Last call for 2014 calendar photos

SUN Columnist

Four seasons, thousands of acres of picturesque views, seasonal activities, abundant wildlife, and an opportunity to show off all of our community’s assets and share them with hundreds of people who love Pagosa Springs.

Photos of these aspects of the area are part of the Pagosa Calendar.

The final date to enter your scenic Pagosa photos for the 2014 Pagosa Calendar is Monday, June 10. This will be the third year the Pagosa Springs calendar has been produced by the Chamber, comprising photos by residents and visitors.

Thirteen months of photographs make for a fantastic review of Pagosa throughout the seasons. Locals and visitors love to have the calendar at hand, reminding them of why they love to live here or why they visit and want to come back. The calendar also lists some of Pagosa’s more major events and other interesting tidbits about our community. These calendars also make terrific gifts.

The calendars will be available for sale by the beginning of July.

If your business would like to carry these calendars in your establishment, they are available to you at a discoiut if ordered in quantities of 25 or more.

If you would like to submit photos that represent Pagosa, please send them to Stacy Kirby, special events coordinator, at or drop them by the Chamber on a CD disc. All photos must be at a minimum 300 dpi and submitted in an electronic version. Photos should also list the location or view and include the photographer’s name. We love giving credit where credit is due, and you never know if it will be your photo that will be chosen to grace the calendar.

If you have any questions about the photos or the process, contact Stacy Kirby at 264-2360.

From passion to production

Have you thought of turning your hobby into a more lucrative business?

Would you like to produce product to be in craft shows or actually distribute your creation to other retail stores?

If so, there are several ways that you can take your passion and make it a viable business.

On Wednesday, June 19, the Chamber will host the second in a three-part Women’s Conference series at the Quality Resort from 4-7 p.m.

The afternoon will include successful women speakers.

Sarah Shaw, of Entreprenette Consulting, had a very successful purse design business until the market crashed. Not letting that deter her, Sarah recreated herself and not only started another successful business, but now consults with women wishing to get into the design and production industry. She will give you tips on how you might be able to get your product in front of the right people. It’s not just who you know, it’s how you approach them, says Shaw, as she offers you strategy tips.

Also speaking will be Laura Lewis-Marchino, assistant director of Region 9 Economic Development, and Sherry Waner, VP of government and business lending at First Southwest Bank. These women will give you ideas on how you can finance your endeavors, tax credits that, as a woman business owner, you can qualify for, and what you will need to do in order to speak with representatives of the finance community. Lending is not dead, and there are banks and sources out there to help women business owners.

The evening will end with a networking reception with a cash bar, and you can speak with other business women and the speakers in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere.

Even if you are not interested in starting a business at this time, come out for an educational and interesting evening with other like-minded businesswomen. Perhaps you are looking to expand your current business; attend this conference and you might get some enlightening ideas. We want to thank Growing Spaces for again sponsoring the Women’s Conference.

Reserve your space by calling or e-mailing the Chamber. The cost for the conference is $7. Between the speakers and the networking and social interaction, the women will be on fire with great ideas and new business relationships.

Ride the Rockies 

One more reminder: the Colorado bike tour, Ride the Rockies, arrives in Pagosa Springs on Tuesday, June 11.

More than 2,000 riders and support staff will swell the community’s population that day. They will depart on Wednesday, June 12, for Alamosa.

We expect an early to mid-day arrival as the riders want to get here to enjoy our hot springs facilities, our great restaurants and our fun Party in the Park.

Festivities in the park begin at noon with a live remote by KWUF and recorded music. The remote will also take place at the high school as riders arrive.

Live music begins around 3 p.m. with Bob Hemenger and his saxophone and background music combination. At about 4:45 p.m., Brooks-I will entertain the gathering crowds. At 6:30 p.m. the Black Lillies will perform, thanks to the assistance of FolkWest, who helped secure their stayover from the Folk n’ Bluegrass Festival weekend.

All entertainment during the Party in the Park is free. There will be delicious food available from non-profit agencies, as well as a beer and wine garden. Ride the Rockies beer sponsor this year is Odell Brewing Co. from Fort Collins, Colo. They will serve up five special beers during this tour.

Riders and staff will be looking for great, local places to eat. There will be busses transporting riders throughout town. The riders always enjoy the ambiance and hospitality of the communities throughout the ride, and we usually excel in extending great service. We will have a satellite information booth set up at the high school, staffed by our knowledgeable volunteers. Community maps have been created showing lodging and restaurant facilities, banks, grocery and convenience stores, and bus stops. Restaurants are welcome to put out fliers listing special menu items offered for the tour. If you are able to open early for business on Wednesday, June 12, let Mary Jo Coulehan know by 5 p.m. Friday, June 7.

We welcome the 28th Ride the Rockies tour back to Pagosa Springs after a three-year hiatus. We wish everyone a safe ride, lots of fun while in our community, and a great overview of southern Colorado during the tour.


We would like to welcome a new business to our community by celebrating with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 13, at Martie’s Mercantile located at 52 Trinity Lane. The ribbon cutting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Come and see what great finds — old and new — Martie has waiting at her 2,400 square-foot store.

Saturday, June 15, will see several ribbon cuttings, the first being at Mountain Landing, celebrating the opening of their RV park. The ribbon cutting will be at noon. In addition to their comfortable accommodations, Mountain Landing now offers RV spaces at a location convenient to town. Come and help celebrate their expansion success.

The other ribbon cutting will be held at Riff Raff Brewing Company at 6 p.m. Celebrate this new brewery and see how they have transformed an historic building. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with Brooks-I, and beverages and food will be available.

Congratulations to these new endeavors.

We have two new members joining the Chamber this week.

First off, is Martie’s Mercantile. She has furniture and home decor, gifts, accessories, beads, antiques and jewelry. Her store consists of 2,400 square feet of treasures — old and new. She also carries handcrafted items by local artists. Stop by now, but make sure that you are there to welcome Martie Henderson to our community.

The other new member this week is Matt Roane with Roane & Roane, LLP. Roane & Roane is a local law practice that can give you counsel on real estate and business operations, contract, civil rights and civil litigation. The office is located in the Heritage Building across from the county courthouse in downtown Pagosa. To schedule a consultation, or to meet Matt, contact him at (970) 507-7117.

Our renewing members this week include Floyd and Stella’s; the Pagosa Bar; Coin Crafters and Engravers; Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours in Durango; and Tierra Wools, in Tierra Amarille, N.M.

As the bike riders approach, please share the road and watch out for the summer traffic. Be prepared for our summer guests and shower them with our well-known, great Pagosa hospitality.

This story was posted on June 6, 2013.