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Saguache News – December 13

Supplemental Food Distribution on Friday

The next Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Distribution will be Friday, Dec. 15 at Lazy KV Estates from 10:30 – 12 Noon at the clubhouse.supplemental-commodity-distribution_saguache_8 

Everyone is welcome for the supplemental distribution!

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.

4th Street Food Store_Saguache Works

Eligible seniors can now receive a 20% discount 4th Street Food Store located downtown.

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.


Saguache News – December 12

Preparing Students for an Unforeseen Future

By Joyce Rankin, 3rd Congressional District, State Board of Education

Joyce Rankin

Joyce Rankin

Road Trip: I attended the Summit on Education Reform in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeb Bush opened the conference and repeated a quote from the first conference in 2008: “The country’s school system is an 8-track in an iPod world. The irony is that we’re still an 8-track but the iPod is gone.”

Speakers and panelists from across the nation discussed directions education is taking and how our schools can prepare students for and ever changing future.

Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, spoke about school choice and the role of parents in selecting the best school for their children. She continues to be an advocate for school choice to advance opportunities for all children. Several sessions highlighted success stories from students and parents who had taken advantage of school choice in their communities.  At the conclusion Ms. DeVos stated “The rising generation represents 100 percent of our future; let’s give them nothing less than 100 percent of our effort.”

In a general session we heard about the importance of technology courses at all grade levels to prepare for future jobs that we can’t currently define.  Jeb Bush described it like a quarterback throwing to a receiver. “You don’t throw directly at the receiver, but where he will be when the ball is caught.” We must teach all students the basics of technology so that they can meet the changing needs of an unforeseen skillset of the future.

One speaker said there were over 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States. What will happen when we embrace driverless cars and trucks?  This was just one example of how jobs will experience change in the future. It’s important to prepare students to adapt to changes so that the economy thrives and our citizens lead satisfying lives.

Colorado currently uses blended learning and online courses to enable students to learn skills that would otherwise be unavailable at their school.  An example is a student in middle school currently enrolled in an advanced Calculus course online. He is joined by three other students, in various grade levels, from other school districts across the state.  Technology is opening up many opportunities that weren’t available even two years ago. It is also moving so rapidly that we need to teach the basics of Computer Science beginning in Kindergarten. And yes, there are fun applications currently available, online, for Kindergarten students.  Future careers will depend on this knowledge combined with creativity and flexibility to adapt.

The Colorado Department of Education with community participation is reviewing the Colorado State Standards and adding new standards for Computer Science. We need to prepare future teachers by including Computer Science in all teacher preparation programs.

Moving from an “eight track system” will not be easy, however with “100 percent of our effort” we can give our students a chance for a successful future.

Joyce Rankin writes the monthly column, “Across the Street” to share with constituents in her district, which includes Saguache County.  The Department of Education, where the State Board of Education meets, is located across the street from the Capitol. She is also a Legislative Assistant for Representative Bob Rankin.

Saguache News – December 11

Coats, Blankets Needed for Saguache Advocates

Chance are you’ve got at least one way in the back of the closet that hasn’t been touched in years. Or maybe you’ve got one wrapped under the tree as a present and the gently worn one can be donated to someone else who could really use it.


Help Saguache neighbors stay warm this winter with a coat or blanket donation.

The Saguache County Victim’s Advocacy Program (SCVAP) is soliciting for donations for their Coat and Blanket drive. While the fall season has been mild, winter and all its cold and snow will reach the San Luis Valley. To that end, SCVAP is helping Saguache County residents prepare for those months by providing winter wear and snuggly blankets to help them keep warm.

This week, their efforts are in the collection phase of the project. Then on Saturday, Dec. 16 the group will distribute these items at the Saguache County Road and Bridge Conference room from 1 – 3 p.m. So whether you’ll be giving are receiving, please assist the Saguache County Victim’s Advocacy Program in their efforts to help everyone stay warm this winter.

The SCVAP is accepting coats and blankets of all sizes. If you have something to give please drop it in the collection boxes located at the Post Office, the Oasis Restaurant, Saguache Town Hall, and the Library. There are also special bags for collection located at the Blue Earth Thrift & Mercantile store in downtown Saguache.  

For more information, please call: Sky Wright – 719-849-3699, Luana Lovato – 719-221-5702, or Ellen Cox – 719-850-5009.

Saguache News – December 8

“The Star” Can Be seen This Weekend in Saguache!

If catching a great movie is part of your holiday tradition, then this weekend’s movie playing at Cozy Castle Cinema on December 8 – 10 should be the perfect fit! “The Star” arrives Friday in downtown Saguache!

In “The Star,” a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

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 – December 7

FREE Clinic for Pets in Center

A FREE Spay/Neuter Clinic will be held at the Center Fire Station this Friday and Saturday,  December 8 & 9. This program will be offered on a first come, first served basis, since the former appointment model saw too many “no-shows” resulting in lost time and resources.


Be a responsible pet owner and get your cat or dog spayed or neutered!

Therefore pet owners are asked to check-in on either day at 7:30 a.m. Check in will run until 8 a.m. If you show up on Friday by 8 a.m. and the clinic is full, you will be given a rain check for the following day, but you must be there on Saturday, Dec. 9 by 8 a.m.

