Saguache News – September 21

Hometown Author Visits in Saguache Today

There’s something special about seeing a hometown gal do good, reach her goals and achieve her dreams! And that’s the kind of feel-good Friday story you can find in Saguache Today!

If you’re looking for a little end-of-the-week inspiration, be sure to head to the Saguache Library tonight at 6 p.m.  for a special Author Talk and Book Signing. So who is the special guest?

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Author Margaret Mizushima

It’s Margaret Mizushima! Did you know that she spent her high school years in Saguache and she is a 1970 graduate from Mountain Valley High School?! Three cheers for the hometown girl! And book reviews indicate that her that first person, small-town-living experience is one of the many reasons her Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Series have been racking up the awards.

Mizushima ‘s books have been finalists in the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, the Colorado Book Awards, the International Book Awards, and the Silver Falchion Awards. Most recently, her third book, “Hunting Hour,” has been named as a 2018 Finalist in the Top Shelf Indie Book Awards.

Mizushima ‘s newest release, “Burning Ridge”  is published by Crooked Lane of New York and is the fourth book in the series. This one is set in a small Colorado town (!) where Officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are the two main characters. So if you like dogs at all, you’ll be pulled in by Robo. Of course, there is a third main character, veterinarian Cole Walker.Burning-Ridge-cover275x407

Join the fun tonight and learn more about Margaret Mizushima, her latest book, and maybe even some of her Saguache memories. This program is brought to you by the Saguache Friends of the Library.

You certainly don’t have to buy anything to attend but in case you’re interested, Margaret will have copies of her books at the library for purchase.  There will be refreshments served! Hope to see you there at 6 p.m. tonight (Friday).

 

 

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Saguache News – September 19

Meeting About Ballot Issue 1A – Sales Tax Increase

At 6 p.m. in Saguache Today there will be a public forum held on the “Public Safety Sales Tax for Law Enforcement.” Residents are invited to attend the meeting to become informed on the details regarding the “1.5% Public Safety sales tax question” that will be on the November 6, 2018 ballot. The measure will be known formally as Saguache County Ballot Issue 1A and its language will appear as follows, provided by Saguache County Clerk and Recorder Trish Gilbert, whose office oversees the local election process.Saguache County TABOR 2018 BALLOT.jpg

Tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 19, Speaker Ken Wilson with the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office will be leading the discussion in the Saguache Road & Bridge meeting room located at 305 3rd Street. According to event organizers, this 1.5% Public Safety sales tax is ear-marked specifically for hiring, employing, training, and equipping deputies, investigators and civilian support personnel; conducting investigations; replacing obsolete and failing equipment; and facility maintenance. The revenue generated from the sales tax will help meet statutory obligations of Saguache County to provide adequate facilities for law enforcement operations.

 

Saguache News – September 17

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

By Joyce Rankin, Colorado Board of Education

Joyce Rankin

Colorado Board of Education Rep. Joyce Rankin

School is underway and a highlight of the August State Board of Education meeting was to review students’ achievement measures from last year and to assess how teachers might proceed to move forward this year.

Preliminary results from the 2018 assessments were revealed to the public in August. All of the school and district scores appear on the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) website. You can review all of the district and school results and results broken down by a variety of sub groups.  Overall students in Colorado are continuing to improve although, according to Commissioner Katy Anthes we continue to see wide achievement gaps among sub groups.  The department is discussing how best to support districts and schools to ensure that our education system reaches all students.

Reviewing all of the 178 school districts and approximately 1800 schools in Colorado one can quickly become overwhelmed with the amount of information that is available. In order to gain a better understanding of Western Slope schools, I focused on the school Frameworks for the area I represent, the 3rd Congressional District.  The school frameworks are a way to hold schools accountable for performance on a consistent set of indicators and measures and allow the department to understand how and where to provide support for the lowest performing schools. Key indicators include academic achievement, growth, and postsecondary workforce readiness.School Construction_school_Saguache Today_1

The school plan categories include, from high to low in this order, Performance, Improvement Plan, Priority Improvement and Turnaround. After the preliminary results are released schools have an opportunity to meet with the Colorado Department of Education for a “request to reconsider”. This allows schools to adjust for incorrectly submitted information or those that have questions and need additional time to meet with CDE to refine their effort.

Because Frameworks have been recorded since 2010, we now have information to compare schools over time which is valuable for schools, districts and the Department. In the district I represent eleven schools have moved into the top two performance plan areas. Thanks to our teachers, parents and students, schools in our district are moving in the right direction. The request to reconsider process is extremely important in determining the FINAL ratings which are scheduled to be made available in November.

