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Latest News – August 18

Emojis Express Themselves in Downtown Saguache 

The Emoji Movie is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy playing in downtown Saguache’s Cozy Castle Cinema this weekend (August 18-20). 


Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone’s very existence.

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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 7 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.

Latest News – August 17

Forest Plan Up for Review; Public Invited

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest and Saguache County are co-hosting a public open house in Saguache to talk about the Forest Plan Revision, a document that governs all management actions on the forest’s 2.9 million acres. The following video explains more:

The open house will be held this evening Thursday, Aug. 17 at the Road and Bridge Meeting room located at 305 3rd Street from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Forest Plan Revisions starts with an assessment of current conditions on the Forests. At the open house, the GMUG planning team will share initial assessment work and early ideas about need for change in the Forest Plan, while inviting the public to contribute their ideas.

According to Samantha Staley Forest Planner “We’ve started to build a comprehensive snapshot of what’s going on in the Forests today , but we hope the open house is an opportunity to widen the lens. What has the public noticed? What concerns do our stakeholders have about the state of the Forests? The assessment relies on existing information and the best available science and covers a broad array of resources and programs, including wildlife, livestock grazing, timber, mining, ecosystems and recreation.

A very important component of the plan is incorporating information from the public. The end result of the assessment is to identify changes that should be made in the new Forest Plan, including changes identified by the public.

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The forest for the trees! Make sure your voice is counted at tonight’s Forest Plan meeting in Saguache Road and Bridge Meeting Room

In order to keep interested stakeholders informed, the GMUG is utilizing a variety of communication tools, including open houses, webinars, posting information and updates on the web site and through email.

The open house is designed to help citizens understand the assessment process and review preliminary assessment information with resource specialists. Most importantly, this is an opportunity for community members to contribute their suggestions or concerns which will be incorporated in the assessments. For information about how you can learn more and be involved, CONNECT HERE.

It will take them at least three years to revise the Forest Plan.  The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) of 1976 requires that forest plans be periodically revised. Their current forest plan was developed in 1983 with five subsequent amendments. New guidance in the Forest Service’s 2012 Planning Rule directs forest plans to be science-based and developed with extensive public involvement

Latest News – August 16

Voting Open for Art Festival Photo Contest

YOU be the judge! If you’ve ever dreamed of putting on the white gloves of inspection and sharing your creative opinion with others in a way that can really make a difference in the life of a Saguache photographer, then today’s one of your last chances. At least for this year!

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Saguache United Methodist Church is located on the corner of 6th and Christy Streets in Saguache.

Vote for your favorite pictures entered in this year’s Saguache Art Festival photo contest. This year’s entries are displayed in the Fellowship Hall at the Methodist Church and are open for viewing and voting from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. today, through this Friday, Aug. 18. This year’s entries are all very interesting, lively and beautiful pictures!

Then be sure to stop by on Saturday, Aug. 19  during the Saguache Art Festival to see everyone’s favorites. Now in its 8th year, this fun, free festival in the heart of downtown Saguache is open to everyone. Come and see what’s new in the lcoal arts scene.

 This year’s event will feature more than 20 artists and crafters, with music and food throughout Downtown Saguache. The festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artwork will be on view in galleries, shops, studios, and outside, with media demonstrations during the day and a photography competition held at the Methodist Hall. Visit Hauck/Pedersen, in business in Saguache for over two decades, showcasing figurative expressionist collage and painting. New participants this year include Ramblin’ Roy with his assemblage sculptures and Ruby Creek Press’ photographic postcards of Saguache. The 8th Annual Saguache Arts Festival is presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce.Art_social media_Saguache Today copy

Meet The Artist

Saguache’s Byron Williams Creates Gourd-eous Art!

Saguache artist and owner of the Smith Market Gallery, Byron Williams has a gourd-eous way of expressing his creative side.

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Local artist Byron Williams will be featured at this Saturday’s Saguache Art Festival. Photo: Smith Market Gallery

Williams has made baskets out of many materials, most frequently basket reed which is a standard basket making material.  He has used grapevine, honeysuckle, tulip popular bark, Siberian Elm bark as well as rawhide, wool rovings and yard, paper and fabric.  His talents are shown in a wide variety of baskets from traditional to the uniquely creative freeform styles.

Byron runs the Smith Market Gallery at the corner of 5th and Denver in Saguache and will be one of the featured artist during the 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival this Saturday, August 19.  Williams’s exhibit will have examples of his work, going back 40 years including baskets and gourds of many patterns and styles.

IMG_0025Gourds are used for making everything from baskets looking like sculptures to masks and are part of his large collection of art. The art work is accomplished with the use of design itself to the unique painting the color with various dyes and wood varnish, antlers, carving, wood burning and other embellishments.  He states that he likes to clean each of the gourds so he “becomes familiar with each one.”  Each piece is a one of a kind; just like the artist!

Latest News – August 15

Supplemental Food Distribution in Saguache Today

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Supplemental Food Programs are available in Saguache Today. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

The next Supplemental Commodity Distribution and CSFP will be Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the commodity building at 505 3rd Street in Saguache and in Center earlier in the day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 pm in Center at the Kiwanis Building at 5th & Broadway.
Everyone is welcome for the supplemental distribution!
If available, please bring proof of income, residency, and photo id. If you are having someone pick up for you, don’t forget to send in your proxy form. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
  

Seniors Saving Money with SHED in Saguache Today

Saguache County seniors are taking advantage of the SHED (Saguache Healthy Elders Discount) program and saving hundreds of dollars every week at the 4th Street Food Store.

