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Chamber Communiqué
May/June 2017



"Despite the forecast, live like it is spring." 

 
Note from the Executive Director                           


Bring on the Summer!

            The community welcomes new retail and restaurant businesses, service businesses and those people adding to the skill set of the medical and educational industries.  Book your summer projects as soon as you can as contractors and subcontractors are very busy.  All indications are that it is going to be a very summer.  One of those indications is that we have a number of events coming to the community early in the season.  Businesses should take note of the following dates and events.  Please make sure you are staffed with people and the relative goods necessary for your business. 
            Graduation weekend is the first weekend of June with graduation on Saturday, June 3.  There will be many people visiting family and our 2017 graduates. 
            The weekend of June 9-11 will host 3 major events:  The Folk n' Bluegrass Festival, the 9th Annual Car Show and Ride the Rockies.  The Festival will again take place on Reservoir Hill June 9-11.  The Chamber sponsored Car Show will take place this year only in Town Park; we will not be on Lewis St.  Friday evening, June 9 will be the Party in the Park from 5 pm to 8 pm with live music with the Retro Cats, goods and food vendors, a beer and wine garden and a preview of some of the classic cars that will be around all weekend.  On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the festivities continue in Town Park.  Please be aware that Hermosa Street will be closed from Hot Springs Blvd.  Parking for the Car Show will be available on Lewis street.  The Car Show will take place in both the athletic field and Town Park to accommodate all the cars, motorcycles, displays and vendors that will be available.  It will be a busy time and again there will be live music, vendors displaying related car show goods, food vendors and a beer and wine garden.  The awards will occur close to 3 p.m.  If you missed the show or want to continue the festivities, travel to the west side of town where later in the evening Pagosa Brewing will be hosting a Car Show special dinner, live music and you can view some of the classic cars in the parking lot.  It will be a busy and festive day and evening.
            On Sunday, June 11 approximately 2000 cyclists will arrive into town for the 32nd annual     Denver Post Ride the Rockies tour.  The riders will be coming from Alamosa on probably the longest mileage section of the tour at 93 miles.  We expect the majority of the riders will be coming into Pagosa after noon.  They will travel to the host site which is the Pagosa Springs High School via Hot Springs Blvd.  Please be aware of traffic congestion and the cyclists.  Beginning at 2 p.m., there will be a "Party in the Park" for Ride the Rockies this time being held in Yamaguchi Park.  This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.  There will be food and goods vendors, a beer and wine garden, and fantastic live music.  The music begins at 2 p.m. with Pagosa's own Retro Cats.  At approximately 4:30 p.m. the live music continues with Songs of the Fall with the talented Cia and Stetson and their band.  If you were not able to attend the Folk n' Bluegrass Festival, Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers will be coming off the mountain to headline the Party at around 6:30 p.m.  The festivities are free, there will be great food and an opportunity to bring the family and listen to some fantastic music in one of our wonderful parks. 
            The following week on Saturday, June 17 the Bicycle Tour of Colorado comes to Pagosa Springs.  Although this tour does not have the high numbers of cyclists as Ride the Rockies, there will still be close to 500 cyclists.  Pagosa has been chosen as the start and ending community for this loop tour.  Their headquarters will again be at the Pagosa Springs High School and the Chamber will also host a Party in Yamaguchi Park for this tour and the festivities are open to the public.  This party will begin at 4 p.m. with the Brooks i Band kicking off the festivities.  Again, Songs of the Fall will rock the crowd with their stellar voices and high quality playing abilities.  There will be food vendors and a beer and wine garden. 
            Two weeks later, the 39th annual Park to Park Arts and Crafts Festival will take place from July 1-July 4 as part of the 4th of July activities.  Over 60 vendors will be present with unique items including clothing, jewelry, food items, handcrafted goods and lots of great food.  The festival will take place in Town and Mary Fisher Parks.  Stay tuned for a listing all of the 4th of July festivities. 
            Pagosa is gearing up for a busy summer.  Don't be one of those businesses that is caught behind the 8 ball!  Attend the Job Fair and get prepared and pay attention to the information that comes from the chamber in your weekly Updates & Reminders.  There is a large amount of vital and informative information that comes to your email inbox every week.  Should you have any questions, about upcoming events or if you are an organization and have an event coming up, please go to the Chamber's Event Calendar to review the events or list your event.  You can also contact the Chamber at 264-2360.  Bring on Summer!