I encourage taxpayers to visit the website and learn more about their local schools. And parents, you have specific student related test scores and important information that you can receive directly from your child’s school.

Thank you for the opportunity to represent you on the State Board of Education.  It’s an honor to serve the 3rd Congressional District.

Joyce Rankin, a retired teacher, is on the State Board of Education representing the Third Congressional District, which includes Saguache County. She writes the monthly column, “Across the Street” to share with constituents in her district.  The Department of Education, where the State Board of Education meets, is located across the street from the Capitol.

 

Saguache News – September 14

New “Scavenger Hunt” Event for Fall Festival

On September 15, The Town of Saguache, Colorado’s Fall Festival will include an exciting new event, a Transmedia Story and Scavenger Hunt experience beginning at 10 a.m. on 4th Street in down town of Saguache. This exciting new feature of the Fall Festival will lead participants on an adventure throughout town and environs, experiencing a story and a game.

The event is free and open to the public. Just come to Saguache and find the Transmedia table to start. Along the way, there will be prizes with a grand prize at the end. Transmedia storytelling Is “the practice of designing, sharing, and participating in a cohesive story experience across multiple traditional and digital delivery platforms – for entertainment, advertising and marketing, or social change.” It will be more than a story; it will be an exciting experience. Participants follow clues to find other clues leading to prizes and memorable places and characters.transmedia event at fall festival

The Fall Festival story this year will integrate various media into the story and create an exciting experience for Saguache residents and visitors. This fall the media to be used will involve traditional platforms such as books, photographs, theater featuring actual historical people and places. It will introduce new digital platformsthat can be accessed by your smart phone.There will also be access to the story without a cell phone.

The story’s transmedia platforms integrate local special places, businesses and activities and nearby historic and scenic locations in Saguache. A variety of rewards are built into the story as participants move from point to point with a grand prize at the end. This event is sponsored by the Saguache County Tourism Council and created with the technical and creative help of MZRCuprey, a private media company headquartered in Saguache County. To preregister or for more information email saguachetransmedia@gmail.com.

25th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show

By Carita Ginn, Saguache Chamber of Commerce Secretary

Fall is coming!  Come help us celebrate this annual event originally created to celebrate hand-made crafts and the harvest.

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Performers from the Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain the kids at Saturday’s Fall Festival! However this year they will be entertaining downtown instead of the park due to the Community Building renovations. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

New for 2018, this annual event will occur on Main Street (4th Street in downtown Saguache between Denver Avenue and Christy Avenue).  Fun starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m.  Vendors from all over come to exhibit their wares, including our Saguache Sagebrush Quilters. These ladies will be showing their efforts for the year along with offering the chance to win a quilt door prize. Come make a bid on Silent Auction items, offered as the only annual fundraiser for the Saguache Chamber. Our local Friends of the Saguache Library will be offering their world-famous root beer floats. Artists will be offering treasures for the eye and the body and soul. Food vendors along with our local restaurants will be offering pallet-pleasing items. Saguache Volunteer Fire Department will host a beer garden from noon until 4 p.m.

In conjunction with this year’s event, the 5th Annual Saguache County Photo Contest will culminate with judging of the entries on Saturday, Sept. 15.  Entries will be on exhibit at the Methodist Fellowship Hall on 6th Street.

Have a seat or get some exercise dancing to live music during the day from Seat of the Pants String Band, The Roadrunners and Old School.  Also, Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain you.

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Local rockers Road Runners will make a return performance to this year’s Fall Festival & Quilt Show on September 15. Catch their show in downtown Saguache this year!

As in previous years, funding has been made possible thanks to Saguache County Tourism and Saguache County Sales Tax Grants.  Aventa Credit Union has generously donated entertainment funding.  The Saguache Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank all who assist with making this annual event a continued success. 

Come, experience the fun in Saguache!

Saguache News – September 13

Community Meeting on Saguache Sewer Project

While initial inspections for the Saguache Sewer Project started earlier this week, a more formal Question & Answer session will be hosted by The Town of Saguache tonight, Sept. 13 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will discuss project start and end dates, as well as start locations. Representatives from RMS Utilities and SGM Engineering will also be in attendance to answer questions.

The meeting will be held at the Saguache County Road and Bridge, 305 3rd Street, Saguache,  This is open to all town citizens.

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A community meeting regarding the Saguache Sewer Project will be held on Monday, Sept. 17. Stay Informed! Stay Involved!

