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Latest News – June 23

​St. John Celebrated in La Garita

 The San Juan Catholic Community will celebrate “El Dia de San Juan” (Feast Day of St John the Baptist) tomorrow, Saturday June 24 in La Garita. Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. in Saint John the Baptist Church located at the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center. Refreshment and fellowship will follow.St John Feast Day san Juan Catholic Center

For readers unfamiliar with the center, it is a unique 10-acre site that offers a historical view of cultural traditions and a Catholic way of life brought from old Spain by the first Hispano settlers who traveled to the Spanish northern frontier from New Mexico.

As noted on the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center’s website, it’s a place of panoramic beauty, in the northern portion of the San Luis Valley, protected by the rugged San Juan Mountain Range to the west and looks across the vast valley floor towards the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east.

As a visitor, you can trace the path of the Hispano settlers when you see St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Iglesia de San Juan Bautista); as you pause at the site of the ruins of the old convento, now a monument dedicated to San Juan Bautista (Casa de Cura/Convento); as you wander through the rows of graves in the Carnero Creek Cemetery (Cemetario del Carnero) you can see family inscriptions and old gravesite markers; and finally, as you look upon a recent addition to the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center, a Rosary Walk dedicated to Saint John Paul II.

And if you like scenic natural beauty to accompany your spiritual quests, then the view from the “top of the hill” will not disappoint.  

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The Church of St. John The Baptist overlooks the San Luis Valley from the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center in La Garita, Colorado. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

In 2007, a revitalization of the church and the surrounding property was inspired and guided by Father Joseph Vigil of the San Juan Catholic Community.  Through his efforts, a renewed pride emerged for the treasure and beauty of the tradition and history of the church.   As a result, the interior of the church has been restored, and the grounds now include walkways, a monument dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and a rosary walk dedicated to St. John Paul II.  Collectively these comprise the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center, dedicated to the courageous Hispano people who settled in La Garita and to the Priests and Sisters that supported them in their Catholic faith.  It is also dedicated to the Penitentes who helped keep the Catholic faith alive in the absence of priests during the early settlement.

So if there are any Saguache Today readers who are looking for a “place of peace, prayer and reflection in the San Luis Valley,” head toward La Garita and the San Juan Catholic Spiritual Center and celebrate the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist on June 24.


Latest News – June 22

Supplemental Food Distribution in Saguache Today

Food Box Canon CityThe Supplemental Commodity Distribution and CSFP will be today, Thursday, June 22, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Commodity Building at 505 3rd Street in Saguache.

Today in Center distribution will be from 10:30 a.m. noon in at the Kiwanis Building at 5th & Broadway.
Everyone is welcome for the supplemental distribution!

The next TEFAP Commodity will be tomorrow June 23, at the Saguache Commodity Building, 505 3rd Street from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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 – June 19

Ring in Summer in a “Joyful” Way

This week the seasons will turn and summer will officially appear on the calendar. So if you’re looking to ring in the Summer Solstice with some reflection and personal growth, then Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa is the place to be this week!

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Inner Vision Conference this week at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

Located in the San Luis Valley, Joyful Journey is hosting their Second Annual Inner Vision Conference this week, June 21 – 25. This year’s theme is “Transitions,” featuring speakers programs and music which will help you access, educate and apply tools to assist you on your journey. The Inner Vision Conference begins on Wednesday, June 21 and 6 – 9 p.m. with the Summer Solstice celebration and drum circle in the new labyrinth.

Thursday features a showing of National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution” followed by “Getting in Touch with your Inner Gender” presented by Eric Attard, Behavioral Health Consultant and Counselor. On Friday, mingle and mix during Wine and Cheese Social, featuring local lines before enveloping yourself in a “A Sound Gathering for Inner Peace” with Pamela Hughes.

On Saturday, June 25, explore our Outdoor Marketplace and gain insight from a variety of speakers. The evening’s highlight at 7 p.m. is a special concert featuring Peter May’s Sonic Apothecary an extraordinary combination of nature and music.

The week wraps up on Sunday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to noon with a closing ceremony led by The Reverend Marguita Oliver.

