June 2017: Letters to the Editor

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Immigrant Resource Center

Dear Editor,

A group of concerned people in the Crestone area have come together to help immigrants in the San Luis Valley.

The Immigrant Resource Center in Alamosa tells us that due to an increased focus on deportation, undocumented persons are fearful of going grocery shopping, resulting in hunger and food anxiety affecting many families.  There is a need for food and/or money for food.

In addition, there is a need for funds to help people obtain the necessary documents to prevent deportation, as well as helping families prepare for a possible deportation, especially when it comes to making arrangements for children so they don’t inadvertently end up in the foster care system.

There are two ways you can help.  One is to donate money directly to the Immigrant Resource Center (a 501[c]3 non-profit).  You can specify that the money be used for food or documents.  The easiest way to donate is through their website at slvirc.org or send your donation directly to them with checks made out to:

Immigrant Resource Center

225 6th St., Suite B

Alamosa, CO  81101

Or you can help by donating some of the following food items:  black beans, pinto beans, white rice, flour, cornmeal, masa, canned tomatoes and corn, children’s cereal and sugar.

Food donations can be dropped off at the Center (located at the above address). They are not set up to take perishable items such as produce, dairy products, etc. but they do have some freezer space.

The Center has asked to be called (587-3225) before dropping anything off. Their hours are Monday-Friday, 9 to 5, closing for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30.

On behalf of our group, thank you for helping children and families alleviate hunger and food anxiety.

—Linda Craig

Thanks POA

Dear Editor,

We would like to thank the Baca Grande POA Board for once again supporting the youth of our community through their offering of partial scholarships for the Baca Grande Stables Summer Children’s Riding Program (www.bacagrandestables.com). The POA has underwritten this program for many years, thereby making it possible for children who otherwise might not be able to attend to participate in this fun and valuable experience. On behalf of our local kids and families, thank you.

Joanna and Eli Dokson

Baca Grande Stables

County news—a different view

Dear Editor,

I am writing to provide a different view of an item in Sandia Belgrade’s coverage of the County news in the Eagle last month re: the proposed Reigel Subdivision.  Specifically, the “several county residents” who “came to comment” consisted of every single neighboring property owner (including myself) who attended at least two monthly meetings of the Planning Commission to oppose this proposal.   For reasons that varied from “violation of existing law” to significant impact on the fragile physical environment and access to water in this area, each neighboring landowner opposed approval.  At the last meeting on March 30, pursuant to lengthy discussions in this regard, the eleven members of the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Board of County Commissioners not approve the Reigel proposal to further subdivide their existing subdivision of 30+ acres into 8 separate lots of less than 5 acres each.

Despite this overwhelming opposition, yesterday the BOCC voted to approve it.  How can this happen?

—Ed Nagel

Regarding Baca Emergency Services

Dear Editor,

The Board of Directors would like to clarify some concerns that have been raised regarding our Emergency Services.  As we all know, things heard through the “grapevine” can be very misleading, distorted and unfortunately can easily cause unnecessary concern. As we continue to strive for transparency, we aim to avoid these kinds of situations as well as provide important information about the wonderful progress that the Baca Grande POA continues to make.

The Board approved combining Fire and Ambulance services as of January 1, 2017. This is not only an incredible step forward, but is also an adjustment. Of course, when we seek to improve the service, there are bound to be a few issues, issues that both management and the Board continue to address and solve. We have had some scheduling issues due to personnel attending ongoing training/education that betters the service. By no means is the community left without ambulance or fire response.

To be very clear, the Baca Grande Emergency Services provides coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Furthermore, Northern Saguache Emergency Services and the Baca Grande Emergency Services provide backup in case there is unexpected lack of coverage in either district.

We would like to give our appreciation to the Emergency Services Administrator, Darrick Garcia, who is dedicated to providing the highest level of emergency services with a department that will not only have competent members but also have opportunities for advanced training/continuing education.  In addition, the Emergency Service Personnel have the opportunity to be cross trained and become proficient in both EMS and Fire response.

As was discussed at the Board Meeting on April 20, 2017, according to State Law all trauma patients must be transported to the closest appropriate facility which is Alamosa, not Salida.  Furthermore, per medical patient protocols set forth and adopted by the Baca Grande Emergency Services, all patients south of Villa Grove must be transported to Alamosa, not Salida. This has been standard protocol since 2010.

We encourage all our members to attend the monthly Board Meetings where topics like this are discussed. Please feel free to call the POA offices to get the facts and accurate information directly from the source.  Although personnel issues cannot be discussed, we will do our best to be as transparent as we can.

The Board believes we have an incredible opportunity to better serve our members and we ask you all to help us by not falling into the rumor mongering.  The more members are involved and willing to support our community, the better for all!

—Baca Grande Property Owner’s Association Board of Directors

A community forum June 10

Dear Editor,

Your participation is needed in an afternoon of transparency and discussion.  Bring your questions and concerns!  You have a say in the direction this community is heading! An invitation is extended to everyone who has a vision and heart-centered solutions to the issues our fair town faces right now.  Representatives of the POA, CBR, Town Council and City Planners may be available for clarification.  We look for broad participation in bringing to light these issues while planning to reach our collective goals, finding some middle ground, again creating here a harmonious hub, considering everyone’s perspective.

You have a voice! Please join us! Saturday, June 10, 1-6pm at the Crestone Charter School. Food and beverages will be served.

