Latest News – October 19

Vendor Booth Available for Holiday Bazaar

The 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Saguache Community Building. Vendor applications are ow available for this event, which is one of several fundraisers held throughout the year sponsored by the Friends of the Saguache Public Library.Holiday Bazaar Goodies

The event starts at 9 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m. There are still vendor booth available at $10/table. There will be lots of homemade Christmas treasures to decorate your home and tree with. In addition, find that special gift for that hard-to-buy-for-person on your holiday list.

This year there will be a donation drawing for decorated Christmas Tree and an hourly door-prize giveaway! Arts! Crafts! Food!

 The Friends of the Library meets monthly on the second Friday of each month at 10:45 a.m. at the library located at 702 Pitkin Ave. in Saguache.  Everyone is welcome.


Latest News – October 18

FREE Cooking Matters Classes Start Soon

A free series of healthy cooking classes are beginning soon in Saguache!

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“Cooking Matters” classes will start soon in Saguache. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee.

Co-sponsored by Saguache Works and the 4th Street Food Store, the Cooking Matters classes are held for six successive weeks.  Participants prepare and share a meal in every class while learning how to save money and make healthy food choices. 

The hands-on cooking and nutrition course also provides free groceries, kitchen tools and recipes to take home and practice after each class. At the end of the program, you will receive a FREE chef knife and cutting board. 

For more information, call Marlayna Martinez at (970) 769-0275, or sign up at the 4th Street Food Store, 404 4th St.   Space is limited.


Latest News – October 17

St. Agnes Raises Funds for Church Repairs


St. Agnes Catholic Mission Church in Saguache.

St. Agnes Catholic Mission Church in Saguache is having a Bake Sale on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 20 & 21, from 7 a.m. – Noon. The monies raised – 100% of the proceeds – will go towards St. Agnes historic church and necessary repairs. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, come and get yours while the goodies last! Support the church and eat some fabulous treats!

St. Agnes Church is located right off Highway 285, across from The Saguache Market The historic church is part of the San Juan Catholic Community, with Rev. Derreck Scott serving as Pastor and Administrator. Their district office is located at 425 Batterson Street in Monte Vista, CO and can be reached by phone at 719-852-26673 or email at

On Bended Knees at St. John

In other church news, from the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center, the new pews in St. John the Baptist Church have been installed!

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The new pews – a gift from the Archuleta Family Foundation of Colorado Springs – were installed at the St. John the Baptist Church in La Garita this summer. Beautiful!

Transplants from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, the new pews give a fresh new look to an historic Catholic Church.  And their origin is especially meaningful to the spiritual center’s benefactors, the Archuleta family who have been parishioners in Colorado Springs since 1960 with all five of their children having attended Sacred Heart School.  Thank you to Fr. Ronald Raab, CSC, Pastor, and all parishioners of Sacred Heart for donating the pews. ​

The pews which also have kneelers, were successfully shorted, moved and installed.  And the extra wood will be re-purposed in the church in some manner yet to be revealed.​ 

Located in La Garita, in Saguache County, the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center is a unique 10-acre site that offers a historical view of cultural traditions and a Catholic way of life brought from old Spain by the first Hispano settlers who traveled to the Spanish northern frontier from New Mexico.

As a place of panoramic beauty, it is located in the northern portion of the San Luis Valley, this spiritual center is protected by the rugged San Juan Mountain Range to the west and looks across the vast valley floor towards the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east.

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St. John The Baptist Church is located at the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center in La Garita, Colorado. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Latest News – October 16

Saguache Court Cases for Tomorrow, Re-Scheduled

The Saguache Combined Court announced last week that the docket for TOMORROW – Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, is being continued. In essence, all cases scheduled for tomorrow have been postponed and rescheduled. So if that’s you or someone you know, you can communicate  with the Saguache Combined Courts 719-655-2522 or by email at Combined Cout Logo

If you have an attorney you can also contact your attorney. All cases were changed in the system last Friday, Oct. 13, so readers should be able to check by name or case number on the state website: LINK

Thanks for your patience and the court apologizes for any inconvenience Saguache Court: 719-655-2522 or by email at Readers may also contact the Public Defenders Office: 719-589-9615.

Land Use Office Closed Part of This Week

In other county news, a reminder that the Saguache County Land Use office will be closed for training on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. and resume normal office hours on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Latest News – October 13

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From outside fun and exercise to classroom lessons and learning, Mountain Valley Schools finds creative solutions for the many challenges rural school district’s face in Colorado today. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

School News: Challenge to Opportunity

By Joyce Rankin, 3rd Congressional District, State Board of Education.

Joyce Rankin writes the monthly column, “Across the Street” to share with constituents in her district, which includes Saguache County.

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Teacher shortage, continuing education, parent participation, technology, and students unqualified to satisfy workforce needs. These are just some of the challenges our public schools face.  In September I toured southwest Colorado and found some school superintendent’s creatively solving some of their district’s many challenges.