Once your cat or dog is registered, you may then plan on picking them up at 5:30 p.m. that same day. Please bring your dogs with a collar and leash, and bring cats in a carrier if possible. Some crates will be provided at the clinic; if you bring your own crate, please write your name on it.

In addition to being fixed, your pet will also be given age appropriate shots. Bring your cats, kittens, dogs and puppies that fall within these guidelines:

  • Kittens must weigh 2 lbs
  • Puppies must be 8 weeks old
  • Nursing mom’s are fine as long as the babies are 5-6 weeks old.
  • No breakfast if your pet weighs over 2 lbs.

THANK YOU for being responsible pet owners!


Saguache News – December 6

Sculptures Created at Youth Fire Art Workshop

What do you get when you combine one of the earth’s basic elements with youthful curiosity? Fire Art!


Ian Horn (right) and Ryker Poor (right) both students in Saguache, begin to assemble the head to the fire sculpture. Photo: Telluride Fire Festival

Saguache Today readers may remember the great success that local students demonstrated at last January’s “Telluride Fire Festival.” Add to that a life lesson about the satisfaction in seeing a project to completion, especially when it’s a beautiful piece of art that lights up the Colorado night sky, and you get students #OnFireForLearning!

Therefore it was good news to hear from Event Director Erin Ries with the Telluride Fire Festival about another program that allowed area youth, including Saguache students, to be educated in fire artistry. Last month, 11 middle and high school students were hosted in Telluride to create not one, but two fire art masterpieces created out of found objects!

The weekend started off on Friday, Nov. 17 with a communal dinner giving them a chance to met with fellow students from Norwood and Gunnison. The next day, the group assembled at The Mine to brainstorm with instructors Dan Gundrum of Telluride, Brent Cain of Moab, and Andy McKim of Saguache. They collectively designed a two headed gargoyle like fire monster and dog-like companion.


The group celebrates their success with not one but two fire art masterpieces! Photo: Telluride Fire Festival.

All students were schooled in safety measures and given safety gloves, glasses, welding helmets and other protective gear. They had the opportunity to try their hand at welding as well as learn how to use a plasma cutter at The Mine with Dan Gundrum.

Andy McKim, the resident clay expert, lead another group of students at Ah Haa School for the Arts in the creation of four unusual, gargoyle-like feet for one of the sculptures along with fairy wings. Brent Cain transformed the two-headed sculpture with the addition of fire spewing out all sides of the “neck”.

Christian Arel and Ian Gonzalez-Basco, both Masters students in the Environmental Management Program at Western State University, also assisted the students.  Grants for the program of science, technology, engineering, art, and math, were received from Coldharbour Institute and Burners Without Borders. The program is made possible through a collaboration of these two organizations, in addition to Deep Creek Experimental, the Ah Haa School for the Arts, and Western State University.

Support through in-kind donations came from various Telluride businesses. In fact according to Executive Director of Coldharbour Institute, Suzanne Ewy, “We could not have executed this program without the tremendous generosity from the Telluride community.”


Saguache students Makayla Sisson (left) and Ryker Poor (right) sketch out their initial plans. Photo: Telluride Fire Festival.

About the Telluride Fire Festival, Coldharbour Institute, and Burners Without Borders. The Telluride Fire Festival, a 501c3 organization, works all year long to create programs that educate youth in fire artistry. Coldharbour Institute is a 501c3 organization in Gunnison that facilitates education, innovation, and demonstration in responsible living practices and ecological, social and economic sustainability. Its youth development initiative, SEED (sustainability, education, equity, diversity) whose students engaged in this program, links regional high school students to Western’s Environment and Sustainability program through students from Western’s Master in Environmental Management program and a very generous grant from the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Christian Arel’s masters project is to develop SEED. For more information visit www.coldharbourinstitute.org or contact Suzanne at sewy@western.edu.

Saguache News – December 4

Laurie Vigil Next Chamber Speaker on Tuesday

The Saguache Chamber of Commerce continues with their popular speaker program tomorrow. Next up to share her professional experiences with the group will be lifelong Saguache resident Laurie Vigil.

Saguache Chamber Holiday Bazaar

Saguache Chamber of Commerce Board members Carita Ginn (left) and Barry Van Sant (right) greet attendees at the 7th Annual Saguache Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the Friends of the Saguache Library. Readers interested in Chamber Membership can connect HERE. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

As Community Coordinator, for H.E.A.R.T. of Saguache/KV, Vigil has devoted her efforts to assist those in need in the town and county of Saguache. Vigil and her team of community-minded partners have been working with the Colorado Trust since 2015, and have collaborated to create the Health Equity Action Team (HEART) of Saguache/KV. HEART is working to achieve health equity, ending inequalities so that those most affected will have fair and equitable opportunities to attain good health.

Vigil is also well known for her culinary talents as owner of Mama Laurie’s Kitchen.

Vigil will give her presentation tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in the County Road & Bridge conference room at 305 3rd. St. in Saguache.

Come and hear Laurie Vigil speak about herself and her current role with this important community organization, and learn more about the many great successes and plans for the future of HEART of Saguache/KV.

The Chamber monthly meetings (as always) are open to the public. Please contact the Chamber at info@saguachechamber.org or call Barry 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.