RMS Utilities is based out of Alamosa with over 30 years of experience. Some of their most recent projects include the new Wastewater Treatment Facility for the Idaho Pacific Corporation in Center, as well as the new “tower” structure at San Luis Valley Health in Alamosa. This local company understands the SLV and has proven reliability and customer satisfaction when it comes to municipal sewer installation, repairs, and replacements.  

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RMS Utilities out of Alamosa will be the contractor for the upcoming Saguache Sewer proejct. Pictured here is the new Wastewater Treatment Facility they recently built in Center. Colo. for the Idaho Pacific Corporation. Photo: RMS Utilities.

 SGM Engineering has a solid reputation across the state providing engineering solutions to Colorado communities. They have been doing this type of work for decades, so they’ll be around to address any issues or concerns that come up as the Town of Saguache initiates this very involved and necessary upgrade and replacement process for its sewer system. SGM is headquartered in Glenwood Springs, but has offices around the state, including nearby Salida and Gunnison.

Stay Informed! Stay Involved!

This video is from a presentation given by former Saguache Town Administrator Pam Fry outlining the Water and Sewer Project. This was presented in November 2016. Tonight’s meeting should give an update on the situation.

Saguache News – September 10

9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 11

The Saguache Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) will be holding its Annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Started in 2009 by former Ute Theater owner Christine Gydesen, the event honors those who were lost during the attacks on America on September 11, 2001.

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Saguache County Emergency Responders will commemorate 9/11 on Tuesday at the fire house.

According to the SVFD Facebook Page, this special commemoration will begin and end from the fire house located at 330 Denver Ave. in downtown Saguache. The annual event includes a circle around the town of Saguache by emergency responders honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

It is a very meaningful service. Here is a Saguache Today video of the 2015 event when it was held in the park. Now you can find the commemoration just a few blocks north at the fire house.

The emergency vehicle procession will start at 6 p.m., returning to the fire house for a community gathering with light refreshments. The public is invited and encouraged to attend or take a moment at some point on September 11 to remember those who lost their lives on that fateful day.

For more information check in at the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department Facebook Page.

Sign Up for San Luis Valley Emergency Alerts

If you would like to receive Emergency Alerts please register on this site. San Luis Valley 911 has moved to a new system called Everbridge and has moved away from Code Red system. Residents are encouraged to sign-up to receive notifications. Here’s the info:

SLV_911_Emergency_2Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how. 

Remember this is also a good thing to signup for if you have a relative or friend living in the valley that you want to be alerted about in case of an emergency. Sign up today!

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Emergency Responders take a moment to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001 during the 2015 9/11 commemorative service held in Dave Martinez Park in downtown Saguache. This year the event will take place at the fire house. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Saguache News – September 9

25th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show

By Carita Ginn, Saguache Chamber of Commerce Secretary

Fall is coming!  Come help us celebrate this annual event originally created to celebrate hand-made crafts and the harvest.

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Performers from the Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain the kids at Saturday’s Fall Festival! However this year they will be entertaining downtown instead of the park due to the Community Building renovations. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

New for 2018, this annual event will occur on Main Street (4th Street in downtown Saguache between Denver Avenue and Christy Avenue).  Fun starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m.  Vendors from all over come to exhibit their wares, including our Saguache Sagebrush Quilters. These ladies will be showing their efforts for the year along with offering the chance to win a quilt door prize. Come make a bid on Silent Auction items, offered as the only annual fundraiser for the Saguache Chamber. Our local Friends of the Saguache Library will be offering their world-famous root beer floats. Artists will be offering treasures for the eye and the body and soul. Food vendors along with our local restaurants will be offering pallet-pleasing items. Saguache Volunteer Fire Department will host a beer garden from noon until 4 p.m.

In conjunction with this year’s event, the 5th Annual Saguache County Photo Contest will culminate with judging of the entries on Saturday, Sept. 15.  Entries will be on exhibit at the Methodist Fellowship Hall on 6th Street.

Have a seat or get some exercise dancing to live music during the day from Seat of the Pants String Band, The Roadrunners and Old School.  Also, Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain you.

Fall Festival_2_Road Runners

Local rockers Road Runners will make a return performance to this year’s Fall Festival & Quilt Show on September 15. Catch their show in downtown Saguache this year!

As in previous years, funding has been made possible thanks to Saguache County Tourism and Saguache County Sales Tax Grants.  Aventa Credit Union has generously donated entertainment funding.  The Saguache Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank all who assist with making this annual event a continued success. 

Come, experience the fun in Saguache!