will keep everyone updated as quickly as we can. Pagosa Mountain Sports appreciates everyone’s continued business and patience during these trying times. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE TO STAY HEALTHY AND GO FIND YOUR ADVENTURE.

• Pagosa Glass will continue to operate during this period, as we are a key provider in the construction and auto glass industry. We will continue to work closely with our vendors to ensure that we are able to provide all necessities to our customers that depend on us. Window orders, glass orders, shower doors, and auto glass will be our main priority right now. As we maneuver through these changes and abide by changing rules, we will be cutting back on both in-shop personnel and hours. We will be in the office from 10am – 2pm Monday – Thursday. We are also more than happy to set up a meeting time with you if those hours don’t work for you. You can reach us any time on our regular business line at (970) 731-5535 or send an e-mail to pagosaglass@gmail.com. We appreciate your understanding and continued business. Take care, stay healthy, and be kind.

• At The Choke Cherry Tree we will be making these changes: Connecting family and community through food and culture means we are still open daily but adjusting our hours to 10-4 along with implementing social distancing techniques.  We welcome healthy in-store shoppers and ask that you be patient with us while we wipe down common surfaces in between guests and use hand sanitizer that is available before sampling with employee assistance.  Everyone can take advantage of online ordering with option to ship or pick up,  call in orders with pick up, curb side pick up or delivery arrangements are also welcome.  Also in development is in-home Chocolate Experience kits with virtual instruction to make your home time quality time!  Contact us if you are interested or have any questions. 56 Talisman Dr. 8C, (970) 731-4951, www.thechokecherrytree.com.

• Bookends temporary hours — Monday-Tuesday 11am-1pm; Wednesday-Saturday 11am-3pm; Closed Sunday. Contact us on Facebook, email info@shopbookends.com or call (970) 251-1293 to arrange curbside pickup, special orders or any other Bookends questions you have for us. Thank you all for being so kind during this difficult time. Your friends at Bookends, Scott & Mel

• Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus. In keeping with the Company’s mission of Serving Others, Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.

• The Methodist Thrift Store is closed.

• Pine Valley Rental & Sales, INC. We are opened for business Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM with walk-up window service. We are trying to stay opened as long as we can, we will open Saturdays if its high on demand. We are still renting out all equipment, and new equipment is still coming in. Customer pick up only no deliveries effective immediately. We have the tools/equipment you need to better prepare your home. For sterilizing we have a steam cleaner for tiles, kitchen and bathroom areas. Remember to wash your hands!

• Queen Bee — Our retail space is closed until April.  Thank you, Pagosa, for ordering online www.QueenBeeSkin.com. We are still filling orders every day.  Gift cards can be purchased online for either products or services and we appreciate your support! Queenie and team

• Stars CBD and Wellness Shop 150 Pagosa Street Downtown (970) 507-8714 Considering the COVID-19 situation, and in an effort to help minimize the impact on our community. Stars CBD and Wellness Shop has “contact free” online ordering / curbside pickup. Shop at www.starscbdshop.com Once items are added in cart, under fulfillment method click “Pick up in store”. Your order will be place in a secure location outside our store. Orders over $100 qualify for free shipping. Apply code starship at checkout. Store Pick Up and Walk-In Hours until further notice: Monday – Saturday: 10am-5pm. Sunday: 11am-4pm. Please contact us for phone consultations or for any information Phone: (970) 507-8714 Email: star@starscbdshop.com

• Colorado Christmas Shoppe — I will be closed until May 1, 2020. Thank You, Bonnie

• Antiques on Main will be closed until further notice.  Thanks for your support.

Meals and food pantries

• Loaves and Fishes will continue to offer meals to the community on Thursdays as takeout only. There will be no sit down service as the hall will be closed. Guests should come to the front doors of the Parish Hall on Lewis Street between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. where they can pick up meals to go. This practice will continue until further notice.

• Temporary change in meal programs and activities at Senior Center. –  In order to continue providing meals, we will continue to offer hot meals and a salad with a drive-up option under the portico at the Ross Aragon Community Center. These meals will be available Monday thru Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a $4 suggested donation for those age 60 and above. The cost per meal for anyone age 59 and under is $10. The meals include a salad, hot meal, drink and dessert or bread (Our daily menu is posted on our website at psseniors.org.) Please call 264-2167 to make a reservation for pickup. We will also continue our Meals on Wheels program. There will be no games, classes, or presentations during this time. The staff will be working in the building and available by phone. If you need to speak to a staff member, please call 264-2167.

• The Community United Methodist Church food pantry will remain open.

• Knights of Columbus Fish Fry – Events cancelled until further notice.

Services

• The Pagosa Springs SUN — For the health and safety of our employees: Our office is closed to the public at this time. If you need assistance, please call 264-2100.

The door will be unlocked when we are here. If you need assistance with the newspaper vending machine or to make a payment, please knock if you have not been sick or have any symptoms.

We will be answering phones Monday – Tuesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., • Wednesday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday, 8 a.m. – noon. Closed for lunch noon-1 p.m.Closed Friday.

Classified ads – deadline 10 a.m. Tuesday for regular categories, 3 p.m. Tuesday for Too Late To Classify. To place your ad, please call 264-2100, or email classads@pagosasun.com. We will take credit cards over the phone as payment for your ad.

Display ads: Deadline noon Monday. Email shari@pagosasun.com or call 264-2100, ext. 29.

Legal notices: Deadline 4 p.m. Friday. Email your legal notice to legal@pagosasun.com.

Subscriptions – Call 264-2100 or go online to PagosaSUN.com.

Letters to the editor – deadline noon Tuesday. Please email to editor@pagosasun.com. Include your residential address and phone number.

Obituaries – Deadline noon Tuesday. Please email to editor@pagosasun.com. If you need extra time, please call 264-2100 to see if we can accommodate your request.

Press releases, articles should be submitted by noon on Monday to editor@pagosasun.com.
Due to the volume of email we receive, you may not receive an acknowledgment of receipt of your email.

• Pagosa Urgent Care is continuing to provide tele-health care, and in-person care for patients that need it. Procedures and wound care are available for urgent problems that cannot wait. Drive-up COVID-19 testing is being offered for all symptomatic patients. Text or Call: 970-372-0456.

• Piedra Automotive is fully staffed and open for business! We are taking all CDC recommended measures to keep employees and customers healthy and safe. During this time we are partnering with Synchrony Bank and offering zero percent financing on any repair over $199.00 for 6 months with approval of credit. Give us a call at 970-731-3335 with questions or to schedule an appointment today!

• San Juan Veterinary Hospital — Now that that the governor of Colorado has issued a stay at home order, we wanted to assure you that we are still OPEN for business. Veterinary Hospitals are considered a critical business to the public and will remain OPEN. During this time we ask that you follow the instructions below to ensure the safety of our staff and yourselves.
1. Please stay in your vehicle when you arrive at the hospital.
2. For appointments, medication and pet food pick ups, call our office at 970-264-2629 and let the front office know you have arrived. Make sure your pet is on a leash or in a carrier (we can provide one if needed).
3. A technician will retrieve your pet from you when we are ready. When the exam and treatment is completed the technician will bring your pet back out to you.
4. If anyone in your home is not feeling well, please advise us beforehand, so that our staff can be better prepared when they take your pet from your car.
5. After the tech takes your pet, please stay in cell phone range as the doctor will call you to obtain information, to discuss diagnosis and treatment. You will then be transferred to the receptionist for payment and further appointment scheduling if needed. We know this is a stressful time for all people and pets, please know we are working hard to provide you and your pets with the best care.
– The Staff at San Juan Veterinary Hospital

• Elk Park Animal Hospital – Veterinary hospitals are considered a critical business to the public and will remain OPEN. We would like to report to our clients that we are OPEN for business. We are taking precautions to stagger appointments and keep minimal people in the building at one time. As always, we are cleaning and sterilizing often. Our hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday with boarding options through the week and weekend available. Dr. Thompson is ALWAYS available for emergencies. He is also happy to travel to your house or farm if you would prefer to be seen in the comfort of your home. We also can ship any supplies or medication that you may need right to your doorstep. Elk Park will continue to serve your four legged companions as well as take your health and safety into consideration. -Thank you from the staff at Elk Park Animal Hospital

• Brown’s Sales and Service — We do home appliance repair We at this time have not changed our hours and are available for our customer’s appliance needs. We and the manufacturers have set in place precautions to help keep our customers and technicians safe during this time. Please feel free to contact us for service or any questions you may have. Thank you. 970-731-0715, brownsapplianceservice.com.

• Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy would like to let the community know that we are currently open and treating patients as usual.  We would like to assure you that we are following current CDC guidelines for cleanliness.  For more information please check the COVID-19 link on our webpage www.rockymountainpt.com and/or follow us on Facebook at Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy & Sports Injury Center, Inc.

• Aspire Medical Services and Education — We are open Monday – Wednesday from 11:00am – 5:00pm but please call first 264-5963 to schedule an appointment. We are seeing clients for prenatal care, pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI/STD testing and treatment. We also have diapers, prenatal vitamins (for pregnant women only) and formula for families in our community as well as our existing clients. Please call and we will meet you in the parking lot with supplies. We can also text/email our parenting and prenatal classes so clients can still earn boutique bucks from the safety of their homes. If you have an emergency need for formula or diapers outside of our normal business hours, please text 970-422-0239.

• Dr. Leo’s Chiropractic — is CLOSED until further notice due to the COVID-19 mandatory shut down. We will continue to look for updates on when we can open up again and will let the community know as soon as we know. We greatly apologize for the inconvenience and we hope everyone stays healthy and safe during this time.

• Atlas PT — We’re still open during our regular business hours at this time. We are accepting new patients if you have no known Covid-19 exposure. Call us for an appointment at 970-731-3755. No walk- ins please.

• Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District — Based on guidance from our local health department and the Centers for Disease Control for combating the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have temporarily closed the District’s customer service lobby to the public. PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT YOUR NORMAL WATER AND WASTEWATER SERVICE WILL
CONTINUE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. We are still available by phone (970)731-2691 Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

• Bob’s LP Gas Inc – Is open for business. Monday -Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. We are still filling propane bottles at our bottle plant located at 1040 E Hwy 160 in Pagosa Springs, we continue to service our customers’ needs at this time. To protect our staff and customers we are disinfecting surfaces and common areas. For your convenience and comfort, you have the option to mail or phone in your payment. Thank you. Bob’s LP Gas Inc. 970-264-5823.

• Let ‘Er Rip Alterations in accordance with the State order of 3/25/20 will no longer be open to the public. Police, Sheriff, Fire departments- if you should require our services please call 970-799-0833. We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers.

