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Register now for the first-ever Business Expo

Business owners and managers throughout the community are sending in their information to register for the first Business Expo.

The whole community is invited, but business owners in particular need to know what amenities are out there for them. There are many businesses in our community that are focused on serving other businesses and offer products specifically for the business community. Come to the Expo and find out more.

The event will be held at the Pagosa Lodge on Friday, May 13. The Expo will begin at 4 p.m. and be open until 7:30.

Each business will offer door prizes, there will be a reception with free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and business owners and managers will be able to talk about their services at designated times throughout the evening. We’ll also celebrate those businesses that took the time to fill out the paperwork and will receive a tax rebate from the Town of Pagosa Springs.

It will be a fast-paced, fun evening, featuring activities that highlight the businesses of our community. We’ll also have our regional partners in attendance: SBDC and Region 9

Registration forms were included in recent newsletters, but we can fax you a form or you can stop by the Chamber and fill one out on the spot.

Don’t miss out on all the fun and knowledge that will be available at this Inaugural Business Expo.

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

Earth Day

It’s springtime in the Rockies, so a little snow shouldn’t scare people away from a full day of activities Saturday, celebrating Earth Day.

All events this year (weather permitting) will be held in Town Park. The festivities, with a theme of “All Things Local,” kick off at noon.

There will be a clothing exchange booth (bring an item — take an item), educational booths, a plant sale, live music all day, a beer tent and food vendors. The Boy and Girl Scouts will be on hand to take your recyclable materials, such as cans and bottles, and give you information about recycling in Pagosa. You can also exchange a regular light bulb for an LED bulb. The Girl Scouts will be selling 30 seedlings as a fund-raising effort. Local healthy cooking writer Tess Challis will be on hand for simple and healthy cooking tips and Aikido of the San Juans will do a demonstration between 2 and 4 p.m.

Here are some corrections to my last week’s article of the E-cycling portion of the event. The electronic recycling will take place across the street from Town Park adjacent to the athletic field. It will be held Friday and Saturday, April 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can bring monitors, TVs, laptops, and all computer accoutrements. Some of the items you will need to pay for, but many items can be recycled free, such as keyboards, mice, handheld game units, cell phones and laptop batteries. Items such as desktop printers, CPUs, scanners and smaller items are only $6. TVs under 27 inches, laptops and monitors are $16. TVs larger than 27 inches and other larger items are $26. We work with Durango recycling and there is a charge to recycle there, so we must pass on the cost. You are not supposed to dispose of your electronic equipment in the landfill, so please be respectful of our environment and e-cycle!

Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own glasses, mugs, plates and utensils if they plan to eat at the event.

Enterprise Tax Zone credits

You don’t know what you don’t know!

Do you know if your business can qualify for Enterprise Tax Zone Credits?

Come to the April Business Bites on April 19 at noon at the Chamber of Commerce for lunch and lots of information regarding tax credits. Laura Lewis-Marchino with Region 9 will be our guest speaker. If you are thinking of expanding, renovating or starting a business, this session is a must for you. Not only is Archuleta County an Enterprise Tax Zone, it is an Enhanced Zone, offering even higher credits.

Please R.S.V.P. to the Chamber so we can ensure that enough food is available. Chamber members can attend for $5, non-members are $8. Take an hour of your time to find out what Enterprise Tax Zone credits are all about and if you qualify.

Music and theater in April

Flute and harp concert. Wild Spirit Gallery has a busy April starting off with a mother-daughter duo playing flute and harp on Saturday at 4 p.m. This concert has Jessica Peterson, maker and player of flutes, and Anita Briggs, principal harpist with the New Haven Symphony, as the performers. The late afternoon event will consist of romantic pieces such as Tournier’s “Letter from the Gardener,” Lehmann’s “Ah, Moon of My Delight” and Handel’s “Largo,” as well as invigorating music such as “The Doppler Hungarian Fantasy” and Irish traditional tunes. Admission for these stellar performers is only $10 and this price includes a beverage. Tickets are available at the door.

