SOS busy with many events

The Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS) has been busy with many activities and programs — to include recycling, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the 2009 Farmer’s Market and Earth Day events.

A subcommittee of SOS, the Archuleta County Citizen’s Recycling Advisory Panel (CRAP) was formed in the fall of 2008. With monthly meetings, much enthusiasm, and many ideas, the panel was instrumental in getting the county to apply for a USDA grant for a county waste characterization feasibility study. The next meeting, which is open to all with an interest in recycling, is scheduled for Monday, March 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Greenbriar Plaza (Unit B-15). Among other topics, county commissioner Clifford Lucero will attend to present an update on planned recycling programs for the community.

In an effort to promote “green,” SOS is signed up to be in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Tuesday, March 17. To show interest and support of the environment, members and friends are welcome and encouraged to join us. We will meet at 3:30 p.m. by the old Sears building on South 6th Street.

Plans for the 2009 Farmer’s Market are underway. This year, the market is tentatively scheduled to be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the old Corner Store location, U.S. 160 and Piedra Road, beginning July 11 and running through September. The next planning meeting is Wednesday, March 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the River Pointe Café. For more information, contact the Farmer’s Market coordinator, Lisa Jenson, at 264-0430. 

With tremendous community support, SOS is coordinating events to celebrate Earth Day — April 22. Various organizations will host activities throughout the week, with a culmination of workshop presentations and children’s activities on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at the community center. For more information and/or to schedule an event, contact Christina Knoell at 398-0257.

On a final note, if you would like to become a member of SOS, or if you haven’t renewed your annual membership, please do so today. All of the activities described above require resources in the form of money and volunteer time. In addition, a major goal for 2009 is to establish ourselves as a formal 501(c)3 organization, which also requires funds. Please mail your check to POB 2491, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. For an update on SOS activities, visit our Web site at