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Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs

The recreation office is now accepting registrations for this year’s “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” program, which is tentatively scheduled for June 20 and 27, July 5 and 11, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lake Forest.

With the assistance of the Promoting Prevention Coalition, Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Departments and Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association, up to 25 children ages 8-13 can participate in this educational outdoor experience. A minimum of eight participants will be required to conduct the program.

Registration cost is $25 and includes usage of fishing poles, bait and flies for those in need, plus drinks and snacks. Participants are welcome to bring their own fishing gear, as well. Insect repellent and sunscreen will also be made available.

Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall, and can also be downloaded through the recreation department link at www.townofpagosasprings.com. Registrations should be submitted to the recreation office; checks and money orders should be made payable to the Town of Pagosa Springs.

For more information, call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Huck Finn results

Huck Finn Fishing Day attracted over 80 young anglers to the River Center the afternoon of May 26, and the rainbow trout which had been recently stocked in the ponds were in the biting mood for the first couple of hours.

As a result, most youngsters who participated hooked at least one fish, and several took home a few complimentary prizes (new fishing poles), as well.

The prize for first fish caught went to 8-year-old Nicole Bartz of Pagosa Springs, who hooked and landed a 10-inch rainbow minutes into the event, then caught several more throughout the afternoon. The award for largest fish went to 6-year-old Lucas Candelaria of Pagosa, who landed a 16-inch rainbow. Pagosan Hannah Rockensock, age 6, took the prize for smallest fish of the day after netting a seven-inch rainbow.

In addition, 11-year-old Benton Novack of Pagosa Springs attended in costume and walked away with first place in the “Looks Most Like Huck Finn” contest, while 8-year-old Pagosan Amelia Laverty took top honors for best resembling Becky Thatcher.

Thanks goes out to everyone from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the National Wild Turkey Federation and local law enforcement who helped make this year’s event a success.

Adult softball meeting

The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department is holding a softball managers’ meeting Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall; all team managers are encouraged to attend.

Managers are reminded that team registration fees are $250, plus a $30 fee per player. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Town of Pagosa Springs.

The leagues are tentatively scheduled to begin June 15. For more information call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Youth tennis

The June session of youth tennis continues at the Wyndham Resorts tennis complex; players ages 8-10 are meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; players ages 11-12 are meeting Mondays and Wednesdays 1 p.m.-3 p.m through the end of the month.

Registrations for the July session are available at the recreation office and will be accepted through the end of the month. 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

Youth baseball schedules are available at the recreation office and can also be downloaded through a link on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

Games in all divisions began last week; the season will run through early July.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151, Ext. 301 or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link.

All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a regular basis.

If you have questions or concerns, or need additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

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