Tag Archives: Saguache County

Saguache News – April 21

Turn to Your Right, Turn to Your Left

Usually when I finish writing one of my articles I read back over it and hope that I don’t sound as if I give a lecture every month.  My hope is to help us remember some of those driving tips we got back when we were 16 and bring it to the forefront of our minds.  I know I don’t remember everything I learned back when I was 16.

This month I want to touch on the subject of turns, because when we drive we turn a lot, and not everyone is doing it correctly.  The majority of crashes happen at intersections, so we need to be more cautious around them.

When you are at an intersection and plan on making a turn it is very important to make sure it’s accomplished correctly.  This might amuse you thinking you’ve done it before and so you can accomplish the task. But then ask yourself are you doing it correctly, which in turn, equals safety.

Let’s say a car is in the right turn lane and going to make a right turn.  The road it is going to turn on usually has several lanes.  One could be an acceleration lane, or the second one may be a through travel lane, meaning that road has cars that are already using that lane.  In either case, the car turning right is required by law to turn to the closest lane to it.  The car is not allowed to turn right and then go directly across multiple lanes to get to the farthest left lane, even if you are planning on turning in a very short distance.  The way around that is to go down to an area you can do that safely as well as legally. 

Another important reminder is a car is not allowed to turn onto a street and cause another car to deviate from its course.  This means if you cause another car to swerve, or have to brake, it can cost get you a ticket.  So, if the car turns right, it turns into the lane closest to the right of the roadway.  If it is turning left, then it is required to turn to the closest lane to the left of the roadway.

Also if the car is turning left, it is not allowed to go into the intersection until it is clear and safe to do so.  This means it is not allowed to go into the intersection and wait until the cars go by and then make the turn.  I’m sure you have seen plenty of cars in the intersection waiting to turn and then the light turns red and only then do they make the turn.  Sorry to tell you, but that is against the law, as well as unsafe.

I hope this was helpful.  Visit us on Facebook and Twitter:  CSP Public Affairs @CSP_News

As always, safe travels!


Saguache News – April 18

Students Must Pass Civics Test – Can You?

By Joyce Rankin, Colorado Board of Education

“An informed citizenry is the heart of a dynamic democracy.”

                                                                                    Thomas Jefferson

Joyce Rankin

Civics is the study of the rights and duties of citizenship. The United States Citizenship Civics Test is the test all immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship must pass. Unlike Colorado some states are requiring that students pass the test before receiving a high school diploma.

Currently only 24 percent of U.S. high school students are proficient in civics. Proficient is defined as “competent or skilled” however a passing grade in many states, and for those desiring citizenship is 60 percent, which, I believe is a pretty low bar. According to a recent study a third of all U.S. citizens can’t name even one branch of our federal government.* An organization called the Civics Education Initiative believes that high school students should be required to pass the 100 basic facts immigration test. I would add that if those entering our country need to earn a score of 60 percent, shouldn’t current citizens be able to answer all 100 of the questions correctly?

Under current Colorado law (C.R.S. 22-1-104), Colorado students are required to take and satisfactorily pass a Civics course to graduate from High School. Remarkably, in Colorado, this is the only graduation requirement in state law. The actual law states: The history and civil government of the state of Colorado shall be taught in all the public schools of this state.  Note the word “shall” in this statement.  It’s critical, when reading bills, to note “shall” as opposed to “may”. Both terms are used in bill writing and, of course, have very different meanings.  You seldom see the word “shall” because Colorado is a local control state. This bill however states that history and civil government “shall”, or “will be”, taught. The bill goes on to state that: Satisfactory completion of a course on the civil government of the United States and the state of Colorado, (which includes the subjects described in subsection 2 including history, culture, and contributions of minorities, including, but not limited to, the American Indians, the Hispanic Americans, and the African Americans), shall be taught in all the public schools of the state.

In the previous paragraph you may have noticed that students are “required to take and satisfactorily pass” a Civics course. What does satisfactorily mean? That is left up to the school district.  Some districts may require a higher standard to pass than others. Is one correct answer “satisfactorily passing”? It depends on your school district.

Some people believe that there are too many tests given to students and we can’t possibly add another. I believe that next to reading and math, being a good citizen should be the foundation of our educational system and our country.  Our state should rise to the challenge and require high school graduates to not only be able to pass the test but understand the history and responsibilities behind the answers.

* There are three branches of Government: Legislative, Judicial and Executive.