• American Family Insurance — UPDATED HOURS. The Thomas Agency is open Monday thru Friday from 0830-1200. If you have an urgent request after hours contact: Customer Service: 1(800) 347 0008. AmFam Claims: 1(800)374 1111. We have a drop box on the North side of the building for payments. We can do most business via phone and email! Lthomas@amfam.com, SOBRIANT@amfam.com, lthomas@amfam.com. 970-731-3777. Thank you and stay safe. Lisa Thomas

• Ruby Sisson Memorial Library —Gov. Jared Polis’ mandatory stay-at-home order for all residents of Colorado because of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, applies to your library, of course. That means some disruptions to our services to you and your families — but several resources still are available from the comfort of your home. Let’s start with three don’ts: 1. No drop-offs, please. We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library chute or to the uptown dropbox, to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fines. 2. Our front door/curbside pickup service has been suspended, so you will have to wait until the library reopens to pick up new books, DVDs, CDs and other materials. 3. Please do not make donations of books or other materials until your library is able to reopen. Here are the resources that still are available to you via our website at www.pagosalibrary.org: 1. You can view your account and place holds — but because of the suspension of courier service between Colorado libraries, you are able to place holds only on our library’s items at this time. All the new books and CDs in this column qualify, as they are in our collection. When the library reopens, our staff will pull the holds you placed while we were closed. 2. Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card. To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet. IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries. By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks. To see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.” 3. As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please. 4. Staff is working from home, so if you have a question you can email ruby@pagosalibrary.org or call us at 264-2209 and leave a message. We are returning messages Monday through Friday to assist patrons. This situation is quickly evolving. You can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page. In the meantime, stay safe by following all the health advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their website at www.cdc.gov and San Juan Basin Public Health at www.sjboublichealth.org. “Traditionally libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency,” said Meg Wempe, library director. “But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority. “We only hope the resources outlined above will be of use to you and your family until we can open our doors again. “Take care and stay safe.”

• Alpine Medical & Specialty Practices — With the recent State of Emergency declaration to combat COVID-19’s spread in Colorado, we remain dedicated to the health, safety and care of our patients and the community.  At Alpine Medical & Specialty Practices we recognize the actions taken by the State are an important step to protect Coloradan’s and our community. We remain committed to providing quality health care, while minimizing the risk of others, through telehealth medical visits. We encourage our patients to contact us (970-507-3030) with any questions or concerns. Your health and safety remain our priority.

What you should know: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is leading the State’s multi-agency crisis response. We encourage you and all of your family members to stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information through CDPHE’s website: colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus and the Center for Disease Control . Coloradans should stay informed and take simple preventive actions.

Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.

Clean surfaces in your home and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.

Be calm and prepared.

• Seeds of Learning will be closed until April 20th. Stay healthy and Wash Your Hands!!

• The UPS Store is open normal business hours, M-F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. All normal services are available to the general public.  As a USPS and UPS shipping site, we have been deemed an “Essential Service”. We do not expect any mandatory closures to affect us at this time.  To help protect our customers and staff, we have removed some frequently-handled retail items from our counters. We will continue cleaning surfaces and common areas with disinfectant multiple times per day.  For our mailbox customers, we ask that if you are feeling any common COVID-19 symptoms, remain home and call our store at (970) 731-8771 to discuss how we can assist you.

• Extension office in Archuleta County. CSU is mandating that all face to face programing be cancelled until May 17th. We will be scheduling appointments by phone if necessary, but no face to face interactions will take place. Thanks for you patience and understanding during this trying time.

• At Your Disposal will not be suspending operations due to the coronavirus at this time. We will be servicing our valued customers as scheduled. We do ask for the safety of our employees that your trash is contained and bagged including pet waste.

• Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County’s physical office will be closed to the public through March 27, but our staff will be operating remotely.  Application packets for repair projects and 2021 new home partner families are available outside our office door at 703 San Juan St., #201.  Please email Director@HabitatArchuleta.org with any questions or leave a phone message at (970) 640-2517 and we will get back with you as soon as possible.  Thank you, stay safe and share your compassion.

• CT’s Automotive, Inc. — Effective March 17, 2020 — Dear Customers, or, as we like to think of you, CT’s Automotive  Family, This notice is to inform you that we are remaining OPEN and available at this time, while  taking extra precautions to do our part in preventing the spread of this, and any viruses, bacteria and/or disease. Our normal office hours will remain Monday through Friday 8AM- 5:30PM (we use Saturdays for runnover, as needed). 
We are doing our best to eliminate one on one contact between staff and customers to a minimal and only as needed basis.  
We encourage you to help the community by doing your part in keeping sanitary as best as possible. If you need car repairs done, and feel you may be ill or don’t wish to come out in public, please call the office (970) 264-1630 or text (970) 799-3995 (during our normal office areas will be the best response time. Messages received outside of office times may not be answered until next office hours), and we will make arrangements to either come pick your vehicle up (with return services available, also) or have you drop it off without coming into the office and just placing keys into the key drop at the office door. 
As always, payments can be accepted by phone or by placing cash or check in envelop and deposited through the key drop in office door.

• Pagosa Source Real Estate Advisors’ priority is to protect the health and safety of our team, our clients, customers and the public, while continuing to provide real estate services within the boundaries of safety, good sense and caution.
In compliance with the Governor Polis’s latest directive, will be working remotely rather than from our office at 286 Pagosa Street for the present and immediate future. We are able and willing to discuss your real estate matters by telephone, email or text. We have coordinated with our local title companies to accommodate a revised format for all closings and recordings. Property showings will be suspended for the time being except for unoccupied residences and vacant land in the interest of extra caution and following the recommendations of the CDC, state and local health authorities. We have video, drone and professional photography to help showcase our listings.
Pagosa Source Real Estate Advisors remains committed to providing exceptional real estate brokerage and advisory services with support, knowledge and care to our most valued clients and customers. We will stand by our clients and customers through this most challenging time. Please stay healthy and safe. We look forward to getting to this other side of this present crisis. Mike Heraty, Managing Broker-Owner Cell: 970 946-6030, Email: MikeHeraty@frontier.net; Lauri S. Heraty Broker-Owner Cell: 970 946-7347, Email: Heraty@frontier.net; Heather Simpson Broker Associate Cell: 720 447-1236, Email: source@frontier.net; Robin Curvey- Contract Manager Cell: 970 946-7350, Email: Contracts@frontier.net.

• Humane Society Shelter and Thrift Store — To all our wonderful supporters and animal lovers: With the current COVID-19 challenges our community faces, we are moving proactively to develop and implement emergency plans and procedures to ensure that our shelter animals will be well cared for in the coming weeks.

Our thrift store will continue to stay closed until further notice and our shelter is operating with limited public access, but our job at the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs has not stopped. The animals in our current and future care depend on our ability to provide shelter, food, medical care, and companionship every day.

We anticipate that the number of stray or abandoned animals needing a safe haven could at some point surpass our capacity at the shelter. That’s why we are being proactive now in recruiting emergency foster homes to temporarily provide the care and attention our homeless dogs and cats need. As a foster parent all you will need to provide is shelter, some companionship, and the TLC needed by these wonderful animals. HSPS will provide food and any needed veterinary care for each animal.

If you are interested in learning more about how to become an emergency foster home, please contact the HSPS shelter at 970-731-4771 or by email at shelteroffice@humanesociety.biz. We sincerely hope the need doesn’t arise, but if it does, life will be so much better for our amazing animals if emergency foster homes are ready to provide the temporary care they need while we work to find their forever homes. We hope we can count on your support.

• OK Nails will be closed until further notice from the order of the Governer.

• Pagosa Springs Barbershop and Pagosa Springs Massage Center are CLOSED until April 30th in compliance with the Colorado statewide order to close (Gov. Polis). Sorry for the inconvenience, and Thank You for Understanding. From our families to yours: our sincerest heart and prayers go out to all affected by this crisis.

• Pagosa Massage — mandated to shut our doors until April 30th

Activities

• Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park — We appreciate our community support now and from the many past years. If you have a donation to drop off to please call ahead and make an appointment with us. We will be there a very limited number of hours for the time being.

• Navajo State Park — All Colorado Parks and Wildlife visitor centers and offices are closed to public access to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We still have staff working that can help you.  For Navajo State Park, please call (970) 883-2208, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday – Saturday for assistance.

• I’m Fused Glass Studio and Workshop is planing to stay open to small groups of people 10 or less.

• Liberty Theatre — As we continue to monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are committed to the health and safety of our customers and employees. Based on the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control to minimize unnecessary contact and exposure we will be closing our doors until further notice. We thank you for being a valued customer and entrusting us to provide movie entertainment to our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you with changes as they arise. On behalf of the Liberty Theatre, we hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. pagosamovies.com

• Aikido of the San Juans is changing to online training and gatherings effective today and through March 31, at which time we will re-evaluate.  We will continue with digital trainings and gatherings to stay connected with our students.

• Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and Thingamajig Theatre Company – In accordance with the order made by Governor Jared Polis and the CDC, we are canceling or postponing all events at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and Thingamajig Theatre Company until further notice and are continuing to monitor and evaluate the Health and Safety regulations for Public Assembly. If you have tickets to an upcoming event during this time frame you will receive direct communication about rescheduling and ticketing. Please stay informed at pagosacenter.org and our Facebook page for further information. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Stay safe and healthy.

• Pagosa Peak Open School is postponing our Golden Age of Hollywood Gala and Fundraiser from May 2 to a TBD date in fall of 2020. All sponsorships will be honored towards this event, and we still anticipate an amazing evening will be had by all. Please stay tuned for dates and tickets.

Resort properties

• The Overlook Hot Springs — We will be closed for early cleaning starting today Thursday 3/19 and hope to reopen by Friday 4/3. We will keep you updated.

• Healing Waters Resort & Spa — We continue to monitor and adhere to decisions from government authorities as they are made. Our prayers are that the decisions we make now will help to deter the spread and impact of COVID-19 within our community. We remain open and welcome guests who need lodging. All of our rooms have individual access directly from the outside – no shared hallways.
We plan to reassess the situation on April 6th at which time we will determine if these policies should be extended based on what we are hearing from our government authorities.
Outdoor Swimming Pool & Hot Tub CLOSED to the Public and All Passholders. OPEN to LODGING GUESTS ONLY — As the situation shifts, we will make everyone aware of changes through our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages. The following policies are still being implemented:
-The outdoor hot tub is restricted to 3 people or less.
-The outdoor swimming pool will allow for more people, but we require guests to keep a distance of 6 feet from each other.
– Dressing room facilities are closed – all hotel guests will need to use the bathroom and shower facilities in their motel room.
-If you have symptoms, have traveled to an area with a known COVID-19 outbreak in the last 14 days, or are of one of the higher risk categories, we ask that you stay home during this time.
Indoor Hot Baths Closed for Maintenance beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 — We have made the decision to close our indoor hot baths to begin performing annual maintenance early. The outdoor pool and hot tub will remain open only to our lodging guests, except for regularly scheduled cleaning times.
Healing Waters Massage Center: Temporarily closed
Water Exercise Classes: Temporarily on hold
Swim Lessons: Temporarily canceled
Sanitation and Cleanliness:
Here are some of the measures we are currently taking and will continue to take:
High-use areas are being cleaned more often, especially areas with high contact such as desks, doorknobs, relaxation tables, etc…
Rooms are being sanitized and disinfected well beyond our normal rigorous sanitation practices to provide the safest and most comfortable environment possible for guests.
All employees are regularly wiping down their working areas and the spaces around them with Clorox wipes.
We continue to bring the following prevention guidelines to the attention of our guests and staff: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth
Social distancing by keeping 6 feet between you and others
Please know that we will continue to do all that we can to proactively maintain a healthy environment for your time of relaxation with us.
Thank you,
Healing Waters Resort & Spa

• The Springs Resort & Spa: As we continue to focus on the health and safety of our entire community The Springs Resort and Spa has made the decision to temporarily close the resort on March 22, with plans to reopen on April 7th, circumstances permitting. We want to ensure our current and traveling guests have adequate time to make safe adjustments to their travel plans and are committed to connecting with all current and upcoming guests to assist you with these changes and in rescheduling your visits or offering a full refund – whatever your preference. We’ve remained in regular communication with healthcare officials and believe this is the safest decision for our guests, employees and community as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters.

Making difficult but necessary decisions today, will help our community come through this faster and stronger tomorrow.

