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Colorado to reduce indoor air pollution in schools, public buildings from wildfire smoke events through EPA grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to award $10.67 million in grant funding to nine selected recipients across the country to enhance community wildfire smoke preparedness. …

CDPHE offering free radon test kits, low-income mitigation assistance

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) strongly urges Colorado residents to test their homes for radon using a free radon test kit. In Colorado, nearly half of homes …
Colorado Department of Transportation and National Weather Service map expected snowfall accumulation map showing highway totals Thursday, Feb. 8, through Saturday, Feb. 10.

U.S. 160 Wolf Creek Pass to close early morning of Feb. 9 for snow removal operations

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has scheduled critical winter maintenance operations on U.S. 160 Wolf Creek Pass for tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m., (Friday, Feb. 9). Travelers …

U.S. 160 Wolf Creek Pass and U.S. 550 mountain corridor scheduled to close

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will implement a safety closure at 10 p.m. this evening for U.S. 550 north of Purgatory ski area to Ouray, due to adverse weather conditions and high …

Winter storm expected to cause difficult road conditions

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews are preparing for the next anticipated rounds of winter weather to hit southwest and south-central Colorado beginning tomorrow evening and lasting …
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Obituaries
Bryant William Lemon Sr.
Heaven opened wide on Jan. 6, 2024, as our Lord welcomed Bryant William Lemon Sr. with a hearty hello and a job well done. His beloved Peggy wrapped her arms around him, and they were once again complete. Bryant was larger than life. A brilliant star that lit up every room with his exuberance, his humor and his wit. He was truly one of a kind. If you met him, you couldn’t forget him. He was interesting. He was interested. He made you think. He made you laugh. He kept you on your toes. He made this world a brighter place, and he will be deeply missed by all that were fortunate enough to have known him. 
Steve Urban Chavez Jr.
Steve Urban Chavez, 45, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 3, 2024, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Steve is survived by: his mother, Connie Chavez; his beautiful daughters, Abby (Terry) Chavez-O’Conner, Mirah Howard and Jennifer Hamelmann; his grandson, Aycen O’Conner; his sisters, Veronica (Ryan) Chavez, Kimberly (Robert) Carabajal and Stephanie (Vincent) Taijeron; and many of his nieces and nephews who he adored as well: Trina and Patrick Mestas; Isaiah (Alyssa) Rivas; Avilah Rivas; Trevon Jackson; Zachary, Isabella, and Delani Carabajal; Olivia and Rain Carabajal; Andres and Adrian Newell; Eliana O’Kash; along with extended family. 
Janet Louise Aldridge
Janet Louise Aldridge, 87, went peacefully to her heavenly home on Feb. 11, 2024, after her struggle with Alzheimer’s. She is survived by daughters Linda (James) Watkins, Laura (Mike) Haynes, daughter-in-law Holly Aldridge; grandchildren Resha (Jeremy) Still, Rachel Watkins, Jennifer (Kyle) Sauder, Jacob (Devon Adair) Haynes, Mary Haynes, Spencer Aldridge, Leah Aldridge, Macie Aldridge; great-grandchildren Wesley and Zaden Still, and Amelia and Kenzy Sauder; sisters Ramsey (Joe) Beckstead and Jean (Joe) Wilson; brother Luke Allen; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Lila C. Rivas
Lila C. Rivas, aka Lollipop, was born Candelaria Cruz Chavez in Lone Tree, Colo., on April 17, 1938, to Joe Bernabè Chavez and Juanita Martinez Chavez. She had one sister, Precilla, and six brothers: Bernie, Ray, Doro (Jean), Ted (Bonnie), David and Jerry.
Lois Carolyn (Wilton) Brinton
Lois Carolyn (Wilton) Brinton, of Pagosa Springs, died on Feb. 7, 2024, at her home, surrounded by family. She was 92.
Sports

Tickets available for Rotary’s Super Bowl party

Bring yourself and friends for fun and viewing of the 58th NFL Super Bowl.   Hosted by the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs, the Super Bowl event will be Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Tennyson …

Rotary to host Super Bowl party

The Super Bowl teams have been determined, and the fun and excitement with friends will be at the viewing party hosted by the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs on Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Tennyson …

Rotary set to hold Super Bowl party

Bring your friends for fun and viewing of the 58th NFL Super Bowl at a party suited for the occasion.   The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs is hosting a party at the Tennyson Building Event …

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Opinion
Moab, Utah, is a growing town of 5,300 that up to 5 million people visit each year to hike nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks, ride mountain bikes and all-terrain vehicles, or raft the …
The best of times and the ugliest of times: 2023 gave us things to rejoice over, but a lot to cry about. God hid His face from us. He was there all the time, but we couldn’t see Him. We were …
The experts tell us an energy gap looms. Fossil fuels are phasing out, and solar and wind power can’t produce enough electricity to meet the demand in coming decades. But that’s not …
On the evening of March 28, 1990, the Chicago Bulls played the Cleveland Cavaliers. Michael Jordan led his team to victory, 117-113. His scoring brought him to a career high of 69 points, giving him …
Faith

Pagosa Catholic Community announces Stations of the Cross schedule

As a kid I loved to hide behind our floor-to-ceiling curtains. I would wrap the polyester fabric around my body, squeeze my eyes shut and hold my breath to avoid being detected. I teetered between …

Creation Care Pagosa to discuss Blue Zones at Jan. 25 meeting

At our next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m., Creation Care Pagosa will offer a program by Chuck and Sarah Riehm on the principles of the Blue Zones — areas in the world where people …

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Education

Registration open for Incredible Years Parenting Class

Seeds of Learning and Pagosa Head Start are partnering to offer the Incredible Years Parenting Class to caregivers who want to build positive relationships with their children or would like new ideas …
Food

Veterans’ appreciation dinner set for Nov. 10

Photo courtesy Pagosa Catholic Community
The Fourth Degree members of the Knights of Columbus will hold a sit-down veterans’ appreciation dinner on Friday, Nov. 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Pope John Paul II Catholic Church at 353 S. Pagosa Blvd. Veterans will be admitted free with a suggested donation of $10 for others.
Photo courtesy Pagosa Catholic Community The Fourth Degree members of the Knights of Columbus will hold a sit-down veterans’ appreciation dinner on Friday, Nov. 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the …
Web extras
With Beyoncé’s foray into country music, the genre is finally breaking free from the stereotypes that have long dogged it
On Super Bowl Sunday, Beyoncé released two country songs – “16 Carriages” and “Texas Hold ‘Em” – that elicited a mix of admiration and indignation. This is not her first foray into the genre, but it is her most successful and controversial entry. …
Most surprising March Madness winners of all time
ATS.io compiled a ranking of the most surprising men's March Madness national champions of the last 40 years using Sports Reference data.
FAFSA website meltdown: How to avoid additional frustration with financial aid applications
When Congress passed the FAFSA Simplification Act in 2020, it was touted as making it easier for more families to access the government funding they need to send their children to college. But as recent events have shown, it actually made things more complicated, frustrating and confusing. …
Why does a leap year have 366 days?
Leap Day is coming. Marvin Samuel Tolentino Pineda/iStock, via Getty images Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d …
Why does a leap year have 366 days?
Leap Day is coming. Marvin Samuel Tolentino Pineda/iStock, via Getty images Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d …