Home » Archives by category » Headlines (Page 2)

Public entities question County tax valuations

Comments Off on Public entities question County tax valuations

by Sandia Belgrade The last meeting of November had an outpouring of people representing various entities protesting the latest tax valuation. While most of those attending were questioning the process and accuracy, a few made pointed accusations against Peter Peterson, County Assessor, and his findings. Debra Westra, President of the Board of Directors of the […]

Continue reading …

County faces election dilemma; Clerk asks for help

Comments Off on County faces election dilemma; Clerk asks for help

County faces election dilemma; Clerk asks for help by Sandia Belgrade   When the Director of Elections in Colorado comes down from Denver to Saguache County weeks before the national election, it underscores the urgent cry for help being requested. With Donald Trump insinuating weeks ahead of time that the election may be “rigged”, every […]

Continue reading …

Colorado: Red, purple—now blue? Republicans in national races are being challenged by Democrats

Comments Off on Colorado: Red, purple—now blue? Republicans in national races are being challenged by Democrats

by Lisa Cyriacks   Colorado was a hotly contested swing state in the 2008 and 2012 elections. This election year, according to national news sources, the US Senate race, once expected to be among the most competitive nationally, now looks out of reach for the GOP. In Colorado Congressional Districts 3 and 6, incumbent GOP […]

Continue reading …

Twelve hours of Penitence rides into second year

Comments Off on Twelve hours of Penitence rides into second year

by Jason Anderson   Saguache County’s homegrown mountain bike race, the “Twelve hours of Penitence,” is alive and well and racing into its second year in Penitente Canyon on October 8. The race, which is run on a seventeen mile course of loose rock, big-drops and nasty climbing, has gained popularity throughout the state and […]

Continue reading …

Colorado voters get to decide; General election ballot certification underway

Comments Off on Colorado voters get to decide; General election ballot certification underway

by Lisa Cyriacks Six statewide ballot questions have already qualified for the 2016 ballot. And there could be as many as five more, including two controversial anti-fracking measures. Ballot issues are popular nationwide this year. According to nonpartisan, online news sources, 147 statewide ballot measures in 35 states have been certified for the 2016 General […]

Continue reading …

Hemp: A $600 million industry looks to the San Luis Valley

Comments Off on Hemp: A $600 million industry looks to the San Luis Valley

by Sandia Belgrade “Why use up the forests in the making for centuries if we can get the equivalent in the annual growth of hemp?” -Henry Ford In June the Saguache Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) heard two presentations on hemp that made a case for industrial hemp in our county. Caren Kershner, who is […]

Continue reading …

Two county tax questions approved for Nov. ballot – Potentially as many as seventeen statewide initiatives

Comments Off on Two county tax questions approved for Nov. ballot – Potentially as many as seventeen statewide initiatives

by Lisa Cyriacks Saguache County Commissioners approved two ballot questions for raising taxes. The first is based on a proposal submitted by a bi-partisan committee of citizens to raise sales taxes by one percent (1%) in support of Saguache County law enforcement and provide matching funds toward a new justice center to be located in […]

Continue reading …

Concerned Crestone/Baca citizens meet with SLV Rural Electric management over smart meters

Comments Off on Concerned Crestone/Baca citizens meet with SLV Rural Electric management over smart meters

by John Rowe  A group of concerned citizens from Crestone and the Baca met with a group put together by the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (SLVREC) on June 30 at the POA Hall for two hours to discuss SLVREC’s plans to replace the existing meters on everyone’s power post with so called “smart […]

Continue reading …

Potential sales tax to benefit law enforcement; Saguache County residents present proposal

Comments Off on Potential sales tax to benefit law enforcement; Saguache County residents present proposal

by Lisa Cyriacks A bi-partisan committee met with the County Commissioners to present a proposal for a sales tax initiative to better fund Saguache County law enforcement. If the Commissioners approve the initiative by resolution, the question would be presented the voters on the November general election ballot. Funds raised by a one (1) percent […]

Continue reading …

Rust murder suspect charged with multiple crimes

Comments Off on Rust murder suspect charged with multiple crimes

by Mary Lowers Saguache County resident Charles Moises Gonzales, 46, currently incarcerated in the Colorado Department of Corrections facility in Cañon City on charges unrelated to the murder of Michael Damien Rust, was served with a warrant charging that he was “involved with the disappearance and death of Mike Rust.” The Colorado Bureau of Investigations […]

Continue reading …

Hemp takes center stage at Saguache County meetings; short-lived hemp moratorium lifted

Comments Off on Hemp takes center stage at Saguache County meetings; short-lived hemp moratorium lifted

by Sandia Belgrade The  Saguache County Commissioners did a quick turnaround on hemp. In their first May meeting they issued a 6-month temporary moratorium  on hemp cultivation. Their reasoning was that this would allow them ample time to research and study the pros and cons of hemp. Amendment 64, the 2012 Colorado ballot initiative that […]