Our focus now will be doing everything we can to support our guests and employees during this difficult time. We are mindful of the individual and communal responsibility we have in containing and protecting against COVID-19. We encourage all of our guests and colleagues to focus on what is most important – the health of the individual and our broader community.

We look forward to welcoming you back to The Springs Resort and Spa in the near future. In the meantime, look for updates from us online and on social media.

Government

• Attention Due to the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, Archuleta County offices are not accepting walk-in visitors. Please call the department you’d like to meet with to schedule a phone appointment.
Assessor’s office, 264-8310, assessor@archuletacounty.org
Clerk & Recorder’s office, 264-8350, www.govotecolorado.gov, www.mydmv.colorado.gov
Treasurer’s office, 264-8325, option #1, treasurer@archuletacounty.org, archuletatax.com
Please use 24-hour voter surveillance drop box for payments or visit the Archuleta County website at www.archuletacounty.org
We apologize for this inconvenience.

• Town of Pagosa Springs temporarily suspends public access for groups and activities at facilities, access to town buildings limited to employees and escorted visitors.

• Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District’s administrative offices are currently closed to the public indefinitely. Your normal water and wastewater service will continue, without interruption.. You may still reach us by phone. To pay with cash or check, please place your payment in an envelope with your account number on it and distinguish it between fill station and utility payment and place it in the lockbox located outside of the gates of the PAWSD driveway (the PAWSD brick sign.) It will be checked each morning, and payments posted by noon each day, so please plan accordingly.

Schools, child care and school activities

• Archuleta School District schools — The week of March 23 – is our normal spring break and schools will be closed. We will notify parents at the end of spring break, what next steps will be, based on the assets and needs of the community and directives from state agencies.

• Pagosa Peak Open School – In order to ensure the health and safety of our community, we will close school beginning Monday, March 16, through spring break.

• Our Savior Lutheran School will be closed immediately for the week of March 16 and the following week (spring break) at the recommendation of San Juan Basin Public Health. An assessment will be made during the end of spring break week as to whether or not to return to classes. Pastor Packer and Annette McInnis are sending an email out as well with this and more information, please check your emails. We appreciate your patience with us during this unprecedented time.

• Pagosa Springs High School’s “Matilda the Musical” is postponed. The new tentative dates are April 28 through May 2.

• CHSAA’s spring sports and activities suspended until April 17. chsaanow.com

• All in-person, educational Extension programs for Archuleta County have been canceled through April 10th and is possibly extended in the near future. This includes programs conducted by our volunteers in the name of Extension and also 4-H club meetings. 4-H leaders should be receiving more information in the next couple of days, once the Colorado State 4-H Office has provided us with 4-H specific information.

Churches

• The Community United Methodist Church will be closed for meetings, gatherings and worship services.  But our food pantry will remain open.

• St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church: We have been advised to cancel all church services and other activities at our church for the next two weeks. We will reassess the situation after Sunday March 22nd.

Pagosa UU Fellowship cancelled Sunday Service and all meetings at the Fellowship.

• Pagosa Bible Church will be closed for services and meetings. You can view our Sunday service online at www.pagosabiblechurch.org or on our Facebook page.

Public facilities

• Pagosa Fire Protection District has modified department activity to provide our first responders a safe working environment and our community with a quick response during emergencies.
Emergency response activities are fully functional. Paid and volunteer staff are responding to all calls for assistance as normal.
The administration office is currently closed for walk-in traffic. Please visit our website at https://pagosafire.org/ for updated information and burn permit instructions. Dial 911 for emergencies.
In accordance with state requirements, PFPD trainings have been modified to allow firefighters to maintain skills while limiting groups of people.
PFPD encourages the community to stay informed by visiting accredited sources for information. San Juan Basin Public Health is providing information covering our community at https://sjbpublichealth.org/. More information can be found through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/.
Updates to PFPD administrative closures, community relief responses, and links to current health information can be found on the PFPD website and FaceBook page.

• Town of Pagosa Springs temporarily suspends public access for groups and activities at facilities, access to town buildings limited to employees and escorted visitors.

• Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library – The Library Board has made the decision to close the Ruby Sisson Library starting Tuesday, March 17 at noon.  All library programs, classes, meeting room reservations, events and outreach, were cancelled last Friday.  We will be closed through Sunday, April 5. In the next couple of days, Library staff will determine ways to serve you best in these uncertain times.  We encourage you to watch our Library website, Facebook page and e-newsletter for content we’ll be sharing.  We are determining details for the ability in providing curbside pickup of hold items or replenishing items.  We will have staff answering the phone between 9 am-1 pm Monday through Friday.  If you have questions, please contact the library at 970-264-2209 or email the library, ruby@pagosalibrary.org.

Though our physical location will be closed, Wi-Fi will be available 24/7 in the Library’s parking lot.  We also have a variety of materials available to you digitally.  Naming just a few, you can download e-books and e-audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  To access all of these resources, simply go to pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”

We are asking that you keep all materials that you have checked out instead of returning them to the library or the uptown dropbox.  As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fees. We will increase the number of items that you can have checked out during this closure.   

• The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership greenhouses in Centennial Park are closed to the public indefinitely.

Other activities

• Sunday night Bingo at Parish Hall cancelled.

• Pagosa Springs Rotary Club meetings have been cancelled at Pagosa Brewing for at least 30 days.

• The Southwest Organization for Sustainability is postponing community Earth Day celebrations until later in the summer. 

• 9Health Fair postponed, April 25

• Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership has postponed/canceled the Environmental Film Festival until further notice.

Ski area

• Wolf Creek Ski Area suspends operations Sunday in response to COVID-19 outbreak: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, all Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas will be suspending their operations beginning today, Sunday March 15, until further notice. We know that this action will cause disappointment and inconvenience for many visitors and residents, but it is made with the best interests of our guests, employees and the communities in which we operate in mind. The Governor of Colorado has issued an executive order directing this suspension of operations. He has done so in consultation with Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and local public health authorities and out of concern for the capacity of local health providers. Please be patient during this time as Wolf Creek will be receiving a high volume of calls and inquiries.

Add your announcement

To our valued Pagosa Springs restaurants, retail stores and businesses open to the general public,
During this time of precautions and unprecedented changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Pagosa Springs SUN offers our support to you.
Please email any changes in hours, business practices or special assistance you are offering, such as curbside pickup, to shari@pagosasun.com. We will post those on our Facebook page and PagosaSUN.com at no cost to you.
This will be offered to local businesses through April 9 and will be reevaluated at that time.
If you have any questions, please contact Shari Pierce at shari@pagosasun.com.

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Blood donations needed to alleviate critical shortage http://www.pagosasun.com/blood-donations-needed-to-alleviate-critical-shortage/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200171 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
Vitalant, the second largest blood provider in the country, is urging groups to continue organizing blood drives and for individuals to continue donating blood unless local public health officials specifically direct otherwise, warning that canceled blood drives can devastate the blood supply and impair patient care.
Further, Centura Health, one of the state’s largest health care providers, is warning that there’s a critical shortage in the state.
“Blood drives at schools, churches, community groups and religious institutions — which represent more than 60% of the nation’s blood supply — are events critical to health care in our country, and if canceled, could jeopardize patient care,” a Vitalant press release states.
A Centura press release explains that, due to increased precautions around social distancing, local blood centers anticipate a 20 percent decline in donations this week alone, and up to a 35 percent decline in the coming weeks. It is important to note that blood donation is not considered a large social gathering, and individuals who are well and healthy can safely donate blood. Having a well-stocked inventory of blood products is crucial for health care facilities, as trauma, cancer and sickle cell patients routinely benefit from blood donations.
“In these difficult times, giving blood is something healthy individuals can do to help the sick. The only source for blood—literally in many hospital procedures, the source of life—is another human being,” Dr. Ralph Vassallo, Vitalant’s chief medical and scientific officer, is quoted as saying. “We need people to donate blood today, while following guidance from the CDC and other agencies.”
Claire Ninde, director of communication for San Juan Basin Public Health, reported to The SUN Wednesday that the public health agency is “in support of blood drives, knowing that the entities conducting these locally are following best practice protocols to keep people safe.”
“The blood collection process is safe,” Vitalant’s press release explains. “In addition to the vigorous FDA-mandated testing of all blood components donated, Vitalant staff follow rigorous safety and disinfection protocols on our bloodmobiles and in our donation centers. Finally, giving blood has no impact on the donor’s immune system.”
Upcoming blood drives scheduled in the region include in Bayfield on March 28, in Durango on April 1 and in Pagosa Springs on April 2.
To make an appointment, visit bloodhero.com.
To make an appointment for the Durango blood drive, which will be in the Bloodmobile in the Mercy Regional Medical Center parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., call Songtree Pioche at 764-1170 or visit bloodhero.com and enter the sponsor code mrmc.
To learn more about the donation process, donor eligibility requirements or to schedule an appointment at one of the mobile sites, visit vitalant.org.

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Extension Viewpoints: Working from home can be a challenge http://www.pagosasun.com/extension-viewpoints-working-from-home-can-be-a-challenge/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:00:46 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199977 By Robin Young
PREVIEW Columnist
The global spread of COVID-19 has shifted our everyday way of life including some of us now working from home. Even if you already work from home, this unprecedented event has affected us all. With the technology and ways to connect us with our devices, we will continue to adjust to work/life at home.
We all have different living environments at home. No matter what your environment is, you’ll need to change some of your habits and routines to make working from home a success. We have routines we do at home and routines when we are at work. Everyone who works remotely must figure out when to work, where to work, and how to create boundaries between work and personal life.
If you’re new to working remotely, decide what will be right for you to help you stay productive and maintain balance. Think about these things:
• Make a dedicated office space. This will help you keep all your things in one area. You’ll want your work area to be comfortable and out of the way of distractions, even though you will still encounter them, especially if you have school-aged kids at home. Be sure to set ground rules with others that live with you.
• Creating a morning routine can be a blended effort with your at-home routine and office routine. Deciding you’ll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. What in your morning routine indicates you’re about to start work? It might be making a cup of coffee. It might be returning home after a walk. It might be getting dressed (wearing pajama pants to work is a perk for some, but a bad strategy for others). A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day. Then again, having the flexibility to begin at your own pace can have its advantages, too.
• Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance. That said, one of the benefits of remote work is flexibility and sometimes you need to stop what you are working on and do a house chore, walk the dog or take care of family. Sometimes, hours can go late into the night. If you do work late, allow yourself to sleep in a little the next morning to make up for it.
• Taking breaks is an important part of good physical and mental health. Take longer if you need to. Go outside and walk around. Moving around and fresh air will help you come back focused and energized. That’s good advice if you are working at home or at the office.
• Socializing with colleagues can alleviate loneliness, disconnect and isolation which are common problems in remote work life, especially for extroverts. Start a group text or email with a trivia question or a funny meme. Maybe your company will set up a chat channel where remote employees can talk about common thoughts about life in the COVID-19 time. It’s important to figure out how much interaction you need to feel connected and included. Even if you’re highly introverted and don’t like socializing, give a few interactive experiences a try so that you’re familiar with them if you ever decide you want them. If you’re not at a company with a strong remote culture, you may need to be more proactive about nurturing relationships.
• Working remotely requires you to overcommunicate. Tell everyone who needs to know about your schedule and availability often. When you finish a project or important task, say so. Overcommunicating doesn’t necessarily mean you have to write a five-paragraph essay to explain your every move, but it does mean repeating yourself. It’s better that everyone be tired of hearing your schedule than not knowing what your schedule is.
• Take advantage of the perks. If you are home with your family, take time to do something with them each day. Make a special treat, play a game or put them to work cleaning the house. Take time to do something you have wanted to get done but have been putting it off. It could be cleaning out your refrigerator or doing a crossword puzzle. Why should you do it? Because you are working from home and you can. Successful remote-at-home workers are very disciplined, but it takes time to acquire that self-control. After all, it takes serious focus to do any full-time office job from an unconventional space. That said, everyone lets their attention drift sometimes. If you find yourself working one minute and cleaning out closets the next, don’t reprimand yourself too harshly. Instead, take advantage of the fact you can go to work in your jammies, take an hour break to clean that closet, or just take extra time for yourself or your family. Working remotely comes with unique perks. Take advantage of them. You deserve it.
• Keeping a positive attitude will help you get through the day with less stress. Be patient with others. Remember that this is new territory for all of us and we are all having to adjust.
Above all else, figure out what works best for you. Sometimes the answer is apparent, but other times you might need some inspiration from other people who are in the same boat. We have a supportive community, whether you find them on social media, online through blogs or just reaching out to someone with a good old-fashioned phone call will help you get through this time. We are all in this together.
CSU Extension events
All CSU Extension in-person events have been canceled. The events scheduled in the Exhibit Hall have been canceled as well. There are no 4-H in person activities happening at this time, either. We will inform you when activities resume.
If you need to get in touch with the Extension office, we will be returning phone calls and answering emails at this time. Please call the office for more information at 264-5931 or visit our website at https://archuleta.extension.colostate.edu/. Or, see us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/CSUARCHCTY.
April 3 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. — Best Management Practices for Produce Safety. To join the Zoom meeting, visit https://zoom.us/j/187245762 or call in at (253) 215-8782 or (301) 715-8592. Meeting ID: 187 245 762.
April 22 at 6 p.m. — Resilient Archuleta will be hosting a zoom on Earth Day. Please join us via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/133064826 or call in at (253) 215-8782 or (301) 715-8592. Meeting ID: 133 064 826.

