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Firefighters’ quick response saves Baca home

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by William Alder Lakish On Tuesday, December 20, at 9:48pm, on the cusp of the longest night of the year, Baca firefighters responded to a chimney fire call in Chalets I. Two fire fighters who were at the station donned structural bunker gear, provided incident information for later-arriving firefighters, and pulled out the initial attack […]

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Devastating flood at White Eagle Lodge

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Two thirds of the building rendered unusable by M. Diane Bairstow Last August, new owners Julie O’Halloran and Brian Kramer (Brian Hendry, a third partner, recently pulled out because of ill health) moved into the White Eagle, and just a few months later, on Tuesday, December 13, tragedy struck. Around 10pm, a pipe burst in […]

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Water 101: The evolution of water use in the northern San Luis Valley—Part I

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by Marty Shellabarger Valley-born Marty Shellabarger, our county’s veterinarian—ranching 10,000 acres, 1000 acres of hay, with 350 head of cattle—writes this history of water use. The San Luis Valley, called the world’s most productive alpine valley, boasts less annual precipitation than the Sahara Desert. It’s productive because of two natural reservoirs, our mountain ranges and […]

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Photo of Lunar Eclipse, submitted by Peter Taylor

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(click to enlarge) I got up at 6:00 AM on December 10th to witness this most amazing spectacle, and was not disappointed at all!  Of course, I took quite a few, trying various setting on the camera, and I think the attached picture is one of the better ones.  I kind of like the way […]

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City of Cleveland Passes Emergency Vote to Support OWS

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As posted on http://kenburridge.com/city-of-cleveland-passes-emergency-vote-to-support-ows/2631 the text as follows: City of Cleveland Passes Emergency Vote to Support OWS Written by [ www.kenburridge.com ]  on 06 December 2011 The Cleveland City Council pass an emergency resolution 1720-11 in support of Occupy Cleveland and the Occupy Movement in general. The final vote from all the Wards was 18 yea […]

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POA Board election decided

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POA Board election decided For the Baca Grande Property Owners Association Board of Directors election, Robert Garnett received 357 votes, Jeffrey Wishmer recevied 303 votes, 7 votes were given for write in candidates, and 171 votes were given for quorum purposes only.  Mr. Garnett was re-elected for a three year term. No change to POA […]

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SolarReserve submits application to build two 656 ft. high solar ‘power towers’

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by Matie Belle Lakish SolarReserve, doing business in Saguache County as Saguache Solar Energy Project (SSEP), filed a 1041 application with Saguache County on November 8 for two, 100 mega-watt Solar Thermal Generating facilities to be located in the southern part of the county. According to a site characteristics study for the project done by […]

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Voters approve new Crestone Emergency Services District

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On November 1 Crestone and Baca area citizens approved the creation of a new Emergency Services District that would combine the Baca Grande Fire Department and Ambulance Service, Search and Rescue and the Crestone area fire department that is part of the Northern Saguache County Fire Protection District. The vote, certified on November 17, approved […]

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Crestone Telecom loan approved

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Crestone Telecom, a local investor owned company formed to bring broadband to the area, received word Monday, November 28th, that The San Luis Valley Development Resource Group’s board has approved their loan application. Says manager Cheryl Rowe “With the support of many community investors we now have the funds to make Crestone Telecom a reality. […]

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Appeasing the mountain spirits

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Appeasing the mountain spirits

A team effort delivers blessings to a dangerous high mountain spot by Gussie Fauntleroy On a chilly, windy day in mid-September, four hikers heading up the trail toward Willow Lake in the mountains above Crestone met at least two-dozen people coming down. The lovely Indian summer had evaporated, and by the time the four were […]

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Saguache County Clerk controversy continues

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by Matie Belle Lakish The group, Citizens for Fair Government, which is seeking the recall of County Clerk Melinda Myers, has collected and submitted 816 signatures, which they contend is more than their goal of 650 valid registered voters’ signatures, the number needed to force a recall election of County Clerk Myers. At press time, […]

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Voters approve Crestone Fire Protection District, but don’t approve funding it, according to “unofficial results”

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The Saguache County Clerk on Nov. 2 released the “unofficial” results of the Nov. 2 election. The vote for ballot item 2A, for creation of a fire district, was 280 yes, 256 nay. Ballot item 5B, to increase taxes to fund the district was 258 yes, 276 nay. Ballot item 5C to retain and spend […]

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Baca voters like the Emergency Services District

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But a simple majority was not enough for transfer of fire & ambulance assets by Larry Calloway Supporters of the proposed Crestone Emergency Services district were on the winning side of a 541-382 vote by Baca Grande property owners Friday night in what amounted to a straw poll on the proposed Crestone Emergency Services District. […]

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Three weeks on Wall Street: Crestonian joins ‘Occupy Wall Street’

story & photos by Safiya Balekian I went to New York City on a very limited budget aided by friends who supported my intention to Occupy Wall Street. I am your neighbor, a regular person, not a professional protester or financed by any group or cause. I went to New York City because I identified […]

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Low-flying Helicopter to Scan for Buried Faults in South-Central Colorado

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Citizens and visitors should not be alarmed if they witness a low-flying helicopter, with a large boom extending from its nose, flying back and forth in the northern San Luis Valley or near Salida during October and November. Starting on or near Thursday, Oct. 20, and lasting for four to six weeks, a low-flying helicopter […]

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The Driver License office will be closed until Nov. 7th, 2011

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The Driver License office will be closed until Nov. 7th, 2011 Please call the State Driver License offices to make appoint: Alamosa – 589-4274 Salida – 539-2802 New Regulations! ALL DRIVER’S LICENSE RENEWALS In order to be in compliance with Real ID ACT, all applicants will now need one document to prove their residential address, […]

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In the last few weeks there have been protests in NYC called “Occupy Wall Street” (primarily focussed  on corporations, the wealthy and income distribution) which over the weekend have spread to other big cities in the US.  This has been reported scantily by large corporate-owned news outlets.  Although there seems to no central organizing force […]

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Sec. of State recount confirms elected officials

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by Matie Belle Lakish The Secretary of State’s office came to Saguache at the end of August to put to rest any uncertainty regarding the November 2010 election results for the Clerk and Recorder and Commissioner race. The effort, which took place over a three-day period, involved many local citizens in the count, and essentially […]

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Bitter Seeds: A tragic story of GMO’s

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Bitter Seeds: A tragic story of GMO’s

by Larry Joseph Calloway Bitter Seeds, a new documentary film on the shameful marketing of genetically modified cotton seeds among tradition-minded villagers in India, prompted me to appreciate efforts by groups like Shumei to restore natural agriculture in a hungry world. The film, not yet released, is the last in Micha Peled’s Globalization Trilogy, which […]

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Judge rules Sec. of State has access to election ballots; recall of Saguache County Clerk initiated

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by Matie Belle Lakish According to District Judge Martin Gonzales, Saguache County Clerk Melinda Myers must allow Secretary of State Scott Gessler to have access to Saguache County’s voted ballots from the November 2010 election. 31. He plans to recount them the end of August. As promised prior to the hearing, Myers has agreed to […]

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Ok given, Crestone Emergency Services to go on Nov. ballot

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by Matie Belle Lakish On August 23, only one day after presiding over the Crestone Fire Protection District Hearing, Judge Martin Gonzales supported the Saguache County Commissioners’ decision to allow approval of the district to proceed to a vote. This means that registered voters in the proposed district will be able to determine whether they […]

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