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HEART of Safety in Saguache Today

Last month the HEART of Saguache/KV hosted their 2nd Saguache Community Health and Safety Event.

Saguache Volunteer Fire Department present on fire safety and first aid.

“We had an incredible turnout of both information booths and visitors and it was great to share so much information with the community,” said Miracle Gomez one of the event’s organizers.   

The idea for this event first came about at the suggestion of Valley-Wide Health Services which was interested in making stronger connections in KV Estates. As a result HEART of Saguache/KV hosted the event for the first time in 2018 at the KV Clubhouse as an outreach specifically for residents of KV Estates. During the inaugural event, it was suggested by many that HEART should do a similar event in Saguache so that more people could participate and attend. The event was held on October 19 on the Saguache County Courthouse lawn and was made possible in part by a generous grant for the Alpine Achievers Initiative.

The 2nd Annual Saguache Community Health and Safety Event was held Oct. 19.

And the timing couldn’t have been better with a number of safety issues have been in the news headlines, from the Moffat fire to an escaped inmate. The goal was to provide necessary safety information and equipment as well as information about community resources to the residents of Saguache County.

The highlights of the day were the talks given twice during the day by the Volunteer Fire Department and EMS on fire safety and first aid. Participants who signed up for and attended those talks received a fire extinguisher and smoke/carbon monoxide detector and a first aid kit respectively. The talks were engaging and the rewards; useful, necessary household items, were well received.

The Saguache County Courthouse lawn proved to be the perfect venue with lovely fall weather in a beautiful setting. There were free drawings throughout the day for useful safety-related equipment and many people left with great prizes.  Music was provided by Jacob Chavez of Remedy Records and HEART of Saguache/KV volunteers cooked up a free barbecue lunch for the entire community. Cory Ross and Larry Ormsby kindly offered their assistance and vehicle for set-up.

Neighbors catch up at the Saftey Event hosted by HEART on the courthouse lawn.

Groups attending were, the League of Women Voters, Saguache County Museum, Communities that Care, the Libertarian Party, Planned Parenthood of Alamosa/Salida, The Saguache Chamber of Commerce, The Saguache Senior Center, Valley to Valley Senior Care, Butterflies Sing, the San Luis Valley Veterans Coalition, Alpine Achievers Initiative, Saguache Works, Cooking Matters, Valley Roots Food Coalition, Valley-Wide Health Services, Department of Social Services, AirMedCare Network, Saguache Volunteer Fire Department, Northern Saguache County Ambulance District, and of course HEART of Saguache/KV. Groups that didn’t participate this year and would like to next year are encouraged to contact HEART of Saguache/KV.

In addition, Valley-Wide brought their mobile medical unit and offered free dental and health screenings. Coats and backpacks were given away to children. HEART also thanks the Saguache County Sheriff’s office for spending time at the event getting to know the community.

Members of HEART/KV Estates at the 2nd Annual Community Health and Safety Event.

HEART of Saguache/KV is a grassroots health equity organization committed to ending poverty and disengagement among affected populations through education, increasing diversity, and creating equity throughout our community to secure a positive future.

Harvest Celebration on Saturday

It’s harvest time in the San Luis Valley! The ranchers are reaping in their fall hay and the farmers are pulling up their autumn bounty. What better way to celebrate the season than at the 4th Annual Harvest Celebration at the Historic Everson Ranch. This Saturday, Sept. 28 the Orient Land Trust presents its Chuckwagon Dinner/Concert/Dance, ranch and garden tours.

The historic Everson Ranch in Saguache County. Photo: Saguache Today.

Located in the rich, fertile land beneath the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Everson Ranch is a living testament to its ranching and farming heritage. Under the direction of the OLT this 150-year old historic ranch has been renovated within its historical facades to create an educational and living agricultural facility showcasing sustainable agricultural processes.

The public is invited to visit tomorrow, Saturday and see what makes this such a special place. Come and discover all of their efforts, and successes with projects determined to make sure the Everson Ranch thrives for generations to come.

Tours of the Everson Ranch and Gardens will be from 3 – 4 p.m. on Saturday

The afternoon begins with ranch and garden tours from 3 – 4 p.m. Friends and neighbors can tour the facilities and see the fruits of many long-term projects on the ranch being completed. Also, Ranch Manager  Mike O’Donal is retiring and this will be a great opportunity to celebrate all of his years of hard work and contributions to the Everson Ranch and Orient Land Trust.

Later that afternoon there will be a Chuckwagon Dinner Concert/Dance. This fall celebration is a ticketed, farm-to-table event which is likely to feature a variety of the ranch’s free range grass-fed beef, pig and goat meat, along with farm-raised, organic salad greens, rosemary roasted potatoes, roasted beets, garden veggies and grilled squash medley, and from the valley, quinoa salad. All of that incredible food will be cooked to perfection, sure to satisfy every taste bud! 

Happ as a pig in mud at the historic Everson Ranch!

Before and after the bountiful harvest feast enjoy some live music compliment of The River Arkansas. Fronted by Pueblo-native Mike Clark, this band is made up of some of the finest musicians on the Colorado front range delivering a mixture of heartfelt country, blues, folk, and Americana, inspired by the Arkansas River.

It’s time to celebrate! Everyone’s invited. Come, enjoy a fun, social time together with good food, music and dance. Tickets are $25 and be purchased by calling 719-256-4315.

Thanks to Mike O’Donal for all his years of dedication to the ranch!

The Everson Ranch is part of the Orient Land Trust‘s Land Conservation Program which protects over 2200 acres. They engage in historic ranching operations with the goal of soil and water restoration. Other ranch projects improve riparian areas and eliminate invasive weeds. The reservoir at the ranch is also protecting Rio Grande Chub and Rio Grande Sucker fish species.