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Local business owners discuss economic effects of COVID-19 http://www.pagosasun.com/local-business-owners-discuss-economic-effects-of-covid-19/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200120 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
COVID-19 has severely impacted businesses in the Pagosa Springs area.
The SUN interviewed a handful of local business owners and the stories were generally the same: Business is down over 70 percent for many; local companies are cutting more than half of their employees, sometimes more; and employers are working to find ways to help the laid-off workers amid the economic conditions that surround COVID-19.
“We’re trying to keep our entire staff going and we’re trying to do that so we can maintain the staff because it’s not easy to find a qualified technician,” said Bill Schwab, co-owner of Piedra Automotive.
Schwab explained his business is down 70 percent compared to the same week last year.
Schwab said his message for local community members was to “support local businesses” and said Piedra Auto is taking precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help mitigate the risk of clients and employees contracting COVID-19.
Schwab also noted in the past he’s petitioned local governments to spur growth in industries besides tourism so the local economy wouldn’t be so handicapped by the number of tourists in the area.
Bob Hart, owner of Mountain Pizza and Taproom, said that once Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order on March 14 that closed Colorado ski areas, including Wolf Creek Ski Area, Mountain Pizza immediately noticed a drop in sales.
“When I look at sales for last week compared to the same week a year ago, we’re about 80 percent off compared to a year ago,” Hart said.
Hart noted he hasn’t yet had to lay any employees off, but some staff hours have been cut about 50 percent.
“We really, really appreciate our customers that are still coming for takeout only, and supporting our business and employees by doing so,” Hart said.
Bill Delany, owner of Good Earth Meds, a local marijuana dispensary, reported he hasn’t had to lay anyone off, but business has suffered.
As of Tuesday, Delany explained, Good Earth Meds has transitioned to curbside service only.
Delany explained that, until a new order took effect Wednesday, dispensaries had a choice of whether to do curbside service or not, but it became mandatory yesterday.
Good Earth Meds will accept orders over the phone, but recreational marijuana payments must be made in person.
All ordering and payments can be made in person using Good Earth’s curbside service. Identification is always required and service is only available for those 21 years and up.
Smoke Rings Dispensary temporarily closed today and tomorrow to deep clean the facility to ensure employees and clients are safe. It will reopen on Saturday morning, according to Dianna Bell, who owns the business with her family.
Tony Simmons, owner of Pagosa Brewing and Grill, said that his business had taken a “dramatic hit.”
“We normally serve like 300 people a night and we’re not anywhere close to that,” Simmons said, adding, “We’re changing our entire business model from on-premise to off-premise.”
Simmons explained he’s trying to keep as many employees as possible but had to whittle down his payroll from about 50 to about 18 people.
Pagosa Brewing has online ordering and curbside pickup and is now doing delivery with a minimum $25 order.
Simmons’ advice for local residents: “Take care and take out.”
Local jewelry and fine art store Lantern Dancer decided to temporarily close its doors until May 1. Its online store is still in operation and can be accessed at LanternDancer.com.
“We believe for the safety and health of all in our community, it is best to close our store and to stay home,” Lantern Dancer manager Leanne Goebel wrote in an email to The SUN.
Jason Cox, co-owner of Riff Raff Brewing Company, said his business had to lay off a majority of its staff, citing how “extremely difficult” the circumstances are for everyone in the local community.
Cox explained that Polis’s executive order to close the ski resorts came at the worst economic time for Pagosans, as many local businesses use increased spring break revenues to stay in the black until the summer season.
Cox’s message to local Pagosans: “We’re all in the same boat, and we’re all friends and neighbors.”
Cox, who is also the broadband communications manager for the Archuleta County Broadband Services Office, reported that since about 1,700 Archuleta County students are now doing their work online, the Internet infrastructure has largely held up, noting that some areas, like around Hatcher Lake, are pushing full capacity.
The Springs Resort and Spa laid off “a large portion of its team” this week, according to a March 24 email to The SUN from Springs owner David Dronet.
In his email, Dronet outlined steps The Springs took to ensure “what’s best for our employees.”
“The lay-offs under state law provide the most immediate, and largest amount, of money to our team by compensating them for their earned time-off,” the email reads.
“We cut checks to our employees the same day for that time-off, as well as all wages earned up to that point, so they received funds immediately and ahead of regularly scheduled payroll check dates.”
Dronet wrote that lay-offs allow for “faster rehiring when this national emergency subsides.”
The Springs also set up a “Springs Family Pantry” where “our team can access food, supplies and other resources for free,” which Dronet noted in a phone call was set up to help laid-off employees.
A detailed list of business hours and operational changes businesses are making is regularly updated at PagosaSUN.com.

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March 29 Colorado COVID-19 case summary http://www.pagosasun.com/march-29-colorado-covid-19-case-summary/ Sun, 29 Mar 2020 22:23:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200411 Data is updated daily by about 4 p.m. and includes cases reported through the previous day. This reporting gap gives our epidemiologists time to review the data and improve the accuracy. Due to this delay, our numbers may be different than what is being reported by local public health departments. As cases continue to be investigated the data in this report is subject to change.

Colorado Case Summary (Updated 3/29/20 at 4 p.m.)
Note: This summary only includes data through 3/28 and does not reflect cases since then.

Note: There is one confirmed case reported in Archuleta County that is not reflected in this data.

2,307 cases*
326 hospitalized
46 counties
14,470 people tested
47 deaths
10 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital health care facilities

*The number of cases includes people who have had a test that indicated they were positive for COVID-19. The number of cases also includes epidemiologically-linked cases — or cases where public health epidemiologists have determined that infection is highly likely because a person exhibited symptoms and had close contact with someone who tested positive. The number of epidemiologically-linked cases represents a very small portion of the reported cases.

Find Colorado COVID-19 Data on CDPHE’s Open Data Portal

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COVID-19 testing continues at medical facilities in Pagosa http://www.pagosasun.com/covid-19-testing-continues-at-medical-facilities-in-pagosa/ Sun, 29 Mar 2020 21:34:24 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200407 Testing for COVID-19 continues at area medical facilities.

Pagosa Medical Group (PMG) has expanded testing criteria for COVID-19 to include symptomatic patients of all ages. Recent tests have had a three-to-four day turnaround time for results.

According to Dr. David Shaeffer, no one will be turned away who needs a test. Thanks to community donors, tests are available for people who cannot afford it. 

If you are sick with respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and/or fever, you must follow this protocol in order to be tested:

• Text PMG at (970) 372-0456 and request a test by stating why you meet testing criteria.
• PMG will call you when they are ready for you.
• When you get the call, you must drive to the back of the PMG building located at 27B Talisman Dr. Unit 3 and park in front of the lab entrance.
• You must stay in your car at all times; the lab technician will come to you.
• Because you will be considered a Person Under Investigation (PUI) you must verbally commit to isolating yourself at home until your test results are available or until seven days have passed since your symptoms started and you have been without symptoms or fever for three days.
• Have prepayment ready. At this time, there is no way to bill your insurance company for the test. The insurance companies have not yet started paying. This is a national problem, which should change soon. You will have to pre-pay $99 at the time of testing with cash, check or credit card number/expiration date. Checks should be made out to Cedar Diagnostics. PMG will not be profiting from any of this testing.

If anybody has the means and wants to “pay it forward,” PMG will apply donations to test people that cannot afford it.

These tests will not be going to the state lab, so PMG will not be interfering with tests for hospitalized patients across the state of Colorado. This is an FDA-approved RT-PCR test.

These changes in testing are due to increasing national testing capacity and PMG acquiring additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) thanks to community donations. Additional PPE is still needed. Plus, more swabs and viral transport media are available.

According to Shaeffer, PMG is working to be ahead of the game in Archuleta County. 

“We have a positive case in Archuleta County and we are committed to keeping this pandemic to a minimum in our community,” he explained. “Testing and social distancing is the cornerstone of pandemic mitigation. The sooner we know how much disease is in our community, the sooner we can all go back to work, school and play.”

Pagosa Springs Medical Center

Free COVID-19 drive-through testing will be offered as a collaboration by San Juan Basin Public Health, Pagosa Springs Medical Center, and Archuleta County and its agency response partners on Tuesday, March 31, from noon-4 p.m. at Pagosa Springs Medical Center at 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.

The following community members qualify:
• Persons who have a doctor’s order (see below).
• Persons who are symptomatic (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing).
• Persons who are adults over the age of 60 or have underlying medical conditions (e.g., heart or lung disease, diabetes, or immunocompromised conditions) or are first responders, or are healthcare or long-term care workers.

To get an appointment slot for the drive-through testing, call your doctor/provider to obtain an order (if you do not have a provider, please call PSMC at 731-3700 to get a telephone appointment to speak to a provider).
Once you have a doctor’s order, call Archuleta County Central Call Center at (970) 422-7084 to arrange a time slot for a test.
Be at Pagosa Springs Medical Center at your appointment time. There will be persons in the parking lot at Pagosa Springs Medical Center directing the flow of testing. You will remain in your vehicle for testing (it is possible there could be some wait time so all should have used the bathroom in advance and have desired water/snack in his/her vehicle).

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Southern Ute Indian Tribe confirms two positive cases of COVID-19 http://www.pagosasun.com/southern-ute-indian-tribe-confirms-two-positive-cases-of-covid-19/ Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:43:55 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200393 Southern Ute Indian Reservation – Two employees of the Southern Ute Indian Tribal government have tested positive for COVID 19. They are in self-quarantine and we wish them the best in their recovery.  All appropriate steps are being taken to identify anyone who may have been exposed for notification to self-quarantine and self-monitor for symptoms of the disease.