Sincerely,

Mary Jo Coulehan



Updates & Reminders
  • The Maximizing your Membership for May is on Monday, May 22nd. The Maximizing your Membership class for June will be on Monday, June 26th.
  • The May Business after Hours is at Pagosa Mountain Sports on Wednesday the 24th, from 5-7PM. The June B.A.H. is at The Choke Cherry Tree on Wednesday the 28th.
  • There will be a ribbon cutting for Motel Soco on Saturday, May 20th at 1pm at 651 W US HWY 160.
  • Visit our EVENT CALENDAR for more events occurring in the community.
See below for more information or contact the Chamber  at 970-264-2360.

 
Upcoming Chamber Events
The next Business after Hours is Wednesday, May 24th at Pagosa Mountain Sports, with adventure activities, food, drink and fun!  You won't want to miss out on this exciting evening!
  Motel SOCO is having its Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 20th, from noon to 6pm. Join the Pagosa Chamber as we celebrate this new motel in Pagosa!
The Chamber is already in the planning stages and is looking forward to the next big event, the 9th Annual Car Show on June 9th and 10th. On Friday night, spend the evening enjoying the sights and sounds of the variety of classic cars at the Party in the Park, then on Saturday, meander through the Show and Shine in Town Park when the cars line up for all enthusiasts to admire as they compete for a variety of categories. For more information about entering in this event or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Angela Wirth at the chamber at 970-264-2360. 
Click Here to download registration form.
Ride the Rockies is coming to Pagosa! June 11th, bicyclists will be coming into town as part of the Ride the Rockies tour. Join the festivities on Sunday night with a Party in Yamaguchi Park! On Monday morning, June 12th, the bicyclists will head out as they continue their trek through Colorado!
 
Faces of the Pagosa Springs Chamber
 
With 3 new board members for the year and a new Membership Coordinator, the Pagosa Chamber is off and running for the 2017 year, ready to meet our community's needs!

Staff and Board of the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
Staff and Board of the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (Mary Jo photo courtesy of Pagosa Sun)
 
March Business after Hours
The Hub Bike Shop
Over 90 people came to the Hub Bike Shop 
BAH networking evening!
Beautiful weather allowed for indoor and outdoor entertaining!
Owners Jim and Connie Hayes
Wonderful catering by La Taquerìa!
 
April Business after Hours
Homes Fund of Southwest Colorado/First Southwest Bank
Over 100 people attended the April BAH!
Town Manager, Greg Schulte, and Tourism Director, Jennie Green enjoying the evening of networking.
 Saying a heartfelt farewell to our Membership Coordinator, Amanda Powers, and welcoming Debra O'Neill.
FSWB staff and others waiting for the great prizes to be called out!
 
Member News
Mayor Spearheading 2017 'Adopt-a-Bike' Beautification Program

By Town of Pagosa Springs
Pagosa Springs' Mayor Don Volger is spearheading a new initiative that will place flowers throughout town, with opportunities for businesses and visitors to get involved.
Adopt-a-Bike Planter Program
Bike Planters will be purchased by the Beautification Committee and distributed at no cost via a lottery system to interested businesses and non-profits. Those that adopt the planters are responsible for planting, maintaining and decorating the bike planters. Beautification awards will be presented throughout the year. Businesses are encouraged to be creative and have fun with the bike planters. The Committee plans to have 20 bikes distributed throughout the community.

Archuleta County Victim Assistance has a NEW name: 
Rise Above Violence

We are excited to launch our new name, new look, and stronger vision this April.
We offer the same crisis, legal, and supportive services but are expanding our Youth Prevention Programming and our Community out reach.  Together we will RISE to end domestic and sexual violence in Pagosa Springs!
 
We have some activities coming up!  We were selected as a non-profit to benefit from the 19th Hole Concert series.  There is an amazing line up this summer. 
The bands that are scheduled to play are:
* June 15 - Brooks-i Band .         * June 22 - San Juan Mountain Boys.       * June 29 - Jack Ellis.
* July 6 - Songs of the Fall.    * July 13 - Bob Hemenger.           * July 20 - Eric from Philly.
 
Rise Above Violence will be the non-profit highlighted on June 15th, but attending any/all of the concerts help every non-profit participating so come out for some lovely summer entertainment!
 
The Pagosa Duathlon is in it's 11th year!  It will be held July 8th.  For more information go to http://pagosaduathlon.com/  
The Proceeds from these events go directly to help victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Archuleta County.

