Latest News – May 23

Libraries: Building A Better World

Baca Library Summer Reading for Kids

The Baca Grande Public Librarywill be offering s Summer reading Program for children who are grade school age or younger. Summer Reading Form Sagache Library.jpgStarting Tuesday, June 3 there will be a weekly program from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Baca Grande Library. Each week children can enjoy stories, crafts, a reading contest with prizes, and refreshments.

Enroll your child, by connecting with the Northern Saguache County Library District website. Help your child retain or improve their reading skills while having fun with friends and enjoying “Building a Better World” this summer!

Lend a Hand So The Library Can Lend a Book


Don’t get lost in the information jungle – Ask a Librarian, like Penny!

The Saguache Library needs help for a few minutes on Wednesday, May 24 evening. They are moving lots of boxes of no-longer-needed books into storage for the Friends of the Library to sell at a later date. Can you help us out? None of the boxes are too heavy, and if they get 5-10 people, it should take us only a half-hour or so. If you’ve got 30 minutes on tomorrow, head to the Saguache Library at 6 p.m.

FREE Legal Advice Thursday at Library

This Thursday, May 25 (and the last Thursday of every month) is the FREE Legal Clinic at the Saguache Public Library! Private, one-on-one legal assistance with an attorney is available for low-income SLV residents who have no attorney. Legal issues that qualify: Family Law (pre-decree); Landlord/Tenant Law; Protection Orders; Consumer/Collections; Probate; and Small Claims Court. Call the library at 719-655-2551 to prequalify. Early sign-in begins at 4:30; clinic runs 5-7. First come, first served.

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Latest News – May 22

It Will Be Memorable in Saguache This Weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend marks the officials start to the summer season. And things are no different in Saguache Today! This first one post honors those who gave their lives in service to the country. So enjoy all the festivities, but make sure to take the time to remember what Memorial Day is all about!

Hillside Cemetery Veterans Memorial

The American Legion Garcia Post 110 will conduct the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day May 29. the Hillside Cemetery Veterans Memorial. Photo: Saguache Today

While there has been some initially confusion about this weekend’s activities, Terry Gillette, Commander for the American Legion Garcia Post 110 has confirmed that the unit will conduct the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies in the Saguache area cemeteries on the morning of Memorial Day – Monday, May 29. The group will begin at the Hillside Cemetery Veterans Memorial at 10 a.m., then continue to the old Chicago Cemetery at 11 a.m. The public is encouraged to join these heart-felt traditions that honor those who fought for American freedoms! 

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Flags are flying in honor of the coming memorial Day Weekend in downtown Saguache Today. Pictured is the Saguache Crescent, providing news for 136 years!


Poppies Comemorate Veterans’ Sacrifices

It’s that time of year again when the ladies from the Garcia Unit 110 American Legion Auxiliary approach you with the memorial poppies on Memorial Day Weekend. For over 70 years the American Legion Auxiliary has sponsored poppy day to remind Americans that millions have sacrificed their lives and health to keep America strong and free.
After World War I the poppy flourished in Europe and quickly became the symbol of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women. So when you are offered one of these poppies, make a donation, take one and wear it proudly in honor of veterans!

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Memorial Day Services will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Saguache on Monday.

Latest News – May 19

“The ZooKeeper’s Wife” Monkeys Around Downtown Saguache 

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is playing this weekend (May 19-21)  in downtown Saguache, at Cozy Castle Cinema. This film, which is rated PG-13, is a drama based on the best-selling novel The Zookeeper’s Wife; by Diane Ackerman. 

In the movie, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” the time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski. The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan’s stewardship and Antonina’s care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto..

Cozy Castle Cinema

The Cozy Castle Cinema in downtown Saguache.

Showtimes are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are $7 with children 3 and under free. The Cozy Castle Cinema is located at 403 4th St, in downtown Saguache. 719-221-4159.

Bravo! Bravo! Theater Alive in Saguache Today

The Saguache  Community Players seeking 30 plus actors for roles in “Alice in Wonderland,” the classic Lewis Carroll tale. The play will be presented during the summer at Mountain Valley School in Saguache.

Bravo! Bravo! Community Theater is alive in Saguache Today. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

Bravo! Community Theater is alive in Saguache Today. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

A wide variety of characters are being cast from Alice to queens to Cheshire Cat. Children as young as three years of age, boys and girls and men and women of all ages are needed.Most parts have very few lines and are easy to learn. This is a great opportunity for entire families to participate and be part of the repertory theater group. Make this a part of your summer fun!

If you – or some other theatrical type you know –  is interested in performing in any or all of these productions, please call Julia Hammel at 719-496-6528. Everyone of all ages and talents are encouraged to become a part of this exciting and dynamic theater group in Saguache Today. Break A Leg!

Latest News – May 17

Supplemental Food Distribution Near Saguache

The next Supplemental Commodity Distribution and CSFP will be tomorrow Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the commodity building at 505 3rd Street in Saguache. They will also be in Center earlier the same day from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the Kiwanis Building at 5th & Broadway. Food Box Canon City 

If available, please bring proof of income, residency, and photo id. If you are having someone pick up for you, don’t forget to send in your proxy form.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Seniors Saving Money with SHED in Saguache Today

Saguache County seniors are taking advantage of the SHED (Saguache Healthy Elders Discount) program and saving hundreds of dollars every week at the 4th Street Food Store.

The weekly truck arrives with more food to re-stock the shelves at the 4th Street Food Store in downtown Saguache. Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee.

To sign up for SHED membership, you must be 60 years of age or older and reside in Saguache County.  Members receive a 20% discount on all food purchases at the nonprofit grocery.  Ride-share and/or grocery delivery service also is available through SHED.