Thank you,

Thomas Schultz

Owner/Builder conversations in the Baca Grande

Dear Editor,

Perhaps it makes good copy to invoke the spectacle of a man’s home being removed by a crane and police but I felt John Rowe’s article on Owner/Builders was smug and unbalanced.  I suppose Bill Ellzey is entitled to his opinion that those who would like POA covenants to be enforced are “gentrifiers.”  But were he and Mr. Rowe to stand on my front porch they might see things differently.  I have at least three neighbors who are in the process of building, one who has been in that process for the six years I’ve lived here.  My immediate neighbor presently graces his acreage with the home he is restoring, an enormous RV trailer where he lives, a shed, an opaque fence draped over several hundred feet of land, a large trucking container, three vehicles, and several large heaps of unknown composition.  There is no sign that he is working on his house or that any progress is being made on diminishing the number of heaps, vehicles or containers.

I moved here because the land is beautiful.  I would hope, of all people, Bill Ellzey would appreciate that.  To know that these blighted building sites will remain so indefinitely, indeed seem only to increase in size and number, is very disturbing.  I am glad that Debra Schultz is building a beautiful house but as months drag into years, by the time she resolves her financing and labor issues, I may have lived out the remaining years of my life without ever seeing it. May I suggest for future articles that John Rowe include a brief interview with a neighbor who is impacted by the building site, a photograph of the building site, and verification that the builder/owners have installed a well, septic and drain field before beginning their building project.

—Emmy Savage

Thank you!

Dear Editor,

Zowie! Once again our community came forward (rain or shine) to support the Friends-of-the-Library (FOL) with their generosity to help ensure a successful pre-tax-day bake sale. Not only was the bake sale a success, it went beyond expectations.

The traffic in Crestone happened to be slow that particular Monday, but it didn’t seem to matter—the  community once again proved their support and  generosity in helping maintain quality for our present library.  Many thanks.

Also the membership to the FOL is approaching 100. Please considering becoming an active member.  The annual dues are $12.  This membership number will become a very important number when it comes time to request grants for a new library facility in Crestone.  In the meantime, please consider joining and supporting the quality of our present library.  Membership cards are available at the library desk.

The next Friends-of-the-Library Meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 16 in the Crestone Town Hall Meeting Room from 3 to 4:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.  Please come and offer whatever support you deem appropriate.

Once again, as Chair of the FOL, and Carol Lee and David Lee, Treasurer and Secretary, we thank you.

—Thom Onko

A safety reminder from the POA

Dear Readers,

This is a friendly reminder in hopes of keeping our homes in all areas of the Baca Grande, Mobile Home Estates, and Casita Park as safe and peaceful as possible.

We urge you to always obey speed limits, traffic signs, and signals. We also request you so stay respectful and considerate of your neighbors.

The weather is starting to warm up and schools will be letting out soon, so expect to see an increase number of children and wildlife playing in the sun. Please remember to keep an eye out for wildlife, bicyclists, as well as children playing. These are a large part of what makes our town so special.

A failure to obey traffic laws could result in harm or injury to either of these things, another vehicle, a structure, and even your vehicle and yourself.

Thank you all for your continued diligence in helping create and maintain this safe and happy environment here in the extraordinary Baca Grande.

—The Baca Grande POA

Back to Kentucky

Dear Crestone Family,

It is with much sadness in my heart that I am leaving my Crestone family and friends. I am following my bliss to Kentucky and the forest of green. I have much love for this valley, its beauty and vastness, and all of its sentinel beings.

I came to Crestone in 2001 for the birth of my granddaughter Mackenzie Martinez and I have on and off since then called Crestone home.

Now my heart has been drawn back to Kentucky. I spent the winter there with some very dear friends, and now I want to spend more time there with chickens, goats, warmer winters and walks in the forest. I will come back for many visits with friends and family.

To make this happen, I will need some help from you, my family and friends of my community. I am manifesting $2,000 to make this happen. I need to rent a truck to make the move and have gas and some food. So, I am having a garage/yard sale on June 3-4, Saturday and Sunday.

I have lots of cool things, priced to sell. I have a 12’ tipi, a Golds Gym teadmill, books, household items, pictures, clothes and some furniture. Please come by to say hello. Buy some things and make this chapter of my life a reality.

Follow the signs in Casita Park to 330 Palisade Court.

Blessings to all and thank you,

—Usnea Martinez

Dream big!

I recently wrote an article about the work I do at Moffat school with special needs children. Since that time I found myself left with a deep desire to emphasize my hopes, dreams, and goals for the future of these kids. It is most important to me that these very special children “dream big.” What I mean is that in the classroom we create a fantasy world for them. A mock version of adult life. A life where they are no longer led by the hand through their lives by parents, teachers and community. A future life not far off where they are the navigators of their own lives.

I want them to dream so big as to be limitless. To do so with the full and confident knowledge that they can do anything. Together we collectively want and help to broaden them and the other horizons. May they sail headlong into a world of possibilities, heads held high and ever dreaming what more they could do. Perhaps we are dreaming big ourselves; as is right.

Every member of Moffat Staff is helping to create an environment in which our students are encouraged to dream big. They work hard to be the sextant with which the children can explore their futures. So let me just leave you with this thought. Dream big everyone. You are the owner of your own souls and navigator of your own destinies.

—Roberta Rosa Snyder

Applicable to our times

Dear Editor,

It was recently brought to my attention that a very timely and immensely valuable book titled The Spiritual Crisis of Man by Paul Brunton is now available free online at paulbrunton.org/spiritual-crisis-of-man.php.  Although it was written during the middle of the last century just after WWII, it is without a doubt applicable to our times as well.  Paul Brunton was truly an inspired and awakened spiritual philosopher and this is a highly recommended book.

—Carol DeAntoni

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