Enter the ‘Pick-up Pagosa Country’ Contest


    By Tom Carosello

    SUN Columnist

    As part of its continuing anti-litter campaign, the Town of Pagosa Springs is inviting local students in grades K-8 to enter the fifth annual “Pick-up Pagosa Country” poster and essay contests.

    Through Oct. 31, children in grades K-4 can submit entries in the poster contest, while children in grades 5-8 can get involved by entering the essay contest.

    The theme for entries in the poster contest (grades K-4) is, naturally, “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should focus on the impacts of litter and/or recycling on our community and should be submitted according to the following general guidelines:

    • All entries should be submitted on 8.5×11 paper.

    • Any art supplies can be used.

    • Neatness, legibility and creativity are essential.

    • Artwork must be original and hand-drawn.

    • Include student’s name, grade and phone number on the back of entry.

    The theme for entries in the essay contest (grades 5-8) is also “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should explain why local litter prevention and/or recycling efforts are important and should follow these guidelines:

    • All entries must be legibly handwritten on 8.5×11 paper.

    • Entries are limited to a maximum of 250 words.

    • Include student’s name, grade and phone number with entry.

    Submissions can be dropped off at the front desk in Town Hall until 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Submissions can also be mailed to: Pick-up Pagosa Country Contest, Town Hall, P.O. Box 1859, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Submissions will not be returned. Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place entries in each grade.

    For more information, call 264-4151, Ext. 232, or e-mail tcarosello@centurytel.net.

    Youth volleyball

    The Pagosa Springs Recreation Department will accept youth volleyball registrations for all children ages 9-12 through Oct. 5.

    Registrations for this coed program will be available at the recreation office in Town Hall, and will also be available for download through the recreation department link at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

    Registration forms will also be distributed to local schools. Parents are reminded that all registrations should be submitted to the recreation office in Town Hall.

    Cost is $30 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same, immediate family who participates. The season is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-October and will run through late November.

    Age divisions will be 9-10 and 11-12. Coaches, sponsors and officials for both divisions are needed and appreciated. The 9-10 season will consist of clinic-style sessions which will include drills, an introduction to game rules and scrimmages. The 11-12 season will consist of at least two weeks of practice and a competitive game schedule. All sessions are tentatively scheduled to take place during the week (evenings) at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

    For more information, call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

    Youth soccer

    Schedules for all divisions have been posted on the recreation department link at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

    On a related note, children who have been placed on a waiting list will be added to teams if and when spots become available in their respective age divisions.

    Four teams from Dulce, N.M. (ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12) participate in the league and make the trip to Pagosa Springs each Thursday during the season. Games for the 5-6 and 7-8 divisions have been scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays at the elementary school soccer fields, while the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions play Tuesdays and Thursdays at Yamaguchi Park on South 5th Street.

    In addition, local teams in the 5-6 and 7-8 divisions will occasionally play Thursdays against Dulce at the elementary school; the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions will always play Thursdays against Dulce at Yamaguchi Park.

    For more information call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

    Baseball photos

    This year’s youth baseball photo packages are ready for pick up at Pagosa Photography.

    Parents who ordered photos can stop by the studio at 480 San Juan St. in downtown Pagosa Springs or contact Jeff Laydon at 264-3686.

    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.

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