It’s shaping up to be a busy month of July

SUN Columnist

Between business and social events, it is shaping up to be a very busy month of July. Following is a synopsis of some of the activities for you to plan to attend. Mark your calendars now!

SBDC Women’s Conference

This is the last reminder to attend the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center’s fourth annual Women’s Conference on Friday, July 12.

The topic of this year’s conference is “Women Redefining Business.”

The conference will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Durango and will be a full day of workshops, breakfast and lunch, a keynote speaker and networking time. As a business, you also have the opportunity to have a presence through a vendor booth space.

The keynote speaker at lunch will be Christina Haxton, founder and president of Sustainable Leadership, Inc. Christina assists new and seasoned business professionals with tips on how to be a sustainable leader: how to consistently motive people, how to manage the work and home life, how to more easily resolve conflict and many more business challenges.

The cost of the whole day is $50 for attendance and $100 for a booth space and conference attendance. To register for the conference, visit or call the Southwest SBDC office at 247-7009.

You can also see how you could qualify for a scholarship. The Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce is a partner in this conference. We hope to see a Pagosa presence at this event.


The wacky race for the “average Joe” takes places on Saturday, July 13.

The “race” begins with a “cruiser” bike ride or other self-propelled mode of transportation around Pagosa, followed by a walk in “thongs” (flip flops) along the San Juan Riverwalk and ending with a float down the San Juan River in some kind of floatation device.

The race is followed by a Party in the Park beginning at 1 p.m. and, even if you are not a race participant, enjoy the party! You can win the race by posting the most “average” time, which is enhanced by the costuming you wear and race equipment that you use.

On Sunday, there will be the “Hair of the Dog” Disc Golf Tournament on Reservoir Hill beginning at 11 a.m. All proceeds from the race support the Friends of the Upper San Juan River. Check out their website at

Pagosa Duathlon

Archuleta County Victim Assistance will host their annual Pagosa Duathlon on Saturday, July 13, also. The race will be held in the Turkey Springs area beginning at Monument Park Road, with a great course planned. The full Du is a 6-mile run and a 14-mile mountain bike ride and the Half-Du is a 3-mile run and 8-mile bike ride. You can “du” the race solo or as a team.

Our up-and-coming athletes (children) can “du” the Mini-Du with a 1-mile run and a 2-mile bike ride. Registration for the event is $50 for the full Du and $40 for the Half Du. This fee also gets you an official race T-shirt and great goodie bag.

For more information or to register for the race, call 264-9075 or visit

Environmental Film Festival

On Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership will host the first Pagosa Environmental Film Festival. Award-wining films from the Colorado Environmental Film Festival Caravan will be shown at the historic Liberty Theater. There will also be receptions, an art exhibit and other activities and prizes.

The festival will follow the 2013 Pagosa Verde Symposium to be held on Thursday, July 25, focusing on Colorado’s geothermal power and agricultural potential. This symposium is free, but you do have to register at

Ticket prices for the Film Festival range from individual sessions at $12 per session to $50 for a full-day Friday or Saturday pass to $100 for a two-day pass, giving you admission to all of the activities as well as a goodie bag.

The films span the time frame of 3 minutes to 2 hours, including the showing of “Fire Wars,” a 2-hour presentation following the Arrowhead Hotshots — how they fight fires, the equipment they use, the role fire plays in the ecosystem, and why some firefighters and environmentalists feel it is time for a new approach to dealing with fires. How timely to view this film with the West Fork Complex Fire in our backyard.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the GGP project. For more information on the Film Festival, to purchase tickets or to find out more about the GGP, visit

Renaissance and Pirate Festival

The fifth annual Renaissance and Pirate Festival will take place in the Town Park complex July 19-21.

We welcome back Sir Mark, escape artist, the local Gypsy Players with entertaining tales, and the Rakassah Jabal Belly Dancers with their stunning costumes and moves. The children’s area will also be expanded this year with new and fun activities such as beading. Also returning will be the Salida Circus with stilt walking, plate spinning and lots of creative engagements with the children. Of course, there will be fantastic food fare, various vendors (clothes, jewelry, gifts and essential oils) and activities for children of all ages. Colorado-based a cappella musical performers Pandora Celtica have been added to the entertainment portion of the festival and they will be in the realm all three days entertaining with their stunning voices, fun songs and upbeat style. See The Pagosa SUN for more information on the Pirate and Renaissance Festival, call the Chamber at 264-2360 or visit Admission to the faire is only $3 for adults, $2 for youth, and wee ones are free (under 48 inches, like at Disneyland). You may also obtain a multiple day pass.

Business news

We know they retired and we wish Don and Mary McKeehan the best with their future plans after having given so much to Pagosa Springs. We also would like to welcome the new owners of Old West Press, Ramona and Alex Tschaar. You may have seen Ramona at Old West Press as she has been working there for more than a year now. Ramona has extensive experience with “visual communication,” having received national recognition for print and marketing campaigns these past 25 years prior to moving to Pagosa. Alex thought he was going to retire early and has given up the petrochemical industry to help run the print side of Old West Press. The Tschaar’s will continue the 30-year legacy of Old West Press. We welcome the Tschaars as the new owners of Old West Press.

A reminder that this month’s SunDowner will now be held at Village Interiors Carpet One on Trinity Lane on Wednesday, July 24. Watch for your invitation in your e-mail inbox.

Our renewals this week include the Oak Ridge Lodge on Hot Springs Boulevard, which is under new management. Also renewing is the Tri-County Head Start program located on 8th Street and providing early childhood care and education.

Don’t forget to pick up your “Thank you Firefighter” posters (made by our youth) from the Chamber, or call us and we will have one delivered to your business. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to stop by The Outfitter Department Store on Pike Drive and purchase a pair of socks to be given to a well-deserving firefighter. More details can be found in this edition of The SUN.

This story was posted on July 12, 2013.