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Christmas Lights Up in Saguache

Saguache Today has confirmed from Town of Saguache officials that the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place this Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. As is the tradition the Yuletide arbol has been placed at the intersection of San Juan and 4th Streets in downtown Saguache.

Carolers and merrymakers will don their gay apparel and gather to usher in the Christmas season.

Saguache Sharing Christmas!

In other holiday news, if you know of a family in need, a multi-agency effort has come together this season to provide holiday food boxes. If you need to submit a request for help with food for Christmas please fill out the form and return either by text message 719-580-6145, email heartlvigil@gmail.com or in-person to the HEART of Saguache/KV office at 210 5th Street, Saguache, CO.

Christmas boxes WILL NOT be delivered to homes this year but must be collected from either the KV Clubhouse or the Saguache Firehouse. Indicate on the form which pickup location you wish to use. Pick up will only take place from 4 – 6pm on Friday, December 20. Merry Christmas to all!

The Christmas Giving Tree

This year’s Giving Christmas Tree can be found at Mountain Valley School! Give a child in the Saguache community a Christmas gift! Gift-givers can pick up an ornament at Mountain Valley School and receive the child’s wish list. Gifts should be dropped off at Mountain Valley School on or before December 12, 2019. Please contact Julie Brown at Mountain Valley School at 719-655-0268 if you have any questions.

Open your heart and your wallet and grab a tag from the Saguache Christmas Giving Tree located at Mountain Valley School (photo).

Shop Til You Drop

For shoppers not able to make the bazaar on Saturday but still want to support local craftspeople be sure to stop into The Wapiti Coffeehouse and check out their “Tiny Saguache Shop. This display case highlights 11 local merchants who make their own products ranging in price from $2 and up, with most products in the $10-$20 zone

“When you buy local, not only do you make the gift receiver’s day, you make the day of the merchant you buy from,” stated Wapiti owner Stephanie Buechler. Also if you’re downtown sure to stop into the coffee house and see the creative works of this month’s featured artists, Ethan Volkman! Ethan is a Senior at Mountain Valley School and has loved photography for many years. His display of works at the Wapiti is his first art exhibit. Show your support of local artists!

And remember, one way you can show your support of Saguache businesses like the Wapiti is by buying someone on your list a gift certificate from everyone’s favorite coffeehouse The Wapiti Coffeehouse is located at 319 San Juan Avenue behind Southwest Bank in downtown Saguache.

Another way that readers can support a Saguache resident looking to make some extra money while her husband is recovering from surgery is buying your holiday treats from baker Christi McConnaughhay.

“Everyone wants pie or cheesecake but doesn’t always have the time for baking,” she posted on a local community social media platform.  And based on local reviews, she is known for creating some delicious homemade pies and cheesecake. From chocolate and vanilla cheesecake to a wide variety of fruit pies, Christi is ready for your holiday requests, all made to order! She may be reached via email at ck81906@aol.com or contact her on Facebook.

New Years Dinner Canceled

This Just In from the Saguache Fire Department: To all of our community members we wish to say thank you for all of your continued support. This year has been a very busy year with multiple events and we have decided to take a break for New Years so we will not be having our annual dinner and silent auction. Thank you again to all of you.
SVFD Chief T.Ward

Oh, Tannebaum! Permits Available!

Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase at Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests office locations beginning November 18. The cost per permit is $8.00 and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card at National Forest office and vendor locations. There is a maximum of five tree permits per person. Permits will be available and valid from November 18, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019

Oh Tannebuam! Tis the season for Chrsitmas Tree harvesting in Saguache Today.

Christmas tree cutting is allowed in most areas on the GMUG with the following exceptions: Wilderness, scenic pullouts, commercial timber sales areas, recreation and ski areas, campgrounds, trailheads, developed sites and administrative areas and otherwise as detailed in the package provided with your permit. Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of any road or trail. Trees must be less than 20 feet tall from the stump, may not be greater than 6 inches in diameter at the base of the tree and the stump height should be no greater than 6 inches high. Topping trees is not allowed (i.e. cutting only the top of the tree and leaving the bottom with limbs attached). Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold. The tags must be attached to the tree at the cutting location and must be left on the tree until it arrives at its final destination. Maps showing where Christmas tree cutting is allowed are available at all offices where permits are sold and will be provided with permits along with a regulations list.

The GMUG is pleased to continue the 4th Grade Free Christmas Tree Program again this holiday season. Fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid Outdoors Initiative. Every Kid is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of conservationists. All fourth graders are eligible to receive a fourth-grade pass that allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full year. In support of this initiative, the Forest Service will make available a free Christmas tree permit to every interested fourth grader who presents a 4th Grade Pass or paper voucher at any GMUG National Forests office location.

Fourth-graders get a FREE Christmas tree as part of Every Kid Outdoors program

Instructions on how to obtain a pass and collect a free tree permit:

In order for students to receive a free Christmas tree permit, they must present a valid 4th Grade Pass or paper voucher printed from the Every Kid Outdoors website. To earn the voucher, simply visit the website, click on the “Get Your Pass” button and follow the instructions to obtain the voucher. Print out the paper voucher and bring it with you to a District Office on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.

The Forest Travel Management Plans and or weather conditions may close various forest roads prior to or on November 30. As a reminder, Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) have been produced for the entire Forest and show forest roads, trails and areas that have been designated for seasonal closures. Motorized users are responsible for obtaining an MVUM to determine where one can drive, ride and recreate. These maps are free and are available at District Offices or on the Forest website. Snow and winter conditions will dictate road access for Christmas tree harvesting. Conditions associated with winter travel on forest roads may include, but are not limited to: heavy snow, ice, soft shoulders and constantly changing road conditions. 

Permit Sale Locations:

  • The Fort Uncompahgre, 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday, 440 N Palmer Drive; Delta, CO. 970-874-8349.
  • Supervisor’s Office, 8 AM to 4 PM, excluding weekends and holidays 2250 South Main Street; Delta, CO. 970-874-6600.
  • Grand Valley Ranger District, 8 AM to 5 PM, excluding weekends and holidays, 2777 Crossroads Blvd, Suite 1; Grand Junction, CO. 970-242-8211
  • Ouray Ranger District, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding weekends and holidays. 2505 S. Townsend; Montrose, CO. 970-240-5300.
  • Gunnison Ranger District, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding weekends and holidays, 216 N. Colorado; Gunnison, CO. 970-641-0471.
  • Norwood Ranger District, 8 AM to 5 PM, excluding weekends and holidays. 1150 Forest; Norwood, CO. 970-327-4261
  • Paonia Ranger District, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding weekends and holidays. 403 N. Rio Grande Ave.; Paonia, CO. 970-527-4131.
Christmas Tree permits are available through the Forest Service.

VENDORS:

  • Valley Ranch – Monday thru Friday 6 AM to 6 PM; Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. 57454 Highway 330; Collbran, CO. Christmas Eve 6 AM to 4 PM; Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 970-487-3000.
  • Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply – Monday thru Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM; 3217-I-70 Business Loop; Clifton, CO; Christmas Eve 7:30 AM to 4 PM; Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 970-523-7515.
  • Desperado General Store – Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 40486 D Lane, Crawford, CO. 970-921-5655.
  • Paonia Flower Shop – Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 301 Grand Ave; Paonia, CO. 970-527-4664.
  • Gambles Ace Hardware – Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. -4 p.m. 121 Bridge Street Hotchkiss, CO. 970-872-3535.