Fun For a Cause
March 28, 2013

SUN photos/Mike Pierce

The Harlem Ambassadors are no strangers to Pagosa Springs, and the good-times basketball team trekked to town recently for a performance to support a valuable cause. A number of the Ambassadors were escorted around town prior to an event at the high school gym, getting to know Pagosans, and when the time came to take the court, there was a crowd waiting. Some serious basketball, featuring the Ambassadors and experienced local players, was followed by fun — hijinks with a less-skilled and more amusing team of Pagosans, dancing and frivolity. All to benefit the local Crime Stoppers’ Tip Reward program.

Check out photos at Pagosa Springs SUN website.

Harlem Ambassadors v. Pagosa Springs Pirate Pretenders
March 15, 2013



The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Pagosa Springs for a game at Pagosa Springs High School Gymnasium on Friday, March 15, 2013.


The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.


The Ambassadors feature non-stop laughs and deliver a positive message for kids wherever the Ambassadors play. “At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic said. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”


The Ambassadors set themselves apart from other “Harlem-style” basketball teams by working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and holding Harlem Ambassadors shows as community fundraising events. For Pagosa’s event the Ambassadors have partnered with Archuleta County Crime Stoppers to help raise funds for the Tip Reward Program.


The Ambassadors have worked extensively with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and American Red Cross as well as Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs in communities throughout the U.S., and perform more than 200 shows a year. Those shows have helped raise millions of dollars – an accomplishment of which Ambassadors President Dale Moss is very proud.


“It feels good to be able to provide quality entertainment and create memories that the fans will take with them,” Moss explained. “We’re able to give even more when we can help provide funding for a Habitat for Humanity house or new computers for the school library, and that feels great.”     

Arrest made in condo burglaries
May 17, 2012

By Randi Pierce staff
Thursday, May 17, 2012

An arrest has been made in a rash of burglaries that took place during the week of April 23.

Louis Caesar Jordan, 31, was arrested May 8, following a tip that led to two search warrants and the discovery of stolen items.

A total of 13 flat screen televisions were stolen from 13 different condos in the Pagosa Lakes area over two nights the week of April 23, as well as three Blu-ray players and one stereo. The burglaries took place in the Ptarmigan condos, which are a part of Wyndham Pagosa, indicated Det. Rich Valdez of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, previously.

Valdez said the burglaries took place on two different days, with two reports filed on April 24 and 11 reports filed on April 27. Several other burglary attempts were made, as well.

Valdez said he received a tip from Wyndham the morning of May 8 indicating that a male was keeping the TVs at two different locations and that they were being sold.

The investigation then gathered enough information for search warrants to be obtained for the two locations — 343 Fireside Street and 158 Eaton Drive, Unit 202A.

Valdez said a plan to carry out the search warrants was put in place with help from Deputy Brandon Bishop and, with assistance from the Pagosa Springs Police Department, two teams executed the two search warrants simultaneously.

During the searches, three TVs and the stereo were recovered, Valdez said.

Several people were interviewed during the searches, revealing the TVs and Blu-ray players and leading to the recovery of an additional TV and a Blu-ray player.

Additionally, warrants for nontestimonial evidence (DNA and fingerprints for identification purposes) were served on three adult males.

The searches also led to the arrest of Jordan.

Valdez said the ACSO is still on the lookout for the remaining stolen goods.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at or 264-2133, or to contact Valdez at 264-8430.

“Information tips help us out so much,” Valdez said. “Sometimes we can’t do it without the help of the public, and that’s why Crime Stoppers is so important.”

Pagosa Springs February Business Bites
March 02, 2012

The February Business Bites will be moved back just a little bit and will be held on Friday, March 2.  Due to the very busy schedule of the speakers, we needed to move the date back, so we will have two Business Bites luncheons in March.

The March 2 Business Bites will focus on Safety and Security for your business.  We need to protect our assets from external and internal thievery, what to do if you suspect thievery or “foul play”, proactive steps to protect your business, and many other points that you may take for granted, but you are a perfect target. 

Detective Richard Valdez from the Archuleta County Sheriff's office will be on hand to discuss the new “Crime Stoppers” program.  Chief Rockensock from the Town of Pagosa Springs and Undersheriff Saunders will be there to answer you questions and concerns and to give helpful tips. 

The lunch session will be held at the West Side Visitor Center in the Country Center. It will be held at noon. Lunch will be provided.  The cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. 

Please RSVP to the chamber, 970-264-2360, so that we can ensure that there is enough food.  Again, a small investment in your business by attending this lunch seminar could save you thousands in dollars and hundreds of hours of grief. 

One tip you take away from this luncheon could save your business from serious loss...

Archuleta County Crime Stoppers
February 01, 2012

Archuleta County Crime Stoppers

Beginning February 1, 2012, Archuleta County will have a Crime Stoppers organization.  Stay tuned for more news and updates. 
Remember, if you have information, or see anything suspicious you can submit an anonymous tip. 

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