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Assessor’s office shifts office hours

The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved updated hours for the Archuleta County Assessor’s Office at its July 2 meeting, with the updated schedule effective July 1.

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On July 2, the Town of Pagosa Springs formally lent its support to a Montrose-based developer, Colorado Outdoors LLC, for a More Housing Now grant application and also voted to enter into a developer agreement with the company. 

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At its July 2 meeting, the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) Board of Directors voted to table consideration of charging fees for out-of-district responses to its August meeting following board concerns about public confusion and a lack of public comments on the proposal.

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On June 27, the Pagosa Springs Town Council held a work session to review its goals and objectives.  The purpose of the session was for the council to hear updates from town staff on each of its major goals and objectives for the 2023-2024 season and then for the council to give staff some direction on these priorities for further action, explained Mayor Shari Pierce. 

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On July 2, the Pagosa Springs Town Council approved a 30-year lease with La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) for the usage of 5.18 acres on town-owned property on Trujillo Road for the purpose of a new LPEA substation. 

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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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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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The Archuleta County Combined Dispatch Emergency Communications Executive Management Board held a special meeting on Tuesday, July 9, in which the board voted unanimously for the county’s employers council to conduct an investigation into complaints against Emergency Communications Director Devin Moffat.

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On July 5, Archuleta County Clerk and Recorder Kristy Archuleta approved a recall petition regarding Commissioner Veronica Medina, which cites potential conflicts of interest concerning her votes on purchasing property for a county administration building and on the Archuleta County Land Use Regulations (LUR) as grounds for her removal.

Mountain Express Transit announces fare-free July and August

Zero Fare For Better Air, We’ll Get You There is a collaborative, statewide initiative designed to reduce ground-level ozone by increasing the use of transit. 

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The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) and San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) boards of directors approved a grazing lease, as well as a sand and gravel lease extension, with the Weber family for Running Iron Ranch at June 13 and June 17 meetings.

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At a June 20 meeting of the Archuleta County Board of Health (BoH), the board heard a presentation from Water Quality Manager Kevin Torrez concerning issues with the on-site wastewater treatment system (OWTS) regulations previously used by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and discussed potential paths forward.

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At June 4 and June 18 meetings, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved changes to the county’s land use regulations (LUR) concerning outdoor storage, neighborhood meetings, and short-term rental (STR) permitting and regulations.

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In a communication, Archuleta County Public Works Director Mike Torres explains that Archuleta County Road and Bridge crews will begin performing hot-in-place asphalt recycling on area roads beginning July 9.

The unofficial results of the June 25 primary election have been released, with Archuleta County voters sending John Ranson to the November general election for Archuleta County commissioner for District 2.

Lisa Scott named parade grand marshal

The Fourth of July Parade will start at 10 a.m. on July 4 and will feature our 2024 grand marshal, Lisa Scott. 

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At a June 24 meeting of the Archuleta County Road and Bridge Advisory Committee, Road and Bridge Manager Eric McRae explained that county roads were impacted by a large number of washouts caused by …

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Housing project receives $4.75 million grant

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), through the Division of Housing’s state housing board, announced on Tuesday, June 25, that it awarded more than $41 million in rental and homeownership support for a total of 414 housing units to be constructed across the state.

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The Cone Zone Care Committee, an extension of the Main Street Advisory Board, hosted an informational public meeting about Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT’s) upcoming main street reconstruction project on June 18.

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Lodgers’ tax up compared to 2023

At a regular meeting held by the Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board on June 18, Tourism Director Jennifer Green provided a brief report on lodgers’ tax collection.

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