“Colored Chords.” Wild Spirit Gallery events continue on April 21 as the Pagosa Springs High School and the gallery join forces to highlight the musical youth in our schools. The Americana Project presents “Colored Chords.” For only $25 you can attend this musical evening at Wild Spirit Gallery beginning at 6 p.m. The ticket price includes food from Degelman’s, dessert by Sugar High, and beer and wine. The event will feature guitars that were donated and that have been decorated by Pagosa artisans. These guitars will be on the silent auction block. The youth involved in the Americana Project will perform. Proceeds from the event will go towards purchase of recording equipment and instruments, and to pay for guest artists who come to the school and talk about Americana music. This is an elective music program at the high school. Tickets are available at Wild Spirit Gallery, Kip’s Grill and Switchback, or at the door. For more information, call the gallery at 264-9453 or e-mail

“Fully Committed.” Thingamajig Theatre Company and the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts open their season with “Fully Committed,” a hilarious one-man play. The center’s Premier Gala will be held Friday at 6 p.m. The cost for tickets for this premier is $75 per person and includes scrumptious appetizers from Alley House Grille and beverages along with the play. “Fully Committed” is directed and performed by Christopher Willard. The play by Becky Mode is about a fast-paced New York City food mecca where everyone wants to see and be seen and the power brokers that jockey for a spot on the A list — all from the perspective of the Maitre D’.

If you cannot attend the gala, be sure to attend one of the other shows — April 16, 21, 22 or 23 — all starting at 7 p.m., or Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets for these shows are $15 and can be acquired by calling 731-7469 or

Chimney Rock conference

The Ancestral Puebloan community of Chimney Rock will be the topic for the April 29-May 1 conference to be held here in Pagosa. Chimney Rock is believed to be the farthest “outlier” of the Chacoan world, which was a complex system of dispersed communities bound together by economic, political and religious interdependence. Various presentations regarding archeological research, archaeoastronomy research, settlement patterns and Chacoan Outliers will be discussed.

The conference registration fee is $55 and includes a field trip to Chimney Rock. There are also optional lunches available.

For more information or to register for the conference online, visit

Walk a Mile

Pull out your best or worst pair of shoes and join the Sexual Assault Awareness Walk on Thursday, April 28. Beginning at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Lewis Street, walkers will travel around town sporting their favorite shoes while raising awareness for victims of sexual assault. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m.-noon, with lunch served by Loaves and Fishes at the Parish Hall. There will be contests for the highest heel, the funkiest shoe, worst toe cruncher and most colorful shoes.

For more information, contact the ACVAP office at 264-9075.


Congratulations to Pam Barsanti, our newest Gem Sponsor. Along with her membership, Pam is set with tickets for all Chamber events throughout the year and the annual meeting next year. We appreciate her support and she will appreciate the ease with which she can attend all the events. For more information about the Chamber’s sponsorship program and how you can use it for employee incentives, contact Kimberley at the Chamber.

We have two new members to welcome this week. The first are no strangers to the Chamber and we welcome their new business, A Chivalrous Shark. Former owners of the Unfortunate Sausage, the Berrys bring you tasty seafood, Po’ Boys, burgers, delicious gumbo and etouffé, and Key Lime Pie for dessert. Eat in or take out at their location at 2151 Eagle Drive (formerly Pablo’s Diner). Welcome back!

Also new this week is Brian and Shelly Rippy, owners of B&S Excursions. The Rippys have been planning, organizing and escorting group tours since 1982 to places such as Alaska, Russia, Europe, Mexico, Africa, China and numerous other destinations. All tours are organized and personally escorted by Brian and Shelly. We look forward to seeing them full time in Pagosa soon. To find out more about travel tours, call (800) 726-2267.

Our renewals this week include Jessie Formwalt and Appraisal Services; The Real Choice with Briana Jacobson and Peggy Andrews; LaWana DeWees with Team Murphy Realty; Mary Jo Hannay with Concierge Real Estate Services; San Juan Mountain and Golf Resort; Sherwin Williams Company; Christine’s Cuisine; and The Kraftin’ Post. We also welcome back August Vanderbeek as a friend of the Chamber.

There is still a lot of activity going on in Pagosa. Don’t forget to order your hanging baskets soon; there is a limited number ordered. They will be delivered at the end of May. Call the Chamber or stop by for an order form.

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