Inner Vision Conference Joyful JourneySome events are free and ticket prices vary. Here are those details. Wednesday’s Solstice Ceremony is free. Tickets for Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23 are $15. Saturday’s $25 price includes the All-Day lineup and evening concert. Sunday’s closing ceremony and entrance to the Outdoor Market are free. Or do it all for $40 total. Each ticket offers the purchase of a$10 soak.  Advance tickets are available by phoning or emailing Joyful Journey Hot Springs at groups@JJhotsprings.com or 719-256-4328.

For more information visit the Inner Vision Conference website. Come join us in awakening your inner essence and discover the healing waters at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa

Latest News – June 5

Hemp History on Wednesday in Saguache

This week June 5 – 10 is Hemp History Week, with events organized across the country by advocates, including those in Saguache Today. This Wednesday, June 7 local Hemp agriculturalist and expert Caren Kershner with the Colorado Industrial Hemp Coalition will be marking the occasion with a one-day event in town. From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hempsters and anyone simply wanting to learn more about this “growing” industry will gather at Saguache Works located at 404 4th Street.

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Caren Kershner will present “Everything you Wanted to Know But Were Afraid To Ask” on Weds, June 7 as part of Hemp History Week. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

Following a casual meet-n-greet there will hemp snacks and examples of hemp products. After, Kershner will present her powerpoint: “Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask,” including a question and answer session, all to be held in the BeBop Studio at Saguache Works. This event is sponsored in part by Colorado Hemp Industries Association (COHIA) and Colorado Industrial Hemp Coalition. Stop by and find out more about this cannabis cousin that is non-psychoactive and has innumerable uses.

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In May 2016 John Patterson presented his Hemp/Lime Building Workshop at Saguache Works. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

Saguache’s Wednesday event is part of a week-long Hemp Road Trip, sponsored by COHIA in celebration of Hemp History Week. They will visit the Western Slope, Saguache County, Crestone, Pagosa Springs, Colorado Springs, La Junta, Denver and Fort Collins to take farm tours and meet other Hempsters on their first “COHIA field trip”!

Here’s the low down and the links. Remember, they’re in Saguache on Wednesday, June 7. Please RSVP for each individual event.

Hemp History Week FlyerColorado Hemp Industries Association (COHIA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to represent the interests of the hemp industry in the state of Colorado. It’s a “trade association with a conscience.”
Members of the COHIA support ethical business practices, including accuracy in labeling, use of environmentally friendly technologies, sustainable and organic agriculture, high quality products and concern for human rights. It is the intention of the COHIA to take all necessary steps to assure consumer confidence in hemp products. An COHIA Member company agrees to the association’s standards.

The COHIA has three classes of membership: business, farming and supporting.
Supporting member benefits are:
• Members only email newsletter & special reports
• Vote Hemp “Let U.S. Farmers Grow Hemp” bumper sticker
• Able to attend the annual COHIA Conference at a discounted member rate
• Committee participation opportunities
• COHIA member product and service discounts (offered by members directly)




Latest News – June 3

Chamber Speaker Program Continues Tuesday

Next Tuesday, June 6, the popular Saguache Chamber of Commerce Speaker Program continues  with Cara Reano, the Sales Membership Manager of AirMedCare Network. The program begins at 6 p.m. in the County Road & Bridge Meeting Room at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache.

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The REACH Air Medical Services helicopter gets ready to leave the Colorado Central Regional Airport in Buna Vista Colorado. Photo: REACH Air Medical Services

The AirMedCare Network, a member of the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, is an alliance of affiliated air ambulance providers. Reano will explain how to benefit from the AirMedCare Network and how membership in this service may benefit you in case of a medical emergency. This service is particularly applicable to residents in the San Luis Valley where fast medical service to remote areas can be critical.

Come, learn more about the AirMedCare Network and how its unique service has come to Saguache and the entire San Luis Valley. Readers can also check out the Saguache Today regarding AirMedCare Network: HERE.


One bad backcountry bike crash is all it takes to start the clock ticking between life and death. Be prepared.

