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Time grows short on several Chamber projects

As May continues to fly by, several Chamber projects are coming to a close.

Hanging baskets

With only a limited number of hanging baskets ordered this year, both the 12- and 16-inch sizes are almost sold out.

These beautiful baskets really spruce up your business or home and are planted with flowers and plants that are somewhat heat resistant.

The baskets last summer were just spectacular and we received rave reviews. We expect the flowers to have the same longevity this year.

The 12-inch baskets will be delivered on Friday, May 25, and the 16-inch baskets will be delivered the following week. Included with the delivery is some fertilizer to help your plants through the summer and to thank you for “growing with the Chamber.” Please call the Chamber at 264-2360 to see if you can get on the list for these colorful flower baskets. We can’t wait to see a lot of color being added to businesses around town.

Car raffle

On Saturday, May 19, at 3 p.m., one ticket will be drawn and someone will win a 2001 Jeep Grande Cherokee Laredo.

This is the first car raffle the Chamber has held. Only 1,000 tickets are offered for the raffle. There are still some tickets available and they can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce or from any staff or board member at their place of business. Tickets will be sold at the Car Show at Pagosa on Saturday, May 19.

The drawing will take place on Lewis Street at 3 p.m. Saturday, but if you purchased a ticket, you do not have to be present to win. Just in time for graduation, this could be a great present for that senior or young adult getting ready to drive. Tickets are $25 and you can’t win if you don’t play!

Car Show at Pagosa

On Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, the fourth annual Car Show at Pagosa will be held. See the related article in The PREVIEW for details.

If you have a classic car that has been sitting in your garage, get it out and enter it into the show. You can register your car the day of the show.

For more information, contact Stacy Kirby at 264-2360 or register online at

Calendar photos

Sort through your camera discs and pull out all those stunning Pagosa seasonal photos. Photos for the 2013 Pagosa calendar are due to Stacy Kirby by May 31.

We are looking for a cover shot and, of course, a photo for every month. We would like photographs that represent Pagosa in either an outdoor scene or a shot of an event. We will need the photos in a file that is at least 300 dpi. Please e-mail your photos to or download them to a disc and drop them off at the Chamber.

Photographers will get artist credit and we will note the location or event of the photograph.

We look forward to sharing some magical Pagosa locations and moments in the 2013 calendar.

May SunDowner

If you haven’t had cause to go to the hospital in Pagosa lately, then perhaps you should make an effort — and there is no reason to get sick to do so.

The Pagosa Mountain Hospital and the Upper San Juan Health Service District will host the May SunDowner at the hospital on South Pagosa Boulevard on Wednesday, May 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The hospital has expanded services and this continuously growing facility should be checked out. Let the hospital staff show you the new radiology and surgery units, and wellness and preventive programs.

This will be a very informative and exciting SunDowner. Don’t miss it, and let’s celebrate our growing hospital and the economic impact they are making in our community.

Upcoming events

It’s time to pull out the family calendar and mark down events that are coming up. From education to the arts, there is something for everyone.

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area will have local appreciation days, a solar eclipse and night sky program, the full moon program and a program dealing with the transit of Venus across the sun. This set of programs will go until June 5, but there will be more programs throughout the summer. We are extremely lucky to have this treasure in our community. With a very reasonable admission price, these programs are not to be missed. Special telescopes will be set up and these programs are a great way to get your children involved in astronomy, right in our backyard.

The Pagosa Fiber Festival returns with those beautiful fiber-producing animals. The festival will a be located on the Town Park athletic field Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28.

Artists will demonstrate spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting and dyeing techniques. There will be question-and-answer sessions on the care and maintenance of small livestock and daily shearing of sheep and goats. There will be yarns, accessories and finished goods. The Navajo Rug Auction will take place Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. For more information, visit the website at

The Pagosa Center for the Arts is back from their short break with a production of “Doubt: A Parable.” The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning show opens on May 18, and will run Friday through Sunday until June 3. Tickets for the show are available online at or at the theater on Eagle Drive. Don’t miss the show as Pagosa Center for the Arts begins its 2012 season.

The Pagosa Folk ‘n Bluegrass Festival returns for a three-day festival in 2012, beginning Friday, June 8. As usual, there will be an amazing lineup of musical artists, including Jimmy LaFave, Mountain Heart and Bearfoot, just to name a few. There will be workshops, a late night stage and, of course, all the activity on the main stage. To order your tickets for daily or three-day passes, visit

La Plata Electric will offer a free workshop in Pagosa on Wednesday, May 23, at the Ruby Sisson Library entitled “Save Your Energy.” This “brown bag” workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the workshop, participants will learn some simple energy investments that people can make and the kilowatt hours saved with each effort. As you become more reliant on computers and electronics, see how you and your family can keep up with the need, yet implement some practices to save electricity. Reservations for the workshop are not required, but are requested. Contact Sue Maxwell at 382-7170.


Congratulations to Mark Miller aka “Pops,” and Let It Fly, celebrating a 15-year anniversary. What a great accomplishment. In honor of their anniversary, Pops will be joining with the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs to raffle off a rod and reel on Saturday, May 28. Tickets can be purchased now for $10 at the Humane Society and the society’s Thrift Store, at Let It Fly and at the Chamber. Congratulations and may you be around for another 15 years!

We are thrilled to announce all the new businesses that have joined the Chamber this week: Andra Byrnes and Andie’s Undies; Animas Divorce Solutions with licensed family counselor Sam Conti; Peggy Andrews joins this week with two businesses — as an independent real estate broker and with her new soaps and lotions line; and The Pagosa Nordic Club.

Our renewals this week include the Luceros at Alpine Portable Toilets and Septic; John and Lori Unger with Bosstin; Ken Smith with Smithco Enterprises; Craig Taylor with Treecology; Ute Country Homes with Bill Van Gundy; and Sandy Kobrock with Wolf Creek Back Country.

We look forward to seeing people downtown this weekend at the Car Show and the Rapids and Rhythms River Festival. Stop into the stores and see what is new for the summer season, then get out and enjoy food, fun and festivals.

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