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Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS) would like to thank volunteers and all who were involved for the 2011 Earth Day celebration, held on Saturday, April 16. We know … the “real” Earth Day is on Friday, April 22. You all reaffirmed our tenacity and toughness as a community. There was a lot of love on display all day long. A special thanks goes out to SOS volunteers: Reta J., Kimberly, Cindee, DeAnna, Dale, Phyl, Claudia, Christina, Pauline, Laurel, Doug, Joe, and much gratitude to Eli for his P.A. system and his ability to manage the bands. An extra special thank you goes to all the bands who participated out of love and appreciation for their community: Safe In Sound, the Rakassah Jabal Belly Dancers, the fabulous Lemon Drops, Johnny K, Natalie and Jason Rose, The Cranks, Shane-the fiddle player, Brooks-i, and Big’ns. We appreciate Matt Dagelman and his Red Wagon Grill for feeding the music performers and for feeding Joe. We want to acknowledge the organizations and businesses who participated: The Girl Scouts, for selling ponderosa pine saplings, which were donated by the U.S. Forest Service, and for making sure that every child in the park got their face painted, along with Zoe Fulco of the Lemon Drops. Thank you to the Boy Scouts, Mary Jo Coulehan, the Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Tanner from the county, for making sure that recyclable items got collected in lieu of going to the landfill. We appreciated the show of support from Eagles Nest Youth Ranch, Aikido of the San Juans, Jen from Funky Trunk, PAWSD, Cowboy Catering, Radiant Health and Inner Wealth (Tess Challis), Good Earth Meds, the Pagosa Violence Prevention team, Growing Spaces, Joanie MacAteer, the Farmers Market, D.J.’s and the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging for providing the face paint supplies. There were no security concerns due to the tight surveillance by R.I.P. (a.k.a. Pagosa Roller-derby Girls). A special thanks to Jim Miller, Town of Pagosa Springs, for his support, Denise Rue-Pastin for providing the beer tent canopy, and also to Tony Simmons of Pagosa Brewing Co. for thinking of the small details that were forgotten by Christina. We were delighted that Pagosans showed their support by attending the event and leaving the park virtually litter-free. We hope that next year’s event will attract the same organizations and businesses and we hope to attract even more for next year’s Earth Day event.

SOS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to promote a sustainable community — one which balances the needs of the economy, society and the environment. For more information about us or partnering with us next year, visit


We would like to send out a heartfelt thanks to Lester Rivas for reminding everyone about the available recycling in Pagosa Springs.

Without the efforts of Mr. Rivas and those who have paved the road before us, we wouldn’t have this great beginning.


Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Pagosa Springs

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