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Saguache News – April 1

Easter Celebrated in Saguache Today

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St. Agnes Catholic Mission Church in Saguache.

St. Agnes Catholic Mission Church in Saguache will be celebrating Easter Mass at 8 a.m. today, April 1. Everyone is welcome at the service.

St. Agnes Church is located right off Highway 285, across from The Saguache Market. The historic church is part of the San Juan Catholic Community, with Rev. Derreck Scott serving as Pastor and Administrator. Their district office is located at 425 Batterson Street in Monte Vista, CO and can be reached by phone at 719-852-26673 or email at sanjuancatholiccommunity@gmail.com.

Easter Egg Hunt in Saguache Today

Today there will be an Easter Egg Hunt in Saguache Today, April 1 at Otto Mears Park. Children of all ages are invited to join the fun starting at 11 a.m. There will be an egg hunt, drawing for prizes, balloon toss, and giveaways. 

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Saguache News – March 30

Meet Candidates on Saturday for Town Election 

With the Town of Saguache Election just days away on Tuesday, April 3, it’s time for a political roundup report. Vote_electionTomorrow, March 31 there will be a Meet The Candidates event sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce at the Road & Bridge conference room starting at 2 p.m.

 

The event gives candidates for Town Trustees, as well as the Mayor of Saguache an opportunity to describe their background, qualifications and reasons they are running for office. Saguache Today will be there to report on the event and share that information for voters who will not able to attend the forum. 

The Town Election will be held on Tuesday, April 3 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Saguache Town Hall. So, it’s time to Meet Your Candidates! According to Iris Garcia, the Saguache Town Clerk, who is charged with coordinating town elections, the following is the list of the candidates as they will appear on the ballot.

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The Saguache Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Avenue. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

First, up are the Town Trustee Candidates. The top five – out of seven – vote getters will fill the five (of 6!) open Trustee positions. According to the Town of Saguache website, some of those terms are for two years, and some are for four years. Officers can serve a total eight consecutive years. Municipal elections are non-partisan.

  • Terry Michael Gillette 
  • Randy Arredondo 
  • Amber Wilson 
  • Loren J. Aldrich 
  • Janice Torrez 
  • Timothy H. Chittum 
  • Wyoma J. Hansen

Candidates for Mayor of Saguache

The following list of candidates was acquired from the Town’s Clerk Iris Garcia:

  • Elvie M. Samora
  • Michael Ray Wheeler
  • Write In Candidate: Julian Miller 

Saguache Today will be reporting the April 3 elections results as they become available from the Town Clerk. For additional information about the Town of Saguache elections, call the Town Clerk’s Office, 719-655-2232, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email townclerk@townofsaguache.org. The Saguache Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Avenue. 

 

 

 

Saguache News – March 26

Trail Maintenance Backlog Finally Addressed 

When you are home to the highest summit of the La Garita Mountains range, people are bound to be drawn to Saguache County’s beloved San Luis Peak which provides a daily dramatic backdrop for those living in Saguache Today.

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The San Luis Peak, a lofty 14,022 fourteener which is located in the Gunnison National Forest portion of the La Garita Wilderness in Saguache County will be getting some much needed trail work at the end of this summer.

And while most Continental Trail adventurers may only see the San Luis Valley from a birds-eye view as a vantage point along the popular route, it’s good to know those hikers will see some improvements to the trail this season. In fact, it’s all part of a larger, national trail maintenance that will be put into motion this summer. And fortunately, that includes a 14er in Saguache Today!

Last month, Saguache County heard some good news from Washington’s D.C.  On Friday, Feb. 16, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the selection of 15 priority areas to help address the more than $300 million trail maintenance backlog on national forests and grasslands.

Included on the list was Colorado Fourteeners and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail programs (details below) which has a nearby trailhead and access point in Saguache County, for the San Luis Peak which is part of the La Garita wilderness area. More on that specific local project – including job and volunteer opportunities – is listed below, but first things first.

How did maintenance get backlogged with trail system? 