Joyce Rankin, a retired teacher, is on the State Board of Education representing the Third Congressional District, which includes Saguache County. She writes the monthly column, “Across the Street” to share with constituents in her district.  The Department of Education, where the State Board of Education meets, is located across the street from the Capitol.

Saguache News – April 13

“Pacific Rim: Uprising” Arrives in Saguache This Weekend

It’s about family legacy and future conquests at Cozy Castle Cinema as Saguache’s movie house brings “Pacific Rim: Uprising” to town this weekend, April 13-15.  This 2018 American science fiction film is the sequel to the 2013 film Pacific Rim, with Guillermo del Toro, the director of the original, serving as a producer. The film is rated PG-13. 

Jake Pentecost is a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous Kaiju, in this weekend’s movie, “Pacific Rim: Uprising.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through cities and bring the world to its knees, Jake is given one last chance by his estranged sister, Mako Mori, to live up to his father’s legacy.
The Cozy Castle Cinema in downtown Saguache.

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 4 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.

Saguache News – April 12

Scholarships Available for HS Seniors in Saguache 

As spring races by thoughts for Saguache County students turn to summertime fun, and who can blame them? But for graduating seniors the transition from their K – 12 school years to what’s ahead can be filled with excitement and confusion all at the same time.


The San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association is accepting applications for its scholarship programs Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

But for those who have their sights set on continuing their education, Saguache Today is here to bring some good news about scholarships available to help offset the cost of higher education.

Earlier this month, The San Luis Valley Cattlemen Association announced via their Facebook Page that they are offering scholarships to local students. In fact, both the CattleMEN and CattleWOMEN groups are each offering a scholarship this year. The following are the details for the scholarships with links to the applications. The amounts are for $750 and $500 respectively.

For those unfamiliar with the group, SLV Cattlemen’s Association is a local affiliate of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) which was founded in 1867 – nine years before Colorado became a state!  As such, it became the first statewide cattlemen’s association in the nation. With agriculture representing a smaller and smaller portion of the U.S. and Colorado population, the need to educate the public about the beef industry’s role in today’s society has never been greater. There are fewer ranches left every year to support a statewide voice for the beef industry.

Fortunately, at the state level the CCA fills that role with assistance from its many affiliates across Colorado, and in the Saguache County that means the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association. Their combined efforts ensure that thought leaders and members of society understand the importance of beef production and ranching families. If you are interested in becoming a member or if you would like more information about The San Luis Valley Cattlemens or Colorado Cattlemens Please Contact President Chad Cochran at chad.cochran@aglending.com or Secretary/Treasurer Erin Nissen at erin.nissenfarms@gmail.com.

Now it’s time to talk scholarships so that the next generation of farmers and ranchers can move forward in their academic pursuits. Good luck to all!

SLV Cattlemen’s 2018 Scholarship Application Guidelines

  •  The SLV Cattlemen’s Scholarship is $750.
  • Preference will be given to a current Producer Member or the son, daughter, grandchild or legal dependent of a current, paid, “Producer Member” of the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association.
  • Applicants are chosen without consideration of age, creed, ethnicity, religion or gender.
  • Scholarships may be used for any post-secondary education, i.e., vocational school, college, continuing education, etc.
  • The applicant must be an incoming college freshman or sophomore. Prior recipients of this scholarship are ineligible but second year students may re-apply. The SLV Cattlemen’s Association Board of Director’s will also be open to special circumstances (for example, a first year graduate student), but in such a case, a presentation must be made to the Board for permission to apply.
  • Scholarships must be used in the school year awarded. Payment will be made to the financial department of the applicant’s school upon confirmation the applicant is currently enrolled and plans to continue their education.
  • Applications must be received by mail April 30th, 2018, address to:                    SLV Cattlemen’s Association C/O Erin Nissen 6118 Lane 5 N. Mosca, CO 81146

Required Information:

  1. A copy of the applicant’s transcripts.
  2. Two letters of reference. One from a member of the applicant’s current school, and one from a person not related to the applicant that can address the character of the applicant.
  3. An essay, double spaced and 12 point font. Applicant may be as creative as they like. The essay may include a biography about the applicant or their personal situation, future plans, an example of the applicant’s journalistic skills, why the applicant feels they are deserving of the scholarship, etc. The selection committee will be more interested in the applicant’s ability to communicate, their imagination, sincerity, knowledge and passion than the literal content of the essay. Anything the applicant feels will set them apart will be acceptable. Awards and achievements may be listed elsewhere. Length of essay should not exceed two pages.
  4. For Scholarship application – CLICK to connect.