Chimney Rock National Monument Opens for 2017 Season

By Nadia Werby
Come experience a unique part of America's heritage this summer in the shadows of Chimney Rock National Monument's awe-inspiring twin spires.
Chimney Rock will open for the 2017 season on Monday, May 15.
The site is accessible for guided walking tours at 9:30am, 11:00am and 1:00pm. During the peak season, July 1 through August 15th, four daily tours will be offered (see website for schedule.) The guided tour takes approximately 2.5 hours and involves hiking along the spectacular ridge top to several Puebloan archaeological sites dating from 950 to 1125 A.D.
The Audio Kiva tour is available between 10:30am and 3:00pm and includes a pre-recorded audio commentary that gives in-depth information about the structures viewed and the people who lived there. The cost of either tour is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12; no charge for children under 5.


Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership To Host Summer Workshops


The west end of Pagosa's Centennial Park is a busy place this spring. Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) is busy growing with six school classes, the CATCH after-school program, and 4-H Gardeners. GGP volunteers open the Education Dome each Tuesday and Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm to host visitors and to sell bedding plants for the benefit of the nonprofit organization.
 
Five Lifelong Learning Workshops are planned for 2017 by GGP's Programming Committee of professional educators. "Ornithology of a Healthy River" is Saturday, June 24. Birders (and wanna-be birders) meet at the GGP site at 8 am and learn with Audubon Rockies and Weminuche Audubon experts. Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. Registration is $20 for GGP members and $40 for nonmembers. Each registration includes lunch at noon at the GGP Education Dome.
 
GGP's first 2017 "workshop" was the recent Environmental Film Festival. Proceeds from the Film Fest and all other workshops benefit the nonprofit organization's educational programming. The Film Fest was well attended and resulted in vigorous conversations. Thank you, Pagosa Springs.
 
All GGP's 2017 workshops are described at www.pagosagreen.org. Members receive discounts or other perks at all GGP events.


Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Announces
2017 Dates and Special Runs


CHAMA, NM and ANTONITO, CO, March 24, 2017 ...The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the highest, longest and most authentic steam railroad in America, will begin its 47th season on May 27, 2017 with trains departing daily from both Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico through October 22, 2017.
 
Opening day on May 27 will offer the added thrill of two special double-headed trains.  Locomotives 315 and 463 will pull the opening day train from Antonito to Chama, while two K-36 locomotives will pull the first train from Chama.  There will be three steaming locomotives together at the Osier lunch stop. For the first time ever, there will also be a special Opening Day Osier Dinner Train featuring a prime rib dinner, a John Denver tribute concert by Chris Collins, and sunset on Toltec Gorge.

Healthy Outlook-Old Town Market

My name is Carol Koegel I am passionate and committed to learn, practice and share all that I can to be healthy and whole. I will be providing new information each month that I hope you will find useful and interesting. I will always try to give credit to my sources and welcome any comments or questions you may have.
Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Veterans Memorial Park

The Board of Directors for the Veterans Memorial Park of Archuleta County (VMPAC) is pleased to announce a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the first phase of this exciting project. Please join us on Monday, May 29th at 13:00 hours.  The celebration will take place at the park site located north of U.S. Highway 160 on Vista Blvd. on Vista Boulevard.
Fundraising efforts have been on-going since the organization received its tax-exempt status as a 501(c)19 in 2013. Design work began even earlier as Archuleta County, Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association and members of the organizing committee settled on a site and reached cooperative agreements that would allow the VMPAC Board develop a Memorial in a park setting that residents, visitors and the public can enjoy and reflect on.
The VMPAC Board sincerely looks forward to sharing this occasion with our community, providing information on this project, and getting input on how we, as a community, move forward from here. 

Six Nonprofits Selected to Benefit from 19th Hole Concerts


Six Archuleta County nonprofits have been selected to benefit from the 19th Hole Concerts at The Pagosa Springs Golf Club.  The 19th Hole Concerts pairs a nonprofit with a local music talent on Thursday evenings June 15 through July 20 to offer a fun evening of entertainment. Food from the grill and signature cocktails will be available for purchase.  Concert goers should bring a camp chair or blanket and leave your dogs at home. The 2017 Concert Schedule is available below. 
The cover charge is a $10 donation which supports the six nonprofits selected for the 2017 concert series.  At the end of the series, all proceeds are pooled and distributed equally to the six featured organizations. 
In 2016, the 19th Hole Concerts' inaugural year, $750 was awarded to each of that year's six organizations.  This year, the Archuleta Committee of the Community Foundation anticipates seeing attendance increase and aims to raise $1,000 for each nonprofit.  The nonprofits will collaborate to promote and generate attendance at each concert through a variety of marketing tasks
 
