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New forest supervisor named for Rio Grande National Forest

Dennis Kuhnel has been appointed as forest supervisor of the Rio Grande National Forest. Kuhnel began serving in the role on Feb. 12. A native of northwestern Nebraska, Kuhnel attended …

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. …

Members needed on Greater Rocky Mountain Resource Advisory Committee

The USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region is pleased to announce the reopening and extension of the application period and is seeking new members with diverse backgrounds and interests to serve …

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 …
Obituaries
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.
Steve Chavez Jr.
It is of great sadness that the family of Steve Chavez Jr. announces his passing amongst family on Feb. 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Services and viewing will be Feb. 12th at 4 p.m. in Colorado Springs, CO at the Angelus Chapel, 1104 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs CO 80910.
Herb Stipe
Herb Stipe, 77, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., passed away peacefully on Jan. 15, 2024, surrounded by family. He was born in Cheyenne, Wyo., and grew up loving the outdoors, learning to hunt and fish in the Snowy Range.
Mary Maxine Lattin
Mary Maxine Lattin passed away Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, at home, surrounded by family. She was 91 years old. A rosary will be recited Saturday, Feb. 3, at 9 a.m. and the eulogy will be read at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. all at Pope John Paul II Catholic Church on South Pagosa Boulevard in Pagosa Springs, Colo.
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
The first major battle of the American Civil War, on July 21, 1861, earned the nickname “picnic battle” because spectators showed up with sandwiches and opera glasses.   These …
Exactly what causes people to leave their homeland and make a difficult trek of 3,000 miles?   A young woman I’ll call Jhovid, who came here from Venezuela, has asked me to listen to …
Nearly two decades ago, I moved to the mountains to be a ski bum, chasing snow. I was a stereotype — an East Coast kid pulled west by the promise of bigger adventures and higher mountain …
We begin a new year and leave behind an old one. We lost friends in 2023. The thought makes me ponder as to what we’re doing these last years of our lives. Are we leaving behind anything of …
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 …

Community
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
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 …
3 ways to plan for a satisfying and successful retirement
Wealth Enhancement Group outlines three ways to get the most out of retirement.
Easy, delicious seafood options for Lent — and every day
(BPT) - Whether you're looking to expand your protein options during Lent or want to try new twists on your seafood favorites, Morey's Fine Fish & Seafood offers plenty of easy-to-prepare, …
Can you pay taxes with a credit card?
With tax season now upon us, BestCards outlines the pros and cons of paying taxes with a credit card.