We continue to hear about the need for higher teacher’s salaries and teacher housing in order to hire and retain the best educators. Although we already have very dedicated teachers, many when asked say that you can’t raise a family on a teacher’s salary. Some taxpayers say that the amount of time off for teachers (fall, winter, and spring breaks; holidays, and summer vacations) with many on four day work weeks, is an unfair comparison with year round occupations.   One west slope district superintendent was creative in solving his need for fifteen teachers. He hosted a booth at a popular job fair and one hundred and fifteen teachers attended. He then hired the fifteen he needed. Openings are now posted on his district website.

Another innovative solution for retaining teacher’s involved two elementary teachers planning on taking pregnancy/child leave. When the superintendent joined with a local preschool program and implemented the Teddy Bear Infant and Toddler Program at the school site, both teachers enrolled their children and continued to teach.

Only ten percent of parents were participating in secondary school parent-teacher conferences in one western Colorado school district. The superintendent set up a program called Student Led Conferences.  Students take the lead in the conference. They also direct their coursework, interests, accomplishments and challenges, and share them with their parents/teachers at the conference.


Students are engaged in learning in Saguache Today Photo: Mountain Valley Schools.

The same school has four diploma pathways: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Academic, Honors, and Technical/Vocational. Students choosing the Honors pathway must, among other requirements, earn a combined score of 1150 or above on the eleventh grade Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) exam. The average score in the state in 2017 was 1014.

Two other districts have focused their attention on career education. One program in Cortez has the back half of an ambulance built into the classroom to give students a real “hands on” approach to emergency training situations.  In Montrose, the entire school district emphasizes STEM learning. Students are given opportunities to work with aerospace firms on the eastern side of the mountains.

At the end of my trip I was proud to join Superintendent Mike Epright, of the West End School District (Nucla, Naturita, Bedrock and Paradox), in their community picnic celebrating the transition off of the “turnaround clock” for one of their schools. The school exited from Turnaround, or the lowest performance rating, to a Performance or the highest rating.  Over 200 teachers, students and parents joined with the community to celebrate their achievement.

These are a few of the remarkable programs being offered at schools in Colorado’s southwest. For some, difficult challenges have become incredible opportunities.

I’m honored to represent the 3rd Congressional District on the State Board of Education.

Joyce Rankin 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. She is also a Legislative Assistant for Representative Bob Rankin.

Latest News – October 10

Chimney Choir Concert at Everson Ranch

As the seasons slowly shift, threatening to send everyone indoors for the colder months, this Saturday, Oct. 14 friends and neighbors will have another opportunity to enjoy the harvest season and the company of good friends and neighbors.

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Chimney Choir will be playing this Saturday, oct. 14 at the historic Everson Ranch.

A Chimney Choir Concert and Picnic is planned at the historic Everson Ranch, as caretakers’ Scott and Cynthia bring together folks from the San Luis Valley (and beyond!) for some enjoyment, as well as raise some money for some of the 150-year-old homestead’s programs.

Come and join the celebration this Saturday, Oct. 14, from 2 – 4 p.m. Join them in the picturesque front yard of the the ranch house for great music under the big tent.  Bring your own picnic-food and drink, blankets or chairs, they will provide the live music by one of their favorite bands: Chimney Choir

There is a suggested donation of $10 per person which will benefit the Everson Ranch program.  This concert is open to the public.  Bring friends and family. No tickets necessary.  Of course, an RSVP is always helpful. Call Scott at 719-298-7411.  


Join the celebration this Saturday, Oct. 14 and help raise money for programs at the historic Everson Ranch. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.


Latest News – October 9

Last Soup Kitchen in Saguache Today

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The 4th Street Diner is holding its final (for now) Soup Kitchen of the season at 6 p.m. tonight at the 4th Street Diner in downtown Saguache. It’s FREE. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

The last soup’s on for Esther Mae’s Community SOUP Kitchen will be held tonight starting at 6 p.m. at the 4th Street Diner. Tonight’s menu will be a community pot luck and include some Karaoke entertainment with The Music Man.

Everyone is welcome to this gathering of friends, family, and neighbors. This will be the last Soup Kitchen for this grant cycle which was generously provided since January thanks to Saguache HEART.

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Esther Mae’s Community Soup Kitchen was made possible by a grant from the Colorado Trust, which provided more than $200,000 in funding for H.E.A.R.T. (Health Equity Action Resident Team) of Saguache/KV to continue its efforts to achieve health equity, ending inequalities so that those most affected will have fair and equitable opportunities to attain good health.

As part of its Community Partnerships initiative, The Colorado Trust, a statewide philanthropic foundation, has been collaborating with H.E.A.R.T. of Saguache/KV community members since 2015 to identify opportunities for change that would improve the lives of those living here. The community came together in a series of discussions, meetings, events and more, led by a local team of residents who oversaw the work and created a plan.

So come and join the celebration of the last Soup Kitchen in downtown Saguache Today. The 4th Street Diner is located at 411 4th Street.

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A $3,500 portion of the Colorado Trust funds went toward the weekly Soup Kitchen which took place on Monday evenings at the 4th Street Diner in downtown Saguache. Pictured here are Laura, Laurie, Esther, and Iris. Photot: Saguache Today/ Lynn Nowiskee.