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Local kids urged to enter poster and essay contests

As part of its continuing anti-litter campaign, the Town of Pagosa Springs is again inviting local students in grades K-8 to enter the second annual “Pick-up Pagosa Country” poster and essay contests.

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

Through Oct. 31, children in grades K-4 can join the Green Ribbon Panel’s cause by submitting entries in the poster contest, while children in grades 5-8 can get involved by entering the essay contest.

The theme for entries in the poster contest (grades K-4) 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 5-8) 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 1859, 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 SUN.

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

Youth volleyball

The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department will accept youth volleyball registrations for all children ages 9-12 through Friday, Sept. 25.

Registrations for this coed program will be available at the recreation office in Town Hall, and will also be available for download through the recreation department link at

Registrations have been distributed to local schools. Parents are reminded that all registrations should be submitted to the recreation office in Town Hall.

Cost is $30 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same, immediate family who participates. The season is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-October and will run through late November.

Age divisions will be 9-10 and 11-12. Volunteer coaches for both divisions are needed and appreciated. The season will consist of clinic-style sessions which will include drills, an introduction to game rules and scrimmages. All sessions are tentatively scheduled to take place during the week (evenings) at the junior high school.

For more information, contact Andy Rice, recreation supervisor, at 264-4151, Ext. 231.

Youth soccer

Youth soccer schedules for all divisions are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and through the recreation department link at

Games began last week and will run through early October. Please note that games for the 5-6 and 7-8 divisions have been scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays at the elementary school soccer fields, while the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions will play Tuesdays and Thursdays at Yamaguchi Park on South 5th Street.

However, since teams from Dulce, N.M. are again included in the league, local teams in the 5-6 and 7-8 divisions will occasionally play Thursdays against Dulce at the elementary school; the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions will always play Thursdays against Dulce (or each other) at Yamaguchi Park.

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

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 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.