Posted by Shellie Peterson
That barrel is going DOWN!!!  Soon, how soon, I wish I knew!  We are looking forward to that magic day when it plunges through the ice though!  You have until one second before that happens to continue to make guesses. Proceeds from this fun contest will support our graduating seniors with their college or vo-tech education.
Guesses can be made at the Chamber of Commerce and the Choke Cherry Tree.  Also online at or  You can also click this link  
For those unfamiliar with the Ice Melt Contest, sponsored by the Pagosa Rotary and Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association, a clock has been attached to a barrel and placed on Lake Hatcher. When temperatures warm enough to melt the ice, the barrel will fall into the water, marking the exact day, minute, hour and second the clock stops.
So there is still time to make some serious money. The top three guesses — closest to the marked date and time will win $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.
The deadline has been extended to the time that barrel hits the water. March 31? April 7? July 4? Two weeks ago, Lake Hatcher had 20" of ice on it. You be the judge. With this kind of cash, you can host a Mother Nature Is My New Best Friend Party. 
To buy your tickets, forms are available at, through a link on the PLPOA website, at The Choke Cherry Tree, the Chamber of Commerce in the Visitors Center, the PLPOA Rec Center or the administration office.