‘Pick-up Pagosa Country” winners announced

As part of its continuing anti-litter campaign, the Town of Pagosa Springs recently invited local students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade to enter the “Pick-up Pagosa Country” poster and essay contests.

Thanks to the cooperation of the elementary, intermediate and junior high schools, the town parks and recreation office received and judged entries from over 200 students.

Entrants were asked to focus on the impacts of litter and importance of recycling in our community. Kindergarten through fourth graders were asked to submit entries in the poster contest, while children in grades five through eight were asked to enter the essay contest.

All participating students are commended for their hard work, creativity and participation, and the following students are recognized for submitting entries which garnered top honors in their respective grades.

In kindergarten, we recognize Brighid Parken for earning first place, Trevor Moore for second place, and Jeri Coffelt for placing third.

In first grade, top honors went to Cameron Monteferrante, while Teagan Stretton took second place and Amber Merfeld earned third.

In second grade, Emma Casaceli placed first, Desiray Martin placed second and Rico Montoya placed third.

In third grade, Trevor Bryant grabbed first-place honors, Kayla Nasralla nabbed second, and Mariah O’Cana took third.

In fourth grade, Addie Thompson placed first, Katreena Yeneza took second, and Abbey Johnson earned third. Also, Brandon Pyles earned special recognition and bonus points for submitting his entry on recycled cardboard.

The winners of the essay contest include Devan Monkiewicz, who took first place among fifth-graders, and Maya Novak-Herzog, who took the top spot among seventh-graders.

In addition, Sierra Monteferrante earned second-place honors in the seventh-grade division, while Shawnee Koster, Mesa Lynch and Morgan Shelton each placed third.

Each of the above-mentioned students will receive a certificate of award for their entries, while the work of those earning first-place honors will be published in an upcoming edition of The SUN.

On behalf of Mayor Ross Aragon’s Green Ribbon Panel on Litter Awareness and Education, the parks and recreation office would again like to thank all the administrators, teachers, parents and students who helped make the “Pick-up Pagosa Country” contests a success.

Youth basketball

Practices for the nine to 10, and 11 to 13 youth basketball seasons began this week and will run through next week. Parents who have not yet been contacted by a head coach should call the recreation office to obtain roster information.

Games in the nine to 10 division will be played in the Community Center gym Tuesdays and Thursdays, while games in the 11 to 12 division will be played Mondays and Wednesdays in the same venue.

Games will begin Jan. 26, and the seasons will run through early March. Schedules are available at the recreation office and on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

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

Tree recycling

The Town of Pagosa Springs is once again conducting a Christmas tree recycling program. Anyone wishing to participate can take trees to be recycled to South Pagosa Park on South 8th St. between now and the end of March.

Look for the signs directing recyclers to the collection area. To ensure that trees can be properly recycled, please remove all lights and ornaments before leaving your tree.

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 logging on to townofpagosasprings.com.