It’s Movietime in Saguache Today

“Nutcracker” with Twist Playing in Saguache 

It’s a twist on a seasonal classic for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms which is what is playing this weekend at Cozy Castle Cinema: in downtown Saguache. Disney brings the Christmas classic into the 21st Century in this 2018 American fantasy adventure film

In this weekend’s film, Young Clara needs a magical, one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. A golden thread leads her to the coveted key, but it soon disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. In that world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and Phillip must now enter a fourth realm to retrieve the key and restore harmony to the unstable land.


The Cozy Castle Cinema in downtown Saguache.

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 4 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.


Giving Thanks in Saguache Today

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone in Saguache Today!


Saguache Serves Up Gratitude on Sunday

Saguache’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held this Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Community Building. The event begins at 5 p.m. and includes all the traditional fixings, from turkey to stuffing to potatoes, all top off with some pumpkin pie!Sag Thanksgiving

Everyone is invited and the meal is FREE! The community building is located at Christie & 7th Streets.

The Thanksgiving dinner will be sponsored this year by HEART of Saguache/KV. Last year’s meal was a big hit! The food was delicious and prepared and served by a group of volunteers, bringing grateful hearts together under one roof.

Video from 2015 Thanksgiving Community Meal

Come and join the table this Sunday as the community building fills with lively conversation and laughter as generations of families from diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs break bread together in honor of the national day of gratitude. 

This year the entire cost of the meal – will again be picked by The Colorado Trust, a health foundation dedicated to ending inequalities that affect racial, ethnic, low income and other vulnerable populations.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Always a packed house, this year’s Thanksgiving Community Meal in Saguache is on Sunday.

Bad Weather Driving Safety Tips

Bad Weather Driving – Some Call It Ski Season

By Trooper Gary Cutler

It’s that time of year again, which means snow storms are on the horizon.  Bad weather isn’t all that bad, because with it comes all of the fun activities we like to do in Colorado such as skiing, sledding, skiing, hiking, and skiing/snowboarders.

I joke about the ski season, but when we see a good snowstorm, that’s when skiers and snowboarders head to the slopes in larger groups than normal.  Let’s talk about the situations where we just have to get around in snow storms.

Reduced speed is always a key factor in staying safe when driving on snow, or ice packed roadways.  It’s winter, so make sure you take that extra step to have the time to drive to your destination safely, which means slower than normal speeds.  Bad weather doesn’t necessarily mean we have to have bad driving.

One situation that worries me is black ice.  Ice is the unseen danger that is often a factor in winter time driving.  I’ve seen people going lower speeds when they are on snow packed roads only to speed up to, or beyond the speed limit once the road clears.  The road may still be wet, and with cold temperatures, that means it can and often freezes to the road surface.  Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not still there.


The Veterans Day storm left roads icy and snow packed on Monday morning across the San Luis Valley.

Slick roads also mean it’s harder to stop when less than favorable road conditions exist.  Give that extra distance needed to stop when snow or ice is present.  It’s hard to give just one correct distance for bad road conditions.  Use good common sense and the rule of thumb that it could take double the distance on wet roads and up to as much as 10 times the distance on snow and ice packed roadways to safely stop.

Also be prepared to travel in bad weather.  This means having enough “survival gear” to make it through a dangerous situation if you get stuck on the roadway.  This doesn’t always mean you’re stuck because you have crashed or slid off the roadway.  It could be just that the weather is so bad the roadways have been shut down and you are stuck with everyone else traveling with no way to get off the road for a while.

Even when you are just going on a short trip, there can be situations where you need emergency equipment with you.  The items that can save a life are blankets, flares/emergency triangles, water, shovel, food/snacks, and cell phone.  I probably don’t have to remind anyone to make sure they bring their phone though.

Here are my final tips for winter driving.  When roads are dry, drive as if it’s raining.  When roads are wet, drive as if it’s snowing.  When roads have snow on it, drive as if it’s ice.  When roads have ice on it, think about staying home that day.

So there you have it, a few simple tips to help keep you safe when driving in bad weather this year. As always, safe travels!

Roll Over_saguache Sheriff

On November 11, the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office reported this one car rollover on CO Highway 285 at mile marker 107, just North of Villa Grove. A reminder to practice safe driving habits as the icy winter months come on. Photo SCSO



Icy Blast Causes Treacherous Roads

Icy Blast Causes Treacherous Roads

Residents in Saguache Today felt their first real blast of winter overnight as temperatures plummeted along with a weather system that brought a layer of ice across the San Luis Valley.Sag_1

Last night, it was reported by Saguache Sheriff Deputy Wayne Clark via social media:

Many parts of Saguache County roads are snow packed and icy. In the last 2.5 hours Deputies have responded to 3 vehicle slide-offs and one vehicle roll over. If you do not need to go out tonight please stay at home. If you do need to go out please drive slowly and carefully. Make sure you have winter supplies including blankets, food, water, and a phone charger. If you need help please contact the SO at 719-655-2525. Be safe!

In addition, the Mountain Valley School Superintendent Travis Garoutte also called a delayed school schedule anticipating the weather system could create dangerous situations on the roads. Garoutte also posted the decision on Facebook as follows:

Due to icy road conditions, Mountain Valley School will have a 2-hour delayed start on Monday, November 12th. School buses will be running on a 2-hour delay as well. Classes will start at 10 am. Stay warm and be safe

While the sun will return to Saguache Today, temperatures are not likely to climb out of the freeze box for a couple of days. Stay warm!Sag_A1


Honoring Veterans in Saguache Today

Honoring Veterans in Saguache Today

This Sunday, November 11 is Veterans Day. So if you’re looking for a way to honor those who served, then please join the American Legion on November 11 for their Military History Power Point Presentation, starting at 4 p.m. The event takes place at the Saguache Community Building at Otto Mears Park. In addition to the presentation, there will be a display of vintage military memorabilia and a silent auction.

A chili dinner will follow, starting at 5 p.m. The meal will be served with cornbread, salad, dessert and drinks provided by the American Legion Garcia Post 110 and the Women’s Auxiliary. The cost for dinner will be a free-will donation. If you would like to assist with activities or donations of food please call (515) 480-1636.

In other Veterans news, the local post is also looking to expand the tribute at the cemetery, according to member Terry Gillette, who reported via the Saguache Today Facebook Page. “If you have information on any of the local Vets we have lost abroad and buried outside the area please forward to us. Thank You.”

Folks can send info to; Garcia Post 110, PO Box 395, Saguache, Co 81149. Or e-mail, Terry Gillette at

vets Day Saguache

What is the American Legion?

Sometimes traditions can evoke questions and this time of year, one of those inquiries is “What is the American Legion?” According to their website, The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members and more than 12,000 posts in communities throughout America. In Saguache, that local post is known at the American Legion Garcia Post 110.

The American Legion, established by an act of Congress in 1919, was instrumental in getting the original GI Bill through Congress and the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Here are some other fast Facts provided by the agency. Be sure to honor those who served this Sunday, November 11, Veterans Day.

Fast Facts Americon Legion.jpg

Election Results Saguache County 2018

Saguache Voters Stick With Incumbents

Status Quo might be one way to describe the mid-term election results in Saguache Today. At least that was the message voters relayed when it came to county-elected positions, as all incumbents held their ground at the polls today.


After Election 2018 it seems that things wont change much at the Saguache County Courthouse as voters held tight with the incumbents.

While voters were making their choices heard for SIX county offices, by Election Day the true contests came down to three offices, since the Saguache County Assessor, Coroner, and Treasurer Offices went unchallenged, with incumbent candidates running unopposed by November 6.

Here’s the preliminary results for #Election2018 Saguache County.

It’s important to note that these results are UN-official results until final canvass, which is November 22, although  not much usually changes. 

Saguache County Clerk and Recorder

Incumbent Trish Gilbert (R) saw voters show of support at the polls today, tallying 1409 votes to Democratic contender Renee Hazard 1232.  Voters must be happy with her job performance because they just extended her job contract for another four years.

Saguache County Sheriff 

In one of the more contentious showdowns, the Office of Saguache County Sheriff was once again awarded to incumbent Dan Warwick (R) defeating challenger Nobel Havens (D) by a wide margin. The final tally reports 1,857 votes for Warwick, compared to 725 ballots cast in favor of Havens.

Saguache Sheriff Dan Warwick

Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick (left) was re-elected in Saguache Today.

Saguache County Commissioner, District Three

In the beginning, there were four candidates. In the end, it was Incumbent Tim Lovato (D) who will continue to represent District Three on the Board of County Commissioners. The race was on, starting last spring with challengers Ellen Cox (R), and two unaffiliated candidates Terry Gillette and Lisa Rosen.  Then the choices dropped to three, when Cox dropped out late summer. The final three candidates ran an engaging race, with well-attended candidates forums being held throughout Saguache County. Those public exchanges were then shared on social media and website platforms, giving many voters an opportunity to check-in with where these politicians stood on the issues before hitting the polls. Final votes were tallied as Lovato (1366), Terry Gillette (633), Lisa Rosen ( 549)

Saguache County Coroner

There was only one candidate for this position, Incumbent Tom Perrin who got 2083 votes.

Saguache County Treasurer

There was only one candidate for this position, Incumbent Connie Trujillo, who has held the office for 26 years. Trujillo tallied 1974 votes of support from residents today.

Saguache County Assessor

The Saguache County Assessor race was determined in last June’s Primary Election when Incumbent Peter Peterson tallied the most votes against challenger Rhiannon Curry. In the 2018 mid-term election, Peterson demonstrated support from 1816 voters.

FULL Results HERE, including how the local initiatives did.




Saguache News – November 6

Here Comes The Judge(s) In Saguache Today

by Trish Gilbert, Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

Credit Due.  We experienced a widespread interest in voting during the 2018 General Election.  We want to give a big shoutout to all voters for your participation in this election.  We are proud to be part of a community that cares enough to “get-out-the-vote”.

We also want to thank our election judges for their dedication and every-day enthusiasm.  Your work is key to our success (listed in no particular order):

  • Karen Cowan
  • Kathy Geddes
  • Lisa Jaminet
  • Chuck Tidd
  • Donna Ford
  • Barbara Tidd
  • Lucky Ford
  • Kevin Noland
  • Richard Drake
  • Marilyn Fenton
  • Bill Hazard
  • Samantha Clark (Student Judge)

We are looking forward to working with this team of knowledgeable, skilled, dedicated judges next election. Our team works very hard to effectively and efficiently serve our citizens needs and achieve better outcomes.  We make every effort to put citizens and services first.

 . . . and to the Clerk’s team for the extra hours and team effort during those long, sometimes stressful days.  Thank you for your tireless efforts and hard work.  This team is known as THE-AWE-SOME-FOUR!

  • Jane
  • Desiree
  • Ben
  • Dominique

To all I say, You make us better collectively! I appreciate you today, and every day!