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OK, it’s 2014! Gee whiz! Once again, there is the issue of a rec center in Pagosa Springs. Yes, the one in Durango is “lots of fun”—wish we had one here? Consider this: the population of Pagosa is about 10 percent that of Durango, which also has a population of college students. The population of our county is only 25 percent of La Plata County. So, with the difference in population, how often would folks in Pagosa have to use the center in order to “break even” on the day-to-day costs of operation? One might say, “Oh, the tourists will pick up the difference.” Really? I believe our tourists come to enjoy what they don’t have at home, e.g., our hot springs.
Pagosans — do you feel the need to just “get away,” do something different, now and then? Well, Durango is a nice little “get-away,” close by, and they have a rec center — take off and have fun for a day!
It’s a new year and let’s focus on those things that are financially sound and appropriate for our unique way of life!