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St. Patrick’s Day parade set for Friday, March 16

Break out the green, pull out the decorations and get your Irish on, as Pagosa prepares for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year, the parade will be held on Friday, March 16, at 4 p.m., instead of on the traditional date of March 17. This way, it will be easier for people to get ready after school or toward the end of the work day, as well as being able to fit into the law enforcement and street crew schedule. Those in town for spring break will also be able to participate when they come down from the mountain.

Registration forms for the parade are now available at the Chamber and may also be downloaded from the Chamber’s website at The registration forms must be turned into the Chamber by Wednesday, March 14, by 5 p.m. There must be at least 25 floats for the parade to occur. That is why it is important to get your forms in early so we can ensure there are enough entries. If there are not enough registrations, then the parade will have to be cancelled. So, organize your youth groups, families and businesses, or come on out because you want to celebrate and be in a parade.

Registration for the parade will begin at 3 p.m. at Yamaguchi Park on Fifth Street. Entries will then line up on Sixth Street. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. and will travel from Sixth Street to Second Street. Participants will then return to Yamaguchi Park via Hot Springs Boulevard and Apache Street.

This is always a fun parade. Prizes will be given for the Best Overall entry, the Greenest entry and the Most Bizarre entry. Please note on your registration form if you will have animals in the parade and what type: horses, dogs, llamas, etc.

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

It takes a community

Isn’t it nice, and sometimes fascinating, when we find out that one of our local residents has reached outside the Pagosa sphere and that they’ve been a chef on a major TV show or a contestant on Wheel of Fortune?

We feel like they’ve put Pagosa on the map.

One local resident is doing just that, but in order to progress further, the company requires community involvement.

If you have visited Austin’s BBQ on Bastille Drive, you’ve probably had the “BBQ girl” wait on you. Always with a smile on her face and a pleasant greeting, Nichole Thames is now going to try that winning smile out on the modeling world. Having been approached to enter a modeling contest sponsored by Maurices Clothing Department, Nichole has made it to the top 500 entries after initially competing against 63,000 women. Now it is time to get to the top 100 contestants and, in order to do this, Maurices stipulates that you must have community involvement. Only the top 100 voted recipients will be chosen for the next rounds.

The community can support our local resident by going online to You are allowed to vote one time in a 24-hour period with each e-mail address you have. You can type in her name and her picture will come up. Just press vote.

Should Nichole make the top 100, her next step will be to produce a short video about her community. After that, she will be judged on an individual basis. If selected as one of the top 12 contestants, a $7,500 donation will be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters plus other Archuleta County organizations.

Voters also have the chance to be awarded or entered to win some prizes from Maurices. This is a wonderful opportunity for this Pagosa mom of two and, again, Maurices is looking to see that this contestant has community support. If you have a chance, stop by and visit Nichole at Austin’s BBQ and meet her face to face; wish her well, but really wish her well by voting.

Relocation information

Congratulations to The Pagosa Springs SUN for its award for quality and comprehensiveness of the first Pagosa Relocation, Business, Real Estate and Resource Guide. This was a collaborative attempt between The SUN and the Chamber of Commerce. We are very proud of our first efforts. It is now time for the second issue. This guide is produced on a yearly basis, not twice a year like the Visitor Guides, so this is your only time to have a presence in the publication. Relocation guides are sent out through the Chamber and they are in the lobby of both centers. There is also an online version. When you advertise in the guide, you also get a direct connection to your website, if you have one, through the online version of the guide. Chamber members will also receive a 10-percent discount on their ad.

The guide will be released in mid-May. Some businesses that do not advertise in the Visitor Guide might be interested in advertising in the relocation guide, because this is the clientele you are catering to. The SUN and the Chamber always strive to improve on their product and how we are disseminating information. We look forward to putting Pagosa’s best foot forward in this next publication.

For more information about the Relocation Guide, contact The SUN at 264-2100. You can view the current guide online at

Business reminders

The Chamber website should be bookmarked on your desktop for a number of different reasons.

“Like” us on Facebook. Reminders are sent out that can help you with business activities and events. Keep abreast of community activities by checking out the Chamber website and Facebook page.

The Chamber now primarily sends out our billing via e-mail. Please just don’t delete e-mails you receive from us ­— they are not junk! The e-mail you receive might just be your invoice. You can also pay your Chamber bills online, saving paper, postage and time.

Weekly, the chamber also sends out updates and reminders. This information typically comes out on Monday mornings. This notice will give you important reminders of upcoming business and social events for the next two weeks and tips for your business. Make it part of your Monday routine to read this short but important information. If you would like to find out more about a specific topic, you can click on the links that are provided. Otherwise, it is a quick read packed with pertinent information.

You are also able to register for events online. Currently, registration is available online for The Car Show at Pagosa, the Golden Retriever Roundup and the Park to Park Arts and Crafts Show. You will be able to purchase your ColorFest tickets and Business to Business Expo tickets online.

The Chamber website has made some significant changes in the past few months. When was the last time you viewed it? Stay informed with one little connection to

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