Continue reading …

Another Hantavirus fatality in SLV confirmed

Comments Off on Another Hantavirus fatality in SLV confirmed

Lab tests confirmed in May that a Rio Grande County resident, who recently fell ill and was hospitalized, was exposed to hantavirus, according to Rio Grande County Public Health Director Emily Brown. To protect confidentiality, public health officials are unable to disclose the identity of the patient or exact location of exposure. “We want to […]

Continue reading …

Saguache County considers new marijuana regulations

Comments Off on Saguache County considers new marijuana regulations

Saguache County considers new marijuana regulations Public hearing May 12 by Lisa Cyriacks Saguache County has marijuana on its agenda. Earlier this year, the County Commissioners convened a Marijuana Task Force to draft and propose updated regulations. Those regulations will be reviewed and comments taken at a public hearing on May 12, 1pm at the […]

Continue reading …

Sanders, Cruz win at Colorado state conventions

Comments Off on Sanders, Cruz win at Colorado state conventions

Sanders, Cruz win at Colorado state conventions Choosing presidential candidates ‘feels like democracy,’ but reality is more complicated by Lisa Cyriacks Despite the majority of elected officials serving as Hillary Clinton-pledged superdelegates, most Democrats attending the Colorado convention overwhelmingly felt the Bern. Bernie Sanders captured 41 delegates out of 78 at the state convention in […]

Continue reading …

Sanders wins Colo. caucus on Super Tuesday, wins Saguache County by more than 2 to 1

Comments Off on Sanders wins Colo. caucus on Super Tuesday, wins Saguache County by more than 2 to 1

by Lisa Cyriacks Bernie Sanders defeated former Secretary of State and U. S. Senator Hillary Clinton in Colorado’s Democratic presidential caucuses with 59% of the vote. In Saguache County, Precincts 1 (Saguache) 10 delegates,  and Precinct 5 (Baca Grande) 15 delegates, selected 100 per cent of their delegates for Bernie. Hillary Clinton did not receive […]

Continue reading …

U.S. Supreme Court dismisses NE & OK lawsuit challenging CO’s marijuana regulation laws

Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court dismisses NE & OK lawsuit challenging CO’s marijuana regulation laws

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Nebraska and Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenging Colorado’s marijuana regulation laws. The attorneys general for Nebraska and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit directly with the Supreme Court in December 2014, arguing that the state’s decision to regulate the cultivation and distribution of marijuana was “placing stress on their criminal justice systems.” […]

Continue reading …

33rd Monte Vista Crane Festival is March 11-13

Comments Off on 33rd Monte Vista Crane Festival is March 11-13

33rd Monte Vista Crane Festival is March 11-13 The call of a Sandhill Crane heralds that spring is near in the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado. Every March, the entire population of Greater Sandhill Cranes, 18,000-20,000 birds, stops for more than two months to load up on fuel on their way to their breeding […]

Continue reading …

Colo. Legislature debates issues—who owns the rain?

Comments Off on Colo. Legislature debates issues—who owns the rain?

by Lisa Cyriacks Rain-barrel legislation For the second year, Colorado legislature is debating who legally owns rain. A bill that would allow gardeners to store 110 gallons of runoff from their roof in up to two rain barrels passed on a 10-2 bipartisan vote in a House committee late February. Republicans in the state Senate […]

Continue reading …

Treasure found on Baca National Wildlife Refuge

Comments Off on Treasure found on Baca National Wildlife Refuge

by Corinna Hanson A chest of gold coins, sparkling diamonds and goblets crusted with rubies are just some of the images that come to mind when I hear the word treasure. But the treasure found on Baca NWR is not precious metals or gems, but two rare native fish, the Rio Grande sucker, one of […]

Continue reading …

Moffat School District rallies for education money at the state capital

Comments Off on Moffat School District rallies for education money at the state capital

by Matthew Crowley Moffat Consolidated School District #2 (BOE) board members and Superintendent Kirk Banghart gathered at the Capitol building in Denver on Monday, January 11 to rally for a restoration of funding to public schools.  Sixty of Colorado’s 178 school superintendents as well as board of education members, parents, teachers, students, press and a […]

Continue reading …

Crestone Emergency Services District to be dissolved

Comments Off on Crestone Emergency Services District to be dissolved

by Board of CrESD The Crestone Fire Protection District (dba the Crestone Emergency Services District), formed by voters in November 2011, and reconfirmed by district vote in May 2013, is pursuing Administrative Dissolution by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).  To this end, the board passed a resolution recognizing there are no outstanding financial […]

Continue reading …