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Saguache News – November 20

What’s New With Orient Land Trust

It’s the week of Thanksgiving with all efforts focused on the big feast planned for this Thursday, Nov. 23. So if your recipe lists include pumpkin, then consider getting one fresh from the garden at the historic Everson Ranch, located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains in the San Luis Valley .

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The historic Everson Ranch still has pumpkins available for sale at only $2 a piece. Photo: Orient Land Trust Newsletter.

Owned by the Orient Land Trust (OLT), their Fall Newsletter includes the good news that there are still plenty of pumpkins from the garden available for purchase. Only $2 each! Wow, you can’t beat that price! In addition, a variety of yummy pumpkin foods including baked goods and hummus are available in the welcome center.

Attention soakers, while the good news is that the San Luis Valley offers several options for hot springs and pools, the bad news is that one of them will be closed for a month! Just as they have done for many years, the OLT will be closing its Valley View Hot Springs for four weeks: December 1 – 28.

Valley View Hot springs Closed Saguache TodayReaders should note that during this hiatus the OLT plans on implementing a new database and reservation system. Therefore, they will not be answering the phones from December 4 – 11. Guests have been asked not to call during that week and to wait until after December 11 to make reservations.

The popular soaking spot for valley residents and visitors will re-open on December 29, just in time for the New Year!

For folks living in Saguache Today who miss seeing Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor Cynthia Nielsen, you can find her at the historic Everson Ranch, still doing what she does best – bodywork!

“It has been an exciting summer for bodyworkers and the tipi offers a calm relaxation,” stated Nielsen in the OLT Fall Newsletter, adding, “ As the weather cools, we will offer sessions in the small Amish Cabin.

Their team of dedicated therapists offers a variety of therapies, including various massage techniques, aquatic therapy and reflexology. You will find details on the OLT website, or contact Cynthia directly at: OLT Bodywork Coordinator,  CynthiaNielsen@olt.org , 719-298-0360

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The team of dedicated therapists at Valley View Hot springs will take bodywork inside at the Amish Cabin as the colder months come on. Make your appointment or get a holiday gift certificate for some on your lists. DETAILS.



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 – August 14

The Latest BUZZ Down at The Everson Ranch

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Beehive at the Ranch. Photo: Cherrye Williams

Here’s the latest news from the historic Everson Ranch, owned by the Orient Land Trust. The ranch sits at the base of the beautiful Sangre de Cristos Mounatins at the north end of the San Luis Valley. If you are interested in receiving their newsletter: CLICK HERE.

Some of the most exciting new additions at Everson Ranch this summer are the new honey bee hives. We have two hives with the Italian Strain and one hive of the Carniolan Strain. During the 1st year the colonies will build up their troops along with enough honey to get them through the winter, Next year we should be collecting honey and other products that the hives produce (including beeswax, propolis, pollen and royal jelly). In addition to our new hives we also have at least six natural hives on the land.

Honeybees live in colonies with one queen running the whole hive. Worker honeybees are all females and are the only bees most people ever see flying around outside of the hive. They forage for food, build the honeycombs, and protect the hive. Many species still occur in the wild, but honeybees are disappearing from hives due to colony collapse disorder. Scientists are not sure what is causing this collapse.

Honeybees are important pollinators for flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They live on stored honey and pollen all winter and cluster into a ball to conserve warmth. All honeybees are social and cooperative insects. Members of the hive are divided into three types. Workers forage for food (pollen and nectar from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean, and circulate air by beating their wings. The queen’s job is simple—she lays the eggs that will spawn the hive’s next generation of bees. There is usually only a single queen in a hive. If the queen dies, workers will create a new queen by feeding one of the worker females a special food called “royal jelly.” This elixir enables the worker to develop into a fertile queen.

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The historic Everson Ranch sits at the base of the beautiful Sangre de Cristos Mountains in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

Queens regulate the hive’s activities by producing chemicals that guide the behavior of the other bees. Male bees are called drones—the third class of honeybee. Several hundred drones live in each hive during the spring and summer, but they are expelled for the winter months when the hive goes into a lean survival mode.

With even just one hive you can help grow local gardens, fruit orchards, vegetable plantations, etc. The survival of plants depends on pollination, and the honey bee accounts for 80 percent of all pollination done by insects. Without the honey bee’s services, more than a third of the fruits and vegetables that humans consume would be lost.

Bee sure to stop by the ranch and learn what’s all of the buzz with beekeeping!

Latest News – August 11

Orient Land Trust Issued Water Boil Order

Two weeks ago on July 27, the Orient Land Trust (OLT) received notification that their monthly drinking water test had come back positive for E.Coli and Total Coliform Bacteria. OLT owns and operates the Valley View Hot Springs as well as the historic Everson Ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristos mountains on the north end of the San Luis Valley.


The Orient Land Trust’s historic Everson Ranch sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains in the San Luis Valley. The Valley View Hot Sp[rings sits above the ranch inthe mountains and was issued a water-boil order on July 27, 2017. Photo: Saguache Today.

This order affects their drinking water spring only, and not the pools or ponds at Valley View Hot Springs. They are providing commercial water to fill water bottles and encourage everyone to bring water with them when visiting.

It’s not uncommon for bacterial contamination to occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source. It’s been an historically wet summer in the valley. After their findings, the state of Colorado ordered a boil order.

If you have questions or concerns please give OLT a call at 719-256-4315.

Below is a copy of the boil order:

Valley View Hot Springs (PWSID CO0255850)

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  1. coli and total coliform bacteria with no chlorine residual were found in the water supply between 07/24/2017 and 07/29/2017. These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.

Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.water boil

What does this mean if I live in this area? What should I do?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

  1. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems. The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

If you have an infant, severely compromised immune system, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your doctor about drinking this water. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by bacteria and other disease-causing organisms are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

What is being done?