 
Ribbon Cuttings for March and April
Williams Creek Angler
Renewing Members March/April
Abba Eye Care, Inc
Ajia Cuisine & Spirits
All Seasons Lake Lodge
Alpine Portable Toilets & Septic
Arbonne International
B & S Excursions
Bank of the San Juans
Bayfield Gardens
Boulder Coffee Cafe
The Buck Stops Here
Buckskin Towing & Repair
Centerpoint Church
Colorado Christmas Shoppe
Colorado Dream Homes, Inc
Community Foundation Serving 
    Southwest Colorado
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Curtains Up Pagosa
Dale Construction, Inc.
Davis Engineering Services, Inc.
Diamond Hitch Stables
East Side Market
Ecosphere Environmental Services
Edward Jones Investments
Friends of the Pagosa Multi-Purpose 
    Pavilion
Galles Properties
GECKO
Harms Photo/Graphic Associates
High Country Lodge
Incredible Pagosa Vacation Rentals
Juli Morelock, Galles Properties
L Bar Z Ranch Cabins
Memory Lane
Monroe Chiropractic
Mountain West Insurance
Nationwide Payments
Old Town Market
Pagosa Baking Company
Pagosa Bar
Pagosa Cab
Pagosa Peak Dental Hygiene
Pagosa Springs CDC
Pagosa Springs Luxury Properties
Renovate Pagosa
Riff Raff Brewing Company
Rise Above Violence
Riverdance Townhome
San Juan Mediation Services
San Juan Mountains Association
Scott Strategic Investments
Shaklee Independent Distributor
Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant
Ski and Bow Rack
Source for Pagosa Real Estate, LLC
Southwest Property Trust
Southwest Silver Gallery
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church
Sunetha Property Management, Inc.
Tavern Le Boeuf
Team Murphy Realty, LLC
Tequila's Mexican Restaurant
Terry's Colorado Home Supply
Tierra Wools
Town of Pagosa Springs
Veterans for Veterans of Archuleta County
Village Interiors Carpet One
Visiting Angels
Wayne's Wild West Guns, LLC
John and Carrie Weiss
Winslow on the Shire
Tari Woods

New Members March/April
Beehive Home of Pagosa Springs
Chris Smith
662 Park Ave.
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970-946-1784
E-Mail: beehivepagosa@gmail.com
Web Address: www.beehivehomes.com

Each bedroom is private and has its own three-quarter bath with an ADA shower. Each bedroom and bathroom is equipped with an emergency call system; and the bedrooms are also wired with cable TV, phone, and internet capabilities. The home has a large dining room to accommodate group meals and activities.We have a comfortable living room with large windows and a window seat for our residents to enjoy time with their families or to soak up a little sunshine. If our residents wish to enjoy the outdoors, the home has a large covered patio in the front of the house and an even larger patio at the back for outdoor activities and parties.We have 24-hour staffing to assist residents no matter what time of day or night. We offer dietitian-approved meals, prepared and cooked by our staff. The kitchen is never closed and snacks are available to our residents twice a day. We feel strongly about keeping each of our residents active, both physically and mentally.

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Mountain Spirit Ranch
Adriann Sitton
6651 CR 382
Chromo, CO 81128
Phone: 325-669-5310
E-Mail: mountainspiritchromo@gmail.com

Our Ranch is remote, spacious, luxurious, quaint and historic. Always be on the lookout for deer, elk, bear and many other forms of wildlife. But you won't see many people; our neighbor is the San Juan National Forest. Mountain and river views, hiking and fishing. Soak in the hot tub or soak in your private tub. Sit by the fireplace in the great room or sit by the huge firepit on the patio. Book your weddings, your family reunions or your corporate gatherings. The lodge has 4 luxury bedrooms upstairs and 3 more bedrooms downstairs, all with 1 bed each plus the Kid's Loft with 5 twin beds. The River House has 3 bedrooms with 2 beds each and 1 bedroom with 1 bed. If it's the big game weekend, don't worry you can watch it downstairs with DirectTV and cable. We have wifi and a land line also. Pagosa Springs is only 23 miles north for dining, shopping, antiquing and soaking in the famous hot springs "deepest in the world!" You can also book rafting, dog sledding, snowmobiling and many other activities.

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Cargo
Vickey Huffman
117 Navajo Trail Dr. #C
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970-731-4444
E-Mail: retromall2@yahoo.com

Cargo is a clothing and curiosity shop carrying retro-eclectic items. Signature items that speak to only you! A place to bring a smile when you walk in and money left over when you walk out. Clothing is bought out of town and state so no woman will be concerned over her outing in town. All clothes are washed and dry cleaned and lay away is available. A courtesy to my customers will be rent a hanger you keep all the monies and just pay the rent of the hanger for the month.

