Pick Up Pagosa Country contests

As part of its continuing anti-litter campaign, the Town of Pagosa Springs is inviting local students in grades K-eight to enter the Pick-up Pagosa Country poster and essay contests.

The Pick-up Pagosa Country campaign was launched this summer by the Green Ribbon Panel on Litter Awareness and Education, an anti-litter task force assembled last year by Mayor Ross Aragon. The panel includes representation from local government, service and volunteer groups and meets regularly to identify methods to promote recycling and anti-litter efforts.

Through the end of the month, children in grades K-four can join the Green Ribbon Panel’s cause by submitting entries in the poster contest, while children in grades five through eight can get involved by entering the essay contest.

The theme for entries in the poster contest (grades K-four) is, naturally, “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should focus on the impacts of litter and/or recycling on our community and should be submitted according to the following general guidelines:

• All entries should be submitted on 8.5x11 paper.

• Any art supplies can be used.

• Neatness, legibility and creativity are essential.

• Artwork must be original and hand-drawn.

• Include student’s name, grade and phone number on the back of entry.

The theme for entries in the essay contest (grades five-eight) is also “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should explain why local litter prevention and/or recycling efforts are important and should follow these guidelines:

• All entries must be legibly handwritten on 8.5x11 paper.

• Entries are limited to a maximum of 250 words.

• Include student’s name, grade and phone number with entry.

Submissions can be dropped off at the front desk in Town Hall until 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Submissions can also be mailed to: Pick-up Pagosa Country Contest, Town Hall, P.O. Box 1849, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Submissions will not be returned.

Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place entries in each grade. The first-place entries in each grade will be recognized in an upcoming issue of the The SUN.

For more information, call 264-4151, Ext. 232, or e-mail tcarosello@centurytel.net.

Basketball registration

Registration for this year’s 7- and 8-year-old youth basketball league will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Children who will be 7 or 8 years old as of Nov. 15 are eligible to register. The 7-8 season is tentatively scheduled to begin in early November and will run through mid-December.

Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall. Registrations are also available online in Adobe format at www.townofpagosasprings.com (click on the town departments link, then the recreation department link). Cost is $25 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same, immediate family who participates.

Please note that registration for the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions will begin in mid-November; the season for these divisions will not begin until early January.

Coaches and team sponsors for all divisions are needed and appreciated. Cost for sponsorship is $150, which includes sponsor’s name on team uniforms, commemorative plaque with team picture and recognition in media articles.

For more information call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Youth volleyball

The youth volleyball season is set to begin Monday, Oct. 15, at the junior high school.

The 9-10 division will practice every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. through late November. The 9-10 season will consist of clinic-style sessions which will include drills, an introduction to game rules and scrimmages.

The 11-12 division will be divided into teams and practice Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. early in the season, then play a live-game schedule during the latter half of the season.

Volunteer coaches are needed for the 11-12 division; if you are interested in being a head coach or an assistant, contact Andy Rice, recreation supervisor, at 264-4151, Ext. 231.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151, Ext. 301, or by logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link.

All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a regular basis.

If you have questions or concerns, or need additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.