Economic development topic at Wake Up Pagosa

After a successful initial Wake Up Pagosa, the Chamber is proud to continue the monthly breakfast series on Tuesday, June 2, with guest speaker Bart Mitchell, director of Archuleta Economic Development Association (AEDA).

Lone eagles and high flyers, business attraction versus business retention; economic diversification, business mentoring; short-term and long-term economic growth — these are but a few of the topics Bart will cover in this enlightening morning session.

If you are in the dark about any of these issues, or about what Archuleta Economic Development is working on, this session is for you. Economic development has been on the minds of many Pagosa residents, so there should be a healthy crowd at this breakfast information session.

The Wake Up Pagosa series was developed to help educate the community about various, timely community issues or projects. The breakfast meeting is meant to be a two-way street: attendees can find out about the organization that is represented at the meeting, and audience members can ask questions or share ideas.

Wake Up Pagosa will be held at the Pagosa Mountain Hospital, in the Pagosa Room. The Pines Café will serve up a tasty breakfast of pancakes, french toast and fresh fruit. The breakfast is $8 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Although walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis, there is limited seating and the room was at capacity at the last breakfast meeting. Please reserve your seat by calling the Chamber at 264-2360.

Fiber Festival

Those loveable, wooly, fiber-producing animals will return to Town Park on May 30 and 31 for the annual Fiber Festival. The park will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.

Sheep, alpacas, llamas, goats and other animals will be on display. Fiber goods will be available for purchase. The yarns are amazingly colorful and carefully dyed and there will be spinning products galore. Finished goods will be sold at the festival as well.

Another major part of the Fiber Festival is the Navajo Rug Auction, which will be held Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. at the community center. Stunning rugs of all sizes will be on hand for auction at this yearly sale.

Ranchers and weavers in this community are growing in number, and there will be some stunning displays of their work. Take the family out for a fun day in the park May 30 and 31, with admission only $1.

Wounded Warriors

After receiving a call from a resident asking if we ever get requests to house Wounded Warriors and offering his house, Autumn Daily of the Chamber researched the organization and decided to start a Pagosa Springs Wounded Warrior project.

This project has many facets. It honors service men and women who have been injured in the line of duty with a respite in our beautiful community. It gives local veterans a chance to hook into the national Wounded Warrior organization. It also shows great community spirit and support of those individuals who have served our country and been injured while doing so.

And community support has been absolutely overwhelming! The number of individuals and businesses that have contributed to this project is humbling. A list of contributors will be published after the event, as donations of all kinds are still coming in. As is the case with many other events, this would not be possible without community support — and the Wounded Warrior Project exemplifies the generosity of this wonderful community.

A public welcoming ceremony will be held Monday, June 1, beginning at 9 a.m. at The Springs Resort. There will be many activities, including the presentation of colors by American Legion Post 108; keynote speaker Maj. General Frank Grass, Director of Operations U.S. Northern Command; and patriotic and inspirational music by Russ Murphy. This moving ceremony will not only honor the visiting warriors, but those individuals in our community who honorably served our country.

We want to thank all the generous businesses and individuals that have helped us with this program. The generosity of this community never ceases to amaze me.

Membership news

We welcome some new businesses to the Chamber this week — and what interesting businesses they are.

We start off with a place for children of all ages to enjoy games — in an inside venue! Welcome to Pagosa Game Space with Maggie Greenwood and Steve Ives. Pagosa Game Space is a game center with PC games, board games, role playing games, Xbox, Wii and much more. There will be concessions, a place to relax and a big screen TV, all for a very reasonable price. Pagosa Game Space is located at the corner of San Juan and 6th streets. We thank Steve and Maggie for bringing us this much-needed amenity. For more information, you can call 264-0522.

Interested in flying? Anne Kawtsky now has Aviation Business Concepts. As an experienced aviator, Anne offers general aviation promotion flight instruction. Anne is also an accomplished pilot for CareFlight medical transport. From first-time flyers to those needing to complete or update their hours to help them negotiate this mountainous region, Anne is available to help. Call (970) 422-4855 for more information.

Marnie George also joins this week with In the Dog House. Your pet will never be so happy to go in the dog house. Marnie offers doggy day care and is a certified behavioral trainer specializing in difficult or troubled dogs. Group classes and private instruction are available. Marnie is willing to assess any Pagosa “Marley” types. Call 731-1579 for an appointment.

Renewals this week include Wyndham Vacation Resorts; Outback Mountain ATV Rentals; Ears 2 U Hearing Aid Center; and Mild to Wild Rafting, in Durango.

Non-profits renewing this week are the Upper San Juan EMT Association and EMS; Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center; and the Pagosa Springs Arts Alliance.

Don’t forget there are many more events coming up in the early part of June: Free Friday and the Folk ‘N Bluegrass Festival from June 5 -7, the first of the Gecko Race Series with the Turkey Track Trail marathon and half-marathon on June 6, and another new Chamber thank-you event — the Picnic in the Park and Super Services Auction on June 13. Stay tuned for more information.

Photo courtesy Autumn Daily
The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council has provided a donation of $3,000 to help support the Wounded Warrior project. From left, in front are Marjorie Borst, Chairman Matthew J. Box, and Ramona Y. Eagle. In back, from left, are Steve Herrera, Alex Cloud, Barbara Scott-Rarick and Jim R. Newton. The events will take place June 1-5. There will be a special recognition event for honored guests at The Springs Resort on June 1, beginning at 9 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. Frank Grass, director of operations from the U.S. Northern Command. The national anthem will be sung by Wounded Warrior alumni Zaneta Adams. The public is invited to attend. A special invitation is extended to all veterans and active duty military and their families for this special event.