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Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office temporarily suspending VIN inspections for trailers due to limited access 

Effective immediately, the Archuleta County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) will temporality suspend VIN inspections for trailers due to the construction of the Archuleta County Transit Facility.  …
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Commissioners hear update on tourism

The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) heard a tourism update from Visit Pagosa Springs Executive Director Jennifer Green at its April 9 work session, with the group discussing an upcoming tourism conference and relations between Visit Pagosa Springs and local businesses.
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Documents reveal potential Running Iron Ranch lease violations

Archuleta County accounts payable registries from March 2024 and December 2023 reveal that Weber Sand and Gravel sold the county a total of $4,650.50 in shot rock and road gravel, a potential violation of the Webers’ lease on Running Iron Ranch.

Rio Grande National Forest to discuss 2024 wildfire season

Join Doug Currie, forest fire management officer for the Rio Grande National Forest as he talks about the local fire season outlook and how he is preparing for it at the upcoming Forest Specialist Series presentation.

Help your health during the upcoming prescribed burns

The U.S. Forest Service, Pagosa Ranger District is planning to conduct prescribed burns throughout the month of April in Turkey Springs area.   Prescribed burns help to mitigate the …

Construction of several chain stations to begin April 15

The Colorado Department of Transportation, with its contract partner, Williams Construction, will begin work on the region-wide chain station improvements project to help ensure that commercial …
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Commissioners hear development services update

At its March 19 work session, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) heard an update on the Building, Planning and Water Quality departments from Development Director Pamela …
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County moves to deny fee waiver requests from Archuleta Seniors Inc.

At its April 2 meeting, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC), acting as the liquor board, denied waiver requests for a special event permit fee and building rental fee from Archuleta Seniors Inc. (ASI), among other business.
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Obituaries
Carol Ann White
Carol Ann Neville White passed quietly into God’s nearer presence in her Pagosa Springs residence on April 8, 2024, at the age of 84 after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Aug. 10, 1939.
Bobbie Joy Day Smith
Born in Hamlin, Texas, in 1935. She married her childhood sweetheart, Glenn, in 1952. She was the first in her family to receive Christ as her savior. Joy went on to convert her husband, Glenn, who then became a minister, and she then served as a minister’s wife for 48 years and helped Glenn to start several new churches in many states.
Melanie Madaline Morgan
Melanie Madaline Morgan, born on May 28, 1944, in Macomb, Ill., was the second of four daughters born to Daniel M. Morgan and N. Madaline Welsh Morgan. Growing up, the family moved from Illinois to Nebraska to Grand Junction, Colo., back to Illinois, then Iowa and Idaho, finally settling in Grand Junction. Her only child, David D. Guthrie, was born on Dec. 28, 1969.
Martin Granados Moreno
Martin Granados Moreno, 55, passed away on April 14, 2024,at Mercy Hospital. He was a beloved father, son and uncle. Born in Uruachi, Chihuahua, Mexico, Martin was the son of Ma. De Jesus Moreno and Reymundo Granados.
Carol Ann White
Carol Ann White, beloved by her family and the many first-graders she taught, passed quietly in her home on Monday, April 8, 2024.
Sports

DUST2 announces dates and programming for 2024

As spring sets in, DUST2 is gearing up for its 2024 programming. 

Continental Divide Trail partners, communities gearing up for another season of activity

The month of April marks the beginning of the height of the season on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT), with locals and visitors alike flocking to get outdoors as temperatures rise and snow begins to melt. 

T-ball, adult soccer registrations open

Soccer into goal success concept

The Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for its T-ball league. The T-ball league is for 4- and 5-year-olds and the cost is $45. The deadline to register is April 21, and play will …

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Opinion
It’s legal in Wyoming to chase coyotes and run over them with snowmobiles, but, recently, a man used his snowmobile to run down a wolf until it was disabled. Then he taped the wolf’s …
April 1, 1960, 18 and my Sweet Al, 24, we had no idea what we were doing or saying. Sixty-four years later, we have changed, but some things have remained the same as when we stood before the …
By Pepper Trail PREVIEW Columnist Let’s play a game, the climate-change game that every living thing on Earth has no choice but to play, starting — now. The game is called …
There’s a fine line between learning from the mistakes of others and shaming people for their ignorance. Twelve people have died in avalanches in the United States this winter, including …
Faith

New Thought Center to meet Sunday

The Sunday service on April 7 at 10:30 a.m. will be with Stephanie Morrow, Reiki master and intuitive, on “Let it Go to Let it Flow.”   “This Activity of Light is …

Countywide Women’s Bible Study meeting weekly

Our Pagosa winter was a disappointment with less than the required snowfalls. But, what has not been a disappointment is the Bible study for all the women in the county, from all the churches, …

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Education
Aspen Salazar

LPEA announces delegates for National Rural Electric Youth Tour

La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) is proud to announce the selection of four exemplary high school juniors from LPEA’s service territory to represent the cooperative at the National Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., from June 17-23. 
Food

Sourdough baking workshop planned for April 20

On Saturday, April 20, at 10:30 a.m. the Mount Allison Grange, located at 2622 County Road 229 in Allison, will hold a sourdough baking workshop.  There will be information on how to grow …
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Billions of cicadas are about to emerge from underground in a rare double-brood convergence
In the wake of North America’s recent solar eclipse, another historic natural event is on the horizon. From late April through June 2024, the largest brood of 13-year cicadas, known as Brood XIX, will co-emerge with a midwestern brood of 17-year cicadas, Brood XIII.
Removing PFAS from public water will cost billions and take time – here are ways to filter out some harmful ‘forever chemicals’ at home
Chemists invented PFAS in the 1930s to make life easier: Nonstick pans, waterproof clothing, grease-resistant food packaging and stain-resistant carpet were all made possible by PFAS. …
Gold vs. stocks: As both hit record highs, which is performing better for investors?
Money helps shed light on which is a better investment: gold or stocks.
Taylor Swift’s homage to Clara Bow
One track on Taylor Swift’s new album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” honors a long-celebrated, oft-miscast heroine of American feminism: actress Clara Bow. As historians of the 1920s, we’ve studied Bow’s fame and her cultural legacy.
How to turn your passion for pets into action
(BPT) - Are you passionate about pets? Whether you have a beloved animal of your own or simply appreciate all the joy pets bring to our lives, there are many ways you can turn that passion into …