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Youth basketball tips off Monday

Youth basketball games for ages 9-12 will commence next week; games will be played according to the following dates and locations:

Monday, Jan. 25 in the Ross Aragon Community Center — In the 11-12 division, Black faces Red at 6:15 p.m. and Navy takes on Columbia at 7:20 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 26 in the Ross Aragon Community Center — In the 9-10 division, Green faces Maroon at 5:30 p.m., Royal takes on Orange at 6:25 p.m. and Gold plays Columbia at 7:20 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27 in the Ross Aragon Community Center — In the 11-12 division, Columbia plays Black at 5:30 p.m. and Red faces Vegas at 6:35 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Ross Aragon Community Center — In the 9-10 division, Maroon faces Gold at 6:15 p.m. and Red plays Navy at 7:10 p.m.

Uniforms will be handed out on the night of each team’s first game. Throughout the season, games in the 9-10 division will be played in the community center or the junior high school gym Tuesdays and Thursdays, while games in the 11-12 division will be played Mondays and Wednesdays in the community center. The seasons will run through early March.

Schedules for both divisions are available at the recreation office in Town hall and are also posted in Adobe format on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

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

River features

There will be an opportunity for members of the public to view and comment on the proposed design for two whitewater features to be constructed in the Town Park stretch of the San Juan River.

The meeting will be hosted by Riverbend Engineering and the Town of Pagosa Springs, and will be held in the south conference room of the Ross Aragon Community Center Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 pm. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Construction of at least one of the proposed features is tentatively slated for this spring, with the possibility of an additional feature being constructed in the fall.

Anyone wishing to view the proposed plans can download them in Adobe format through a link on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

For more information on this project, call 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Cross-country skiing

Thanks to the efforts of the Pagosa Nordic Club, cross-country skiing trails have been groomed on Reservoir Hill, in Town Park and in Yamaguchi Park to offer a variety of Nordic skiing opportunities in downtown Pagosa Springs.

An access point for the Reservoir Hill system is just south of the post office on Hot Springs Boulevard. Another point of access is the Spa Trailhead off of San Juan Street.

There are trails for skiers of varying abilities, beginning with an easier loop at the midway meadow which joins trail No. 7 near the fire hydrant. It traverses back toward the cabin, crossing the road and continuing out trail No. 7, past the owl sculpture, to the meadow by the water tank, then looping back to the cabin.

From the cabin, a more difficult trail leads to the radio towers and back down to the midway meadow. This route is quite steep in spots, so less-experienced skiers should exercise caution. All users are requested to be aware of the presence of novice skiers and share the trails responsibly.

For more information on cross-country skiing opportunities, visit www.pagosanordic.com.

Skate pond

The skate pond at the River Center is open for the season. The hours of operation are from dawn to 10 p.m. every day, except on those nights when ice-maintenance operations are being performed.

Resurfacing will be scheduled for Monday and Thursday evenings unless weather conditions keep the work from taking place. On those nights, the pond will be closed at 6 p.m. A minimum ice thickness of four inches will be regularly monitored, but thin spots can occur, and an effort to mark them with orange safety cones will be made.

Pond users are requested to leave the cones in place. We also ask that no foreign objects be thrown onto the ice. The pond will remain open until safety concerns require its closure. Enjoy the ice.

Christmas tree recycling

The Town of Pagosa Springs is again conducting a Christmas tree recycling program. Trees to be recycled can be dropped off at a newly-designated site at the south end of South Fifth Street any time before the end of March.

Look for the signs directing recyclers to the collection area. The parks department asks that recyclers remove all lights and ornaments before leaving your tree. The Parks Department will chip the collected trees into mulch to be used for landscaping projects during the coming season. Thank you for participating in this worthwhile undertaking.

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 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.