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Town clean-up, slogan contest begin Monday

Over the past two decades, the pride in our community has increased dramatically. Improvements in physical infrastructure and cleaner neighborhoods have been occurring every year. This year, Mayor Ross Aragon would like to personally urge you to participate in the Town of Pagosa Springs’ annual Clean-Up Week.

To assist town residents in cleaning up our community, the town will be providing a number of special services for residential properties within town limits only (if you are unsure if you reside within the town limits, call Town Hall at 264-4151).

Dumpsters will be located at 703 South 5th St. within the streets department fence line. This site will be open for dumping from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., May 16-20. Identification will be required; you must be a town resident in order to participate.

In addition, curbside pickup of larger items such as old lumber, branches or appliances placed along the curb or right-of-way will be completed according to the schedule below. No more than one dumptruck load per household will be permitted; commercial properties are not eligible to participate.

Monday, May 16 — North 1st Street through North 5th Street.

Tuesday, May 17 — North 5th Street – North 14th Street.

Wednesday, May 18 — San Juan Street/Hot Springs Blvd. through South 6th Street.

Thursday, May 19 — South 7th Street through10th Street (Garvin Addition).

Friday, May 20 — Bienvenido Street and Piedra Estates.

Residents who cannot place items at the curb due to hardships should call Town Hall at 264-4151, Ext. 238, to coordinate assistance. Town staff will confirm all hardships and will coordinate assistance so that residents can be present during pickup. Also, please note that town crews will not remove household trash, hazardous materials, engines and appliances with Freon or building/construction materials.

Removal of junk vehicles can be coordinated by calling Rita Prokop, deputy town clerk, at 264-4151, Ext 238. Though town crews will respond to all junk vehicle removal requests, please note that the town cannot guarantee that all removals can be completed. Proof of ownership will be required prior to all junk vehicle removals.

The Town of Pagosa Springs Police Department will issue nuisance notices to property owners who have junk or litter on their premises after clean-up week. Cemetery clean-up is scheduled for the week of May 23-May 27. No Dumpsters will be provided at the cemetery. Your help is essential to making Pagosa Springs a beautiful and healthy community for all, so please participate in this year’s clean-up events.

In addition, as part of its continuing anti-litter campaign, the town is inviting local youngsters over the age of 10 to enter this year’s anti-litter slogan contest. One of the town’s current anti-litter slogans is, “Pick-up Pagosa Country,” but the town is interested in hearing from youngsters who can offer creative alternatives.

Submissions, which should include the name and phone number of the entrant, can be dropped off at the front desk in Town Hall until 5 p.m. May 31. Submissions can also be mailed to: Slogan Contest, Town Hall, P.O. Box 1859, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, or e-mailed to tcarosello@centurytel.net.

A prize will be awarded for the winning entry, and the slogan may appear on future anti-litter signs throughout the community. For more information, call 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Youth tennis

The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is offering youth tennis instruction this summer, thanks again to cooperation on behalf of Wyndham Resorts.

The program, which is in its fifth year, is open to youths ages 8-12. The program will consist of two monthly sessions, one in June and one in July, and will be conducted at the Wyndham tennis courts. Each session will be comprised of two, two-hour practices per week. The tentative plan is to have players ages 8-10 meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 p.m.; players ages 11-12 will meet Mondays and Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.

Registrations are available at the recreation office and will be accepted through May 25 for the June session. Registrations are also available through a link on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

Cost to participate is $30 per monthly session. Participants must have no marking-soled athletic or tennis shoes. The recreation department may have some racquets available, but participants are encouraged to purchase and use their own equipment.

For more information, call Dale Schwicker, program instructor, at 903-3119 or the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Youth baseball

Rosters for the coach-pitch division have been finalized and rosters for the 9-10 and 11-12 division are pending.

On a related note, there is still a need for at least one coach in the 9-10 division and one coach in the 11-12 division. Anyone interested in becoming a coach should call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Games in all divisions are tentatively scheduled to begin in early June; the season will run through early July.

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