Latest News – October 5

Forest Service Presents Feedback from Users

GMUG_photoOver  this past summer, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests co-hosted eight public open houses with each of the primary counties, including Saguache, with GMUG lands. Approximately 350 people attended the open houses and the two webinars to share early ideas, and GMUG received over one hundred written comments about what’s going well, and what’s not, in that vast Forest area.

 Comments received by August 31 were summarized and incorporated, where applicable, into the draft assessments, while later comments are still welcomed by the team and may be included in later versions. Although they covered a broad range of subjects, most comments emphasized the common ground shared by all users: the importance of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests UG to the people and communities that rely upon it.

The following are the official documents surmising the data and formation gathered from the public, thus far. If you have additional comments, email  gmugforestplan@fs.fed.us.GMUG_1GMUG_2GMUG_3

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Latest News – October 4

Celebrate Sweetness at the Saguache Chocolate Festival

All right, listen up all you chocoholics! It’s the beginning of the glorious sweet season. While the weeks between Halloween and Christmas are considered the thick of the season, why not get a jump start at this Saturday’s 7th Annual Saguache County Chocolate Festival?Chocolate Festival

Think of it as a chocolate fantasy land as friends and neighbors come together October 7 from 3 – 6 p.m. to celebrate the lovely sweet treat with concoctions of all shapes and sizes.

This year, the event will take place in downtown Saguache as business along 4th Street create their own chocolate creations for a tasty throw-down that will be awarded with ribbons from the judges. Bring Grandma’s favorite recipe to share – anything with chocolate in it will do!

Event Organizer Ellen Cox reports there will also be a chocolate pie-eating contest, live music, face painting and the ever-popular pie toss! “We would encourage you to also host a fun game such as musical chairs,a cake walk or ring toss,” states Cox. Everyone is welcome for some cocoa-liscious fun!

For any questions call Ellen at 719-655-2544.

 

Latest News – September 30

Cloud Seeding Near Saguache Today

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A rainbow touches down near Saguache Today after a fall rainstorm.

With stormy weather in the forecast for Saguache Today, it seemed like a good time to bring readers in the know about a recent permit application for cloud seeding in the Colorado Central Mountains.

Western Weather Consultants has applied for a permit to perform cloud seeding intended to increase snowfall in the Central Colorado mountains, including parts of Lake, Chaffee and Summit counties. It seems that the ski resorts and front range population are in need of more water, and are looking to the mountain communities to help them out. According to the applicant, Saguache County isn’t included within the permit boundaries, but is listed specifically as an adjacent county within the permit area which is “not intended to see any effect.”

The application would be good for five years and the deadline for public comment is MONDAY, Oct. 2 More details listed below.

If you’re unfamiliar with the terminology and what it really means? Here’s the most simplest description: By pumping the clouds in a certain area full of silver iodide and solid carbon dioxide (dry ice), a cloud can be “supercooled,” thus causing ice particles to grow at rapid rates and become dense enough to fall from the cloud as precipitation (in our case snow).

“Silver iodide once burned is hexagonal and has water attracting and bonding properties and is therefore perfect for vapor to convert to snowflakes,” explains Joe Busto, of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

The intended effect of the weather modification operations is to increase precipitation/snowpack snow water content to benefit: natural habitat, agriculture, municipal water, stock growers, recreational and tourism interests, and the local economy.

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According to officials, there are currently 110 cloud seeding machines in the state. Photo: Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Readers should be aware that there is currently an open comment period underway, but only until next Monday. Comments can be emailed to joe.busto@state.co.us or mailed (see details below) with postmark of October 2, 2017 for consideration as part of the record of decision.  

The following includes all of the official details:

Sponsors of the application include the Colorado River Conservation District, the Front Range Water Council and the ski areas of Keystone, Breckenridge and Winter Park.

