Home Lake State Wildlife Area Closed Due To Herbicide Exposure
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has implemented a mandatory closure to fishing at Home Lake State Wildlife Area effective immediately from June 2 through June 16. The closure was authorized Friday afternoon following testing of the lake water as a result of a chemical exposure. The closure was recommended by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The direct cause of the chemical exposure is being investigated by multiple agencies, including CPW and the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
EDITORIAL: Opportunities to Work Together, on Problems… Part Three
Sitting in the audience at the May 18 meeting of the Town’s Pagosa Springs Sanitation General Improvement District (PSSGID) board meeting, a member of the public could perceive a willingness, among the PSSGID Board and staff, to collaborate with the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD)… or at least, think about collaborating.
Citizen Input Wanted on ‘South Pagosa Park’ Proposals
The Town of Pagosa Springs is seeking public input on two proposed developments and improvements within South Pagosa Park, located at 550 S. 8th St. The Town is considering an expansion to the existing Seeds of Learning Early Care and Education Center, along with a proposed new roofed structure over an enlarged ice-skating rink and future multi-use pavilion.
EDITORIAL: To Protest or Not to Protest…That is the Question
Yesterday, we shared an opinion piece from former property appraiser Cynda Green, noting some of the curious aspects of the (estimated 80%?) increase in property valuations published by Archuleta County Assessor Johanna Tully-Elliot last month. Ms. Green concluded her column:. The Assessor’s disclaimer at the top of their property value...
Three national forests in Colorado receive nearly $47 million for wildfire barriers
This story was originally published by The Colorado Sun at 4:07 AM on May 30, 2023. A year ago on May 17, it wasn’t an act of God or luck that helped hold back an encroaching wildfire from a small subdivision and a primary water source in southwestern Colorado. It was careful, advance planning.
The top 10 places people in Eagle County are looking to buy homes
Stacker compiled statistics about where people in Eagle County are looking to buy homes using cross-market demand and monthly inventory data from Realtor.com.
EDITORIAL: Schools of Choice, and the Cost Thereof, Part Five
According to an article in the Pagosa Springs SUN, the Archuleta School District has scheduled meetings of certain stakeholders to discuss the Mill Levy Override that was approved by local voters in 2018. A similar community meeting will be held on June 5, via Zoom. That measure allowed ASD to...
Free Nights of Theatre for Local Teens Begin Tonight at PSCA
Thingamajig Theatre Company’s summer season is getting underway with ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical opening this Friday, June 2… to be followed by ‘Jersey Boys’ and ‘Godspell’… all running in repertory until August 28. Thingamajig Theatre Company is a nonprofit 501c3...
EDITORIAL: A Few More Thoughts About Protesting Property Valuations
Not many issues, here in Pagosa Springs, have generated the number of phone calls and emails we’ve received, here at the Daily Post, following the release of the Archuleta County Assessor’s property valuations. Several people have indicated that their property valuation has doubled. Wait. I take that back....
OPINION: The Rocky Relationship between Comparable Sales, TASPs, and Valuation
For many property owners, the 2020-2022 Archuleta County Assessor’s mass appraisal, reflected in our 2023 Notice of Valuations, is a mess. This is why so many property owners are upset and protesting their property value. The mass appraisal deals with medians of broad categories of properties. When you protest,...
SENIOR CENTER NEWS: Free Rides for Seniors on Mountain Express Transit
Older adults 60 and older are eligible for free transportation provided by Archuleta County Mountain Express Transit (MET). Older adults can ride the MET Pagosa Springs route for free Monday – Friday. This route stops at the Senior Center and the Medical Center ten times per day. Disabled community members that live within ¾ of a mile of this route but are unable to make it to a stop can qualify for free paratransit service. Paratransit service requires community members to book their ride 24 hours in advance. Community members must call the MET at 970-264-2250 by 3pm the day before Monday – Friday, to reserve their ride.
READY, FIRE, AIM: Loved to Death
KUNR Public Radio reporter Kaleb Roedel knows a thing or two about love, apparently. Even living in Reno, Nevada. As Mountain West towns risk being ‘loved to death,’ a new report offers solutions. He mentioned Durango, Colorado as one of those towns that risk being loved to death.
HMPRESENTLY: I’ll Get Back to You On That…
As I’m listening to a San Francisco consumer reporter’s story, on TV, about a steep increase in someone’s car insurance bill, I’m thinking about the substantial property tax increase, out your way, in Pagosa. Mere mortal human beings, figuring out, and attempting to dispute, substantially higher...
San Juan Rangers Recruitment Meeting Tomorrow
For those who have thought about becoming a San Juan Ranger, we invite you to join us for a recruitment meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 30, at 6pm at 302 San Juan St. Today, the mission of the San Juan Rangers is to provide assistance to the people of Pagosa Springs in cooperation with the local police and sheriff agencies.
LIFE AT CHIMNEY ROCK: Annual Festival Celebrates Indigenous Culture
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) invites you to the Life at Chimney Rock Festival at Chimney Rock National Monument on Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, from 10am to 4pm each day. Family activities and interactive demonstrations of the skills of the ancients will be led by CRIA volunteers...
EDITORIAL: Health Advisory Committee Gets Smaller
PHOTO: From left, Ashley Wilson, Mary Helminski, Sally Kennedy (and also at the table, John Ranson) at the May 22, 2023 meeting of the Archuleta County Health Department Transitional Advisory Committee. A friend mentioned, yesterday, her disappointment with the Archuleta County government, and the way the decisions were made to...
PPOS Stakeholders Collaborate on Best Practices
PHOTO: PPOS advisors Katie Young, Rue Graham and Joey Wychesit discuss opportunities for PPOS students to celebrate work, experience adventure learning, and progress through a series of community building rituals. Community. Lifelong learning. High quality work. Whole and healthy humans. These four Pagosa Peak Open School values were tied to...
Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs Awards $22,000 to Graduating Seniors
The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs is proud to announce the graduating seniors who will be receiving the 2023 Rotary scholarships, which total $22,000 this year. We received amazing applications and tough decisions were made by the committee. Five students were awarded scholarships for 2023. Avery Ramirez will be studying...
LETTER: Open Letter to the Archuleta County Assessor
I have submitted our personal property valuation protest with your office. I felt compelled to do so based not on the disagreement concerning to bring property values to realistic numbers, but the outrageous increase without proper justification. There is no question that our existing valuation needed to be increased. Here...
Day 7 - Pagosa Springs Colorado to Monticello Utah via the Million Dollar Road ~ 300 miles
Fate played a hand again today and oh what a day of riding! It followed a not so good night. Getting up in the night, as one needs to do, I looked at my iPhone for the time. It was completely dead. A hard boot to no avail. I spent a restless remainder of the night thinking how the trip would be without the phone. Fiddling with it again when I was more coherent in the morning I managed to get it working. Such dependency. As it turned out where I was today it could have presented problems without a phone should something have happened. An issue when riding alone.
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