The weekly truck arrives with more food to re-stock the shelves at the 4th Street Food Store in downtown Saguache. Photo: Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee.

To sign up for SHED membership, you must be 60 years of age or older and reside in Saguache County.  Members receive a 20% discount on all food purchases at the nonprofit grocery.  Ride-share and/or grocery delivery service also is available through SHED.

The program, started last fall with generous support from the Saguache County commissioners, is intended to help seniors on fixed incomes who earn too much to qualify for other assistance but still struggle to make ends meet. 

Participation is increasing steadily as awareness of the program grows.   Nearly 40% of our customers now are taking the SHED discount, and we encourage eligible residents to do so as needed.

From squash to cherries, summer’s fruits & vegetables are coming soon to 4th St Food Store.

With the discount, on prices already significantly lower than those offered at comparable health or local food stores, low-income residents no longer need to drive 100 or so miles roundtrip to shop for healthy choices.

That saves time, gas money, wear and tear on vehicles, and it keeps more tax dollars in Saguache County.

The 4th Street Food Store, a nonprofit project of Saguache Works, is dedicated to providing affordable access to fresh, healthy food, to supporting Valley food producers and to creating jobs for area residents. Lower prices, and SHED discounts, leave very little margin to cover overhead expenses and to pay store staff.   Saguache Works very much appreciates, therefore, those senior customers who can afford to pay full price and decline to take food discounts.

To sign up for SHED, or to inquire about ride services, stop by the 4th Street Food Store, at 404 4th St. in downtown Saguache, or call 719-655-0216.

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 12

Magpie Gallery: A Combination of Inspiration & Art 

By Kathy Bedell, Saguache Today

In honor of next Saturday’s Saguache Art Festival, here’s the next Meet The Artist story, featuring the Saguache artist and owner of the Magpie Gallery, Judith Page

For art-lovers wondering about the genesis of Saguache artist Judith Page’s colorful, and often whimsical artwork, the answer can be traced to a naughty childhood habit: coloring in the wallpaper.

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Artist and owner Judith Page writes up the receipt for another satisfied customer at the Magpie Gallery located in downtown Saguache Today.

“Yes, I got caught doing that on more than one occasion,” recalls Page during a recent visit to the Magpie Gallery at the corner of 4th and San Juan. But perhaps that childish indiscretion was more the result of the artist’s self-described upbringing in a “poor” section of Washington, D.C., rather than a desire to deface her girlhood bedroom. After all, most artists work with what they have, right?

Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.

Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.

However, these days Page’s meager beginnings seem as far away as her birth place,  and nowhere is that more apparent than in her Magpie Gallery. From the array of colors used in Page’s mixed media illustrations, to the cross section of textures in the glass and wood beads adorning the windows and walls, as well as the hand-woven decorative baskets and rugs, visitors tend to forget they are in downtown Saguache!

Page has been producing & selling her artwork in the San Luis Valley since 1998. According to the Magpie Gallery website: Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.  

“My art reflects a way of seeing the world with a sense of wonder, where anything can happen, where things are a little askew,” Page explains on her website. “I hope to excite a sense of curiosity in my viewers, that they might look at the world a little differently.”

And if Page’s art helps people to see the world a little differently, then her partner Dean Coombs’ African collectibles help bring the world to the corner of 4th and San Juan. In fact, it’s that deep sense of texture that visitors to the Saguache art studio connect with the moment they enter, producing that childhood desire to run one’s hands across the rows and rows of one-of-kind beads.

And while many in the San Luis Valley know the Coombs name as the third generation printer and editor of the Saguache Crescent, Dean has been collecting African beads and ethnographic artifacts for more than 20 years, much of which is on display and/or for sale at the Magpie Gallery.

As one art enthusiast expressed during a recent visit, “I’m surprised to see this kind of African collection in the middle of nowhere; it’s lovely!” And no doubt the word has gotten out, as collectors from around the region now seek Coombs out because of his rare and diverse collection of art, particularly his vast selection of high quality beads.

Come and see one of the most unique art shops in the San Luis Valley for yourself; the Magpie Gallery is open during the days and times listed below. And remember that Saguache’s 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival is happening this Saturday, Aug. 19 – do you need a better reason to stop in to Saguache Today?

The Magpie Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. (Closed for the winter from January – April except by appointment). 324 4th Street, downtown Saguache Colorado. Call 719-655-2650.

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The Magpie Gallery stands as an anchor to the ever-growing arts and cultural district in downtown Saguache. Business is flourishing on 4th Street!

Saguache Art Festival Celebrated August 19

Calling all art lovers, artists and anyone who has been wondering what’s happening in the arts scene in Saguache Today!  Next Saturday, Aug. 19 is the 8th annual Saguache Art Festival and everyone is invited to this fun, free festival in the heart of downtown Saguache.

 This year’s festival will feature more than 20 artists and crafters, with music and food throughout Downtown Saguache. The festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artwork will be on view in galleries, shops, studios, and outside, with media demonstrations during the day and a photography competition held at the Methodist Hall. Visit Hauck/Pedersen, in business in Saguache for over two decades, showcasing figurative expressionist collage and painting. New participants this year include Ramblin’ Roy with his assemblage sculptures and Ruby Creek Press’ photographic postcards of Saguache. The 8th Annual Saguache Arts Festival is presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce.Art_social media_Saguache Today copy

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.

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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:

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Valley View Hot Springs (PWSID CO0255850)

BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING
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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.