The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry Van Sant at 719-322-7298 if you have any questions about this meeting or if you’d like to know more about the Chamber Speaker Program.


Latest News – June 2

Attention Saguache Anglers! FREE Fishing Weekend

Local folks have been getting outside and enjoying all of the incredible recreational opportunities that the San Luis County has to offer for years. In fact, enjoying the great outdoors is something that has been passed down from generation to generation, and shared with newcomers to Saguache Today in an enthusiastic manner. After all, who else is going to tell you where the fish are biting?!

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Russell Lakes in Saguache County is a popular fishing spot and this weekend – June 3 – 4 – it’s FREE! Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

So listen up all you anglers and fly-fishing fanatics it’s time to grab the poles, and pack up the family for a day out by the water.  And what better time than this weekend because the Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting anglers of all ages to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend: June 3 – 4. The free fishing weekend is a great w​ay to get outside with family and friends and take adva​​ntag​e of Colorado’s extensive opportunities to fish for a myriad of cold and warm water fish species​​.​

Never fished before? Don’t worry, the Colorado Outdoors “Quick Tips” video will show you the basics to setting up a rod. 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public that although a license is not required on Free Fishing Weekend, all other rules and regulations will apply. Anglers should consult the ​Colorado Fishing Brochure​​​​​ for specific regulations and restrictions. 

Fishing licenses can be purchased at an​​y Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or from one of the more than 600 license agents across the state. Licenses can also be purchased online. Anglers may also purchase a fishing license over the phone by calling 800-244-5613. To purchase a license online or for more information

Last year over one million fishing licenses were sold in Colorado. The sale of fishing licenses allows CPW to maintain and conserve fish habitat that promotes better fishing in Colorado.​

If you decide that the FREE fishing weekend made you a caster for life, then you can pick up an official license but you’ll have to travel to Monte Vista to purchase one. 

​Fishing in Colorado means the opportunity to land some 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish. You can fish for the famed rainbow trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny reservoir. And Colorado offers everything in between, too. There are 6,000 miles of streams and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs to choose from. Which one is your favorite? Or maybe you need to find a new fishing hole? Then check out the new interactive Colorado Fishing Atlas map.

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CLICK to the official Colorado Fishing Guide

Colorado’s excellent fishing opportunities are made even better by the efforts of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) 19 hatcheries. CPW stocks 3.5 million 10-inch fish every year. An additional 58 million warm-water species and 13 million subcatchable cold-water species are stocked. It costs $1.05 to raise a catchable fish for stocking. So, please conserve this precious resource by returning the fish you do not plan to eat to the water promptly. 


Latest News – June 1

Saguache County Gets Some Ink in AAA Magazine

Today marks the first of June and as the calendar turns the page, vacationers across America start to make their travel plans. Most residents in the San Luis Valley (SLV) anticipate a busier than average summer tourism season.


The San Luis Valley could see a significant increase in tourism – and traffic – this summer. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

Even the Colorado Tourism Office discussed 2017 strategies like “displacement off the I-70 corridor,” at the SLV Tourism Association Meeting earlier this year. And in travel-speak that means that for many of the Welcome Center portals into the great state of Colorado, will be encouraging folks to take the road less traveled and discover a hidden gem, all while easing traffic from the ever-challenged Interstate-70. So if you see an increase in traffic on Highways 285 and 17 through the valley this summer, this could be part of the reason.

Another reason could be great articles like this one from Westways Magazine, the official AAA of Southern California publication. It highlights the 4th Street Diner and Ester Mae’s delicious home-style cooking in Saguache Today. And Dean Coombs, Saguache’s third generation newspaperman gets some of his own “ink” about his ink business: The Saguache Crescent. “EXTRA” special!

The story meanders through the San Luis Valley and includes some great information on the famous Zapata Ranch with those fabulous buffaloes, the Colorado Gators Reptile Park, The Great Sand Dunes, and the Cumbres and Toltec  Scenic Railroad.

That’s some pretty good coverage considering Westways Magazine readership boasts numbers in the millions; 9,840,000 to be exact! So, buckle up, because whether you’re on the road, or running a business in Saguache Today,  they’re on their way!

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