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SLV Tourism Ass’n Annual Conference

March 4, 2020 @ 9:30 am 4:00 pm

The San Luis Valley Tourism Association will host its 20th annual conference on March 4, 2020.  This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Sustainable!”  Speakers will include Addison Phillips with Charge Ahead Colorado, Steve Coffin with NoCo PLACES 2050, and Dr. Nick Parker, teaching Sustainability 101. The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) jointly administer the Charge Ahead Colorado electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure grant program. Grants are available for community-based Level II and DC fast-charging stations. Program objectives include improving air quality, encouraging deployment of EVs across the state, and supporting implementation of the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan. Since its inception in 2013, the Charge Ahead Colorado program has made awards for more than 930 EV charging stations across the state. NoCo PLACES 2050 is a collaborative effort formed in May of 2018 to manage the impact of population growth on Colorado’s mountains, with an initial focus on local, state and federal lands in the Arapaho Roosevelt Forest region. The group includes leaders from the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson and Larimer counties, and other key stakeholders.  Throughout his career, Steve Coffin has specialized in developing and implementing strategies to help businesses, governmental entities and non-profits align themselves around strategy and vision and more effectively communicate and position themselves and their initiatives. Dr. Nick Parker spent most of his career with U.S. Fish & Wildlife at Texas Tech University.  He is on the leading edge of sustainable development including building a hydrogen-fueled car. The mission of the San Luis Valley Tourism Association is to preserve our environmental and cultural resources by unifying our marketing efforts to promote the mystic San Luis Valley as a tourism destination and thereby developing responsible economic growth for the seven counties of the valley. The conference will be held March 4 at the Alamosa Elks Lodge at 406 Hunt Avenue from 9:30am to 4pm.  Lunch will be provided. The conference will include, as always, the popular “What’s New” session.  You may register online at or at the door.


March 4
9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Alamosa Elks Lodge

406 Hunt Ave. + Google Map

Daily Events:

• Morning Aarati, Haidakhandi Universal Ashram, 7-8am, 256-4108,

The Ashram will not be open for overnight guests, kitchen use or meals until further notice. We will miss having all of you here. We are going to try to record some of the ceremonies so you can view them from home on YouTube. Also if you would like to pick an auspicious day or days to sponsor a fire ceremony or puja, this would also keep you connected. There are more details in our latest newsletter at You can email us at or call 719-256-4108. Thank you.

• Open meditation & prayers 8:45-10:30am in Vajra Vidya Retreat Center Shrine Room. All are welcome. 256-5539.


Weekly Events:


• Drop in Meditation at Choying Dzong (Sitting and Walking), 2281 Happy Day OL, 10am – 1pm

• Sutra Reading: Life story of the Buddha, Yeshe Khorlo, 2-3pm

• Dorje Trolo Practice, White Jewel Mountain Healing Center, 2pm

• AA, 7pm. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call Cheryl 303-667-9459 or John 719-429-8450 for info.


• Al-Anon, 1pm. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call 970-218-6099 or 719-298-9133 for info.


• Continuing Ashtanga Yoga, Mysore Style Shakti Sharanam, 5-6:45pm by donation,, 256-5668

• NA, Currently only video conference meetings.  Call 970-309-0710 for info.


• Yoga Fundamentals & Refinments, Shakti Sharanam, 8:30- 10am by donation,, 256-5668

• Food Bank, next to Crestone Mercantile, 10am-noon


• AA, noon. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call Cheryl 303-667-9459 or John 719-429-8450 for info.

• Continuing Ashtanga Yoga, Mysore Style Shakti Sharanam, 5pm-6:45pm, by donation,, 256-5668


• NA, 9am. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call 970-309-0710 for info.

• Feel Free Ministries free meal, noon-4pm, Little Shepherd Community Center