San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (DCPHE) are providing assistance during this investigation.  Anyone who is contacted by SJBPH and CDPHE are encouraged to cooperate to assist them in protecting the health and welfare of our Southern Ute tribal membership and government.

It is important to know that, by definition of the Centers for Disease Control, you have not been “exposed” unless you have had close contact with a person who has tested positive.

The definition of close contact is: “being about six (6) feet (approximately two (2) meters) from an infected person or within the room or care area of an infected patient for a prolonged period while not wearing recommended PPE. Close contact also includes instances where there is direct contact with infectious secretions while not wearing recommended PPE. Close contact generally does not include brief interactions, such as walking past a person.”

All previous advisories about how to protect yourself, self-monitor and avoid exposing others to any illness you may have are doubly important now.  In addition to all precautions already in effect being maintained the following new procedure will take effect immediately:

Any staff reporting to work at any tribal facility in Ignacio must report to the tents behind the Health Center before proceeding to their work location. Employees will be screened and cleared to work that day by Health Center staff if they have no fever or other symptoms of COVID-19.

The only exception to this rule are law enforcement personnel who will be screened upon arrival at the Justice Center.

Please remain calm and vigilant.  Protect yourself and protect others by staying at home if you are ill.  We knew this day would come, but we will overcome this in due time.

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Business announcements: Curbside orders, delivery, closures, special hours, online ordering, updated Sunday, March 29, 8:45 p.m. http://www.pagosasun.com/business-announcements-curbside-orders-delivery-closures-special-hours-online-ordering-updated-sunday-march-29-9-a-m/ Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:10:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200390 During this time of precautions and unprecedented changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, area business are making working to better serve you. Please email any changes in hours, business practices or special assistance you are offering, such as curbside pickup, to shari@pagosasun.com. We will post those on our Facebook page and PagosaSUN.com at no cost to you. The following are announcements from local businesses:

Restaurants

• Mountain Pizza — Easy online ordering on our website www.mountainpizzataproom.com. If you would like curbside pickup when you arrive to pick up your online order, call us at (970) 264-7992.

• Riff Raff Brewing — Both locations for Riff Raff Brewing are open for take-out and beer to go from 12pm – 9pm. Delivery service will start on Wednesday, March 18th with certain restrictions. We are offering a 10% discount on all to go orders and $10 off our stainless growler for beer to go. Visit www.riffraffbrewing.com for menu and contact information.

• Pagosa Brewing Company and Grill — Dear Guests & Patrons, * Full menu for Carryout (food & beer – including our new pairing: Paddy’s Lager & Grilled Reuben Sandwiches!) * NEW – Online Ordering. https://pagosabrewing.com/eat/ * NEW – Curbside Pickup * NEW – Delivery Service! * Hours: 11a.m.-7p.m. Keep Calm & Carry On!

• Alley House Grille — 970-264-0999. Menu is available at AlleyHouseGrille.com. We are offering our menu for pick-up Tuesday – Sunday from 4pm – 8pm. We are trying to offer our complete menu but fresh fish and seafood are becoming difficult keep in stock. Our desserts are all in-house made and available for take out. We can offer wine by the glass or the bottle and beer and cocktails. Our Gift Certificates are available at a discounted price and can be used anytime for the next year. We are offering $150 Gift Certificates for $130.00, $100 Gift Certificates for $80 and $50 Gift Certificates for $40. Call us at 970-264-0999 or email to Contact@alleyhousegrille.com. We will be closed the last half of April to complete our kitchen remodel and the new Lounge.

• The Lost Cajun in Pagosa Springs We will be open Tuesday thru Saturday 12-7 pm for to go only. Closed Sunday and Monday. Offering pick up orders and curbside services for people who do not want to come in. Please specify whether you will be picking up curbside or if you will be coming in to pick up your order. Please be sure to give a name with all orders for to go and specify if you need extra sauces or utensils. Thank you for supporting us through this tough time.

• The Buck Stop Market & Eatery is open for all our fresh retail meat and seafood in the market. AND our Full menu for take out and curbside delivery. Hours are Mon-Sat 11am – 7pm.

• Boss Hogg’s Restaurant – Open for takeout 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Limited menu, also selling whole USDA choice ribeye. Call 946-0293 for information.

• Pagosa Baking Company — New Limited Hours. Takeout and Delivery. Tuesdays and Fridays 9 am to 1 pm. We will be open for PRE ORDER ONLY, pick up or delivery, on Tuesdays and Fridays 9 am to 1 pm. Text us at 970-444-5599 to place your order. Include your name, phone number to call you back on, number of each item, day and time of pick up or delivery. We’ll call you to confirm and accept payment. We’ll be adding bread to the order menu soon. And, you can get coffee & espresso drinks, and a few of our usual sweets, when you come by to pick up. Please know this is a temporary system while we are adding ordering functionality to our website. Our best to you and your families, Kathy & Kirsten

• The Juice Goddess — We have received more information about the coming nation-wide events related to the COVID-19 virus and feel like it’s best for us to close so that we can help in the flattening of this curve.

• Papa Murphy’s Pizza is still open normal business hours.

• Rosie’s Pizzeria — Rosie’s open from 11am -9pm for takeout and we DELIVER every night from 4-8 PM. 4 mile radius. $35 minimum order with a $5 delivery fee. Beer and Wine are now available with carryout orders and delivery. Closed on Tuesday. Menu available @ www.Rosiesps.com. Call 970-731-0420.

• PS Chocolates — We are closed.

• Kip’s — We will be doing take out from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. through March 22nd.  We will be closing for our spring cleaning and maintenance from March 23rd through April 2nd.  We will reopen April 3rd at 11am again for to go orders until they allow full service dining again.

• Smoken Moe’s —  Temporary hours will be 11-6, Wed-Sat, Take-out and curbside. Please support our local businesses during this time.

• McDonald’s restaurant located in Pagosa Springs is offering a FREE combo meal to first responders and hospital employees with an official I.D. in the Drive-Thru from now until March 31, 2020: Due to the heightened concern regarding the spread of COVID-19, Brett Bronson – local owner/operator of these McDonald’s locations – would like to honor and give a special ‘thank you’ to all the men and women who put their own lives on the line every day and are serving those affected by this global pandemic. Requirements for redemption of this offer: One per customer, must be present with I.D. to redeem.

• Sage is open Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-3:00 or until sold out. We are open for takeout only. Call 970-264-3227 to place your order. If we don’t answer, we are busy helping customers at the window. Try calling again or come by and place your order at the window under the tent. Thank you for supporting small businesses and keeping them going during this tough time.

• Cafe Colorado —9 to 12, breakfast and lunch, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Check facebook for daily specials.

• Mee Hmong Cuisine is doing take out and curbside delivery. Order online at meepagosa.com or call 970-264-5200. Full Menu.

• The Junction Restaurant is open for take out orders, you can call your order in at 264-5729 or come in and place your order and browse in our gift shop while you wait. The Restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the gift shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thank you for your support.

• Colorado Roadhouse: 970-507-4800. We will be offering our full service menu for curb side, pick-up, take out, and drive thru. We will be open starting at 11 a.m. and closing at 7ish. Please continue to check our website for our daily specials. Thank you for you continued support.

• The Lift Coffee House will be open regular business hours (Monday-Thursday 6:30am-2pm & Friday-Sunday 6:30am-5pm). We will offer walk-up and pick up service only. Please check our Facebook page for updates.  Thank you for your understanding and support. Feel free to call in your order at (970) 264-0653. Sincerely, The Lift.

• Los dos Charros Mexican Restaurant — We will be doing take out orders, curbside pick up uppon request and deliveries from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. A $4 fee will be added to the delivery, and a minimum order of $20 please.

• Boulder Coffee Cafe — We are still open everyday 6:30-3:00 in the drive thru window only.  Dining area is closed.  We do offer “call in to pick up.”  We will be serving pastries, burritos, breakfast sandwiches, quiche and bagels for breakfast options and lunch sandwiches, signature soups, quesadillas and salads … as well as all our yummy hot and cold drinks.

• Malt Shoppe is offering curbside service to our customers from 11 AM to 7 PM. Located in the River Center.

• The Break Room Brewing Company is currently open from 12pm – 10:30pm offering our full menu for take-out and delivery orders (up until 9pm), including liquor, alcohol, and wine. A full menu can be found on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Westernslopebreakroom/. Call (970) 731-0566 to place your order!

• Higher Grounds — We are still open for take out coffee, food and pastries also offering curbside delivery. (970) 731-3666.

• Subway Pagosa’s stores want to let our customers know we are here for them as always….as long as we are allowed to be! Subway locations will be open with regular hours of operation, for now, pending unforeseen changes.  We will continue to serve you as you walk in our stores for pick up, call in, or online order for pick up only, no in restaurant sit downs for now. With two locations to serve you, feel free to call the downtown location 970-264-5131 on the corner of Lewis and 160 or the uptown location in front of City Market right behind Papa Murphys Pizza 970-731-7827. In addition order online through our robust Subway app. Go to the app store on your phone and download the Subway app and take advantage of deals and rewards exclusive to online ordering! We look forward to serving you with a smile and continue to pray this will be a temporary adjustment for us all!

• Shang Hai Restaurant — For the safety of our staff and the public we will be taking to go orders only. We will be open regular hours with the exception of our annual 2 week Spring Break. We will be closed from March 21st through April 6th. We will reopen on Tues, April 7th for to go orders only. To place orders please call 970-731-1688 during regular business hours. We will reopen the dining area when we get the ok from our state governor. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please stay safe and healthy everyone. I’m going to do my best to keep all my employees on their regular hours. Thank you everyone for your support.

• 2 Chicks and a Hippie —We have adjusted our hours to 7:00-1:00 and are only making and taking orders for that day within those hours. We will continue to serve until asked to completely close our doors by San Juan Basin Health. We will deliver meals every hour on the hour and curbside pick up. We have a credit card machine that we can take outside or we can take cards over the phone. We will be offering family style menu and single serve menus. We will include breakfast, lunch and dinner items.

– Family style breakfast include eggs, meat of choice, bread of choice, and potatoes. (Bring your own coffee container and we will fill it up!), – Burritos in bulk with sides of chili., – Regular Menu
Lunch and dinner will include family style (feeds 4):, – Chicken Alfredo. Roast beef and potatoes., – Assorted pork, beef and chicken tacos family style.
Lunch menu items:, – Chicken bacon ranch salad., – Salmon, pork or beef tacos, – Lamb gyros, – Hippie club sandwiches, – Chicken salad wraps
We are also serving donuts daily during this time. Please call in your cinnamon rolls, sticky buns and donut orders the day before if possible.
We can also bring breakfast lunch and dinner to you all at one time if you need food for the whole day. Please call (970) 731-6020 or Facebook Messenger (after 2:00).

• Ramon’s will be open for pickup/takeout, Mon.-Sun., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., 731-3012.

• Sushi Fusion is offering curbside to go orders and delivery services to the local community. Deliveries within 10 miles. Menu can be found on Sushi Fusion FB and Sushi Fusion Google pics. We are keeping the delivery fees to $5 per order plus driver gratuity. Minimum of $25 per order. Our phone number is (970) 507-3222 and if that’s busy they can text their order and a call back number to (316) 461-9613.

• Thai Pagosa — We’re open for takeout: Monday – Saturday, 11:30pm – 2:00pm and 4:30pm – 8:00pm. Call (970) 507-8564.

