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Latest News – May 17

Supplemental Food Distribution Near Saguache

The next Supplemental Commodity Distribution and CSFP will be tomorrow Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the commodity building at 505 3rd Street in Saguache. They will also be in Center earlier the same day from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the Kiwanis Building at 5th & Broadway. Food Box Canon City 

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

Public Comment Sought on Tree Removal

The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest – Salida Ranger District is asking for public comments on a proposal to remove insect infested and susceptible trees in the Monarch Pass area, including Monarch Ski area in Chaffee County.

Monarch Map

The spruce beetle epidemic on the San Isabel National Forest is evolving each year with new trees and new stands being impacted. The Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project proposes to use sanitation and salvage as the primary treatment methods on the 1,948 acres of spruce/fir and lodgepole pine forests. Additional details on the project, including a map of the proposed project area, are available HERE

The Salida District Ranger is offering two opportunities for the public to learn more about the project, ask questions, and share their thoughts. An open house will take place on May 17, 2017 from 4 – 6 pm at the Salida Ranger District. There is also a field trip to the project area on June 1, 2017 from 9 am – Noon. If you are interested in attending the field trip, please RSVP to Lisa Corbin by Noon, May 26 (719-539-3951 or email: lcorbin@fs.fed.us).

Please submit comments to the Salida Ranger District by email to lcorbin@fs.fed.us with “Monarch Pass Vegetation Management Project” in the subject line or send written correspondence to Salida Ranger District, Attn: Lisa Corbin, 5575 Cleora Road, Salida, CO 81201. Please include with all correspondence: the project name, your name/organization, and a return address. The public’s comments are appreciated and will be most helpful if received by June 9, 2017.

Latest News – May 10

Celebrate Student Art at The Range

Tomorrow, Thursday May 11 the students from Mountain Valley Schools will present their Spring Concert and Art Show. This is your chance to see all of the great, creative projects students have been working on this year.


The arts are alive at Mountain Valley Schools in Saguache. Pictured here are students who participated earlier this year in the sculpture project for the Telluride Fire Festival. 

The community is welcome and encouraged to attend. The program will begin at 6 p.m. at The Range, Saguache’s Art Gallery located downtown at 307 4th Street.

The evening will begin with some wonderful music played by the pre K – 5th grade students. Then attendees are encouraged to tour the K – 12th grade art show which will be on display at The Range. Refreshments will be provided, so come and join the celebration of the arts in the Saguache schools!

In January, the 3rd Annual Telluride Fire Festival premiered the fire-spewing, three-headed Youth Pyros sculpture created with the help of several Saguache students. You can READ FULL STORY and see the final fire-breathing sculpture HERE. This sculpture was created in November by regional youth in a special workshop produced by Coldharbour Institute and Telluride Fire Festival through grants from Coldharbour Institute, Saguache County and scholarships from Telluride Fire Festival.

The Range

The Range Art Gallery.

The Range Art Gallery which will be hosting the local student art show on May 11, 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.

Latest News – April 27

Library Programs: Legal Advice to School News

Tonight Thursday, Apr. 27 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. 


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. The next clinic will take place on Thursday, May 25 for more information and pre-qualify,  email Sarah Koehn Frey at librarydirector@nsclibrarydistrict.org.

Also at the Saguache library on Friday, Apr. 28, Travis Garoutte and Kathy Hill with Mountain Valley School will present a program at the libarary starting at 6 p.m.  The discussion will focus on new programs, as well as safety issues with the current school buildings and the need for a new school. This will be the library’s final Friday program for the year. But summer fun is just around the corner, so stay tuned and connected on the Northern Saguache County Library District Facebook Page.

The Friends of the Library is looking for new and renewing members to join up. Memberships range anywhere from $5 for individuals, $10 for families, $25 for sustaining members, $50 for super friends,  and $100 for gold members.  Stop by the library and fill out a form; All donations are tax deductible. 

Memberships along with two bake sales, and three root beer float bar sales are the primary means for raising money for the library.  The donation’s received from book sales in the library, as well as the Hogs and Hot Air Community Meal and the Holiday Bazaar Christmas tree and paintings also help raise money. 


The Friends of the Library fundraising efforts have purchased new computers, which are heavily used by many Saguache residents, from students to adults! Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

With that money the Friends bought new computers, which are heavily used. In addition, they purchased some computer friendly chairs, books on CD, replaced the back door to the library and purchased new books.  With a decrease in tax revenue for the library they are hoping for more contributions during 2017 to use as matching funds for future projects.  Of course, the Friends of the Library will continue with their bake sales and root beer float bars throughout the summer.

Latest News – April 26

Hoglin Retires from Saguache Works, New Leaders in Place

Marge Hoglin, co-founder and Executive Director of Saguache Works announced her retirement yesterday, April 25. In a letter sent to Saguache Today, Hoglin expressed her gratitude to the community:


Saguache Works Co-founder Marge Hoglin announced her official retirement from the nonprofit after five years of hard work and many successes. Photo: Saguache Today

“With gratitude and thankfulness for five years of community support, I am pleased to retire from Saguache Works and turn the organization over to a competent professional staff and dedicated team of volunteers and board members.”

It was nearly five years ago in May 2012 when the first seeds were planted for the public/private partnership that has not only produced a major retail anchor for the downtown Saguache business district, but has come to be a model proving out great success in the nonprofit sector. Riding on the initial wave of the Saguache Downtown Revitalization project, Saguache Works has now established itself as a community gathering place, offering everything from organic and locally grown foods at the 4th Street Food Store, to clothing and household goods available through Blue Earth Thrift & Mercantile Store, to offering community-oriented exercise and other educational classes, just to name a few.

The business has also created jobs in Saguache. Earlier this month, was the announcement of Laura Lozano to the position of General Manager of the grassroots nonprofit.

In addition, the thrift store has been seeing great leadership from Candice Hess, who recently took on additional responsibilities.

Mercantile Thrift Store Saguache Today

Taking on new responsibilities at the Blue Earth Thrift and Mercantile, Candice Hess (pictured left) is ready to help customers find that special something! Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

But perhaps the greatest stride in the nonprofit’s success came with the February 2016 purchase of the two buildings, demonstrating not only the model’s success, but it’s impressive sustainability through storefront profits and generous grants, including Saguache County, which heralded a specific point of gratitude in Hoglin’s retirement letter:

“I’d like to thank the Saguache County Commissioners for their trust and ongoing support,” stated Hoglin. To read the entire message in Hoglin’s Retirement Letter, click on the highlighted link.

In an interview with Saguache Today, Hoglin indicated that while she didn’t have any specific plans for her new schedule, she expressed a certain relief of having more free time at this point in her life, and perhaps do a bit more traveling.

“As co-founder of Saguache Works and former executive director (on a volunteer basis), I am so proud of the volunteers who worked with me to make this happen.  And I am proud to leave the organization in sound financial health, able to pay decent wages while still providing heathly food at affordable prices, free exercise programs, recycled clothing, books and food at extremely low prices, job opportunities with Homegrown Totes, and hope for the future,” Hoglin stated in her letter.

And while transitions can be challenging, with new managers in place and the nonprofit on solid ground, the future looks bright for Saguache Works.

“Saguache Works is grateful to Marge Hoglin for her leadership in creating a community treasure,” stated June Savage, President of the Saguache Works Board of Directors. “We are fortunate to have our staff, volunteers and some new faces to continue the legacy of community involvement.”  

If you are interested in becoming involved with Saguache Works, please contact them by stopping into to 404 4th Street in downtown Saguache, or give a call at 719-655-0216.

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Saguache Works thrives on 4th Street in downtown Saguache. Photo: Saguache Today.

Latest News – April 22

Head Over to The Sand Dunes for FREE Weekend

The National Park Week celebration continues today, and one of the many parks is right here in Saguache County: The Great Sand Dunes!

Thanks to the folks at NASA for this really cool picture of The Great Sand Dunes from outer space. Happy National Parks Week! This weekend is free admission April 22-23!

National Park Week is an annual celebration of America’s National Parks. From April 15 – 23, parks will have special events and waive their entrance fees on certain days. This year, the National Park Service has waived admission to its 400 sites across the country offering free weekends,including this weekend: April 22-23.

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.

National monuments in Colorado include Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction; Dinosaur National Monument across the state border from Vernal, Utah; and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument near Colorado Springs.

The Great Sand Dunes in the San Luis Valley offers the mountains and "the beach," and this week is fee-free in honor of National Parks Week.

The Great Sand Dunes in the San Luis Valley offers the mountains and the beach. 

Here are some highlights during National Park Week:

  • April 15–16 and 22–23: Visit for free!
    On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission!
  • April 22: Earth Day. On Earth Day, if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out.
  • April 23: Park Rx Day. On Park Rx Day, parks will host fun recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles and promote physical and mental well being.

Latest News – April 20

Supplemental Food Distribution Near Saguache

The next Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Distribution will be held at Lazy KV Estates on Saturday, Apr. 22, from 10:30 a.m. – noon at the clubhouse.

Then on Tuesday, Apr. 25, they will be  in Center from 1:30 – 3:30 pm in Center at the Kiwanis Building at 5th & Broadway. Food Box Canon City 
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