They will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water. 
They are providing commercial safe drinking water and following all recommendations and state mandates.

They anticipate resolving the problem by as soon as possible. For more information, please contact OLT’s Facility Manager Mark Jacobi at  or 719-298-0660.

*Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.*

Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable. Tradúzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.
This notice is being sent to you by the Valley View Hot Springs
Colorado Public Water System ID#: CO0255850
Date distributed: 7/27/2017
Generic Flushing and Sanitization Procedure for the Distribution System
The flushing and sanitizing of a drinking water system begins at the treatment plant and proceeds systematically outward to all ends of the distribution system. Proper flushing, sanitation, and bacteriological testing are required prior to lifting a boil-water advisory.

  1. The first step is to increase the disinfectant (chlorine) level leaving the properly operating treatment plant, and entering the distribution system, to between 3 and 4 mg/l (free chlorine).
  2. The next step is to systematically begin flushing from the entry point of the distribution system outwards to all ends of the distribution system. Adequate flushing can be easily verified by measuring for the increased disinfectant residual at each flushing point.
  3. After flushing, the disinfectant (chlorine) residual level is returned to the normal operating range and the system is once again flushed until the disinfectant (chlorine) level at the system’s furthest tap is within the normal operating range, generally greater than 0.2 mg/l but less than 2.0 mg/l free chlorine.
  4. Once the quality of finished water has stabilized throughout the distribution system, microbiological samples (Standard Coliform Test) must be collected at representative locations, (minimum of 3 to 10 sample points), in the distribution system, including all ends of the system. Disinfectant (chlorine) levels in the sampled water must also be measured at the same time the microbiological samples are collected.
  5. If the above microbiological monitoring results indicate unsafe conditions (total coliform – positive, on any single sample) the above procedure must be re-implemented until the microbiological monitoring results indicate safe conditions, (total coliform – negative, on all sample locations).
  6. Submit results in a written document summarizing all activities undertaken to fix the treatment problem, flush and sanitize the distribution system, and results of all laboratory and field-testing.


Latest News – October 20

What’s Happening? Catch Up With Your OLT News

Latest News – September 20

Harvest Celebration at Everson Ranch on October 1 

It’s harvest time in the San Luis Valley! The ranchers are reaping in their fall hay and the farmers are pulling in their autumn bounty. So what better way to celebrate the season than with a Harvest Celebration? On Saturday, Oct. 1 the Orient Land Trust (OLT) invites the community to gather with them at the historic Everson Ranch for open house tours and a special Harvest Dinner Concert & Dance.

The Orient Land Trust's historic Everson Ranch sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains in the San Luis Valley. Photo: Saguache Today.

The Orient Land Trust’s historic Everson Ranch sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains in the San Luis Valley. Photo: Saguache Today.

Located in the rich, fertile land beneath the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Everson Ranch is a living testament to its ranching and farming heritage. Under the direction of the OLT this 150-year old historic ranch is “currently being renovated within its historical facades to create an educational and living agricultural facility showcasing sustainable agricultural processes.”

The public is invited to visit on October 1 and see what makes this such a special place. Come and discover all of their efforts, and successes with projects determined to make sure the Everson Ranch thrives for generations to come.

On Saturday, Oct. 1 morning and afternoon ranch tours will be available, according to OLT representative and event organizer Scott McCumber. Friends and neighbors can tour the facilities and see the fruits of many long-term projects on the ranch being completed. Folks are welcome to visit the animals, discover the harvests from the community garden and walk to the Everson Reservoir to see the thriving meanders project, a joint effort with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to protect endangered species of fish. There are many successes to celebrate!


Later that afternoon there will be a Harvest Dinner Concert & Dance. This fall celebration is a ticketed, farm-to-table event featuring a variety of the ranch’s free range grass-fed beef, pig and goat meat, along with farm-raised, organic salad greens, rosemary roasted potatoes, roasted beets, garden veggies and grilled squash medley, and from the valley, quinoa salad. All of that incredible food will be cooked to perfection by RustingRam Catering, sure to satisfy every taste bud! The meal will be accompanied by beer from a new local brewer, Crestone Brewing Company, with wine from nearby Vino Salida will be included. 

So what better way to compliment a good meal with good company, than with some good music?! The hills will be alive with a special musical treat featuring a wonderful trio led by Sandra Wong, playing the violin and nyckelharpa. Accompanying her magical strings will be multi-instrumentalist Andy Reiner and tabla hand-drum player Steve Bross, all coming together to provide a variety of bluegrass, old-time tunes sure to get those toes a tappin, and hips a swaying!

The Details: While the tours of the ranch during the day are free of charge, the Harvest Dinner Concert & Dance is a ticketed event. Cost for the dinner and concert are $50 per adult, $25 for minors aged 13-17 and there is no extra charge for kids under 12. All kids and minors must be accompanied by an adult. Dry campsites are available, but limited. 

Register now online at www.olt.org . Or for questions or registration information, readers may contact: Scott McCumber or Robin Rosenberg at 719-256-4315 or contact Scott on his cell phone at 719-298-7411. All proceeds go to support Orient Land Trust. Special thanks to sponsors: RustingRam Catering, J&J Rentals and Crestone Brewing Co.  

It’s time to celebrate! Everyone’s invited. Come, enjoy a fun, social time together with good food, music and dance.

It's hard to beat the view from the Everson Ranch in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Photo: Orient Land Trust Facebook Page

It’s hard to beat the view from the Everson Ranch in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Photo: Orient Land Trust Facebook Page

The Orient Land Trust is a San Luis Valley Colorado non profit protecting over 2200 acres including Everson Ranch, Orient Mine and Valley View Hot Springs.