“The trail maintenance backlog was years in the making with a combination of factors contributing to the problem, including an outdated funding mechanism that routinely borrows money from programs, such as trails, to combat ongoing wildfires,” Secretary Perdue said, adding:  “This borrowing from within the agency interferes with other vital work, including ensuring that our more than 158,000 miles of well-loved trails provide access to public lands, do not harm natural resources, and, most importantly, provide safe passage for our users.”

Focused trail work in these areas, bolstered by partners and volunteers, is expected to help address needed infrastructure work so that trails managed by USDA Forest Service can be accessed and safely enjoyed by a wide variety of trails enthusiasts.  About 25 percent of agency trails fit those standards while the condition of other trails lag behind.

“Our nation’s trails are a vital part of the American landscape and rural economies, and these priority areas are a major first step in USDA’s on-the-ground responsibility to make trails better and safer,” stated Secretary Perdue.

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This trail-head access point located one mile west of the Town of Saguache is also popular among summer hikers and is part of the Rio Grande National Forest and The San Luis Resource Area, which is managed by the US Forest Service.

This year the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act which established America’s system of national scenic, historic, and recreation trails. A year focused on trails presents a pivotal opportunity for the Forest Service and partners to lead a shift toward a system of sustainable trails that are maintained through even broader shared stewardship.

The priority areas focus on trails that meet the requirements of the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2016 (PDF, 224KB), which calls for the designation of up to 15 high priority areas where a lack of maintenance has led to reduced access to public land; increased risk of harm to natural resources; public safety hazards; impassable trails; or increased future trail maintenance costs. The act also requires the Forest Service to “significantly increase the role of volunteers and partners in trail maintenance” and to aim to double trail maintenance accomplished by volunteers and partners.

“Our communities, volunteers and partners know that trails play an important role in the health of local economies and of millions of people nationwide, which means the enormity of our trail maintenance backlog must be adequately addressed now,” said USDA Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke. “The agency has a commitment to be a good neighbor, recognizing that people and communities rely on these trails to connect with each other and with nature.”

Each year, more than 84 million people get outside to explore, exercise and play on trails across national forests and grasslands and visits to these places help to generate 143,000 jobs annually through the recreation economy and more than $9 million in visitor spending.

The 15 national trail maintenance priority areas encompass large areas of land and each have committed partners to help get the work accomplished. Specific details regarding the San Luis Peak project are listed after these national trail details:

