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US Senate Republicans push for public lands sell-off

by Lisa Cyriacks Republican-backed Amendment 838, an amendment to sell off portions of national forest, passed 51-49 on March 25 in the U.S. Senate. Essentially, it aims to slash U.S. Forest Service budget demands by giving states control of federal lands, which can then be overtaken by private companies and mined for resources: i.e. timber, […]

Local postal mail now makes a round trip to Denver

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United States Postal Service mail sent from Crestone to a Crestone post office box now gets sent to Denver for sorting rather than being sorted at the Crestone Post Office. A postal worker said all the local mail has to be put in box-number-order before being placed into the appropriate box.  The sorting takes lots […]

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Building Ed’s house: Living with the sun

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Building Ed’s house: Living with the sun

  by Paul Shippee Meet Ed, a retired sociologist who taught innovative classes at colleges and prisons. Now he is building a “healthy house,” his off-grid, passive solar home in Crestone. “This is my first owner-built home, and my last,” he told me when I asked about his building experience. Ed is an unusually conscientious, […]

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May 2015: Skies Over Crestone

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May 2015: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville The night sky of May Summer is coming!  Now is the time to start spending more time outside at night. The most brilliant star in the evening skies looking south is ruddy Arcturus, halfway up the sky. Arcturus is similar in mass to the sun but it is nearly 3 billion years […]

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May 2015: Letters to the Editor

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Thanks for the participation Dear Editor, The Baca Grande Friends of the Library send many thanks and appreciation to our community for all their support.  Once again our community came together and supported the FoL Bake Sale—despite the windy, blustery & dusty day.  Thank you, thank you and thank you.  Special thanks for our library staff, […]

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The Crestone Eagle: May 2015

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The Crestone Eagle: May 2015

This apricot tree’s beautiful flowers promise an abundance of goodness here in Crestone. Taken on Easter Day, April 5 at Robin Blankenship’s annual Potluck & Easter Egg Hunt.      photo by Lori Nagel  

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Crestone Music Festival announces 2015 headliners

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Buy Early Bird Tickets and Camping Passes online now… Visit www.crest-fest.org for more information about this summer’s Music Festival. by Tom Dessain Yeah! We got headliners! Crestone Performances Inc. is proud to announce that the headliners are booked for the 17th Annual Crestone Music Festival. The festival will be held at the Baca Grande Golf Club in Crestone […]

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Alferd Packer, famous Colorado cannibal

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Alferd Packer, famous Colorado cannibal

by Mary Lowers “In the state of Colorado In the year of ‘74 They crossed the San Juan Mountains Growing hungry to the core. Their guide was Alferd Packer And they trusted him too long. For his character was weak And his appetite was strong.” -from the “Ballad of Alferd Packer” by Phil Ochs Alfred […]

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April 2015: Skies Over Crestone

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April 2015: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s happening in April Venus is the brilliant object in the western skies this month, remaining visible for slightly more than three hours after sunset.  Jupiter, a little fainter than Venus, lies in Cancer, between the constellations of Gemini and Leo. It is due south at dusk and stops moving retrograde on […]

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Under Secretary highlights forest restoration, wildfires draining budget

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Washington—In testimony in March before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resource and Environment Robert Bonnie said the Obama Administration continues to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration and management on public forest lands, but the shift of funds from management, recreation, and conservation […]

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Colo. snowpack report: Sangres at 91% of normal

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by Keno From the most recent reports of Colorado’s SNOTEL Snow/Precipitation Update, of the eight basins in the state, our south-central Upper Rio Grande basin is doing much better than earlier in the year, thanks to the near-record snows that fell in the last 2 weeks of February. Yet for the first 2+ weeks in […]

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April 2015: Letters to the Editor

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors for Amenta Dear Editor, There is a new account with Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Everyone wants to help Cathy Amenta during her health crisis, so we have opened an account through NHN in her name at Aventa Credit Union.  Send contributions to P.O. Box 822 and put her name on the check.  I […]

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The Crestone Eagle: April 2015

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The Crestone Eagle: April 2015

Springtime is the time for babies, like these cute (and hungry) mountain lion kittens.  photo by Wendy Shattil & Bob Rozinsky  

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Gray & Hooker’s Blanca Peak expedition: The Asian connection

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Gray & Hooker’s  Blanca Peak expedition:  The Asian connection

by David Lee Behind the accompanying photograph by the celebrated photographer William Henry Jackson, is a story connected to Crestone and the Baca. The photo was taken at La Veta Pass on July 25, 1877, about 30 miles southeast of Crestone as the crow flies.  The party had been assembled by Ferdinand V. Hayden, who […]

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March 2015: Skies Over Crestone

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March 2015:  Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s happening in the skies this month Jupiter is the king this month, brilliant, half-way up the sky between the constellations of Cancer and Leo. Just to the left of Jupiter is Regulus the brightest star in its vicinity. Compare how differently each twinkles. Jupiter should be steady like a rock, but […]

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New FAA drone ruling: What does it mean for SLV?

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by Sandia Belgrade The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  has just released the proposed rules governing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAS), small drones for commercial use. The long-awaited ruling sets guidelines for how drones will share the skies with passenger planes. This ruling is not about military drones used for reconnaissance or surveillance or those that are […]

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Baca Wildlife & Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge water tested as part of Endocrine Disruption Study

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by Gwendolyn Bauer,  SLV Ecosystem Council Member On January 28 the Colorado Field Institute 2015 Winter Lecture Series hosted Laura Archuleta, co-author (with Brian Sanchez) of “The Presence of Endocrine Disruptors, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products on the Baca and Monte Vista Wildlife Refuges”, speaking to an audience of about fifty persons.  Archuleta spoke on […]

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March 2015: Letters to the Editor

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Seeking support To my community: My appointment last year by Saguache County Commissioners to the Rio Grande Water Conservation District Board was to complete an unfinished term from which George Whitten resigned.  This position is now up for reappointment for a three-year term.  If you wish to have me reappointed, please let our commissioners know […]

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The Crestone Eagle: March 2015

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The Crestone Eagle: March 2015

Sandhill cranes and morning hoarfrost. March 13-15 the Monte Vista Crane Festival celebrates the return of the cranes to the San Luis Valley. photo by Ken Archer, kenarcherphotos.com

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Forest Service reduces substantially payments for local schools & roads Program reauthorization not passed by new Congress

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced  in January that around $50 million will be paid to 41 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to support local schools and roads under the Twenty-Five Percent Fund Act of 1908 as compared to $300 million last year. The 1908 Act requiring 25% payments to the states from receipts […]

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Subzero temps burst water pipe & flood Charter School

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by Carrie Caverly The coldest recorded temperatures of 2014 inflicted destruction on the Charter School in Crestone.  Subzero temperatures (-8) on December 27 and 28 froze an external hose bib and burst an interior plumbing pipe at the school, flooding Rainbow Hall with approximately 20,000 gallons of water. Thanks to the community’s quick response and […]

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