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Crestone Mercantile is finalist for state-wide 2016 CBCA philanthropy award

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by Kairina Danforth On December 14 the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) announced three finalists for its 2016 Business for the Arts Awards in each of five categories.  The Crestone Mercantile of Crestone was selected as one of the three finalists for the 2016 Philanthropy Award, which honors examplary corporate citizenship and generosity […]

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Saguache County’s Leach Airport approved to test commercial unmanned aircraft ‘drones’

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by Sandia Belgrade The University of Colorado says it will help test two kinds of drones in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley. The FAA has approved the launching and testing of unmanned aircraft by the University of Colorado and the nonprofit aerospace advocacy group UAS Colorado located in Boulder. Most significant, in a highly competitive […]

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Towns & Sheriff gain perspective on law enforcement

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by Lisa Cyriacks Mayors and trustees from the three towns of Crestone, Moffat and Saguache met in late November with Sheriff Dan Warwick and concerned citizens to discuss coverage. Attorney Eugene Farish (attorney for both Crestone and Saguache) had specific questions for the Sheriff regarding the scope and limits of his coverage. Colorado statutes define: […]

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‘12 Hours of Penitence’—endurance mountain bike race challenged Penitente Canyon riders

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‘12 Hours of Penitence’—endurance mountain bike race challenged Penitente Canyon riders Penitente Canyon in the southwestern area of Saguache County has a long history of uses, with Native American cultural sites; wagon tracks from the old Spanish Trail; and a history of refuge for the Penitente Brotherhood, a group of Catholic monks who lived and […]

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Saguache County Commissioners asked not to oppose SWR water export project

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by Lisa Cyriacks Edward Tower of Sustainable Water Resources (SWR) of Denver met with Saguache County Commissioners in October to revisit the plan proposed to allow water to be piped from the San Luis Valley to the Front Range. The SWR Project is located on privately owned ranches in the northern part of the valley. […]

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Water theft for growing marijuana a concern for Saguache County officials

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Pueblo County making lots of money by embracing pot growing by Lisa Cyriacks Saguache County Commissioners reported several dubious marijuana cultivation operations in the county—more than half in the Baca Grande subdivision—to the Colorado Division of Water Resources. These operations are possibly in violation of water permitting requirements and have not been approved by Saguache […]

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Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour returns to Crestone Oct. 3

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Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour returns to Crestone Oct. 3 Neighbors Helping Neighbors is sponsoring the fourth annual Telluride Mountainfilm festival and we are excited about the 29 diverse, inspirational and memorable films from around the world. The afternoon program starts at 2pm and the evening is at 6:30.  We ask for a $10 donation at […]

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One-day tax holiday on marijuana September 16

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Colo. marijuana TABOR refund measure on Nov. 3 ballot by Lisa Cyriacks Colorado will repeal sales taxes on marijuana September 16—for one day. The impetus is the Taxpayer Bill of Rights also known as TABOR. When triggered, TABOR requires the tax rate to be cut to zero. State lawmakers agreed to eliminate the sales tax […]

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Search & Rescue has a very busy month finding missing & injured hikers in the Sangre mtns.

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by Mary Lowers From Friday August 14 through Sunday August 16 Saguache County Search and Rescue (SCSR) and Custer County Search and Rescue (CCSR) were very busy. According to the Wet Mountain Tribune, on Friday afternoon CCSR received a call from a hiker with a possible broken ankle. Cell phone contact with a second subject […]

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Hiker killed in fall on Crestone Peak; Search & Rescue teams respond to numerous incidents

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by Mary Lowers According to Sheriff Dan Warrick, on Friday July 24 at 9:32am the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office received a call from 911 Dispatch. A climber had fallen 800’ to 1000’ around the Red Gully area of Crestone Peak. Despite timely and determined efforts of emergency personnel and volunteers from many agencies and the […]

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Comments due on 2nd draft of Colorado’s Water Plan

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by Lisa Cyriacks A second draft of Colorado’s Water Plan was made available to the public earlier this month. The state’s first-ever water plan is a 479-page document that highlights how the state will meet the growing water needs of its population. Public comment on the second draft is open through Sept. 17. The comment […]

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Crestone averts flood disaster from rain & snowmelt

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North Crestone Creek peaked at eight times the historic average! by Sandia Belgrade & Akia Tanara Nearly 50 years to the date of the “Flood of 1965” that overran the South Platte River, Crestone experienced a close call of its own. Residents received a Reverse 911 emergency message on June 6 informing them of the […]

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Over 250 Saguache County property tax protests received

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One-third from the Baca Grande subdivision by Lisa Cyriacks Peter Peterson, the newly elected Saguache County Assessor, has his hands full in reviewing 250+ protests filed by property owners across Saguache County. About one-third were filed by property owners in the Baca Grande. According to Peterson, “Most protests have to do with improvements, which across […]

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Saguache County property tax Notice of Valuations received; local residents have questions

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by Lisa Cyriacks In early May Notices of Valuation were mailed to all property owners in Saguache County. Controversies in valuations over the past couple of years, including a lawsuit against the County, have increased awareness by property owners of what these valuations might mean when it comes to next year’s property tax bill. “The […]

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Final decision grants Wolf Creek land exchange: Forest Service ignores court orders; continues to conceal 13,000 pages of emails

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by Christine Canaly & Friends of Wolf Creek The Forest Service, finalizing its Record of Decision, is paving the way to provide a Texas billionaire, Red McCombs, with public land to develop the private inholding known as the “Village at Wolf Creek.” A large part of this controversy is the secrecy surrounding how the Forest Service […]

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US Senate Republicans push for public lands sell-off

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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, […]

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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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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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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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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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