  • Colorado Fourteeners: Each year, hundreds of thousands of hikers trek along over 200 miles of trail to access Colorado’s mountains that are higher than 14,000 feet. The Forest Service manages 48 of the 54 fourteeners, as they are commonly called.
  • Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico: The trail’s 3,100 continuous miles follows the spine of the Rocky Mountains from Mexico to Canada, including more than 1,900 miles of trails across 20 national forests. The trail runs a diverse route with some sections in designated wilderness areas and others running through towns, providing those communities with the opportunity to boost the local economy with tourism dollars.
  • Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and Adjacent Lands, Montana: The area includes the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat, and Great Bear Wilderness Areas and most of the Hungry Horse, Glacier View, and Swan Lake Ranger Districts on the Flathead National Forest in northwest Montana on both sides of the Continental Divide. There are more than 3,200 miles of trails within the area, including about 1,700 wilderness miles.
  • Methow Valley Ranger District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington: Methow Valley is a rural recreation-based community surrounded by more than 1.3 million acres of managed by the Forest Service. The area includes trails through the Pasayten and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness Areas and more than 130 miles of National Pacific Crest and Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trails.
  • Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and Eagle Cap Wilderness, Idaho and Oregon: This area includes more than 1,200 miles of trail and the deepest river canyon in North America as well as the remote alpine terrain of the Seven Devil’s mountain range. The area also has 350,000 acres in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, the largest in Oregon.
  • Central Idaho Wilderness Complex, Idaho and Montana: The area includes about 9,600 miles of trails through the Frank Church River of No Return; Gospel Hump; most of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness areas; portions of the Payette, Salmon-Challis, Nez Perce and Clearwater national forests; and most of the surrounding lands. The trails inside and outside of wilderness form a network of routes that give access into some of the most remote country in the Lower 48.
  • Wyoming Forest Gateway Communities: Nearly 1,000 miles of trail stretch across the almost 10 million acres of agency-managed lands in Wyoming, which include six national forests and one national grassland. The contribution to the state’s outdoor recreation economy is therefore extremely important in the state.
  • Northern California Wilderness, Marble Mountain and Trinity Alps: There are more than 700 miles of trails through these wilderness areas, which are characterized by very steep mountain terrain in fire-dependent ecosystems that are subject to heavy winter rainfall and/or snow. As such, they are subject to threat from flooding, washout, landslide and other erosion type events which, combined with wildfires, wash out trails and obstruct passage.
  • Angeles National Forest, California: The area, which includes nearly 1,000 miles of trails, is immediately adjacent to the greater Los Angeles area where 15 million people live within 90 minutes and more than 3 million visit. Many of those visitors are young people from disadvantaged communities without local parks.
  • Greater Prescott Trail System, Arizona: This 300-mile system of trails is a demonstration of work between the Forest Service and multiple partners. The system is integrated with all public lands at the federal, state and local level to generate a community-based trail system.
  • Sedona Red Rock Ranger District Trail System, Coconino National Forest, Arizona: About 400 miles of trail provide a wide diversity of experiences with year-round trail opportunities, including world-class mountain biking in cooler months and streamside hiking in the heat of the summer.
  • Superior National Forest, Minnesota: The more than 2,300 miles of trail on this forest have faced many catastrophic events, including large fires and a major wind storm downed millions of trees in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in 1999. A similar storm in 2016 reached winds up to 85 mph and toppled trees on several thousand acres and made the western 13 miles of Kekekabic Trail impassible.
  • White Mountain National Forest Partner Complex, Maine and New Hampshire: Approximately 600 miles of non-motorized trails are maintained by partners. Another 600 miles of motorized snowmobile trails are adopted and maintained by several clubs. Much of that work centers on providing safe public access to the mountain and valleys of New Hampshire and Maine.
  • Southern Appalachians Capacity Enhancement Model, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia: The more than 6,300 miles of trails in this sub region include some of the most heavily used trails in the country yet only 28 percent meet or exceed agency standards. The work required to bring these trails to standard will require every tool available from partner and volunteer skills to contracts with professional trail builders.
  • Iditarod National Historic Trail Southern Trek, Alaska: In southcentral Alaska, the Southern Trek is in close proximity to more than half the state’s population and connects with one of the most heavily traveled highways in the state. The Chugach National Forest and partners are restoring and developing more than 180 miles of the trail system, connecting the communities of Seward, Moose Pass, Whittier, and Girdwood.

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San Luis Peak To Benefit from Trail Project

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The San Luis Peak Backcountry Project will take place this summers. Job opportunities are available and volunteers are needed. Photo: 14ers.com

Even its unique, set apart location from the rest of the San Juan Mountains, makes San Luis Peak stand out in its more wilderness setting, situated to the east of the other fourteeners. But thanks to a national trail maintenance commitment from the US Forest Service, this prominent 14,022′ fourteener which is located in the Gunnison National Forest portion of the La Garita Wilderness in Saguache County, will be getting some much needed work at the end of this summer. Here are the details and contact information.

The San Luis Peak Backcountry Project will take place from August 30 – September 2. Volunteers interesting in siging up to help will get to explore one of the least-trafficked Fourteener routes in the state on this four-day backpacking project. Due to the remoteness of this peak and the commitment needed to make it to the trail-head, coordinators recommend only experienced volunteers register for this project. 

On this trip, volunteers will perform valuable restoration work and light trail maintenance. On Day One you’ll meet up at the trail-head and backpack about 5-6 miles before setting up camp near treeline. On Day Two and Three you’ll hike a short distance from base camp to the project work-site. Return to camp each evening to enjoy the solitude of the La Garita Wilderness and the camaraderie of your crewmates. You will pack up camp and hike out on Day Four.

