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Wake Up Pagosa series looks at real estate market

Deneice Stacy, president of the Pagosa Springs Association of Realtors, will be the guest speaker Tuesday, Aug. 4, at our morning Wake Up Pagosa breakfast.

How is the real estate market doing in Pagosa? We hear a lot about this in passing, but do we really know? What kind of properties are selling? How do we compare with other towns in Colorado and the nation? What is the mortgage situation? These questions and many more topics will be covered in our morning session.

Wake Up Pagosa is held the first Tuesday of each month beginning 7:30-8:30 a.m. The sessions are held at the Pagosa Mountain Hospital, and include a tasty breakfast. The cost is $8 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Attend a session, get better educated on a topic, and get your questions answered by a knowledgeable source. This open discussion session gets your day started, and then you can get to work. To make a reservation, call the Chamber at 264-2360.

Summer events

There were a couple of firsts last weekend in Pagosa. The Devil Mountain Run, hosted by GECKO, a 50K ultramarathon race, the second in a three-race series, brought more than 70 out-of-town racers to Pagosa, with more than 150 total participants. The first Renaissance and Pirate Festival also held in town, bringing in hundreds of local and out-of-town visitors to the event. We hope these events will continue in years to come and grow in popularity and size.

There are more events planned for the upcoming weeks.

We just had an extreme 50K race and now, for the not-so-extreme athlete, there is the Cruise-a-Thong: the race for the average Joe or Josephine.

The Cruise-a-Thong is a triathlon including a very casual cruiser bike tour around town, a leisurely flip-flop walk down the San Juan Riverwalk, and a very slow tube (or other inflatable vessel) ride down the San Juan River. The event is set for Saturday, July 25, and begins somewhere around 11 a.m. in Town Park and ends whenever, also in Town Park.

The winner is the person with the most “average” time. There are prizes, giveaways and lots of fun. There will be a $25 entry fee.

Points can be deducted for going too fast, for new equipment, fancy flip flops or other high maintenance gear, or for too much energy expended by a participant.

So, deflate your tube, pull out your very mediocre bike, don some wacky clothing and head down to Town Park on Saturday.

Charity motorcycle rally

For all you motorcycle enthusiasts, there will be a rewarding motorcycle rally from Pagosa to Chama and back on Saturday, July 25, hosted by the ABATE of Colorado D-19 Club. The rally will be held to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Upon return to Pagosa, there will be a silent auction at Nello’s at 3 p.m.

To participate in this worthwhile event, stop by Mountain Home Sound and Security in the Country Center Plaza to register. Registration is $20 for singles, $30 for couples. Rally day registration takes place at Mountain Home Sound and Security from 9-10 a.m. Saturday. There will be a cash lunch at the High Country Lounge in Chama where they will draw for two $25 gift certificates.

If you have any questions about the ride, call Mona at 946-8107, or Storm at 946-8105. Ride for a Cure on Saturday, July 25, beginning at 10 a.m.

It’s fair time

Buy some new boots or find your old ones, and get ready for a great time at the 2009 Archuleta County Fair. Events start Thursday, July 30, with a scarecrow contest, 4-H dog obedience and agility demonstrations. There is a goat show and live music on Thursday evening. Friday’s highlights include rabbit and swine shows during the day, with a steer show in the evening, as well as the Colgate Country Showdown and live music in the activity tent.

Saturday is always a big day at the fair, with all the 4-H livestock participants getting ready for a full day of activities. The annual horseshoe tournament is on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. The Chuck Wagon Dinner begins at 4 p.m. and the livestock auction begins at 6:30. Tim Sullivan and Narrow Gauge get everyone up and dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight.

The Kid’s Rodeo on Sunday will get you laughing, and you’ll be amazed by the equestrian and ranching talents of so many of our youth. Another highlight for Sunday is the Lee Sterling Chili Cook-Off beginning with judging at 1 p.m. The public is invited for tasting, and casting votes for the People’s Choice Award, at 2 p.m. There are professional and amateur categories for red, green and novelty chili, as well as for salsa.

There is something for everyone at the Fair. Pick up your fair book at the Chamber or many other locations around town. Yours truly will once again be in the dunking booth on Friday, so come on out and take your best shot!

Music in the Mountains, Family Festivo

The classical music series, Music in the Mountains, continues through the month of July with a free family concert in Town Park on July 23 and four more concerts out at BootJack Ranch.

“Peter and the Wolf” will be the Family Festivo presentation with free food and games for the children, beginning at 11 a.m. today, in Town Park.

Carl Topilow will be the guest conductor for the pops concert at BootJack Ranch at 6:30 p.m. tonight. On Saturday, western music meets classical with Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis as the guest performers. Tuesday, Aug. 28, is a special family night with MITM conductor, Guillermo Figueroa and his sister, Ivonne Figueroa, as the performers, with Guillermo on violin and Ivonne on piano. The season comes to a close Friday, July 31, with Guillermo Figueroa as the conductor and the full orchestra in attendance.

Pagosa is lucky to have this high-quality music series in our community. Tickets can be purchased online at, or at the Chamber of Commerce.

Roberts to speak

Representative Ellen Roberts will be in town Monday, Aug. 3, for a 10:30 a.m. public forum. She will discuss issues in the state and conduct a question-and-answer session in the Pagosa Room at the Pagosa Mountain Hospital. All are welcome to this open forum.

Membership news

We have two new members joining the Chamber this week.

Abate of Colorado is a non-profit, educational, charitable and safety-oriented motorcycle rights organization. They work to preserve freedom of the road, to unite motorcyclists, to promote fair legislation, safety and rider education, and to provide a network for communication on issues affecting motorcycles. We look for great involvement with this group. They also put on the Thursday night rides here in Pagosa. Interested parties can go to Mountain Home Sound and Security in the Country Center Plaza by 6 p.m. Each week, weather permitting, there is a different ride. Interested parties can call Juan Carlos Calderon at 946-8105.

We also welcome Pathfinder Construction of SW Colorado. Specializing in log home construction, Pathfinder Construction can build the home you want depending on size, budget and lifestyle. Your final product is of the upmost importance to Pathfinder. Give them a call at 264-9147 to schedule an appointment and see their portfolio.

Renewing with the Chamber this week are: the Dogwood Café; Thin Air Landscapes Architecture; and Outlaw Tours.

We also welcome back our Friends of the Chamber, Harris and Karen Bynum — generous and giving residents of our community.

As we wait for a break in the heat, it is always enjoyable to watch all sorts of activity right outside our doors on the river. With the relocation and design of “The Wave” it has been interesting to observe the diverse use of the river. We are a lucky community to have such an amenity. I hope we continue to make the most of this natural feature and work with all groups involved to enhance it.