MEET THE PEOPLE

Mary Jo Coulehan
Chamber of Commerce Director

Bob & Valerie Goodman
Proprietors of Goodman's Department Store

Jeff Greer
Proprietor of Overlook Mineral Springs & Spa

Joanne Irons
Youth Advocate & Mother

John, Ivy & Ryder King
An Extreme Family

Clifford Lucero
Archuleta Conty Commissioner

Guy & Diane Ludwick
Proprietors of Fireside Inn Cabins

Madeline Lyon
Proprietor of Wild Spirit Gallery

Maria MacNamee
Proprietor of Happy Trails Ladies Boutique

Giuseppe Margiotta
Outdoor Enthusiast

Bill McKown
Airport Manager

Diane Munson
Massage Therapist

Morgan Murri
Founder of GECKO

Edgar Ortiz
Proprietor of Chavolo's Mexican Restaurant

Udgar & Puja Parsons
Proprietors of Growing Spaces

Troy Persson
PGA Pro & Golf Club General Manager

Davey & Rosanne Pitcher
Proprietors of Wolf Creek Ski Area

Angel & Marsha Preuit
Proprietors of Healing Waters Resort & Spa

Doug Purcell
Colorado Divison of Wildlife

Bob, Lisa & the Scott Family
A Love for Community

Tony Simmons
Proprietor of Pagosa Brewing Co.

Todd & Kellie Stevens
Proprietors of Farrago Market Café & Alley House Grille

Keely Whittington
Proprietor of The Springs Resort & Spa

Matt Yoksh
Proprietor of Pagosa Ski Rentals

Mary Jo Coulehan
Bringing locals and tourists together
If anyone knows about the plethora of can’t-miss events in Pagosa Country, it’s Chamber of Commerce Director Mary Jo Coulehan.

Coulehan, in her sixth year as Chamber director, is enthusiastic about the fact that area events are not for only tourists or locals, but are a chance to bring the two together.

“Events are a way for us to attract people to the community. People like to go to communities with activities going on,” Coulehan says, adding that they also give locals entertainment. “You can work and play right where you live. There’s just something for everybody — the kids, the families, the athletes, the arts enthusiasts,” says Coulehan.

Couhelan is also enthusiastic about this season’s planned events that cater to all walks of life and interests.

“One of the major events that kick off the summer season are the car show (the San Juan River Rod Run), starting May 15,” she says.

Regarding something that happens once every four or five years, Coulehan says the community is looking forward to hosting not one, but two bike tours in June — Ride the Rockies and Bike Tour of Colorado. “That will be complete with the typical Party in the Park, and there will be live music for about six hours,” Coulehan says.

Also on her schedule in June is the Folk ‘n Bluegrass Festival, an event in its fourth year that “offers a full complement of musicians and is right in our backyard,” she says.

Perhaps the biggest community celebration of the summer is the Fourth of July.

“Obviously, there’s no better small community to have a Fourth of July in than Pagosa, with all the events going on,” says Coulehan, highlighting the parade, fireworks display, arts and crafts festival, rodeo and quilt show — an event that happens only every two years. Keep in mind the parade will be Saturday, July 3, and the fireworks display will light the sky July 4, she says.

“In the arts arena, there’s the Music Boosters with “Annie,” the Springs Theatre with performances in July and August, and Music in the Mountains will move from Bootjack Ranch to the atrium in the ecoLuxe at the Springs Resort for three concerts. There’s also Art in the Garden in August,” she says.

“For the sports enthusiast, we obviously have three different running races — a series — so we have the Turkey Track Trail Marathon in June, and then in July we have the Devil Mountain 50k Ultra and in September, we have the Mountain Chile Cha Cha,” Coulehan says, adding that sports lovers can add a new event to their calendar this year — October’s Blaze and Brew Cycling Benefit, a ride from Pagosa Springs to Wolf Creek and back.

What does Coulehan have to say about the busy schedule ahead?

“We love events!”