  • When: Thursday, August 30 through Sunday, September 2
  • Project type: Overnight backpacking, trail maintenance
  • Food: Colorado Fourteener Initiative (CFI) will provide all food from dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Sunday. If you have special dietary restrictions please contact hannah@14ers.org or plan to bring your own meals.
  • What to bring: CFI will provide a full packing list of necessary equipment, including your own backpacking gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.). What not to bring: CFI will provide all trail tools necessary for the project and all cooking/kitchen equipment.

 

 

 

 

Saguache News – March 21

Hippity, Hoppity, Easter Arrives at Cozy Castle!

This ain’t your mother’s “Peter!” exclaimed one review of the new animated comedy playing at Cozy Castle Cinema in downtown Saguache this weekend, March 23- 25. And while this Peter Rabbit is still the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, he now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy, with a lot of attitude! So hop on down to Saguache this weekend and welcome in spring with a new twist a classic tale!

Peter Rabbit and his three sisters — Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail — enjoy spending their days in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. When one of McGregor’s relatives suddenly moves in, he’s less than thrilled to discover a family of rabbits in his new home. A battle of wills soon breaks out as the new owner hatches scheme after scheme to get rid of Peter — a resourceful rabbit who proves to be a worthy and wily opponent.
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 – March 6

Caucus Time: It’s Super Tuesday in Saguache Today

When it comes to politics in Saguache County, perhaps the most noteworthy news is found in the numbers. When it comes to political party affiliation, more and more local voters are choosing to go rogue and declaring themselves as unaffiliated. Saguache County precinct Map.jpg

And the voter registration numbers don’t lie. According to Saguache County Clerk and Recorder Trish Gilbert, whose office is charged to oversee elections, the number of registered Saguache County Democrats stands at 1823, offset against 1468 unaffiliated voters, and 938 registered Republicans. 

But perhaps Saguache County voters are simply on trend with the rest of the country, as the old two-party system slowly loses its footing, with younger, millennial voters ditching tradition and choosing leaders who will actually REPRESENT them instead of party or personal agendas. 

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The primary elections will be held Tuesday June 26 at the Saguache County Courthouse.

In addition, the political rules have changed as well, allowing unaffiliated voters to engage in the primary process. That’s because Colorado voters last year passed a ballot measure allowing those who choose not to join a political party to participate in the party primaries. However, according to Clerk Gilbert, unaffiliated voters can only pick one primary to vote in— they can’t vote in both. All registered voters will have their say in the June 26 primary election.

But tonight, it’s Caucus time. It’s Super Tuesday! While everyone is welcome to attend, only those who are registered with their party will be able to actively participate.

If you are still unsure about your precinct meeting place, please contact the County Chairperson for your political party.
  • Republican County Chair – Richard Drake: radrake81143@yahoo.com or 719-580-4433.
  • Democratic County Chair – Kevin Noland: nolandkk@gmail.com or 970-351-6747.
For now, here’s the breakdown of who has officially thrown their hat into the ring. Of course, this could very well change as the political season starts to gain momentum. Good luck to all and may you conduct your campaigns and actions in a manner worthy of representing the fine residents of Saguache County!

Saguache County Treasurer

  • Connie Trujillo (R) – Incumbent

Saguache County Assessor

  • Rhiannon Curry (D)
  • Peter Peterson (D) – Incumbent

Saguache County Commissioner, District 3 

  • Ellen Cox (R)
  • Tim Lovato (D) – Incumbent

Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

  • Trish Gilbert (R) – Incumbent
  • Renee Hazard (D)

Saguache County Sheriff

  • Dan Warwick (R) – Incumbent
  • Nobel Havens (D)

Saguache County Coroner

  • Thomas Perrin (D)

There you have it, as of today these are the choices for the 4259 registered voters of Saguache County. Remember, there’s still time to register to vote and plenty of time to throw your hat into the ring. . . if you dare!