The program, started last fall with generous support from the Saguache County commissioners, is intended to help seniors on fixed incomes who earn too much to qualify for other assistance but still struggle to make ends meet. 

Participation is increasing steadily as awareness of the program grows.   Nearly 40% of our customers now are taking the SHED discount, and we encourage eligible residents to do so as needed.

From squash to cherries, summer’s fruits & vegetables are coming soon to 4th St Food Store.

With the discount, on prices already significantly lower than those offered at comparable health or local food stores, low-income residents no longer need to drive 100 or so miles roundtrip to shop for healthy choices.

That saves time, gas money, wear and tear on vehicles, and it keeps more tax dollars in Saguache County.

The 4th Street Food Store, a nonprofit project of Saguache Works, is dedicated to providing affordable access to fresh, healthy food, to supporting Valley food producers and to creating jobs for area residents. Lower prices, and SHED discounts, leave very little margin to cover overhead expenses and to pay store staff.   Saguache Works very much appreciates, therefore, those senior customers who can afford to pay full price and decline to take food discounts.

To sign up for SHED, or to inquire about ride services, stop by the 4th Street Food Store, at 404 4th St. in downtown Saguache, or call 719-655-0216.

Latest News

Public Comment Sought on Tree Removal

The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest – Salida Ranger District is asking for public comments on a proposal to remove insect infested and susceptible trees in the Monarch Pass area, including Monarch Ski area in Chaffee County.

Monarch Map

The spruce beetle epidemic on the San Isabel National Forest is evolving each year with new trees and new stands being impacted. The Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project proposes to use sanitation and salvage as the primary treatment methods on the 1,948 acres of spruce/fir and lodgepole pine forests. Additional details on the project, including a map of the proposed project area, are available HERE

The Salida District Ranger is offering two opportunities for the public to learn more about the project, ask questions, and share their thoughts. An open house will take place on May 17, 2017 from 4 – 6 pm at the Salida Ranger District. There is also a field trip to the project area on June 1, 2017 from 9 am – Noon. If you are interested in attending the field trip, please RSVP to Lisa Corbin by Noon, May 26 (719-539-3951 or email:

Please submit comments to the Salida Ranger District by email to with “Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project” in the subject line or send written correspondence to Salida Ranger District, Attn: Lisa Corbin, 5575 Cleora Road, Salida, CO 81201. Please include with all correspondence: the project name, your name/organization, and a return address. The public’s comments are appreciated and will be most helpful if received by June 9, 2017.

Latest News – May 10

Celebrate Student Art at The Range

Tomorrow, Thursday May 11 the students from Mountain Valley Schools will present their Spring Concert and Art Show. This is your chance to see all of the great, creative projects students have been working on this year.


The arts are alive at Mountain Valley Schools in Saguache. Pictured here are students who participated earlier this year in the sculpture project for the Telluride Fire Festival. 

The community is welcome and encouraged to attend. The program will begin at 6 p.m. at The Range, Saguache’s Art Gallery located downtown at 307 4th Street.

The evening will begin with some wonderful music played by the pre K – 5th grade students. Then attendees are encouraged to tour the K – 12th grade art show which will be on display at The Range. Refreshments will be provided, so come and join the celebration of the arts in the Saguache schools!

In January, the 3rd Annual Telluride Fire Festival premiered the fire-spewing, three-headed Youth Pyros sculpture created with the help of several Saguache students. You can READ FULL STORY and see the final fire-breathing sculpture HERE. This sculpture was created in November by regional youth in a special workshop produced by Coldharbour Institute and Telluride Fire Festival through grants from Coldharbour Institute, Saguache County and scholarships from Telluride Fire Festival.

The Range

The Range Art Gallery.

The Range Art Gallery which will be hosting the local student art show on May 11, is described as an artist space for exhibitions, events, and visiting artists. It was established in 2015 by  Alex DeCarli & Adrienne Garbini. The Range is located at 307 4th Street and visitors are encouraged to ring the bell or by set an appointment.

Latest News – May 8

Orient Land Trust News You Can Use

As spring bursts forth in Saguache County, friends and neighbors shake off the winter cold, welcoming warmer weather and new life. It’s a good time to check in with the Orient Land Trust (OLT) and see what’s new at the historic Everson Ranch, Valley View Hot Springs and beyond.April OLT News

Calling all green thumbs! Everson Ranch garden is starting up for its second year of growing! We have been busy preparing the soil, putting up greenhouses and looking forward to another season of gardening fun! Remember last October’s Harvest Dinner serving up all those delicious farm to table delicious goodies? Now you can become involved from seed to table, by helping them with some gardening. Get your hands dirty at the historic Everson Ranch. Details can be found HERE.

Have you been out to the ranch lately? If not then be sure to stay in touch with them, and sign up for their newsletter here. This summer they have some fun events on tap, including the Kids Science Camp 2017 which unfortunately is FULL, but all the more reason to keep their event on your news feed. Stay connected HERE.

birdIf you love to view your fine-feathered friends, then be sure to mark May 20 & 21 on the calendar for the OLT’s bird watching workshop. Join nature photographer and bird watcher Jim Welch as he explores the beautiful and diverse specifics of birds on the OLT. There is no charge for this workshop. Details can be found HERE.

If you’re headed over to your annual spring sojourn at Valley View Hot Springs, you’ll find some new friendly faces there to welcome you! The facility is all staffed up and ready for the busy season. Are you? BTW, if you have some extra time, or maybe just a day here and there to volunteer, the OLT is a great – and definitely fun – place to do so. Check out more info: HERE.

The Orient Land Trust is a San Luis Valley Colorado non profit protecting over 2200 acres including Everson Ranch, Orient Mine and Valley View Hot Springs.