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Holiday Extravaganza in Saguache

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! And there’s plenty of merriment coming up this weekend to get you into the holiday spirit. So break out the jingle bells and round up the children, because the Holiday Season is underway in Saguache Today

Plan to attend this Saturday’s Annual Holiday Bazaar in Saguache.

On Friday, Dec. 6, friends and neighbors are invited to the Historic Ute Theater where merry-makers will be treated to the “Jolly Holiday Variety Show”  beginning at 7 p.m. an incredible holiday-themed showcase of music, poem, reading, song, puppetry, skit, and dance. Ome and celebrate the holiday season by enjoying the talented expressions of your friends and family, young and old and in between! This by-donation event will help support Saguache Sharing Christmas, a community collaborative project which raises funds to provide meal boxes for families during the holidays. 

Shop Til You Drop

 Then on Saturday, the Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Community Building from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sponsored this year by HEART of Saguache and KV Estates and offers for sale a variety of beautiful handmade wares from local and regional craftspeople. There’s nothing like a homemade wreath or Christmas tree ornament to get you into the holiday spirit! Word on the curb is that the jolly guy himself, Santa Claus will be making an appearance from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. So grab those wish lists and get the kiddos dressed in their Christmas finery for pictures. Santa Claus is coming to town!

For shoppers not able to make the bazaar on Saturday but still want to support local craftspeople be sure to stop into The Wapiti Coffeehouse and check out their “Tiny Saguache Shop. This display case highlights 11 local merchants who make their own products ranging in price from $2 and up, with most products in the $10-$20 zone.

Saguache craftspeople’s goods are for sale at the Wapiti Coffeehouse (photo).

“When you buy local, not only do you make the gift receiver’s day, you make the day of the merchant you buy from,” stated Wapiti owner Stephanie Buechler. Thanks for supporting local artists and creative-types by showcasing and selling their goods!

 And remember one way you can show your support of Saguache businesses like the Wapiti is by buying someone on your list a gift certificate from everyone’s favorite coffeehouse  The Wapiti Coffeehouse is located at 319 San Juan Avenue behind Southwest Bank in downtown Saguache.

Another way that readers can support a Saguache resident looking to make some extra money while her husband is recovering from surgery is buying your holiday treats from baker Christi McConnaughhay.

Made to order for your holiday table. Contact Christi today!

“Everyone wants pie or cheesecake but doesn’t always have the time for baking,” she posted on a local community social media platform.  And based on local reviews, she is known for creating some delicious homemade pies and cheesecake. From chocolate and vanilla cheesecake to a wide variety of fruit pies, Christi is ready for your holiday requests, all made to order! She may be reached via email at ck81906@aol.com or contact her on Facebook.  

O Tannenbaum! O Tannenbaum!

Saguache Today heard from Town of Saguache officials regarding the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Carolers should be advised that the tree lighting has been re-scheduled (due to unforeseen circumstances) for Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

O Tannenbaum! O, Tannebaum! The Christmas spirit comes alive with the Holiday Tree Lighting on December 14 in downtown Saguache! Photo: Saguache Today/ Brandie Taylor

Until then folks can visit the Giving Christmas Tree at Mountain Valley School! Give a child in the Saguache community a Christmas gift! Gift-givers can pick up an ornament at Mountain Valley School and receive the child’s wish list. Gifts should be dropped off at Mountain Valley School on or before December 12, 2019. Please contact Julie Brown at Mountain Valley School at 719-655-0268 if you have any questions.

Wildfire in Saguache Ranger District

Weekend storms resulted in four fires started by lightning on the Rio Grande National Forest. The largest of the four, the Decker fire started on Sunday on the Saguache Ranger District.

“There is no immediate threat to private land, structures and other infrastructure. At this point we are actively monitoring fire behavior, weather patterns, and fuel conditions to assure protections of these values,” said Forest Fire Management Officer, Chad Lewis .

The Decker Wildfire is located on the Saguache Ranger District. Photo: USFS

As of September 10, the Decker Fire has grown to 98 acres and is burning on a south facing slope in grass under aspen stands. The location of the Decker fire in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness area presents an opportunity to use fire as a tool to restore ecological processes. Lewis added, “having personnel walk to fire long distances, over rough terrain increases safety concerns.” 

The Decker Fire in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness areas is smoldering in grass under an aspen stand. Fire personnel assigned to the incident are monitoring conditions and providing updates. Smoke from the fire is visible and will continue to settle into the areas around Salida.

Three other smaller fires are also being monitored across the Forest.

For fire information contact Chad Lewis Forest Fire Management Officer at (719) 850-2380 or Judi Perez, Acting Public Affairs at (719) 588-8889.

Updates will also be posted to the Forest Facebook page at U.S. Forest Service – Rio Grande National Forest.

The Decker Wildfire can be seen from Poncha Pass in northern Saguache County.

Sign Up for San Luis Valley Emergency Alerts

If you would like to receive Emergency Alerts please register on this site. San Luis Valley 911 has a system called Everbridge and residents are encouraged to sign-up to receive notifications. Here’s the info:

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Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how. 

Remember this is also a good thing to signup for if you have a relative or friend living in the valley that you want to be alerted about in case of an emergency. Sign up today!