Notice is hereby given that Western Weather Consultants of Durango, CO (WWC) has filed with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) an application for a five-year permit to conduct a wintertime ground-based weather modification program.  WWC will conduct the Central Colorado Mountain River Basins Program (CCMRB) for the following entities:

Colorado River Conservation District: Larry Hjermstad, Manager of WWC, Mike Hjermstad, Asst. Manager and Head of Operations for WWC, and Eric Hjermstad, Head of Field Operations are the people in control of the program.

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The permit Target Area for the CCMRB Program is the area generally above an elevation of 8,500 feet in the upper Colorado River basin and a small portion of the upper Arkansas River.  The upper Colorado River basin includes tributaries in Pitkin, Lake, Eagle, Summit, Chaffee and Grand counties, with an exclusion area in the Tenmile Creek basin near Climax.  Counties adjacent to counties within the permit area but not intended to see any effect from cloud seeding are: Gunnison, Park, Clear Creek, Fremont, Saguache, Mesa, Garfield, Routt, Jackson, Larimer, Boulder and Gilpin counties.

The operational period will be November 1 through – April 15 for each year for the next five winters, expiring in 2022. 

Safeguards are in place to limit weather modification operations by daily monitoring of snowpack snow water equivalent, avalanche hazard levels, and National Weather Service Severe Weather Statements.  The CWCB coordinates daily with permit holders to ensure programs are operated judiciously to minimize danger to the land, health, safety, people, property and the environment.  WWC has previously held two sequential five-year permits for cloud seeding in the CCMRB Target Area. 

Complete details of the operations to be conducted are available from: Western Weather Consultants at P.O. Box 58, Durango, Colorado, 81302 or by emailing westernweather@gmail.com.   The CWCB encourages oral and written comments at the public hearing for the record of decision. Please contact Joe Busto, CWCB, 1313 Sherman Street # 721, Denver, Colorado, 80203, or call (303) 866 3441 ext. 3209, or email joe.busto@state.co.us with comments.

Latest News – September 29

Birthday Parties & Pumpkins in Saguache Today

It’s hard to believe you’re 150 years old, Saguache County! You don’t look a day over 100! Saguache County Commissioners invite the public to the Celebration of Saguache County’s 150th year.

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Come and celebrate Saguache County’s 150th Birthday on Saturday from Noon – 4 p.m. at the courthouse in downtown Saguache

On Saturday, Sept. 30 from Noon – 4 p.m. the county will be treating everyone to some hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the trimmings.  Everyone is welcome!!! Happy Birthday Saguache County.

Once you’ve had your fill of lunch, plan to head out to Allied Potato Colorado and pick up some gorgeous gourds! It’s pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 30, the farm will be opening up their pumpkin patch again to the public. As always, pumpkins are free for the taking and there are “a ton of pumpkins out there,” according to Allied. The address for your GPS, is 538 379 County Road, they are located in Center, Colo.

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Come and get them! Allied Potato Colorado in Center will be opening up their pumpkin patch on Saturday, free to the public.

Latest News – September 28

FREE Legal Advice and Toastmasters Program Available

Tonight Thursday, Sept. 28 is the FREE Virtual Legal Clinic held at the Saguache Public Library. This clinic provides confidential one-on-one legal advice for low  income, unrepresented residents of the San Luis Valley by video conference.  Attorneys can answer legal questions, help with court forms and explain the law and procedure for many legal issues, such as Family Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, Protection Orders, Consumer Law/Collections, Probate and Small Claims. 

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Get lost in the stacks at the Saguache Library located at 702 Pitkin Avenue.

This clinic is first come, first served and runs from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Saguache Public Library. For more information and pre-qualify,  email Sarah Koehn Frey at librarydirector@nsclibrarydistrict.org.

In other calendar news, readers are reminded that if you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader then, Toastmasters is the place for you!  Alamosa Toastmasters meets on Mondays at noon at The Bridge in Alamosa at 3407 Carroll Street. toastmastersYou’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace. Former members say that Toastmasters has changed their lives. For more information, please call (719) 588-5127.

