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There are nine days left to vote for Mural on Main

As of today, April 22, there are nine days left for you to vote for the Mural on Main Pepsi Refresh Grant.

We are out there beating the bushes to garner more votes.

Thanks to businesses such as Parelli Natural Horsemanship and Ride the Rockies for putting it on their Facebook pages, and to the high school and junior high teachers and students who are voting in class and on their own time.

There are other organizations competing for Pepsi Refresh grants that have come from behind and have a strong vote count, so we need to do the same. If we can just move off the 40th-place dime, I know that we can build momentum. This is when groups will really start working and shoving out those organizations that don’t care anymore. Just think about what can happen when all the visitors who have been to Pagosa or who are coming to Pagosa kick in and start voting these last weeks. We can move!

Make sure everyone in your office is voting every day. Please make a plea to family and friends to vote and to get their friends to vote. Use your Facebook pages and friends. Remember to vote as a family from every e-mail address you can get your hands on. Picture the mural and the new facility. Know what you did as a community to get this project funded; congratulate yourselves on how hard you worked and remember, if we succeed, we don’t have to use one dime of community money.

Let’s really go Pagosa down the last stretch. Don’t give up. Dig deep, find people, let’s vote and get this mural area done. Thank you, everyone, for working so hard.

Business Bites

On Tuesday, April 27, experts from Wells Fargo Bank and the Small Business Development Center will present critical information you need to have before starting or expanding your business, or attempting to improve cash flow.

This Business Bites is sponsored by Wells Fargo and the vice president of SBA lending for Wells Fargo, Tom Francis, will be on hand. Also present will be Joe Keck, director of the SBDC at Fort Lewis College. Joe will talk about alternative small business loans, equity programs, and keys to maximizing business success.

Many people think they cannot get a loan. These gentlemen will guide you to a financial assistance program that is right for you. There are lending opportunities out there, but there are also stricter guidelines. Don’t be discouraged, be knowledgeable.

Lunch and a tremendous amount of valuable information is only $5 and the session will begin at noon at the Ross Aragon Community Center in the East Tile Room. Walk-ins are welcome; however, we would like an approximate head count, so call the Chamber to reserve your spot for lunch.

Earth Day

Once again we would like to thank Archuleta County and the community for E-cycling. It was a huge success. The toxicity that is associated with dismantling computers, monitors, laptops and other equipment is becoming a big problem. Our recycling efforts with La Plata County are performed responsibly. Know that your contribution to the recycling effort helped save a lot of toxic landfill space.

Earth Day celebrations continue on Saturday, April 24, at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. We appreciate the Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS) for hosting this fun and educational day. Come out from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and enjoy all the different Earth Day programs at the center. For more information, read the article in this week’s SUN or call the Chamber and we can fax you a schedule. Better yet, drop in at the Visitor Center and pick up a schedule.

3 Photographers

Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts will open a new exhibit, 3 Photographers, Saturday, April 24. Winning photographers from the Shy Rabbit National Juried Exhibition in 2009 will present some of their works. The photographers include Linda Alterwitz from Nevada, Gary Engle from Ohio, and Mark Gottlieb from California. What is unique about this show is the artists’ non-conventional approach to the photographic process. Saturday’s artists’ reception is open to the public, begins at 5 p.m. and continues until 8. The exhibit will continue until May 31. Shy Rabbit is located at 333 Bastille Drive. For more information, contact the gallery at 731-2766.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Don your sandals, high-heeled shoes, sneakers or any other foot attire and join the fun trek around town at the Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program’s “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” sexual assault awareness event. The leisurely walk around town begins at the Methodist Thrift Store (where you can get shoes on loan) on Thursday, April 29, beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will be no chanting, sign waving, or soliciting — just a stroll around town to gather a breath of fresh air, for a good cause. Last year there were over 60 walkers; I hope there will be many more this year. For more information, contact Carmen Hubbs at 264-9075 or just show up at the Methodist Thrift Store.

Membership

We have some solid and loyal Chamber renewals this week, including: Wyndham Resorts; Bank of the San Juans; Eddie and Troyena Campbell with The Branding Iron Bar-B-Q; El Rancho Pinoso; Canyon Crest Lodge; Mountain Landing Guest Quarters; Solid Management Disaster and Restoration Services with Jeshua Thomas; and Southwest Property Trust with Scott Tonges. Our non-profit agencies include the San Juan Mountain Association and the Pagosa Springs Arts Alliance. From the Durango area, we have Mild to Wild Rafting.

Dig deep, Pagosa, and let’s win one for our community with the Mural on Main/Pepsi Refresh Program. Thanks to all who have been so supportive in helping us vie for this grant. Just about a week to go — don’t give up, make it happen!