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New Crestone Charter School opens

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The Crestone Charter School is culminating a three-year journey in the completion of a new, permanent school building. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 4 at 10am.  Heralded by Shumei’s Taiko drummers, students, teachers and families will be joined by out-of-town guests and helpers from […]

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Drought persists despite recent monsoonal rains

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Parts of Saguache County still listed as ‘extreme’, most of SLV is ‘severe’ Until late June, hot, dry conditions prevailed in Colorado and the entire San Luis valley, typically the dryest part of the state.  Last month cooler weather and some rain arrived, but it will take much more over much longer periods to replenish […]

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack finalizes Colorado Roadless Rule

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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack finalizes Colorado Roadless Rule

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack finalized the Colorado Roadless Rule today marking the culmination of a seven-year, public-involvement process that provides protection for Colorado’s 4.2 million acres of national forest roadless areas. “In addition to securing strong protections for roadless areas, the Colorado Roadless Rule will provide flexibility to restore and thin forests in roadless areas […]

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Due to high fire danger, Stage 2 fire ban now in effect

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Due to high fire danger, Stage 2 fire ban now in effect

Due to continued dry and dangerous conditions, on Friday, June 22, Saguache County Sheriff Mike Norris announced that a Stage 2 fire ban was in effect for Saguache County—increasing fire restrictions and banning open fires. The Forest Service, public lands and Town of Crestone also have Stage 2 fire bans.   All fireworks and open […]

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Primary Election results: Jason Anderson for County Commissioner & Crestina Martinez for State Senate are clear winners

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Primary Election results: Jason Anderson for County Commissioner & Crestina Martinez for State Senate are clear winners

Unofficial primary election results for Saguache County and State Senate District 35 are: District 1: Jason Anderson (D) 449 Matie Bell Lakish (D) 256 Joseph Sisneros (R) 183 District 2: Kenneth Anderson (D) 311 Lynn Thompson (D) 309 Rock Finley (R) 204 In Saguache County the vote for State Senate District 35 was Crestina Martinez […]

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Crestone Emergency Services District funding on the ballot, vote before or on May 8

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by Matie Belle Lakish Local residents and registered Colorado voters will have another opportunity to vote to fund the Crestone Emergency Services District (CrESD) via a mill levy. The mail-in ballots will be sent to registered voters between April 16 and 22, and must be mailed back and received by May 8 at 7pm. There […]

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Aventa Credit Union acquires SCCU; members gain new services

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by Lisa Cyriacks Saguache County Credit Union was liquidated Friday, March 23rd, and its assets sold to Aventa Credit Union.  The decision reflects the determination of the Colorado Division of Financial Services that SCCU was insolvent and would not become viable again. On March 23, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), as the appointed liquidating […]

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SolarReserve approved

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by Matie Belle Lakish A week before their 60 day deadline expired, the Saguache County Commissioners approved the application from SolarReserve to build a 656 foot tall, 100 megawatt Power Tower generation facility about five miles from the town of Center. Commissioner Sam Pace made a motion “to approve SolarReserve’s 1041 permit and directed staff […]

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Fire season off to early start with several wind-whipped wildfires & numerous emergency calls

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Fire season off to early start with several wind-whipped wildfires & numerous emergency calls

by William Alder Lakish The second half of March proved to be a busy one for the Crestone and Baca Fire Departments, Search & Rescue and EMTs. Recent dry conditions produced two very fast-moving, wind-driven grass fires in our area within a 48-hour period. The cause of both fires is undetermined. It may have been […]

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Why distributed electrical generation?

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Why distributed electrical generation?

  by Kelly Hart You hear a lot about “distributed generation” these days as the best model for moving toward a sustainable energy future using renewable sources. Just what is “distributed generation,” and how would it work? The basic idea is that instead of having large central power plants for generating electricity that are often […]

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