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Motel SOCO
Christopher Jarc
651 W US Hwy 160
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970-264-1492
E-Mail: info@motelsoco.com

Formerly the Sky View Motel, this historic lodge has been a part of the Pagosa Springs community since its construction in the 1940's. At that time, the Sky View mostly accommodated logging workers. Over the years, tourism grew substantially due to the healing properties of the geothermal hot springs by which the town acquired its name, Pagosa. Under new ownership as of September 2016, the new motel SOCO remains a motor lodge for tourists, adventurers, world travelers, and people from all walks of life. A new face-lift and room renovations promises a host of hospitality for any destination seeker. We are bringing a whole new vibration filled with positive energy and awesome events! Come by and feel it for yourself!

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Renewal by Anderson
Nick Bonham
777 Orchard Dr. 
Bayfield, CO 81122
303-217-4067
E-Mail: nbonham@renewalcolorado.com

Renewal by Andersen is a full service window and patio door replacement company.

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Wild-N-Crazy Critters, LLC
Trevor Gregory
1501 W. Highway 160 Unit 2
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970-507-0963
E-Mail: wildncrazycritters@gmail.com

Wild-N-Crazy Critters is an exotic pet shop offering many services and supplies for various pets. Our services are birthday parties, snake sexing (determining a snake's gender), photographs and t-shirts for souvenirs, handling demonstrations, delivery of crickets, and special ordering of animals we do not currently have in stock. We sell various feeder insects including, Dubai roaches, crickets, super worms, and meal worms. We look forward to your visit!


 
CDC Corner
On Wednesday, May 10th, the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation (CDC) held their annual meeting at The Springs Resort in the Ecoluxe.  The main focus concerned a broadband update on the status of this utility in our community and some of the upgrades scheduled for Archuleta County.   Voting for new spots on the CDC board were also on the agenda.  Below are the board members voted in during the meeting:

Laura Mijares - CDC Member: Archuleta School District 50 Jt
Laura Mijares is the Assistant Principal at Pagosa Springs Elementary School.  She earned her MA in Educational Administration from the University of New Mexico and a BA in Latin American Studies.  Her work history includes owning a small business, working as a beekeeping consultant and maintaining a 20 year career in public education as a teacher, principal, school board member and consultant.  Ms. Mijares is a former Peace Corps Volunteer and continues to volunteer oversees for short-term development work when possible.  Ms. Mijares resides in Chromo, CO with her husband, who manages The Banded Peak Ranch, and her children.  Her older daughter attends Colorado State and her teenage son and daughter are students at Pagosa Springs High School.

Jodi Scarpa - CDC Member: Pagosa Springs Medical Center
Jodi graduated with a BA in English from Graceland College and an early childhood certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. She has enjoyed her work with non-profit organizations in southwest Colorado as the business manager of Montezuma County Partners, executive director of the Children's Kiva (large center daycare, preschool and kindergarten), program manager for the Archuleta County Senior Center and the executive director of the Archuleta County Housing Authority. She has volunteered her time writing grants for Grace's and Hope's soup kitchens in Cortez.  Currently, she works for the Pagosa Springs Medical Center as the Manager of the Foundation and Executive Offices, assisting with development, special projects and senior leadership.

Sherry Waner - CDC Member: 1st Southwest Bank
Sherry Waner is a Senior Vice President at First Southwest Bank with 22 years of banking experience.  She specializes in commercial lending, focusing on assisting small business start ups and expansion.  Sherry attended the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at Colorado University Boulder and is a certified SBDC advisor providing training, coaching and counseling to women in business.  She is very active in civic organizations and economic development efforts.   In her role on the Board of Directors of the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation these past three years, Sherry was instrumental in facilitating a new micro-loan program for Archuleta County which the CDC administers.  Sherry has also sat on the Builders Association of Pagosa Springs for 10 years, the Archuleta County Education Center Board for 9 years (including President) and the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club for 8 years.

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We appreciate the support and commitment of our members, a nd we look forward to what lies ahead   for 2017!

Sincerely, 


The Chamber Staff






105 Hot Springs Blvd.
PO Box 787
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

        BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President:        Chris Smith
V. President:    Jack Searle
Treasurer:        Mike Beckel
Secretary:        Jenelle Syverson
Directors:         Christie Spears
                          John Janowski
                          Jimmy Muñozcano
                          Jen Pitcher
                          Jon Johnson

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Executive Director:    Mary Jo Coulehan
Membership Coordinator:  Debra O'Neill
Events/Communications 
Coordinator:  Angela Wirth

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