• Meltdown on Main/ Specialty Grilled Cheese Truck. Closed until May.

Retail

• Terry’s Ace Hardware and Home Supply is committed to providing for the needs of individuals and businesses in the Pagosa community. We highly encourage our customers to take advantage of online shopping, with in-store pickup option available through AceHardware.com. All in-store pick-up purchases will be delivered to you curbside! Simply select Terry’s Ace as your preferred store before shopping. Select your products, pay online, and pick up at our store in the designated west side parking. Please call us at 970-731-4022 when you have arrived for pick-up. Normal operating hours at this time. Your friends at Terry’s, Pagosa’s Homeplace.

• Smoke Rings Dispensary — We are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. We are a family-owned and operated business. We value family and consider our customers family. We want to protect ourselves as well as you. We will reopen as soon as possible. Please watch the newspaper, facebook and our website for updates.

• At Homespun Comforts, we believe everything we do helps people live happier and healthier lives.  We accomplish this by keeping hot tubs and spas safe and sanitary.  Using your hot tub should not be stressful, quite the opposite.  Spa’s promote healthy cardiovascular systems, a more peaceful and restful sleep, lowering blood pressure and lessens anxiety – all things we need most now. Procedures at Homespun have always stressed cleanliness but more so even now.  We have altered our staff’s schedules to minimize social interaction at the store and we have implemented more aggressive cleaning procedures.  In the field our team is equipped with several layers of disinfecting tools and procedures and have been reeducated in our and the CDC expectations for Hot tub service and maintenance. Our retail store remains open at this time and to better serve our community members with underlying health conditions, Homespun will provide limited delivery service or curbside pick-up for spa chemicals and hot tub incidentals to assist you in maintaining a healthy spa, during this COVID-19 outbreak. If you have any concerns regarding water quality and proper sanitation, please reach out to us and a CPO Certified staff member will be more than happy to guide you. (970) 946-4673 homespuncomforts@live.com

• Pagosa Therapeutics: OPEN 8AM to 7PM! However, to comply with NEW MED and State Regulations in response to COVID-19, we are only offering curbside pickup. How to order: Order ahead through our website FREE Leafly pickup page. FROM YOUR CAR: Call (970)731-4420 or (970)731-4204 to place an order/request in-person assistance. We appreciate your support and understanding through these difficult times. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call.

• Green House: OPEN 8AM to 9PM! However, to comply with NEW MED and State Regulations in response to COVID-19, we are only offering curbside pickup. How to order: FROM YOUR CAR: Call (970)264-4420 or (970)264-3420 to place an order/request in-person assistance. We appreciate your support and understanding through these difficult times. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call.

• Humane Society Thrift Store — Our thrift store will continue to stay closed until further notice and our shelter is operating with limited public access, but our job at the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs has not stopped. The animals in our current and future care depend on our ability to provide shelter, food, medical care, and companionship every day.

• Walmart temporarily changed its hours and will be open 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. until further notice. Tuesday morning, 6-7 a.m. Walmart will be open for seniors only shopping, pharmacy will be open.

• Lantern Dancer – We’re here for you. Even though our brick and mortar store is closed, we are still here for you! You may arrange to pick up items, repairs or drop off repairs by calling our store manager, Leanne Goebel, at 970-903-5272. We are also offering personal shopping services for you. Tell us what you want and we will show you what we have. Email us at: dancer@lanterndancer.com. Best of all. Order gift certificates online and save 10%! Use them when you visit us this Summer or Fall!

• Happy Trails Ladies Boutique — Following current CDC & Colorado State Guidelines, Happy Trails Ladies Boutique will be closed to the public effective today March 24th. We have new Spring & Summer fashions, jewelry, purses & Gift Certificates for purchase over the phone. We are happy to ship & be your personal shopper via telephone, call us @(970-264-4260), Mon-Sat 10-5. Maria & Lynn look forward to hearing from you! We will be providing weekly updates.

• Goodman’s Department Store — We want to let all our loyal customers know that we are here for you during this time, however, with Governor Polis recommending a stay at home advisory, we want to do our part to abide by those guidelines. That being said, to continue supporting you, as well as our staff, we are still safely working behind the scenes to find improved and creative ways to safely support our community. Call us and let us be your personal shoppers! We have lots of fun gift ideas and DIY products to keep you busy! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to hear about special sales and promotions available to shoppers who are purchasing gift cards, utilizing curbside pick up, or shipping their purchases. If you need something or have questions, know we are still here, so please call. As much as we love to see your faces, during this time, we just want you all safe, so we’re doing our best to be here for you, from afar.

• Pagosa Mountain Sportswill be staying open for service, online orders, phone orders, curbside pickup, and local delivery for bike sales and service. Service is currently by appointment only. Please call or text (970-507-7886) or email info@pagosamountainsports.com to set up an appointment. We are open 10am-6pm Mon- Fri. Sat 10am-5pm. Closed on Sundays. Thanks for understanding in these rapidly changing times. We will keep everyone updated as quickly as we can. Pagosa Mountain Sports appreciates everyone’s continued business and patience during these trying times. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE TO STAY HEALTHY AND GO FIND YOUR ADVENTURE.

• Pagosa Glass will continue to operate during this period, as we are a key provider in the construction and auto glass industry. We will continue to work closely with our vendors to ensure that we are able to provide all necessities to our customers that depend on us. Window orders, glass orders, shower doors, and auto glass will be our main priority right now. As we maneuver through these changes and abide by changing rules, we will be cutting back on both in-shop personnel and hours. We will be in the office from 10am – 2pm Monday – Thursday. We are also more than happy to set up a meeting time with you if those hours don’t work for you. You can reach us any time on our regular business line at (970) 731-5535 or send an e-mail to pagosaglass@gmail.com. We appreciate your understanding and continued business. Take care, stay healthy, and be kind.

• At The Choke Cherry Tree we will be making these changes: Connecting family and community through food and culture means we are still open daily but adjusting our hours to 10-4 along with implementing social distancing techniques.  We welcome healthy in-store shoppers and ask that you be patient with us while we wipe down common surfaces in between guests and use hand sanitizer that is available before sampling with employee assistance.  Everyone can take advantage of online ordering with option to ship or pick up,  call in orders with pick up, curb side pick up or delivery arrangements are also welcome.  Also in development is in-home Chocolate Experience kits with virtual instruction to make your home time quality time!  Contact us if you are interested or have any questions. 56 Talisman Dr. 8C, (970) 731-4951, www.thechokecherrytree.com.

• Bookends temporary hours — Monday-Tuesday 11am-1pm; Wednesday-Saturday 11am-3pm; Closed Sunday. Contact us on Facebook, email info@shopbookends.com or call (970) 251-1293 to arrange curbside pickup, special orders or any other Bookends questions you have for us. Thank you all for being so kind during this difficult time. Your friends at Bookends, Scott & Mel

• Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus. In keeping with the Company’s mission of Serving Others, Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.

• The Methodist Thrift Store will remain open, however, they will not taking donations in an effort to keep employees safeguarded.

• Pine Valley Rental & Sales, INC. We are opened for business Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM with walk-up window service. We are trying to stay opened as long as we can, we will open Saturdays if its high on demand. We are still renting out all equipment, and new equipment is still coming in. Customer pick up only no deliveries effective immediately. We have the tools/equipment you need to better prepare your home. For sterilizing we have a steam cleaner for tiles, kitchen and bathroom areas. Remember to wash your hands!

• Queen Bee — Our retail space is closed until April.  Thank you, Pagosa, for ordering online www.QueenBeeSkin.com. We are still filling orders every day.  Gift cards can be purchased online for either products or services and we appreciate your support! Queenie and team

• Stars CBD and Wellness Shop 150 Pagosa Street Downtown (970) 507-8714 Considering the COVID-19 situation, and in an effort to help minimize the impact on our community. Stars CBD and Wellness Shop has “contact free” online ordering / curbside pickup. Shop at www.starscbdshop.com Once items are added in cart, under fulfillment method click “Pick up in store”. Your order will be place in a secure location outside our store. Orders over $100 qualify for free shipping. Apply code starship at checkout. Store Pick Up and Walk-In Hours until further notice: Monday – Saturday: 10am-5pm. Sunday: 11am-4pm. Please contact us for phone consultations or for any information Phone: (970) 507-8714 Email: star@starscbdshop.com

• Colorado Christmas Shoppe — I will be closed until May 1, 2020. Thank You, Bonnie

• Antiques on Main will be closed until further notice.  Thanks for your support.

Meals and food pantries

• Loaves and Fishes will continue to offer meals to the community on Thursdays as takeout only. There will be no sit down service as the hall will be closed. Guests should come to the front doors of the Parish Hall on Lewis Street between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. where they can pick up meals to go. This practice will continue until further notice.

• Temporary change in meal programs and activities at Senior Center. –  In order to continue providing meals, we will continue to offer hot meals and a salad with a drive-up option under the portico at the Ross Aragon Community Center. These meals will be available Monday thru Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a $4 suggested donation for those age 60 and above. The cost per meal for anyone age 59 and under is $10. The meals include a salad, hot meal, drink and dessert or bread (Our daily menu is posted on our website at psseniors.org.) Please call 264-2167 to make a reservation for pickup. We will also continue our Meals on Wheels program. There will be no games, classes, or presentations during this time. The staff will be working in the building and available by phone. If you need to speak to a staff member, please call 264-2167.

• The Community United Methodist Church food pantry will remain open.

• Knights of Columbus Fish Fry – Events cancelled until further notice.

Services

• Pagosa Urgent Care is continuing to provide tele-health care, and in-person care for patients that need it. Procedures and wound care are available for urgent problems that cannot wait. Drive-up COVID-19 testing is being offered for all symptomatic patients. Text or Call: 970-372-0456.

• Piedra Automotive is fully staffed and open for business! We are taking all CDC recommended measures to keep employees and customers healthy and safe. During this time we are partnering with Synchrony Bank and offering zero percent financing on any repair over $199.00 for 6 months with approval of credit. Give us a call at 970-731-3335 with questions or to schedule an appointment today!

• San Juan Veterinary Hospital — Now that that the governor of Colorado has issued a stay at home order, we wanted to assure you that we are still OPEN for business. Veterinary Hospitals are considered a critical business to the public and will remain OPEN. During this time we ask that you follow the instructions below to ensure the safety of our staff and yourselves.
1. Please stay in your vehicle when you arrive at the hospital.
2. For appointments, medication and pet food pick ups, call our office at 970-264-2629 and let the front office know you have arrived. Make sure your pet is on a leash or in a carrier (we can provide one if needed).
3. A technician will retrieve your pet from you when we are ready. When the exam and treatment is completed the technician will bring your pet back out to you.
4. If anyone in your home is not feeling well, please advise us beforehand, so that our staff can be better prepared when they take your pet from your car.
5. After the tech takes your pet, please stay in cell phone range as the doctor will call you to obtain information, to discuss diagnosis and treatment. You will then be transferred to the receptionist for payment and further appointment scheduling if needed. We know this is a stressful time for all people and pets, please know we are working hard to provide you and your pets with the best care.
– The Staff at San Juan Veterinary Hospital

• Elk Park Animal Hospital – Veterinary hospitals are considered a critical business to the public and will remain OPEN. We would like to report to our clients that we are OPEN for business. We are taking precautions to stagger appointments and keep minimal people in the building at one time. As always, we are cleaning and sterilizing often. Our hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday with boarding options through the week and weekend available. Dr. Thompson is ALWAYS available for emergencies. He is also happy to travel to your house or farm if you would prefer to be seen in the comfort of your home. We also can ship any supplies or medication that you may need right to your doorstep. Elk Park will continue to serve your four legged companions as well as take your health and safety into consideration. -Thank you from the staff at Elk Park Animal Hospital

• Brown’s Sales and Service — We do home appliance repair We at this time have not changed our hours and are available for our customer’s appliance needs. We and the manufacturers have set in place precautions to help keep our customers and technicians safe during this time. Please feel free to contact us for service or any questions you may have. Thank you. 970-731-0715, brownsapplianceservice.com.

• Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy would like to let the community know that we are currently open and treating patients as usual.  We would like to assure you that we are following current CDC guidelines for cleanliness.  For more information please check the COVID-19 link on our webpage www.rockymountainpt.com and/or follow us on Facebook at Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy & Sports Injury Center, Inc.

• Aspire Medical Services and Education — We are open Monday – Wednesday from 11:00am – 5:00pm but please call first 264-5963 to schedule an appointment. We are seeing clients for prenatal care, pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI/STD testing and treatment. We also have diapers, prenatal vitamins (for pregnant women only) and formula for families in our community as well as our existing clients. Please call and we will meet you in the parking lot with supplies. We can also text/email our parenting and prenatal classes so clients can still earn boutique bucks from the safety of their homes. If you have an emergency need for formula or diapers outside of our normal business hours, please text 970-422-0239.

• Dr. Leo’s Chiropractic — is CLOSED until further notice due to the COVID-19 mandatory shut down. We will continue to look for updates on when we can open up again and will let the community know as soon as we know. We greatly apologize for the inconvenience and we hope everyone stays healthy and safe during this time.

• Atlas PT — We’re still open during our regular business hours at this time. We are accepting new patients if you have no known Covid-19 exposure. Call us for an appointment at 970-731-3755. No walk- ins please.

• Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District — Based on guidance from our local health department and the Centers for Disease Control for combating the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have temporarily closed the District’s customer service lobby to the public. PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT YOUR NORMAL WATER AND WASTEWATER SERVICE WILL
CONTINUE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. We are still available by phone (970)731-2691 Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

• Bob’s LP Gas Inc – Is open for business. Monday -Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. We are still filling propane bottles at our bottle plant located at 1040 E Hwy 160 in Pagosa Springs, we continue to service our customers’ needs at this time. To protect our staff and customers we are disinfecting surfaces and common areas. For your convenience and comfort, you have the option to mail or phone in your payment. Thank you. Bob’s LP Gas Inc. 970-264-5823.

• Let ‘Er Rip Alterations in accordance with the State order of 3/25/20 will no longer be open to the public. Police, Sheriff, Fire departments- if you should require our services please call 970-799-0833. We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers.

• American Family Insurance — UPDATED HOURS. The Thomas Agency is open Monday thru Friday from 0830-1200.
If you have an urgent request after hours contact: Customer Service: 1(800) 347 0008. AmFam Claims: 1(800)374 1111. We have a drop box on the North side of the building for payments. We can do most business via phone and email! Lthomas@amfam.com, SOBRIANT@amfam.com, lthomas@amfam.com. 970-731-3777. Thank you and stay safe. Lisa Thomas

• Ruby Sisson Memorial Library — Library closed but many services available online, by email and at our front entrance. The Ruby Sisson Memorial Library will be closed until Sunday April 5 – and probably longer, depending on the severity of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. Even during these difficult times, though, there are many ways you can continue to use our resources via our website at pagosalibrary.org, and with email or phone requests for materials:
You can access the catalog from our website to view your account and renew materials.
No drop-offs, please. We’re asking you to keep all materials that you have checked out until this crisis is over instead of returning them to the library or to the uptown dropbox, again to keep exposure and contact at a minimum between us all. As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fees. Also, we will double the number of items that you can check out during this closure.
Many of our online learning resources can be accessed from your home with your library card.  To highlight a few, you can download e-books and audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  To see them all, go to our website at pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”
As always, you can access Wi-Fi from your car in our parking lot – with your windows and doors closed, please.
If you do not want to leave your home to pick up an item via our front-entrance service, you may want to save this column if you are interested in any of the items below for the future.
This situation is quickly evolving, and you can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing through our website or our Facebook page.  In the meantime, stay safe by following all the advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at their website at www.cdc.gov.
“It is with a heavy heart that we made the decision to close,” said Meg Wempe, library director.  “Traditionally libraries have always been a place of refuge and comfort in times of emergency.  But, as we all know, this is a highly unusual situation, and the health and safety of our patrons and our community must be our top priority.”

• Alpine Medical & Specialty Practices — With the recent State of Emergency declaration to combat COVID-19’s spread in Colorado, we remain dedicated to the health, safety and care of our patients and the community.  At Alpine Medical & Specialty Practices we recognize the actions taken by the State are an important step to protect Coloradan’s and our community. We remain committed to providing quality health care, while minimizing the risk of others, through telehealth medical visits. We encourage our patients to contact us (970-507-3030) with any questions or concerns. Your health and safety remain our priority.

What you should know: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is leading the State’s multi-agency crisis response. We encourage you and all of your family members to stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information through CDPHE’s website: colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus and the Center for Disease Control . Coloradans should stay informed and take simple preventive actions.

Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.

Clean surfaces in your home and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.

Be calm and prepared.

• Seeds of Learning will be closed until April 20th. Stay healthy and Wash Your Hands!!

• The UPS Store is open normal business hours, M-F 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. All normal services are available to the general public.  As a USPS and UPS shipping site, we have been deemed an “Essential Service”. We do not expect any mandatory closures to affect us at this time.  To help protect our customers and staff, we have removed some frequently-handled retail items from our counters. We will continue cleaning surfaces and common areas with disinfectant multiple times per day.  For our mailbox customers, we ask that if you are feeling any common COVID-19 symptoms, remain home and call our store at (970) 731-8771 to discuss how we can assist you.

• Extension office in Archuleta County. CSU is mandating that all face to face programing be cancelled until May 17th. We will be scheduling appointments by phone if necessary, but no face to face interactions will take place. Thanks for you patience and understanding during this trying time.

• At Your Disposal will not be suspending operations due to the coronavirus at this time. We will be servicing our valued customers as scheduled. We do ask for the safety of our employees that your trash is contained and bagged including pet waste.

• Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County’s physical office will be closed to the public through March 27, but our staff will be operating remotely.  Application packets for repair projects and 2021 new home partner families are available outside our office door at 703 San Juan St., #201.  Please email Director@HabitatArchuleta.org with any questions or leave a phone message at (970) 640-2517 and we will get back with you as soon as possible.  Thank you, stay safe and share your compassion.

• CT’s Automotive, Inc. — Effective March 17, 2020 — Dear Customers, or, as we like to think of you, CT’s Automotive  Family, This notice is to inform you that we are remaining OPEN and available at this time, while  taking extra precautions to do our part in preventing the spread of this, and any viruses, bacteria and/or disease. Our normal office hours will remain Monday through Friday 8AM- 5:30PM (we use Saturdays for runnover, as needed). 
We are doing our best to eliminate one on one contact between staff and customers to a minimal and only as needed basis.  
We encourage you to help the community by doing your part in keeping sanitary as best as possible. If you need car repairs done, and feel you may be ill or don’t wish to come out in public, please call the office (970) 264-1630 or text (970) 799-3995 (during our normal office areas will be the best response time. Messages received outside of office times may not be answered until next office hours), and we will make arrangements to either come pick your vehicle up (with return services available, also) or have you drop it off without coming into the office and just placing keys into the key drop at the office door. 
As always, payments can be accepted by phone or by placing cash or check in envelop and deposited through the key drop in office door.

• Pagosa Source Real Estate Advisors’ priority is to protect the health and safety of our team, our clients, customers and the public, while continuing to provide real estate services within the boundaries of safety, good sense and caution.
In compliance with the Governor Polis’s latest directive, will be working remotely rather than from our office at 286 Pagosa Street for the present and immediate future. We are able and willing to discuss your real estate matters by telephone, email or text. We have coordinated with our local title companies to accommodate a revised format for all closings and recordings. Property showings will be suspended for the time being except for unoccupied residences and vacant land in the interest of extra caution and following the recommendations of the CDC, state and local health authorities. We have video, drone and professional photography to help showcase our listings.
Pagosa Source Real Estate Advisors remains committed to providing exceptional real estate brokerage and advisory services with support, knowledge and care to our most valued clients and customers. We will stand by our clients and customers through this most challenging time. Please stay healthy and safe. We look forward to getting to this other side of this present crisis. Mike Heraty, Managing Broker-Owner Cell: 970 946-6030, Email: MikeHeraty@frontier.net; Lauri S. Heraty Broker-Owner Cell: 970 946-7347, Email: Heraty@frontier.net; Heather Simpson Broker Associate Cell: 720 447-1236, Email: source@frontier.net; Robin Curvey- Contract Manager Cell: 970 946-7350, Email: Contracts@frontier.net.

• Humane Society Shelter and Thrift Store — To all our wonderful supporters and animal lovers: With the current COVID-19 challenges our community faces, we are moving proactively to develop and implement emergency plans and procedures to ensure that our shelter animals will be well cared for in the coming weeks.

Our thrift store will continue to stay closed until further notice and our shelter is operating with limited public access, but our job at the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs has not stopped. The animals in our current and future care depend on our ability to provide shelter, food, medical care, and companionship every day.

We anticipate that the number of stray or abandoned animals needing a safe haven could at some point surpass our capacity at the shelter. That’s why we are being proactive now in recruiting emergency foster homes to temporarily provide the care and attention our homeless dogs and cats need. As a foster parent all you will need to provide is shelter, some companionship, and the TLC needed by these wonderful animals. HSPS will provide food and any needed veterinary care for each animal.

If you are interested in learning more about how to become an emergency foster home, please contact the HSPS shelter at 970-731-4771 or by email at shelteroffice@humanesociety.biz. We sincerely hope the need doesn’t arise, but if it does, life will be so much better for our amazing animals if emergency foster homes are ready to provide the temporary care they need while we work to find their forever homes. We hope we can count on your support.

• OK Nails will be closed until further notice from the order of the Governer.

• Pagosa Springs Barbershop and Pagosa Springs Massage Center are CLOSED until April 30th in compliance with the Colorado statewide order to close (Gov. Polis). Sorry for the inconvenience, and Thank You for Understanding. From our families to yours: our sincerest heart and prayers go out to all affected by this crisis.

• Pagosa Massage — mandated to shut our doors until April 30th

Activities

• Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park — We appreciate our community support now and from the many past years. If you have a donation to drop off to please call ahead and make an appointment with us. We will be there a very limited number of hours for the time being.

• Navajo State Park — All Colorado Parks and Wildlife visitor centers and offices are closed to public access to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We still have staff working that can help you.  For Navajo State Park, please call (970) 883-2208, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday – Saturday for assistance.

• I’m Fused Glass Studio and Workshop is planing to stay open to small groups of people 10 or less.

• Liberty Theatre — As we continue to monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are committed to the health and safety of our customers and employees. Based on the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control to minimize unnecessary contact and exposure we will be closing our doors until further notice. We thank you for being a valued customer and entrusting us to provide movie entertainment to our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you with changes as they arise. On behalf of the Liberty Theatre, we hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. pagosamovies.com

• Aikido of the San Juans is changing to online training and gatherings effective today and through March 31, at which time we will re-evaluate.  We will continue with digital trainings and gatherings to stay connected with our students.

• Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and Thingamajig Theatre Company – In accordance with the order made by Governor Jared Polis and the CDC, we are canceling or postponing all events at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts and Thingamajig Theatre Company until further notice and are continuing to monitor and evaluate the Health and Safety regulations for Public Assembly. If you have tickets to an upcoming event during this time frame you will receive direct communication about rescheduling and ticketing. Please stay informed at pagosacenter.org and our Facebook page for further information. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Stay safe and healthy.

• Pagosa Peak Open School is postponing our Golden Age of Hollywood Gala and Fundraiser from May 2 to a TBD date in fall of 2020. All sponsorships will be honored towards this event, and we still anticipate an amazing evening will be had by all. Please stay tuned for dates and tickets.

Resort properties

• The Overlook Hot Springs — We will be closed for early cleaning starting today Thursday 3/19 and hope to reopen by Friday 4/3. We will keep you updated.

• Healing Waters Resort & Spa — We continue to monitor and adhere to decisions from government authorities as they are made. Our prayers are that the decisions we make now will help to deter the spread and impact of COVID-19 within our community. We remain open and welcome guests who need lodging. All of our rooms have individual access directly from the outside – no shared hallways.
We plan to reassess the situation on April 6th at which time we will determine if these policies should be extended based on what we are hearing from our government authorities.
Outdoor Swimming Pool & Hot Tub CLOSED to the Public and All Passholders. OPEN to LODGING GUESTS ONLY — As the situation shifts, we will make everyone aware of changes through our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages. The following policies are still being implemented:
-The outdoor hot tub is restricted to 3 people or less.
-The outdoor swimming pool will allow for more people, but we require guests to keep a distance of 6 feet from each other.
– Dressing room facilities are closed – all hotel guests will need to use the bathroom and shower facilities in their motel room.
-If you have symptoms, have traveled to an area with a known COVID-19 outbreak in the last 14 days, or are of one of the higher risk categories, we ask that you stay home during this time.
Indoor Hot Baths Closed for Maintenance beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 — We have made the decision to close our indoor hot baths to begin performing annual maintenance early. The outdoor pool and hot tub will remain open only to our lodging guests, except for regularly scheduled cleaning times.
Healing Waters Massage Center: Temporarily closed
Water Exercise Classes: Temporarily on hold
Swim Lessons: Temporarily canceled
Sanitation and Cleanliness:
Here are some of the measures we are currently taking and will continue to take:
High-use areas are being cleaned more often, especially areas with high contact such as desks, doorknobs, relaxation tables, etc…
Rooms are being sanitized and disinfected well beyond our normal rigorous sanitation practices to provide the safest and most comfortable environment possible for guests.
All employees are regularly wiping down their working areas and the spaces around them with Clorox wipes.
We continue to bring the following prevention guidelines to the attention of our guests and staff: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth
Social distancing by keeping 6 feet between you and others
Please know that we will continue to do all that we can to proactively maintain a healthy environment for your time of relaxation with us.
Thank you,
Healing Waters Resort & Spa

• The Springs Resort & Spa: As we continue to focus on the health and safety of our entire community The Springs Resort and Spa has made the decision to temporarily close the resort on March 22, with plans to reopen on April 7th, circumstances permitting. We want to ensure our current and traveling guests have adequate time to make safe adjustments to their travel plans and are committed to connecting with all current and upcoming guests to assist you with these changes and in rescheduling your visits or offering a full refund – whatever your preference. We’ve remained in regular communication with healthcare officials and believe this is the safest decision for our guests, employees and community as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters.

Making difficult but necessary decisions today, will help our community come through this faster and stronger tomorrow.

Our focus now will be doing everything we can to support our guests and employees during this difficult time. We are mindful of the individual and communal responsibility we have in containing and protecting against COVID-19. We encourage all of our guests and colleagues to focus on what is most important – the health of the individual and our broader community.

We look forward to welcoming you back to The Springs Resort and Spa in the near future. In the meantime, look for updates from us online and on social media.

Government

• Attention Due to the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, Archuleta County offices are not accepting walk-in visitors. Please call the department you’d like to meet with to schedule a phone appointment.
Assessor’s office, 264-8310, assessor@archuletacounty.org
Clerk & Recorder’s office, 264-8350, www.govotecolorado.gov, www.mydmv.colorado.gov
Treasurer’s office, 264-8325, option #1, treasurer@archuletacounty.org, archuletatax.com
Please use 24-hour voter surveillance drop box for payments or visit the Archuleta County website at www.archuletacounty.org
We apologize for this inconvenience.

• Town of Pagosa Springs temporarily suspends public access for groups and activities at facilities, access to town buildings limited to employees and escorted visitors.

• Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District’s administrative offices are currently closed to the public indefinitely. Your normal water and wastewater service will continue, without interruption.. You may still reach us by phone. To pay with cash or check, please place your payment in an envelope with your account number on it and distinguish it between fill station and utility payment and place it in the lockbox located outside of the gates of the PAWSD driveway (the PAWSD brick sign.) It will be checked each morning, and payments posted by noon each day, so please plan accordingly.

Schools, child care and school activities

• Archuleta School District schools — The week of March 23 – is our normal spring break and schools will be closed. We will notify parents at the end of spring break, what next steps will be, based on the assets and needs of the community and directives from state agencies.

• Pagosa Peak Open School – In order to ensure the health and safety of our community, we will close school beginning Monday, March 16, through spring break.

• Our Savior Lutheran School will be closed immediately for the week of March 16 and the following week (spring break) at the recommendation of San Juan Basin Public Health. An assessment will be made during the end of spring break week as to whether or not to return to classes. Pastor Packer and Annette McInnis are sending an email out as well with this and more information, please check your emails. We appreciate your patience with us during this unprecedented time.

• Pagosa Springs High School’s “Matilda the Musical” is postponed. The new tentative dates are April 28 through May 2.

• CHSAA’s spring sports and activities suspended until April 17. chsaanow.com

• All in-person, educational Extension programs for Archuleta County have been canceled through April 10th and is possibly extended in the near future. This includes programs conducted by our volunteers in the name of Extension and also 4-H club meetings. 4-H leaders should be receiving more information in the next couple of days, once the Colorado State 4-H Office has provided us with 4-H specific information.

Churches

• The Community United Methodist Church will be closed for meetings, gatherings and worship services.  But our food pantry will remain open.

• St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church: We have been advised to cancel all church services and other activities at our church for the next two weeks. We will reassess the situation after Sunday March 22nd.

Pagosa UU Fellowship cancelled Sunday Service and all meetings at the Fellowship.

• Pagosa Bible Church will be closed for services and meetings. You can view our Sunday service online at www.pagosabiblechurch.org or on our Facebook page.

Public facilities

• Pagosa Fire Protection District has modified department activity to provide our first responders a safe working environment and our community with a quick response during emergencies.
Emergency response activities are fully functional. Paid and volunteer staff are responding to all calls for assistance as normal.
The administration office is currently closed for walk-in traffic. Please visit our website at https://pagosafire.org/ for updated information and burn permit instructions. Dial 911 for emergencies.
In accordance with state requirements, PFPD trainings have been modified to allow firefighters to maintain skills while limiting groups of people.
PFPD encourages the community to stay informed by visiting accredited sources for information. San Juan Basin Public Health is providing information covering our community at https://sjbpublichealth.org/. More information can be found through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/.
Updates to PFPD administrative closures, community relief responses, and links to current health information can be found on the PFPD website and FaceBook page.

• Town of Pagosa Springs temporarily suspends public access for groups and activities at facilities, access to town buildings limited to employees and escorted visitors.

• Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library – The Library Board has made the decision to close the Ruby Sisson Library starting Tuesday, March 17 at noon.  All library programs, classes, meeting room reservations, events and outreach, were cancelled last Friday.  We will be closed through Sunday, April 5. In the next couple of days, Library staff will determine ways to serve you best in these uncertain times.  We encourage you to watch our Library website, Facebook page and e-newsletter for content we’ll be sharing.  We are determining details for the ability in providing curbside pickup of hold items or replenishing items.  We will have staff answering the phone between 9 am-1 pm Monday through Friday.  If you have questions, please contact the library at 970-264-2209 or email the library, ruby@pagosalibrary.org.

Though our physical location will be closed, Wi-Fi will be available 24/7 in the Library’s parking lot.  We also have a variety of materials available to you digitally.  Naming just a few, you can download e-books and e-audiobooks through our CloudLibrary app on your smartphone or tablet.  IndieFlix allows unlimited streaming access to award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries.  By using the online resource, TumbleBook Library, you can find children’s books and audiobooks.  To access all of these resources, simply go to pagosalibrary.org and select the gray tab towards the top of the page that says “Online Resources.”

We are asking that you keep all materials that you have checked out instead of returning them to the library or the uptown dropbox.  As always, you do not need to worry about overdue fees. We will increase the number of items that you can have checked out during this closure.   

• The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership greenhouses in Centennial Park are closed to the public indefinitely.

Other activities

• Sunday night Bingo at Parish Hall cancelled.

• Pagosa Springs Rotary Club meetings have been cancelled at Pagosa Brewing for at least 30 days.

• The Southwest Organization for Sustainability is postponing community Earth Day celebrations until later in the summer. 

• 9Health Fair postponed, April 25

• Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership has postponed/canceled the Environmental Film Festival until further notice.

Ski area

• Wolf Creek Ski Area suspends operations Sunday in response to COVID-19 outbreak: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, all Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas will be suspending their operations beginning today, Sunday March 15, until further notice. We know that this action will cause disappointment and inconvenience for many visitors and residents, but it is made with the best interests of our guests, employees and the communities in which we operate in mind. The Governor of Colorado has issued an executive order directing this suspension of operations. He has done so in consultation with Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and local public health authorities and out of concern for the capacity of local health providers. Please be patient during this time as Wolf Creek will be receiving a high volume of calls and inquiries.

Add your announcement

To our valued Pagosa Springs restaurants, retail stores and businesses open to the general public,
During this time of precautions and unprecedented changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Pagosa Springs SUN offers our support to you.
Please email any changes in hours, business practices or special assistance you are offering, such as curbside pickup, to shari@pagosasun.com. We will post those on our Facebook page and PagosaSUN.com at no cost to you.
This will be offered to local businesses through April 9 and will be reevaluated at that time.
If you have any questions, please contact Shari Pierce at shari@pagosasun.com.

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Colorado extends income tax payment deadline to provide relief during COVID-19 emergency http://www.pagosasun.com/colorado-extends-income-tax-payment-deadline-to-provide-relief-during-covid-19-emergency/ Sun, 29 Mar 2020 11:00:22 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200169 Special to The SUN
The Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR) announced that it will extend the income tax payment deadline by 90 days to July 15. This extension will be similar to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extension. However, this payment extension applies to any qualifying income tax payment, regardless of the amount.
Coloradans will now have the option to pay any 2019 income tax payments that would normally be due on April 15 by July 15 without penalty or interest. This extension only applies to money owed by taxpayers for the 2019 tax year.
Taxpayers who are required to make estimated income tax payments for the 2020 tax year are also being granted an extension. Estimated payments due on April 15 and June 15 may be paid any time on or before July 15 without penalty.
The department is continually monitoring this evolving situation and responding in real-time to address the questions and concerns of Coloradans. To help keep the public informed, CDOR has set up a COVID-19 page where we will post all updates and changes related to taxes, deadline extensions, services and penalties.
Please visit www.Colorado.gov/Tax/COVID-19-Updates for more information.

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