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CDOT: Eclipse traffic could be most significant traffic event of the year

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Traffic going to Wyoming and Nebraska for Monday viewing is expected to be very heavy through the weekend COLORADO – The Colorado Department of Transportation is doing everything it can to ensure folks who are driving to Wyoming or Nebraska to view the totality of the solar eclipse on Monday are safe and will all […]

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Great Sand Dunes National Park Continues to Manage the Lightning-caused Castle Creek Fire

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The Castle Creek fire started approximately at 4:00pm on July 12 near the area burned in the 2010 Medano fire in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area of Great Sand Dunes National Preserve. The half-acre lightning-caused fire is burning at 11,000 feet in steep and rough terrain and poses minimal impacts to visitors. The National […]

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Great Sand Dunes Natural Park Managing Lightning-caused Castle Creek Fire

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The National Park Service, in cooperation with the San Luis Valley Interagency Fire Management Unit and the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, is actively managing the lightning-caused Castle Creek Fire in the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness Area within the Great Sand Dunes National Preserve. Adjacent to the 2010 Medano Fire burn scar, the fire […]

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Crestone Man Jailed on Rape Charges

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by Mary Lowers According to a press release from the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Anthony Traves Smith of Crestone was taken into custody June 24 on rape charges. Deputy Wayne Clark of the SCSO took a report from a Saguache County woman which gave the deputy sufficient evidence to call in Saguache County victim […]

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Meet elders from Alaska Arctic Refuge: This coming Wednesday, May 31st, Adams State Campus/Carson Auditorium/7:00 PM

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This is a unique opportunity to learn first-hand of the issues facing the Alaska National Arctic Wildlife Refuge, from Gwich’in tribal elders whose traditional homelands have been part of this landscape for Millennia. This Southwest tour to Alamosa is being sponsored by The Sierra Club, Conejos Clean Water (CCW) and San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council […]

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Your property value just went up—or down— is that a good thing? Property assessment in Saguache County experiences “glitches”

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By Lisa Cyriacks By now, property re-valuation notices have been mailed, and Saguache County residents are having mixed reactions, from some reporting that their property values went down significantly, to others complaining that they have doubled. County Assessor Peter Peterson is reporting that some tax notices were affected by a glitch in the computer system […]

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Search Scaled Back for Missing Sand Dunes Park Visitor Due to Adverse Weather Conditions

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A search and rescue effort for a missing park visitor initiated on Sunday, May 14, at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is scaled back due to adverse weather conditions in the high elevation search area. Snow and high winds have impacted the safety of the search teams and the ability of search dogs […]

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San Luis Valley Brand Ready for Launch—public presentation and vote April 27

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ALAMOSA – Over the past year, Valley Initiative Partners, an ad-hoc group of community members from throughout the San Luis Valley, have been working on an economic development exercise to develop a brand for the Valley. On April 27, the result of that effort will be presented at a public meeting on the campus of […]

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More snow needed —NRCS Helps Predict Colorado’s 2017 Summer Water Supply and Availability

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April 12, 2017, DENVER, CO – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Snow Survey and Water Forecasting team in Colorado recently hosted its annual Snow Survey and Water Forecasting media tour.  Each year the team takes members of the press up to one of the state’s 97 manual snow courses to report the most recent […]

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9 Health Fair happens April 29 in Saguache

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The 9 Health Fair will be in the Town of Saguache at the Mountain Valley School April 29 from 7:30AM – 11:30Pre-Registration is available online or for more information please go to 9healthfair.org.

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Wisdom Keepers Coming to Crestone March 23

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Please join us for an evening of talks, sacred dance & music celebrating culture, consciousness, sustainability & creativity, on Thursday, March 23rd, 7pm to 9pm at the Charter School. Speakers include: Lee Temple, our local wisdom keeper, author of the Global Awakening series and founder of PrimaMundi.com; Dena Merriam, Founder of The Global Peace Initiative […]

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Colorado’s Largest Citizen-Led Organizations to Host Town Hall With or Without Senator Cory Gardner this Friday, Feb. 24th

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Denver, February 19, 2017. In response to Senator Cory Gardner’s refusal to meet face-to-face with his constituents in a town hall, Colorado’s largest resistance organizations will be holding an “in absentia” town hall this Friday, Feb. 24th. “It’s his job to plan an in person town hall, but since he has not, we will. The […]

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southwest Region sets teleconference for hunters, anglers Feb. 1

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DURANGO, Colo. — Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s southwest region invites hunters and anglers to give their ideas and voice their opinions about wildlife issues at a Sportsmen’s Roundtable meeting which will be held by video teleconference, 6-8 p.m. p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1. Anyone interested can go to one of the local wildlife offices in the […]

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Monte Vista, Colorado: NEW photo contest event for the 2017 Monte Vista Crane Festival

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January 12, 2017 – It’s been said that it’s near to impossible to take a bad picture in Colorado’s scenic San Luis Valley. So, this year the Monte Vista Crane Festival (March 10-12) is hosting its first annual photo contest, with a theme of “What you love most about nature in the San Luis Valley.” […]

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Annual Christmas Bird Count at Great Sand Dunes on December 31st

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Birders and nature enthusiasts in the San Luis Valley will join birders across the western hemisphere to participate in Audubon’s longest-running wintertime tradition, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), held at Great Sand Dunes National Park on Saturday, December 31st. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to participate. The park is also looking for […]

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Adams State will recognize World AIDS Day—to host quilt display Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 1

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Since 1988, World AIDS Day, held on Thursday, December 1, provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. This year, Adams State University will once again display SLV panels from the historic AIDS Memorial Quilt […]

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Key reminders for Colorado voters

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COLORADO Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall and Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett offered the following key reminders to voters last week in advance of the General Election.    Elections in Colorado are conducted by mail with Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) available for those who would like additional assistance with voting or who […]

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SLV Local Foods Coalition Hosts Harvest Soirée

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The San Luis Valley is a cornucopia of agricultural production that culminates in the fall season. In observance of the plentiful harvest the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (LFC) will host its fourth annual harvest celebration event at the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park on Sept. 25 from 11:30 to 5 p.m. All are […]

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Crestone Woman Missing

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By Mary Lowers Khristall Phoenix Risesinger, 29, has been missing from the Crestone area for weeks and her friends and family are very concerned and have been trying find out what’s happened to her. Sources close to the hunt for the missing woman tell me that this morning, Monday, August 22 Saguache County Sheriffs and […]

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Spanish Creek fire near Baca subdivision update: “Low activity” fire being monitored

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Crestone Eagle—According to Tad Crawford, Baca Fire Dept. Assistant Chief the lightning caused fire 1.5 miles up Spanish Creek continues to burn as a “low activity” fire with visible smoke. It is being closely monitored. The area of the fire is in a rocky and difficult to access location. The safety of firefighters was considered […]

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Update on Spanish Creek Fire, Visible from Baca Grande Subdivision

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CRESTONE, Colo. US Forest Service – A one-tenth acre fire is burning in the Spanish Creek drainage on the Rio Grande National Forest about three miles southwest of Crestone. The small fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain and has not been spreading. Firefighters have not directly engaged the fire on the ground due to […]

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