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No injuries reported following explosion, structure fire

Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) personnel responded to a structure fire early in the morning of July 6 after an explosion was heard in the area.
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Commissioners approve contract for mill-in-place work

At the July 2 meeting of the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC), the board approved a contract with Hutch and Sons Construction to perform mill-in-place work on several local roads at a cost not to exceed $80,302.
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Hot-in-place asphalt recycling continuing

Hot-in-place asphalt recycling work will continue on area roadways this week, with the project planned to include portions of Navajo Trail Drive, South Pagosa Boulevard and North Pagosa Boulevard, according to a press release from Archuleta County Public Works Director Mike Torres.
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Charter school boards hears updates from school directors

The Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) board held a regular meeting on June 19, where it heard a tagged-teamed director’s report from School Director Angela Reali-Crossland and Assistant Director Emily Murphy.
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Charter school board approves budget, treasurer’s report

The Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) board unanimously approved its budget for the 2024-2025 fiscal year at a special meeting held on June 24.
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Obituaries
Rolan Caler
Rolan Caler passed away on June 26, 2024. He was born in Denver, Colo., on April 4, 1960, to Frank and Nyla Caler. He is the eldest of five siblings; below him are one brother and three sisters.
Tom Reynolds Jr.
Tom Reynolds Jr., age 99, a retired firefighter and lieutenant for the city Abilene, Texas, and a skilled log home builder, passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at Valley Nursing Center in Alexander County. He was born on Tuesday, May 5, 1925, in Anson Jones County, Texas.
Chrystal Marie Snow
Chrystal Marie Snow was born on Oct. 7, 1985, to John Reason “Reece” Snow and Janelle “Gidget” Norris.  She was loved and raised by many people throughout her childhood. The beauty of family is that you have a village of people who will step in and step up — and Chrystal had a very big family that loved her very much. 
Charles Ronald (Ron) Gustafson
Charles Ronald (Ron) Gustafson A celebration of life for Ron Gustafson, Mr. Pagosa, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Centerpoint Church. Gustafson, age 90, passed away on …
Wayne Harry Lumbattis
Wayne Harry Lumbattis passed away on April 10, 2024, in Winslow, Ariz., on his way back home in Pagosa Springs, Colo. He was born Dec. 10, 1933, in Long Beach, Calif., to Morris Charles and Viola Lillian (Davis) Lumbattis.
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Opinion
There is a definite pecking order among my children, and it’s no more me running the show and no more Mama’s house. I’ve had to move over. The position of the siblings in the …
“We are goldfish swimming in Christian waters,” writes Tom Holland in his recent book, “Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World.” Yet our society paddles …
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Faith

New Thought Center to meet Sunday

The Sunday service on July 14 at 10:30 a.m. will feature licensed mental health professionals Evelyn and Larry Malone speaking on “Spiritual Bypassing: Faith Needs Feet.”   …

UUs to stream general assembly Sunday service

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).   Each year, UUs gather from around the US and Canada to convene …

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Sports

74th annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo set for July 4-6

Cowboys and cowgirls from various states, on their trusty steeds, will travel to compete for prizes and prize money in the upcoming Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. The event is also filled with a variety of exhibition events to make an entertaining traditional American rodeo event.

The Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo began in Pagosa Springs in 1949 and has been a town and rodeo tradition ever since. 

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New bocce ball court completed, Wi-Fi coming to town parks

At its regular meeting held on June 6, the Combined Parks and Recreation Advisory Board heard a report from Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Director Darren Lewis.

Education

Early Childhood Council offers free college courses for early childhood educators

The Early Childhood Council of Archuleta County (ECCAC) is pleased to showcase the educators from Seeds of Learning, Wings Early Childhood Center and Pagosa Springs Elementary School who recently completed a locally held college course. 
Food

Simple tips for more flavorful grilling

Grilling is sometimes described as an art form. Many skilled grillmasters are a testament to that assertion, and it’s apparent to anyone who enjoys grilled foods that some who man the grill …
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Hurricane Beryl’s rapid intensification to Category 5 is alarming: Here’s why more tropical storms are exploding in strength
Hurricane Beryl hit the island of Carriacou, Grenada, on July 1, 2024, with 150 mph sustained winds. NOAA Hurricane Beryl was the latest Atlantic storm to rapidly intensify, growing quickly from …
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Cool Ways to Protect Yourself from Heat-Related Illness
(NAPSI)—Much of the U.S. could face hotter than normal conditions this year as the climate crisis drives higher temperatures—but you can keep yourself and those you care about safe.   …
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Celebrate Salad Season Outside the Bowl
(Family Features) From putting a family meal on the table after activities to hosting a large crowd at your next get-together, a seasonal favorite like Caesar salad can serve as the perfect canvas for creating quick, easy-to-prepare meals like Creamy Truffle Caesar Pork Sandwiches and Chicken Caesar Tacos.
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