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E-Cycle Day Saturday at Town Park

The Archuleta County Solid Waste Department and the Chamber of Commerce will join forces to host E-Cycle Day on Saturday, Oct. 27.

You will be able to recycle your electronic equipment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the athletic field parking area, across from Town Park. There will be fees involved to e-cycle, but we will have the material necessary to package and ship off your electronic items so they can be disposed of properly.

Items to be e-cycled include cell and smart phones, Gameboys, small office items such as phones, adding machines or calculators, keyboards or mouse units — at $1. Batteries, including those for laptops and cell phones are $2. DVD, VCR and CD players or stereo equipment is $3. Scanners, fax machines, desktop printers, CPUs, vacuums, and microwaves are $6. Monitors, laptops and TVs up to 27 inches are $16.

You can also bring your regular batteries, CFL and fluorescent light bulbs to the event and we will recycle them as well.

We will not accept TV dishes or household appliances such as freezers, refrigerators and other large appliances.

You can pay to recycle items either by check or cash — no credit cards. Look for posters around town or contact the Chamber for a general idea of pricing.

DCI process

On Nov. 13-14, representatives of Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) will come to Pagosa to complete a technical assistance project.

The DCI group was contacted by the Community Development Corporation to come to Pagosa to help a visioning and implementation plan to assist the community in building local partnerships and generate some quick wins to build community momentum. The technical assistance program is designed to provide downtown revitalization and economic development technical assistance to Colorado communities hoping to support small business, create partnerships, and develop and sustain viable and vibrant commercial corridors.

The need to develop a stronger downtown and small business partnership was identified earlier this year in both the Chamber of Commerce and CDC strategic planning sessions. Also identified by both groups was the need to marry efforts of various community entities and tackle these issues in a collaborative, not duplicative, manner. CDC member Udgar Parsons investigated the opportunity to have DCI come to Pagosa Springs and was able to secure their involvement.

In preparation for the visit, members of the business community are encouraged to fill out a survey prepared by a group of interested citizens and distributed through the Chamber of Commerce’s membership list. All business owners are encouraged to fill out the survey, not just Chamber members. There are several ways for businesses to obtain the survey. The survey should have been sent out via the Chamber’s database e-mail system. Please do not delete this e-mail. In the e-mail is the link to the survey. This e-mail can be forwarded to other businesses that may not be Chamber members. Chamber members or non-members can access the survey from the Chamber’s website at from the homepage. This is an opportunity for business owners to express their opinions regarding a better small business community and to provide steps on which we can work . For more information about the upcoming DCI visit, refer to the article in The SUN about the upcoming meeting or go to the DCI website to see how the technical assistance program works at

Get your bling on

On Thursday, Nov. 1, “Fashion Night Out” will be held at the Ross Aragon Community Center. Presented by Happy Trails Ladies Boutique, all proceeds from this event will benefit community food banks.

The event will take place from 6-9 p.m. and the evening will be filled with delicious eats, lively music and all the fashion you can handle.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Happy Trails and from the following churches: United Methodist Church, Pope John Paul II Church and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.

For more information about the “Fashion Night Out,” call Happy Trails at 264-4260.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, LASSO (Large Animal Support Southwest Organization) will host their “Holiday Glitter & Glee” event at Winslow on the Shire. A day with artistic vendors will be available for your shopping pleasure in addition to fantastic food and fun.

“Glitter & Glee” will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to this fund-raising event is $25. Tickets can be purchased from Coyote Jane’s in downtown Pagosa Springs, at Pagosa Feed and Nursery on Bastille Drive on the west side of town, or at the door.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the 38th annual Holiday Bazaar will take place at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The Mountain Homemakers will sponsor the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be numerous vendors and crafts, a huge bake sale, silent auction and a cafe. Proceeds from this annual bazaar benefit various nonprofit organizations in our community. There are no vendor spaces available at this time, but you can put your name on a wait list. For more information, call 731-9979.

It’s time for the ladies to get their shopping shoes on and get ready for a season of fantastic Pagosa products. Get ready for the annual Parade of Stores, to be held Dec. 6-8. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon.

Capitol Christmas tree

A gorgeous tree from the White River National Forest near Meeker, Colo., has been chosen as the National Christmas Tree. It will be transported to Washington, D.C., where it will be placed on the west lawn of the capitol.

One of the 23 stops on the way to D.C. will be Pagosa Springs.

The tree will travel into Pagosa on a huge 90-foot custom Mack Pinnacle truck on Saturday morning, Nov. 10, at 8:30 a.m. It will be in town for an hour. Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell will be the driver of the truck for almost the entire trip. Campbell last drove the Capitol Christmas tree about 12 years ago.

We encourage members of the community to come out for a wonderful photo opportunity. The tree will be carefully protected and wrapped, so you will not be able to see the actual greenery, but the size and transport of this massive tree will be a sight to see and only a minimum number of communities were selected as stops along the 3,000-mile route. The tree will be escorted into town by a motorcycle group from the Veterans for Veterans organization. They will take the tree to the east side of town near the San Juan Motel where the tree will be stationed on the frontage road for about an hour. The Chamber will serve hot chocolate, cider and snacks to encourage people of all ages to come out and show our enthusiasm for this project.

For more information on the Capital Christmas tree, a tradition of almost 50 years, go to

Business news

We have one new member to welcome to the Chamber this week. Rick Sobotka joins with Carefree Insurance Group, located in the Country Center Plaza, Unit F167. Carefree Insurance specializes in matching independent insurance carriers with your health insurance, Medicare and life insurance needs. They will present you with selections that maximize your options with manageable premium costs. Stop by their offices near City Market or call them at 731-2007.

Our renewals this week are quite varied, and include: Terry’s Ranch & Home Supply/Ace Hardware; The Art and Framing Center of Pagosa, with Susanne Russell; DIG Enterprises, with David Grad; Pagosa Verde, with Jerry Smith; the Ross Aragon Community Center; the Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center; Navajo State Park; and Centerpoint Church. Returning individual supporters are Joanne Irons, and Malcolm and Joan Rodger.

It’s time to get into the swing of things, with lots of Chamber and community events to be enjoyed.

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