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PAWSD offices to close to public March 1

In a Feb. 28 message circulated to customers, the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) announced that it will be closing its offices at 100 Lyn Ave.  to the public on March 1 until …

Pirate basketball teams advance to Great 8

The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate basketball teams punched their tickets to the Great 8 round of the 4A basketball playoffs with wins on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the No. 5 Lady …

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 …
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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

Pirate teams to host Sweet 16 action Friday, Saturday

After first-round wins, the Pagosa Springs High School Pirate basketball teams are slated to host Sweet 16 action Friday and Saturday. After defeating No. 28 Manitou Springs 40-16 in the first …

Pirate basketball teams to host playoff action

The Pagosa Springs High School basketball teams will host first-round playoff action this week. Brackets for the 4A state playoffs were released Sunday, with the 19-4 Lady Pirates entering the …

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 …

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Opinion
When my friends and I encountered the fresh grizzly bear scat, we were deep in Wyoming’s Teton Wilderness, 20 miles from a trailhead. I’d seen grizzlies before — from the car. But …
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 …
Faith

New Thought Center to meet Sunday

The Sunday service on March 3 at 11 a.m. will be with Stephanie Morrow on “Reflections of Forgiveness for Self and Others.”   “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it …

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 …

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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 …
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Biggest March Madness upsets since 1982
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Making the moral of the story stick − a media psychologist explains the research behind ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Arthur’ and other children’s TV
To adult viewers, educational media content for children, such as “Sesame Street” or “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” may seem rather simplistic. The pacing is slow, key themes are often repeated and the visual aspects tend to be plain.…
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. …