Latest News – September 27

24th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show Recap 

By Carita Ginn, Saguache Chamber of Commerce

The 2017 event has officially been recorded.  The last Saguache Chamber sponsored event for this year was a success.  Measuring success can be done in many ways.  As Chamber Secretary, I choose to measure it in the happiness of those who attended.  Vendors and visitors were pleased with the selection of entertainment along with the delicacies offered-both food and handmade treasurers alike.

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The Salida Circus entertains the crowds, with some help from a few local kids, during the 24th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show which was held at Otto Mears Park on September 16. Photo Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

The Saguache County Museum started our day with their last pancake & sausage breakfast for 2017.  The Chamber was overwhelmed by your generosity for all the Silent Auction items-with over 30 contributors donating more than 70 items-including a handmade quilt from Caroline Irwin and the Saguache Sagebrush Quilters.  The Quilters’ fundraiser of their own handmade quilt was given away as a door prize.  Visitors appreciated all their hard work in the items offered as well as their demonstrations throughout the day. 

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The Saguache Volunteer Fire Department served up some suds and BBQ at the 24th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell. Thanks for keeping Saguache County safe!

The fundraiser for the Saguache Volunteer Fire Department came as a Beer Garden including Brats and Burgers.  The Friends of the Library offered baked goods and their World Famous Root Beer Floats later in the day.  Our vendors came from as far north as Castle Rock and as far south as Arizona.  Without the visitors, both local and out-of-town, these fundraisers would not have been profitable.

Entertainment came in many forms.  From the Salida Circus performers demonstrating their talents to teaching children how to be performers.  The Adams State Alpine Backbeat Drum Line livened up the entire park with their contributions to the entertainment lineup.  Wonderful sounds resonated throughout Otto Mears Park thanks to the following:  Seat of the Pants String Band, Cheap Therapy, Roadrunners & Pint and a Half.  Tom Dessain kept the sounds audible.  We want to thank Tim Coleman for the use of his stage and thank the Town of Saguache for the use of the Community Building and Otto Mears Park.  Having this venue on the highway helps to draw in visitors.  This helps not only our event but also local businesses.

We cannot forget all those who worked silently in the background to keep this event on task: starting with our Saguache Chamber Board Members-Barry Van Sant, Jean Collier, Byron Williams, Theo Boudreaux and Carita Ginn;

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Thanks to (right to left) Theo Boudreaux, Carla Quintana and Jean Collier with the Saguache Chamber of Commerce for their volunteer efforts at the Saguache Fall Festival. It takes a village – everyone efforts are appreciated!

Chamber members Maria Archuleta and Carla Quintana along w/Fall Festival Committee members Laura Archuleta and Heather Salaz worked tirelessly on the Silent Auction booth; the remaining FF Committee- Rita Bennett, Ruth Horn (her daughter Charity Gallegos and grandson Logan filled in for her since she was called away), Tony Sandoval (along with his assistants Michael & Floyd) were all there to perform whatever was needed.  This event could not have been as successful as it was without all this support.

Lastly, we want to acknowledge the financial support offered by the Saguache County Commissioners through Sales Tax Grants and entertainment sponsor, Aventa Credit Union.  These funds allowed the Chamber to solicit the entertainment and promote this event through advertising.

Mark your calendars for next year – September 15, 2018-to come and celebrate the 25th Annual Fall Festival and Quilt Show.  We will be planning something extra special and you do not want to miss that!

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Local rockers Road Runners drew in the crowds as one of FIVE live musical acts during the 14th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show on September 16.

Latest News – September 26

Library Friends Support Programs, Needs

The Friends of the Saguache Library reported great success at their annual Fall festival Bake & Book Sale with Root Beer Floats. Patrons helped them raise $453.26 to be put toward helping our library.

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The Friends of the Saguache Library sell goods to buy goods for local patrons! Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

According to Friends committee member Hillary Conroy, the Friends recently gave the library $3,000 for many projects including a new light and fan for the Colorado Room; Librarian Penny is ordering new children’s chairs and table; and a heavy duty small table with heavy duty chairs will be ordered and used for the free legal clinic sign in area as will some new heavy duty folding chairs. They are going through their list of needs and taking care of business. Yea to the Saguache Public Library!