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Public Meeting on Industrial Solar Plant Overflows

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Saguache, CO – Stakeholders flooded the historical Saguache County courtroom to standing room only for a chance to have their say on what could be the San Luis Valley’s first industrial solar energy generation plant.  While several companies have proposed utility-scale facilities in Colorado’s premier solar energy generation zone, the Houston based company is the […]

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H1N1 Vaccine Now Available to Public in the San Luis Valley

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San Luis Valley-All Public Health Agencies in the San Luis Valley have made H1N1 vaccine available to the general public. After weeks of delivering vaccine to priority groups only, the vaccine is now available to all those seeking immunization to H1N1. Pat Perry, director of Rio Grande County Public Health Agency, stated, “We are pleased […]

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The Star Tribune Newspaper, St. Paul Minnesota visits Crestone

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Click here to read the author’s review of Crestone

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Drawing the line: Proposed $180M high voltage electric transmission line sparks controversy

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by Ceal Smith A proposed new high voltage transmission line between Walsenburg and the San Luis Valley is drawing fire from both sides of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Communities and property owners all along the proposed 95-mile long transmission corridor are responding. The La Veta group POSSEE, San Luis Land Rights Council and Morgan […]

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Firestorm over Moffat principal ‘reassignment’

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by Sandia Belgrade Nearly 100 teachers, students and residents attended the November 16 meeting of the Moffat School Board, many carrying signs protesting the fact that Michelle Hashbarger is no longer the principal. 138 residents had signed petitions of no confidence in the Superintendent. If people came hoping for some explanation of why principal Michelle […]

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Baca Home Tour 2009

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by Gussie Fauntleroy It was just a tantalizing tease of what’s out there, but the Baca Home Tour on Aug. 30 allowed a public peek into a few of the many Crestone area homes built with alternative materials, energy saving systems and creative, down-to-earth designs. The Baca tour was one of three offered simultaneously during […]

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Moffat superintendent awarded 2-year contract, but staff/students protest decision to replace principal

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On Monday, October 19 approximately 150 people attended the monthly meeting of the Moffat School Board to protest the request by superintendent Charlie Warren to have school principal Michelle Hasbarger reassigned. No public reason was given, as personnel matters are confidential, but several individuals told The Crestone Eagle that the supposed reason was that Warren […]

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Prescribed fire planned near Baca

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The National Park Service is preparing for and planning to conduct a prescribed fire in the northeastern portion of Great Sand Dunes National Park adjacent to the Baca Grande community.   Work on the initial phase of a planned multi-year project was slated to begin the week of October 26.  Crews are preparing the area before […]

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Taking school supplies & community services to Tibet & Lhasa

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by Robert Demko Robert spent the month of June, 2009 journeying in China and Tibet with two separate groups, the first designed to see the sights of eastern China and the second intent on helping schools, villages and clinics in eastern Tibet with financial and physical aid.  This is the second installment of Robert’s travelogue.  […]

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“What has he done?” – Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

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When President Obama attempted to bring the 2016 Olympics to the United States he failed and many Republicans cheered. When, on the other hand, the president successfully brought the highly prestigious Nobel Peace prize to the United States, these same people did not cheer. The test of their approval is apparently not whether something hurts […]

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Charter School new facility grant depends on ballot vote

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On October 13, mail ballots will be sent to registered voters in Moffat School District #2, (which includes Crestone/Baca area, Moffat, and some surrounding areas). The sole ballot question asks registered voters to support a bond issue for a 12% match on the grant awarded to the Crestone Charter School for building a new school […]

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Federal court blocks drilling in Baca Wildlife refuge

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Judge says refuge’s value ‘undisputed’ DENVER – Residents in the San Luis Valley and conservation groups lauded a U.S. District Court decision on September 3 to block oil and gas drilling in the Baca National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. District Court Judge Walker Miller on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against Lexam Explorations, a Canadian mining […]

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A journey to China

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by Robert Demko In June of this year I spent the month journeying in China and Tibet with two separate groups, the first designed to see the sights of eastern China and the second intent on helping schools, villages and clinics in eastern Tibet with financial and physical aid. When I asked Kizzen about submitting […]

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SLV Energy Fair 2009

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Federal Court Blocks Drilling in Baca Wildlife Refuge – Judge says refuge’s value to the community and unique resources “undisputed”

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DENVER – Residents in the San Luis Valley and conservation groups today lauded a U.S. District Court decision to block oil and gas drilling in the Baca National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. District Court Judge Walker Miller on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against Lexam Explorations, a Canadian mining company, barring it from drilling and activities […]

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Saguache County to consider first industrial solar plant permit

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by Ceal Smith Tessera Solar released its plans to construct a 200 Megawatt (MW) solar power plant on approximately 1,525-acres of private land southeast of the Town of Saguache.  This proposal marks the first industrial solar development permit application to be considered at the county level in the San Luis Valley.  As such, how Saguache […]

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Lexam holding off on drilling in Baca National Wildlife refuge until federal Judge rules

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by Christine Canaly San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC) and Citizens for San Luis Valley Water Protection Coalition (CSLV/WPC) had filed a Preliminary Injunction (PI) to ensure that no ground-disturbing activity occur until the NEPA lawsuit against Lexam is resolved. Although a ruling on the PI by Judge Walker has not yet occurred, Lexam recently […]

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Crestone Music Festival

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Crestone Charter School awarded $5.7 million grant for new school

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by Jo delAmor The Crestone Charter School has been awarded $5.7 million by the BEST (Build Excellent Schools Today) grant board to build a new facility. School Director Kathryn Brady received the call on Thursday July 23 with the good news. Mrs. Brady was staggered by this gift to the community and the hope it […]

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Crestone hosts the 20th Annual San Luis Valley Energy Fair Aug. 28-30

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by Nicholas Chambers & Erin Lakai The San Luis Valley is one of Colorado’s leading communities in renewable energy and local food production. We are home to commercial-scale solar farms, abundant off-grid residences and businesses, emerging biomass projects, vibrant local food systems, leading-edge solar design, and ubiquitous solar hot water installations. In fact, according to […]

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