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered by the scholarship selection committee.  

San Luis Valley Cattlewomen’s 2018 Scholarship

  • The SLV Cattlewomen’s Scholarship is $500.
  • The scholarship is open to all San Luis Valley H.S. seniors.
  • Scholarships are not based solely on GPA, ACT or SAT scores.
  • Applicants are chosen without consideration of age, creed, ethnicity, religion or gender.
  • Scholarships may be used for any post-secondary education, i.e., vocational school, college, continuing education, etc. 
  • Scholarships must be used in the school year awarded. Payment will be made to the financial department of the applicant’s school upon confirmation the applicant is currently enrolled.
  • If needed, the Selection Committee may ask for applicants to come for an interview. 
  • Applications must be received by mail April 30th, 2018, address to:                        SLV Cattlewomen’s Scholarship C/O Erin Nissen 6118 Lane 5 N. Mosca, CO 81146

 Required Information:

  1. A copy of the applicant’s transcripts.
  2. Two letters of reference. One from a member of the applicant’s current school, and one from a person not related to the applicant that can address the character of the applicant.
  3. An essay, double spaced and 12 point font, describing the applicant’s goals, interests, activities and accomplishments. Awards and achievements may be listed elsewhere. Length of essay should not exceed two pages.
  4. Application form – CLICK to Connect

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered by the scholarship selection committee.


Saguache News – April 7

Saguache 9Health Fair Offers Baseline Screenings

Baseline. This simple compound word can mean a lot when it comes to good health. By definition, it means a starting point used for comparisons. Therefore, having those baseline “numbers” can help physicians diagnose changes or on-the-horizon situations that can be better understood when they have something to compare it to.

That’s just one of the many reasons you should plan on attending the Saguache 9Health Fair to be held on Saturday, April 21 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. – noon at Mountain Valley School in Saguache. These low-cost and FREE medicals services and testing provide you with baseline numbers that can help you navigate the path to good health. So whether you’re young or young-at-heart, consider taking advantage of these in-town medical screeings. Plus, it’s all coordinated by friendly, familiar professionals from just down the block or the next town over. See you at the fair!


Basic screenings offered at all 9Health Fair locations include the blood chemistry and analysis which screens cholesterol and triglycerides, glucose levels thyroid (TSH), kidney and liver function and more. The services that will be available at the Saguache 9Health Fair on April 21 are as follows:

  • Ask a Medical Question and Get a Referral
  • Blood Chemistry $35
  • Blood Count Screening $25
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Colon Cancer Screening Kit $30
  • Hemoglobin A1c Screening $35
  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) (Persons with a Prostate) $35
  • Testosterone $40
  • Vitamin B12 – $20
  • Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy Screening $50

For more information call (303)-698-3799 or 1-800- 332-3078 or log onto the Saguache 9Health Fair web page.

Saguache News – April 5

Moffat Students Attend “Hamilton” with Local Grant

by Emma Smith, Special Contributor to Saguache Today

“This is not a moment, it is a movement,” said Mathenee Treco, cast member of the Broadway hit Hamilton. If there is one thing students from underprivileged Title One schools need more of it is to feel valued, empowered, and recognized for the unbridled potential they possess. This is exactly what the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Hamilton Broadway production highlighted during a special, student showing of the Broadway phenomenon on March 21 in Denver. Students from across Colorado came together to not only see the show of a lifetime, but to also support and prove that the youth of America are capable of anything.


​Thumbs up to great seats as student performers prep with the crew on the Hamilton stage. Photo: Emma Smith/Moffat School

The morning of the “EduHam” experience started with student performances. Of the 39 schools that attended, 14 small groups were selected to perform original pieces relating to issues and themes of the play and of the Revolutionary War; many of which apply to current social and political issues today. It was here that the crowd’s excitement and pride was felt strongest. The energy of over 2,800 students and teachers electrified the Buell Theater as student performers took stage. To be in the room where these students’ spoke their unbarred and honest truths was beyond moving. The cast and crew of Hamilton provided something underprivileged youth rarely receive, a platform to speak and a community that not only supported their voices, but also amplified them for all to hear.

