Happy 100 Years to National Park Service
The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. And our favorite National Park is just down the way: The Great Sand Dunes!
This week, 400 national parks and monuments – including the four in Colorado – will offer free admission as part of the centennial celebration of the National Park Service.
The national parks in Colorado include Rocky Mountain National Park, which covers 415 squares miles and more than 300 hiking trails; Mesa Verde, with its thousands of archaeological sites; Great Sand Dunes, which offers a diverse landscape and even “sand sledding”; and Black Canyon of the Gunnison, where the river has carved through rock over millions of years.
The National Park Service 100th Birthday celebration at Great Sand Dunes starts Thursday, Aug. 25 and peaks with the Rapidgrass Quintet concert Saturday evening!
New Picnic Tables for a Girl Scout’s Silver Award
There’s nothing better than being able to report about a good deed done by a young person in Saguache Today. So it’s “Atta girl” to Alexandria Harrison for building four new picnic tables for Otto Mears Park.
And while the local community will benefit from Harrison’s efforts, the project has an added accolade for her. This picnic table project will be her submission for the Girl Scout Silver Award – the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn!
Harrison put together her “Silver Team” of helpers who assisted her in developing a project that could benefit the local community, get the necessary materials to complete the project and eventually build the tables.
The Silver Award is touted by the Girl Scouts as giving girls the chance to do big things and make their community better in the process. So thank you, Alexandria!
Saguache Game Warden Becomes Ironman
The Saguache Game Warden Jason Surface is an Ironman!
On July 24, 2016, Surface was one of hundreds of athletes from around the world who competed in the 18th Annual Ironman Lake Placid in New York.
A favorite among competitors, the Lake Placid Ironman is the second oldest Ironman in North America and one of the sport’s most popular courses. It is also the longest-running American event aside from the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
The Ironman Lake Placid race begins with a 2.4 mile swim across beautiful Mirror Lake, followed by a demanding 112-mile bike leg through the Adirondack Mountains, and ends with a full marathon through the mountains and downtown that ends at the Olympic speed skating oval in the village of Lake Placid.
He raced and raised over $7,700 for Team Fox for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research!Congratulate him when you see him!
Goldberg’s Photography Draws Crowd to Saguache
New York based artist and writer Ariel Goldberg made a big splash on 4th Street last Saturday, May 21 at her “Straight Photography” show at The Range in downtown Saguache. The photography exhibit grew a hearty crowd of artists and art-lovers, officially kicking off the Summer Art Show Season!
Goldberg spoke about her process of taking pictures and read essays about the various situations that created the more than 40 photographs that surrounded the exhibition attendees. From the Daliesque “Ladders” photo to the reflective “Newslip,” Goldberg’s collection represents urban living in all its glory, and obstacles. No doubt after years of experience, her professional eye is drawn to the unusual, just sitting there waiting to be captured, and then shared with people in places far from New York, like Saguache, Colo!
This was Goldberg’s first visit to Saguache and she was looking forward to exploring the beauty of the San Luis Valley with her girlfriend during her trip to Colorado. All of her work on display at last Saturday’s exhibit is available for purchase; she may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the art gallery’s website, The Range will be hosting a couple of other artists this summer, although no dates were published yet. The Range Hosting 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.
Human Remains Positively Identified as Notable Cyclist
By Kathy Bedell © Saguache Today
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has positively identified the human remains found earlier this year as those of notable cyclist Mike Rust. While the initial missing persons report was filed back in 2009, it wasn’t until the January 8, 2016 report came into the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office concerning human remains found between Highways 17 and 285 in Saguache County that any breaks came in the case.
According to local authorities the January findings were reported to the Sheriff’s office via an anonymous tip. Eventually Saguache law enforcement requested that CBI lead the on-going investigation, as is standard procedure in such cases.
The circumstances surrounding Rust’s disappearance stem back to what appeared to be a 2009 burglary at his home in Saguache County. Reports account that Rust returned home to find several items missing, including his gun. Reports indicate that he followed the tire tracks of the possible intruders and went to confront them. He was never seen again and most of the leads on the case came up coldy until the human remains were found in a swallow grave on January 8 not far from his former home.
Rust is well-known in the cycling community and was inducted into the Colorado Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1991. After Rust’s disappearance, the film ‘The Rider and the Wolf’ was made regarding his life’s work and vanishing.
According to the Hall of Fame website:
A native of Colorado Springs, Mike Rust grew up in a large family (5 brothers and 1 sister). He began building bicycles at an early age; his first was when he was in the seventh grade. This bicycle had a cruiser frame, sturmey-archer 3-speed hub, 40 degrees laced to a 36 degree 26 x 1.75 rim, 3-speed stick shifter and a banana seat.
In 1965, mike built a mountain bike with a stingray from, 20-inch wheels, knobby tires (front & back), flat handlebars and a leather saddle, which he launched of the front porch. His next bicycle was a used French 8-speed with 2 chainwheels and a 4-cog free wheel to which he added “curldown” dropbars.
After a 5-year romance with his motorcycles, Rust rediscovered bicycles, became a USCF licensed racer and worked in several Colorado Springs bike shops. His first version of a mountain bike brought him to Crested Butte, in 1980.
Rust stayed in the Butte for the following two summers (he wasn’t a fan of the cold CB winters) and worked at Bicycles, Etc. for Neil Murdoch. Rust’s cycling experiences were very influential on the early Crested Butte mountain bike scene both in the technical and competitive arenas.
Rust’s first Pearl Pass Tour was in 1980. He carried his own gear to Aspen, sleeping bag and all, and rode back to Crested Butte the following day over East Maroon Pass on his Littlejohn framed bicycle.
Rust then toured Arizona and worked in the Bisbee Bicycles business. After Bisbee he returned to Crested Butte to work on some of his innovations, which included chromo axles and seat posts for modification to mountain bikes.
In 1985, Rust and Don McClung started Colorado Cyclery and built their first elevated chain stay bike, the Shortie. In 1986, Colorado Cyclery moved the business to Salida, Colorado. That year Mike persued another of his cycling loves and built his first ordinary bicycle. Rust participated in the Ordinary World’s Road Championships Museum & Parade where he rode the ordinary in performances of the play, “Spokesong”.
In 1989 he place first in Colorado State Games Mountain Bike Races. In 1990, with his five brothers, he rode ordinaries in Dublin, Ireland for their St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Rust and his brothers also rode the Colorado “Ride the Rockies” tour on their high-wheelers.
Additional details will be released as information becomes available.
Crane Festival Takes Flight in Monte Vista
This weekend, March 11 & 12 the town of Monte Vista will host its annula Crane Festival in the San Luis Valley. The annual event held the second weekend in March draws in hundreds of bird-watchers and wildlife lovers as the entire population of Greater Sandhill Cranes, between 18,000-20,000 birds, stop for more than two months to load up on fuel on their way to their breeding grounds further north.
Options for tours are varied, including a sunrise or sunset bus tour with guide. Or drive yourself and watch flocks of dancing Sandhills in the fields surrounding town of Monte Vista. Stop by the Monte Vista Refuge or the Craft Fair for information where to go or read this brochure.
Remember, the Baca National Wildlife Refuge and the Bureau of Land Management’s Blanca Wetlands are both closed to the public at this time of year. The call of a Sandhill Crane heralds that spring is near in the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado. Come, celebrate the change of season!
Yoga Series Continues Saturday with Saguache Retreat
Practice makes perfect, even when it comes to Yoga. So why not recommit to your good health with this Saturday’s continuing practice of yoga techniques, wisdom and philosophy. Deepen your practice and find this ‘Retreat’ time to invite & engage the Inner Yoga. Join Cynthia Nielsen, LMT on March 12 from 9:30 a.m. – noon for her monthly Yoga series. This session will include instruction on the direction and tools to experience the 5 Koshas. Begin building a daily clearing, shielding and re-charge.
Saturday’s retreat will be held at BEBOP Studio located in Saguache, behind the bank (1st Southwest). Cost is $35 and there will be a shared potluck lunch following the session at noon. For more information, contact Cynthia at 719-298-0360. Or email: email@example.com.
FREE Yoga Classes Offered at BeBop Studio in Saguache
Do you have an inside winter workout? It’s easy to get outside during the warmer weather months. But once old man winter settles in it’s just as easy to tick off the weeks without any exercise. If that sounds like your winter, then you’re in luck. There’s a solution, and it’s free!
Every Thursday from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Cynthia Nielsen, LMT of Radiant Flow offers a gentle yoga class at BeBop Studio in downtown Saguache.
“It’s a gentle approach to engaging in your personal practice,” stated Nielsen during one of her recent classes.
In gentle yoga, participants take time to feel the body move. Breathe and movement are pathways to keeping the organs healthy and joints lubricated. Gentle Yoga is not about doing a million planks or downward dogs, but rather having a more gentle approach to the body.
Initially popular among pregnant women and seniors with injuries, today’s classmates include more and more young people wanting to be gentle with their body and develop core strength at the same time.
The gentle yoga class is free, open to drop-ins and all levels of participants. For more information on this class or other service offered by Cynthia Nielsen of Radiant Flow call 719-298-0360.