Saguache News – March 5

Happy Monday: Cold Weather, Distracted Driving

It will likely feel like a Monday morning as residents in Saguache Today get back to the weekly grind. Yesterday’s high winds should continue into part of today with forecasters calling local weather “blustery.” Those winds will plummet temperatures making it feel between -5 and 5degrees, with a northwest wind 25 to 30 mph, including gusts as high as 45 mph. It will barely get above freezing in Saguache Today with a predicted high of 37. In fact, it could be a few days until temperatures climb back to where they have been recently. Well, it is wintertime, so don’t let the sunshine fool you, dress warm. Brrrr!Sag_weather

Motorists are asked to use extra caution for the morning commute, as roads are dangerously icy and snow packed. Please get to where you are going safely. Arrive alive!

To that end, ST brings you the March installment of Trooper Tips from the Colorado State Patrol Public Information Officer Gary Cutler. In this month’s message, Trooper Cutler calls distracted driving the new DUI, causing more accident ad fatalities than drinking and driving. What do you think about Saguache County drivers? Has distracted driving gotten worse?

Distracted Driving Getting Worse 

trooper-gary-cutler-column2“I’m sorry, what was that? I was driving distracted.”

“After all of these years, I’m surprised, I’m still surprised.”  I hear myself saying this more and more.  After reading this you’ll understand why.

I’m often approached by people who want to discuss driving problems they have personally observed.  The biggest complaint by far is the topic of distracted driving.  Distracted driving is not just the use of cell phones, but it will be the focus for this discussion.

Law enforcement has termed distracted driving as the new DUI.  It is more prevalent than anything I have ever seen in my career.  It used to be just the kids looking at their phones, whether it was texting, Facebook, Instagram, or movies; now I see it with all age groups.

Law enforcement has been very vocal about the dangers of using your phone while driving.  But we can always use help.  So one theme you will see with my articles is the power you have to help with the message.  Talk to others; let them know you are as tired of seeing this as much as cops are tired of it.  Let them know how dangerous it is and what the consequences will be which includes serious injury crashes and in some cases, death. 

Poncha PassParents are the first line of defense and need to lead by example and can be achieved by never driving distracted. Also have a talk with your young driver about distractions and all of the responsibilities that come with driving. Have everyone in the family be held accountable to distraction-free driving.

I suggest you put the phones in your car’s back seat, in the glove box, even in the trunk.  You should do whatever it takes to reduce the urge of picking up the phone while driving. 

Some believe it’s okay to look at their phone if they only do it at a stop light; it’s not.  The times I see people do that they are there much longer than the red light lasted.  I watched one gentleman looking at his phone for close to 20 seconds after the light was green.  Fortunately, there weren’t any other cars behind him at the time, because he wouldn’t have known.  The scary part of that is someone driving could have come up behind and hit him because he needed to see the sports scores right then.  Besides the scores he also got a ticket that day.

If you have to use the phone whether to talk to someone, or see what someone is doing on Facebook, you can pull onto the shoulder, or better yet exit the roadway.  You’ll have a better chance of being around to tell friends and family what you saw when you’re not in a hospital bed.

Sag_TrafficThink about this, if you are so busy looking at your phone you don’t even see the State Trooper next to you watching you do it, your focus is not where it needs to be…driving.  I see it every day I patrol the road.  Please don’t be that person.

So please use your phones where they are safe and won’t cause a crash.  It also reduces road rage. As always, safe travels!

Saguache News – March 1

Celebrate Saguache Artist This Friday

Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? Well, it is!  So what a better way to celebrate than to highlight a women artist who lives in Saguache Today?!Laura Lozano Wapiti

This Friday, March 2 stop by The Wapiti Coffeehouse anytime between 6 – 8 p.m. and show your support for Saguache artist Laura Lozano. While many know her as that friendly gal who works at Saguache Works, Lozano is also an artist who works in fabric art pieces as well as paintings.

Lozano’s work will be on display at the relatively new eatery and hipster hot-spot which was stayed true to its commitment to supporting local artist and musicians.  This is Lozano’s first solo show. Come, see her wonderful work and support her talents!

Stop by The Wapiti, socialize for a few, and then head over to The Cozy Castle for a movie and/or nice dinner at The Village Pub or The Oasis. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Saguache’s newest coffeehouse this is a good time to do so. You can read their story HERE.  The Wapiti Coffeehouse is located at 319 San Juan Avenue behind Southwest Bank in downtown Saguache.