Moffat School’s very own Ryker Poor and Sabian Storm were two of these voices. Prior to their performance Poor and Storm researched primary documents and key individuals during the Revolutionary War. They then worked together to explore and express important issues of oppression, equality, and themes of freedom. The end result concluded in a contemporary rap battle filled with historical references and discussion, as well as commentary that hinted to current political innuendos. Like every other student performer that day, Moffat students proved that the youth of America is aware of the success, turmoil, injustices, and movements our country has undergone to become who we are today. And as the voice of tomorrow, these students also proved that their visions for the future and their desire to make abject situations better are achievable. It was invigorating and inspiring to hear young adults from challenging circumstances rise above their situations and define their own destinies.


​Students Alexandria Harrison and Holly Fuller get autographs from Mathenee Treco who plays Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in Hamilton. Treco, an immigrant from the Bahamas, grew up and graduated in Aurora, Colorado. Photo: Emma Smith/Moffat School

 After the student performances and a brief lunch break, students and teachers alike were seated in anticipation. After months of hard work and hours of research, the moment had arrived. The diverse and impressionable crowd watched in awe as the play began. Throughout the show students cheered, laughed, and cried as they watched the protagonist, Alexander Hamilton, rise above paralleled life themes of poverty and oppression to become a force to be reckoned with. The pride and potential this immigrant Founding Father had and all he achieved was the very reason so many students related to the story. Despite the constant obstacles he faced, Hamilton continued to push himself and write his way out of destitution and into a life of greatness.

For these students, future leaders, and unshakable voices of hope the Hamilton experience proved to be more than just a memory they would cherish forever. It was a podium they were able to express themselves on. It was a celebration of inclusion and a realization of the power our diversity holds. It was the honest discovery that where we come from does not define our worth or where we are going. Most importantly, it was the beginning of something great for every student in attendance; it was the recognition that they hold value as the youth of America, as artists, and as human beings. Their lives matter. Their voices matter. They matter and I can guarantee, they are not throwing away their shot.

If you would like to watch the incredible student performances you may do so by scrolling all the way down to the student performers direct video link HERE.

In addition, I offer a most sincere thank you to the Gilder Leherman Insitute, and the cast and crew of Hamilton, for providing this incredible opportunity to the impoverished and overlooked students who do not normally get chances like these ($10 tickets wow!). Deep gratitude also goes out to the Saguache County Commissioners for awarding Tax Grant funding for this educational trip.  Also, thank you to the devoted, selfless teachers who work so hard for their students and make experiences like this possible. You are advocates of acceptance, voice, and of the youth; and you are appreciated.


​Ryker Poor (center) and Sabian Storm wait in the wings with fellow performers on the Hamilton stage​. Photo: Emma Smith/Moffat School


Saguache News – April 4

Saguache Elects Mayor, Trustees for Town Board

Saguache Town voters went to the polls on Tuesday, April 3 and elected Elvie Samora as Mayor, to serve another four years. Samora is presently the Mayor having been appointed to the position in the middle of what was a tumultuous year of politics for a small town of 500 residents. According to Town Clerk Iris Garcia who posted the unofficial election results on the town’s website, Samora tallied 131 votes, followed by Mike Wheeler with 58 votes and 19-year-old Write-In Candidate Julian Miller captured 6 ballots.

Meet Candidates Town Saguache Today

The Meet The Candidates event held on March 31 in anticipation of the April 3 election was well attended. The political forum is sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

As for the Board of Trustees, Saguache’s decision at the booth reflected an emerging trend for the 2018 election process – more women in office – as five of the seven choices were determined by the 199 voters who exercised their constitutional rights yesterday. The numbers are as follows.

  • Amber Wilson, 152 votes – 4 year term
  • Wyoma J. Hansen, 142 votes – 4 Year Term
  • Loren J. Aldrich, 132 votes – 2 Year Term
  • Janice Torrez, 123 votes – 2 Year Term
  • Randy Arredondo, 122 votes – 2 year term
  • Timothy H. Chittum, 112 votes – not elected
  • Terry Michael Gillette, 102 votes- not elected

Since almost all the winners are currently serving in their elected positions, it was clear that voters were looking for Trustees with experience and continuity in governance as the Town moves forward on a number of pressing issues, from a new sewer system to complicated water augmentation upgrades. Congratulations to all and thank you for your willingness to serve. 

Arredondo_Samora_Saguache Today

Elected Town Board Trustee Randy Arredondo (left) and elected Saguache Mayor Elvie Samora (right) participate in last Saturday’s Meet The Candidate political forum. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell