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Bears! Bears! Everywhere! Beware! They’re in our porridge, on our streets, in our trees. Oh my!

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Bears! Bears! Everywhere! Beware! They’re in our porridge, on our streets, in our trees. Oh my!

by M. Diane Bairstow In mid-April, a bear came to Amy and John Myzko’s house, tore through a 6’ electrified fence, ripped down their chicken coop and ate 15 chickens. After that it was quiet at the Myzko’s until the beginning of July. Since then they have had bear visits every night. Their dog sleeps […]

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by Kizzen Laki According to Steve McDowell, a mama bear with 2 cubs was shot by Ron Rivale, Division of Wildlife officer during the night of August 27/28. Steve McDowell reports that Rivale called him at 2:30am on August 28 to get permission to go onto his property just south of Crestone to capture the […]

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Earthquakes in southern Colorado

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There have been a series of earthquakes this week in southern Colorado.  Monday (8/22) night a 5.3 tremor was felt in Trinidad, CO, east of Crestone across the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from Crestone.  Read more at http://huff.to/soco_nonmquake.

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Tessera withdraws SunCatcher application

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by Matie Belle Lakish Tessera Solar, LLC has withdrawn its application to build a massive array of SunCatchers on 1500 acres southeast of Saguache. On July 11, Saguache County Commissioners received a letter, by email, from Tessera’s Brent Bailey, Vice-President and General Counsel. The message included the following: “Tessera has had ongoing reviews of the […]

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Saguache County Credit Union placed under NCUA’s conservatorship

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Member deposits insured up to $250,000; member services uninterrupted The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) on July 22 assumed control of the operations of Saguache County Credit Union, a state-chartered, federally insured credit union headquartered in Moffat, CO. The Commissioner of the Colorado Division of Financial Services appointed NCUA as conservator for Saguache County Credit […]

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Rio Grande National Forest Fire Restrictions Lifted

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MONTE VISTA – The Rio Grande National Forest has removed fire restrictions effective Friday, July 15th.  Recent moisture has reduced the fire danger throughout the middle and upper elevations of the forest.  Fire danger is still high in much of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the lower elevations of the San Luis Valley.  Stage […]

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State officials seize Saguache County Credit Union

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The Denver Business Journal wrote: Colorado’s Division of Financial Services assumed control of Saguache County Credit Union on Friday because of what officials called its deteriorating financial condition. The National Credit Union Administration has been appointed conservator for the credit union and will operate it “for the foreseeable future,” a state annoucement said. The credit […]

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5 fires in one day thought to be deliberately set: Quick response prevented a disaster

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by M.Diane Bairstow On June 16, the day after the Sheriff enacted a Level 1 Fire Ban, 3 fires of suspicious origin were started in the Crestone area approximately 30 minutes apart. An hour later, another fire erupted east of Saguache, and 1 1/2 hours later, another west of Saguache was started. These fires are […]

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by Keno Is the hole in the ground south of Crestone a meteor crater or not, and if not, what is it? Well it sure looks like one, and many geologists believe it is, but a few others say they aren’t sure. It’s a Crestone mystery that’s not completely solved. Known as the “Crestone Crater” […]

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Saguache County elections attract State Grand Jury scrutiny

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by Matie Belle Lakish Although Saguache County’s November elections are months behind us, the repercussions of 197 initial “missing” ballots from the Crestone/Baca area continue to plague the County Clerk’s office and generate state-wide media coverage. An initial vote count on election night indicated the winner of the Commissioner’s race to be Republican Stephen Carlson, […]

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Five fires thought to be caused by arson

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Five fires thought to be caused by arson

Be on the alert for any suspicious activity by M.Diane Bairstow On June 16, the day after the Sheriff enacted a Level 1 Fire Ban, 3 fires of suspicious origin were started in the Crestone area approximately 30 minutes apart. An hour later, another fire erupted east of Saguache, and 1&1/2 hours later, another west […]

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A fireban was issued by Saguache County as of June 15. It states:

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RESOLUTION NO: 15 DECLARING A FIRE HAZARD EMERGENCY IN SAGUACHE COUNTY WHEREAS the Board of County Commissioners of Saguache County has authority under the provisions of C.R.S. 30-11-107 (county Powers) and pursuant to the provisions of C.R.S. 30-15-401 to do and make all acts and to make all regulations which may be necessary or expedient […]

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Wildfire in the Sangres

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There is currently a 2400 acre wildfire on the east side of the Sangre de Cristos, just over the mountains from Villa Grove. See fire incident report at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2306

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San Luis Lake won’t get water this summer

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MONTE VISTA, Colo. — The lake at San Luis State Park will not fill with water this spring because of low snowpack in the Sangre De Cristo mountain range. The decision to not fill the lake was made jointly by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Rio Grande Water […]

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Emergency Fire Restrictions at Great Sand Dunes

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Due to continued dry and windy conditions Superintendent Art Hutchinson announced today that all areas within Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve are under Stage 1 Fire restrictions effective June 3, 2011 and remain in effect until further notice. “Disappointing winter snowfall accumulations coupled with inadequate spring moisture totals and continuing windy conditions have […]

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Crestone Emergency Services District Service Plan now available

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The Formation Committee is pleased to announce that the Service Plan for the proposed new Fire District has been finalized and is ready for public review. Statutory law requires that a Service Plan for a proposed new District contain the following information: a description of the proposed services; a financial plan showing how the services […]

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San Luis Valley faces drought

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by Keno It was all or nothing as far as the past winter snows went for the state of Colorado, and as a result today some locations see a record run off while other places see drought conditions. The San Luis Valley and Sangre de Cristo Mountains sadly were on the short side for snowfall, […]

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review by Paul Shippee Is our world falling apart? Is anyone paying attention? You can learn the compelling on-the-ground facts by reading this new book by Lester Brown, founder of Earth Policy Institute (www.earth-policy.org). Who is Lester Brown? He is one of the pioneers and heroes of global environmentalism, according to the famous Harvard biologist […]

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Missing Atlanta Man Search Update

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On Sunday 05/08/2011, at approximately 5:20pm the 911 Center in Alamosa received a report of a hiker that found an abandoned camp site about a mile and a half above the North Crestone Campground within Saguache County. The hiker found a backpack that contained numerous items that included a Georgia Driver’s License that belonged to […]

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Prescribed Burns Planned May 1st thru June 30th on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, Crestone, Colorado

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that they will be conducting a series of prescribed burns on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge during the period of May 1st through June 30th , 2011.   Specifically, areas along Lower Crestone Creek, Upper Willow Creek, Upper Cottonwood Creek, Upper Deadman Creek and Antelope Springs have burn […]

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United emergency services for Crestone moves closer to being created, crucial agreements are signed

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by Akia Tanara & Sandra Hammond April was a very productive and exciting month for the Formation Committee of the Crestone Emergency Services District and our community’s emergency responders. The Formation Committee completed the Service Plan, which is the document central to the formation process. The Boards of Northern Saguache County Fire Protection District (NSCFPD), […]

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