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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 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 16

Summer Reading, Movies on Tap for Season

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The Saguache Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is off to a roaring start as Penny-the-Librarian (pictured, back) gets student engaged in summer educational programs. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World!” and that’s exactly what was happening in Saguache Today.

The summer season is underway and that means a little extra leisure time for most residents in Saguache Today. If getting some great summer reading in is on your list, then hit up the book section at the Blue Earth Mercantile Thrift. The non-profit organization is having a book sale at 25 cents for paperback books and 50 cents for hard covers. And the selection is spilling off the shelves, for now. You can find them at 404 4th Street in Downtown Saguache.

“The Pirates” Take Downtown Saguache Captive

The “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is playing this weekend (June 16-18)  in downtown Saguache, at Cozy Castle Cinema. This film, which is rated PG-13, is the next in the series, starring Captain Jack Sparrow, aka Johnny Depp.

About the movie, thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British navy.

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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 7 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.

Latest News – June 15

Father’s Day Pig Roast in The Park!

Sunday is Father’s Day, so how about treating your Pop to a day in the park, complete with some tasty BBQ and good old-fashioned story telling. Join the Friends of the Saguache County Library at their annual “Hogs & Hot Air” event on Sunday, June 17 at Otto Mears Park in Saguache, Colorado.


Last year’s “Hogs and Hot Air” drew a good crowd for some good food and incredible stories. Photo: Colorado Trust, Arden Trewartha

The fun starts at 5 p.m. with local families and friend gathering around to talk about what Saguache was like growing up  in the 1930s ad 40s. Some of your favorites old-timers, along with a few more they’ve been able to coax out with some delicious BBQ will be there to talk about the old days and pass along some local history.

Please contact the library at 719-655-2551. Or just stop by and share your story at the Community Building during the FREE PIG roast dinner which starts at 5 p.m.sag_Library_fundraiser

Latest News – June 14

Happy Flag Day: Stitching The Star-Spangled Banner!

By Kathy Bedell © Saguache Today

Happy Flag Day! Yes, June 14 is the official Birthday for Old Glory.  So to commemorate the occasion, here’s a little known story about a well-known flag, and the person who made it.


It was the summer of 1813 and in many ways the United States continued its fight for independence from England. Even though the US had established emancipation in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence, the battle raged on.

For most people the Battle of Baltimore doesn’t ring a bell. However, it was this fight that not only proved our strong defense against the British, but also gave the country its national anthem: The Star Spangled Banner.

It was this explosive battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the inspiring song which “gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” And while most American’s are familiar with the Star-Spangled Banner story, few are familiar with the story of THAT flag, the one that “gave proof though the night.” So in honor of Flag Day, here it is.


Stars and stripes forever over the San Luis Valley. Happy Flag Day from Sagauche Today and photographer Mark Hunter.

There was a flag maker from Baltimore by the name of Mary Young Pickersgill. In fact, she came from a long line of flag makers, her mother being quite accomplished in the craft. So by the time Pickersgill was 37, she had established her own business. In fact, her name appears in Baltimore directories as a maker of “Ship Colours, Signals, etc.,” namely the functional flags spoken of early in this column.

But in the summer of 1813, it was a request from Fort McHenry in Baltimore which would make her a big part of US history. Mary received a commission from a commander to make an American flag “so large that the British will have no trouble seeing it from a distance.”  Pickersgill’s Star Spangled Banner measured 30 x 42 feet.

To assemble the unusually large flag, she had to lay it out on the floor of a neighboring brewery and worked on it at night by candlelight. She ironically used English wool bunting for the stripes but it was good old American cotton for the stars.

The rest is history, as they say. Not only did the United States win the Battle of Baltimore, proving its military might against England. But Pickersgill’s banner inspired the words that now have Americans standing up, taking off their hats and pledging allegiance to their country in song.

Army Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman parachuted - Old Glory flying along - into Memorial Day services at the Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville on May 24, 2015. Photo: Leadville Today.

Army Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman parachuted – Old Glory flying along – into Memorial Day services at the Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville on May 24, 2015. Photo: Leadville Today.

It’s funny how certain stories and people become a part of American history and some don’t. Most folks have heard of Francis Scott Key and his creation of our national anthem, yet hardly anyone knows about the person who sewed the famous banner that inspired the song.  

And I bet that most readers are familiar with the grade school story of Betsy Ross being the Mother of the American flag. And that’s true, most historians concur that General George Washington commissioned her to do so. Ross did sew the FIRST American flag, but not this Star-Spangled Banner that inspired Scott’s tune.

I’d like to think that Mary Pickersgill represents the true, every-day patriotic American. A person who gets up every day and just lives their life. They’re not looking for the limelight. In fact, probably like most, hard at work, by the dawn’s early light!

Kathy Bedell ©Leadville Today

Latest News – June 13

Museum Open, Book Signing June 25

The Saguache County Museum is in full swing for the 2017 Summer Season. Now in its 58th year, the museum has some new & exciting exhibits, as well as books, crafts by local artists, as well as t-shirts & more in the gift shop.

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The Saguache County Museum is OPEN!

Opening Memorial Day weekend was a huge success and the Museum officials want to thank everyone who made the parade and kick-off to the season such a community affair!

The popular tourist attraction is now open daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission: $7/Adults, $1/Children under 12.

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A book signing of “My Life as a Whore” will be held at the Saguache Museum on June 25 with author Tracy Beach

For the adults, there will be a book signing and free program at the museum on Sunday, June 25 at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to meet author Tracy Beach who was raised in Salida, and penned the life story of Madam Laura Evens in her book “My Life As A Whore.” Beach will have books available for sale and be signing copies, which will include a special brass brothel token. Refreshments will be served. Donations are accepted.

The museum is located at 405 8th St (US Hwy 285). Phone 719-655-2557. Remember, the Saguache County Museum is a non-profit organization, operated by volunteers, so if you’d like to be one of them or wish to contribute financially, connect with them HERE.



Latest News – June 12

GOCO Award in Saguache on Wednesday

This Wednesday, June 14, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) will be in Saguache to distribute part of the $13.5 million that it awarded in December to six Colorado communities through its pioneering Inspire Initiative grant program.

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The Great Outdoors Colorado grant will help with recreational facilities like Otto Mears Park in Saguache as well as developing trails to get the kids to the park . Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Locally, it was the Alpine Achievers Initiative (AAI) that will be the recipient of a three year grant in conjunction with Antonito and Creede to develop programs, pathways and places to get San Luis Valley youth and families outdoors. This Wednesday the GOCO Board of Directors will do a site visit to Otto Mears Park where AAI will be hosting a Backyard to Backcountry Summit and facilitating environmental activities for K-5 Saguache County youth.

Local dignitaries will be on hand to listen to the youth speak about the plans and celebrate the project’s funding award. The public is invited to attend.

The grant program is focused on getting kids into the outdoors, using trails, recreation centers and education programs to foster the deep appreciation for wild-land recreation that permeates so much of Colorado.

The youth-led San Luis Valley Inspire coalition gets $1 million for the Antonito Outdoor Education Center, new trails along Willow Creek Corridor and support for the Saguache Backyard to Backcountry Program. The Rio Grande Headwaters Trust gets $376,500 from GOCO’s open-space program to permanently conserve the 460-acre La Garita Creek Ranch near Del Norte. Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets $25,000 from GOCO’s habitat restoration program for the Rio Grande State Wildlife Area. GOCO has invested $42 million in the San Luis Valley, conserving more than 90,000 acres and supporting projects like an ice rink in Alamosa and parks in Monte Vista and Center.

Read the FULL REPORT, including other grants distributed in the state.