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I just had to post this great video again. We spotted these three cute little bears while Mellane and I were showing homes in Navajo River Ranch. No, we never turned off the car, got out of the car, or put the car in park!

Look for Big Mama at the end of this short video.

5484 SqFt, 8 bedrooms, 5 baths, 1/2 CFM water rights from Little Stick Ditch. 1/4 mile river frontage. Located in coveted Upper Blanco Basin in gorgeous Pagosa Springs Colorado. Call D. West Davies at 970-398-0022 for more information.


After many months of collaboration with the Town of Pagosa Springs, the Geothermal Greenhouse Project team is pleased to announce the signing of the Project’s Land Lease and Geothermal Tap Use Agreements.  The signing of these agreements clears the way for the next phase of the Project, which was supported by resolution of the Town Council last year.  Since the passage of that resolution, important steps have been taken to ensure fulfillment of the Project’s mission and the interests of the community as a whole.

Special thanks to Pagosa’s Growing Spaces!

At a Town Council meeting in October of 2009, members of the Geothermal Greenhouse Project Committee outlined an operational model designed to increase broad-based community participation in the Project.  In that model, one large greenhouse will be devoted to education. Private and public school educators Mark DeVoti, Sally High and Guseppi Margiotta have expressed interest in developing an Agricultural Curriculum for students in grades K-12. Liz Parker, Prevention Education Coordinator for the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, is excited about the therapeutic value of programs for at-risk youth. Bill Nobles sees applications for participants in educational programs sponsored by the Archuleta County Extension Office and the Dean of Agricultural Science at the University of Colorado in Ft. Collins has suggested that graduate students travel to Pagosa Springs to study the application of renewable energy in the project.

The second large greenhouse will be for testing commercial production of vegetables, increasing the availability of year-round fresh produce to citizens, local businesses, schools and visitors. It will serve as a prototype business model, which could be expanded to other venues, and provide internship opportunities to high school students preparing for a career in agriculture.

The Committee envisions the third large Dome as a Community Garden. It, as well as many of the outdoor beds surrounding the geo-thermally heated structures, will involve the largest number of local, small growers possible. Additional proposed facilities include a visitor’s center, public rest rooms, a cold-storage facility and a permanent site for the Farmers Market.  Gardeners currently cultivating plots in Centennial Park, members of the High Mountain Gardeners Club, the Farmers Market Committee and Southwest Organization for Sustainability have all offered valuable suggestions and enthusiastic support.

As currently envisioned, the management of Geothermal Greenhouse production will rest with those using the Domes.  Those using each greenhouse will organize what they believe to be the best use of space, through consensus and/or democratic governance.  A non-profit Board will oversee the entire Project and will include representatives working in each area of the Project: education, commercial production and community garden.  Over the next few weeks, meetings will be held to discuss and refine this model of operation for possible incorporation into the Project’s Operations and Business Plans.  Anyone interested in participating is invited to contact committee member Ilene Haykus at 731-0553.

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Affordable Skiing: Wolf Creek

Jonathan Bell skis through heavy snow at Wolf Creek Ski Resort near Wolf Creek Pass, Colo.

I have been writing the travel writers at The New York Times for two years asking why they never write about Pagosa Springs and the Wolf Creek Ski Area. After all, our ski area consistently gets the most snow in Colorado.

Well today I got my wish. Click here to view the article they will run tomorrow’s Ski Guide 2010.

Update:  This home sold for $750,000 in December 2010.

Fabulous Kuhns Brothers full log home on 5 wooded acres very close to town. Big mountain views, custom rock fireplaces, tile flooring, high-end stainless steel appliances and beautiful modern kitchen. Generous decking and parking — including an RV pad.  Please visit for more detailed information, photos and video of this amazing log home.

This home is no longer available.


138 Teal Circle — Fabulous Lake Front Home

Update:  This home sold in 2010.

Pagosa Springs lakefront home with tremendous mountain views. Very close to shopping, churches and coffee. Built by Colorado Dream Homes. 12 inch walls for super energy efficiency.

This is a pocket listing so you won’t see this one on the MLS system until the summer. Call 970-398-0022 for more information.

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La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) offers a variety of rebates for their members to improve the efficiency of their homes/facilities. Rebates are available for a variety of Energy Star appliances, the recycling of a refrigerator or freezer, electric water heaters, permanent electric heat, energy efficient motors, and heat pumps.

The Energy Star Appliance and Refrigerator Recycling Program offers rebates for clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and refrigerator/freezer recycling. Customers have 180 days from date of purchase to apply for the rebate. Following purchase, customers must submit an original proof-of-purchase along with the completed rebate form to the LPEA office in either Durango or Pagosa Springs. The rebates will be credited to LPEA customers’ electric bills within the following billing cycle.

The Energy Efficiency Credits program offers rebates for water heaters, domestic solar water heaters, electric thermal storage heaters, resistive heat systems, electric motors, air-source heat pumps, and geothermal heat pumps. Equipment must meet certain efficiency standards listed on the program website. For these incentives, customers are required to provide LPEA an itemized receipt and/or work order as evidence of purchase before receiving the check/bill credit.

Additional Rebates & Credits From LaPlata Electric

Pagasa Spring Snow from Pagosa Springs on Vimeo.

I shot all this video within 30 minutes within 100 feet of my office at Jim Smith Realty in downtown Pagosa Springs, CO. By D. West Davies. Pagosa Springs Realtor. 970-398-0022

I was surprised to see it snowing so heavily today so I threw caution to the wind and ventured outside with my video camera. I shot all this video within 30 minutes and edited it real quick in the office. It turned out to be one of my most popular videos. This is video is hosted on my Pagosa Springs Vimeo channel.

Pagosa Springs Downtown

Here are  some pictures I took this morning of downtown Pagosa Springs — beautiful September morning.  Click on the bottom image to view these photos in my Picasa album along with picture description and map location.