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Chamber has list of open businesses, holiday services

For our guests and for locals, the Chamber has a list of restaurants that will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as church services for Dec. 24 and 25.

The lists will be available at the Chamber/Visitor Center and will be posted in the outdoor kiosk and inside the center, with fliers available.

If your business hours have changed, you have added items, service or hours since our last phone call, or you didn’t respond to our inquiry and would like to be added to the list, call the Chamber as soon as possible so we can modify the information and include you.

Don’t run around town looking for something open, just call the Chamber at 264-2360 and we will gladly get you that information.

Michael Martin Murphey

Grammy Award winning musician Michael Martin Murphey returns to Pagosa Springs for a one-night-only concert Wednesday, Dec. 29, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. This is a fantastic opportunity for locals who missed the last concert due to a sold-out house and visitors who may not have another opportunity to see this award-winning singer/songwriter perform. Murphey, along with cowboy singer Fred Hargrove, will perform at the Ross Aragon Community Center beginning at 7 p.m.

Most known for the country blockbuster “Wildfire,” Murphey has written and performed numerous other hits earning him Grammy nominations and awards, as well as a place in the Cowboy Hall of Fame for the Western Heritage Award five times. “Murph” epitomizes the soul of the American West through his lifestyle and other endeavors such as WestFest. Concertgoers will be treated to an evening of hit songs and wonderful storytelling.

Joining Murphey will be regional cowboy singer, Fred Hargrove, whose most recent CD, “My Sacred Ground,” was just nominated for the Best Traditional Western Album of the Year by the Western Music Association.

Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce and are $30. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. There will also be a beer, wine and snack bar at the concert. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. For more information or to purchase your tickets over the phone, please call the Chamber at 264-2360.

Citizen and Volunteer of the Year

Time is running out to get your nomination forms to the Chamber for the Citizen and Volunteer of the Year awards. Nomination forms were included in your last newsletter, so nominate a friend, colleague or someone who should have been nominated in years past. Forms are also available at the Chamber and can be faxed to you.

While the two awards are similar, there are some major differences. The Citizen of the Year must have been a resident in Pagosa Country for at least three years. This person, persons or group must also have made a significant change in at least one of four categories: Lifestyle, Philanthropic, Economic or Cultural. In both categories, nominees perform their work without an expectation of return or compensation. Honor those who make a huge difference in our community through their volunteer efforts. Send in your nomination forms by Friday, Jan. 7, to the Chamber of Commerce.

NxLevel for Entrepreneurs

The Leading Edge Entrepreneurial Training course will start Wednesday, Jan. 12.

The class includes 12 sessions geared at helping business owners develop a new or expanded business product. The class is held every Wednesday for 12 weeks from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

The cost is $280 for the class; however, there will be three scholarships offered this time around. Many thanks to Region 9 Economic Development District, the SW Colorado Small Business Development Center and the Lindblad Group for their generous scholarship offers.

To apply for a scholarship, download the application from the SBDC website at http://soba.ftlewis.edu/sbdc/seminar.html. You can then mail or fax the application with a one-page written narrative describing your business background, why you need the scholarship, and how it will help you achieve your business goals. Submit the application and narrative to Lynn Asano, SBDC, 140 Education Building, 1000 Rim Dr., Durango, CO 81301.

Silent auction

The donations are coming in for the Chamber’s annual membership meeting and celebration silent auction and we are very excited by the response.

Goods, trips and services are all rolling in for the auction event. This year will be the Chamber’s 35th in operation, serving the community. For something different at this year’s celebration, we are instituting a silent auction, with an opportunity for member businesses to offer coupons. The thought is to offer some customer incentives during the slower months of the year in Pagosa. Businesses should have 150 coupons available for the annual meeting. Attendees can then pick up them up and use them throughout the coupons’ life-spans. It should be a win-win scenario for everyone participating.

The annual Chamber meeting is open to the public and we welcome any business owner interested in joining the Chamber. With this year being the start of our 35th anniversary, we are planning a big extravaganza. A sumptuous prime rib dinner with all the accoutrements will be served; there will be a cash bar, dancing, awards and the silent auction.

Tickets are $35 per person for all this fun. The celebration will be held at the Pagosa Lodge, where there will be plenty of parking and space for socializing. Dancing will be to the sounds of Groove Kitchen, fast becoming one of Pagosa’s most requested bands. The evening will also feature door prizes and high energy. This will be the final time you will be able to vote for one of six chamber board of director candidates. Three nominees will be selected from the slate of six.

Voting for the board nominees is currently underway at the Chamber and tickets for the annual meeting are available at the Visitor Center.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 264-2360.

Membership

We have renewals to announce this week: Kitzel Farrah with San Juan Veterinary Hospital; The Durango Herald; Southwest Land Consulting with Tom Thorpe; the new sponsors for the Green Business Leadership Award and founders of the Farmers Market, the Southwest Organization for Sustainability; and the Wolf Creek Trailblazers.

We hope all our residents and our visitors have a wonderful Christmas. There is plenty of snow and lots of activities planned for the holidays. If you have any questions, contact the Chamber. The offices and Visitor Center will be open on Sunday, Dec. 26 and on Jan. 2.

Merry Christmas, everyone. Thank you for all your support and enjoy your holidays with family and friends.