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SLV Museum Hosts Speaker

On Thursday, Oct. 17 the San Luis Valley Museum Association will be hosting guest speaker Jillian Allison from History Colorado to talk about the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado (WVCC) which will commemorate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020.  The presentation will be held at the Transportation of the West Museum at 916 First Ave. in  Monte Vista at 11 a.m. The WVCC program is a comprehensive statewide effort to examine the importance of voting in our democracy.

The Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado program kicked off at the State Capitol last August. Photo: History Colorado

Last August 26 on Women’s Equality Day, the Colorado Governor, representatives of History Colorado, and the newly formed WVCC program made history on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol when they kicked off the commemoration of the 19th Amendment which happened on August 26, 1920. On the anniversary of the largest voting-rights expansion in U.S. history, August’s event launched a full year of educational programming, community engagement, and partnerships in all 64 Colorado counties.  And next Thursday the Centennial celebration is coming to the San Luis Valley!

Allison will also discuss how local residents, groups, or organizations interested in organizing an event or exhibit can get involved. History Colorado, the state agency leading the initiative, announced inclusive, historic opportunities for Coloradans to participate, join grassroots efforts, and honor the bold individuals who fought for female voting rights. These events will take place in 2020.

“We want this work to live on and to create a buzz within every Colorado community. It is only through partnerships and collaboration that we can reach individuals statewide with messages, programs, and experiences that explore the journey and struggle to achieve voting rights,” said Dawn DiPrince, chief operating officer of History Colorado. “We want to provide educational touchpoints and help tell these untold stories that bridge history with modern-day Colorado.”

In 1893, Colorado was the first state to outlaw, via referendum, denying citizens the right to vote based on their sex. The national women’s suffrage act would take another 25 years!

History Colorado invites interested organizations and individuals across the state to collaborate together to create space and events for civic engagement, commemoration, impact, and support. Statewide partnerships between local museums, libraries, clubs, schools, arts organizations and individuals in communities will provide settings for suffrage-related events and dialogue. 

In 1893, Colorado was the first state to outlaw, via state referendum, denying citizens the right to vote based on their sex. This took place more than 25 years before the national women’s suffrage act was signed into law on Aug. 26, 1920. The trailblazing collaborative fight for women’s voting rights changed the course of history in Colorado and continues to inspire social, economic, political and cultural advancements today. 

“As the first state to give women the right to vote by popular referendum, Colorado has a lot to be proud of and a lot to commemorate,” said Cathey M. Finlon, chair of the Colorado Women’s Vote Centennial Commission. “We also have the opportunity to understand what brought this vote to pass — the coalitions, the economic anxieties, the societal situations that came together to achieve this momentous result. We will call attention to Colorado’s important role in the national movement for the women’s vote while inspiring new action and research.” 

Last August 26 on Women’s Equality Day, the Colorado Governor, representatives of History Colorado, and the newly formed WVCC program made history on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol when they kicked off the commemoration of the 19th Amendment which happened on August 26, 1920. Photo: History Colorado.

About History Colorado

History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. The charitable organization and historical agency serves as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through educational programs, historic preservation grants, a public research library, collections, and outreach to Colorado communities. History Colorado has become a force for finding new and inclusive ways to serve Coloradans.

With eight museums around the state, History Colorado shares the cultures and stories that define Colorado’s past and present, including History Colorado Center (Denver); Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House (Denver); El Pueblo History Museum (Pueblo); Trinidad History Museum (Trinidad); Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center (Fort Garland); Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin (Leadville); Ute Indian Museum (Montrose); and Fort Vasquez (Platteville). Visit HistoryColorado.org or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.

Centennial celebrations being planned across Colorado for the 19th Amendment in 2020. Get involved in Saguache Today.
The 19th Amendment marks 100 years of the Women’s Vote in 2020. Photo: History Colorado.

Decker Fire Battles Winds

While the growth was minimal on the Decker Fire yesterday, September 25 significant smoke on both sides of the Sangre de Cristos Mountin Range has friends and neighbors talking about the situation.

Decker Fire activity on September 21. In the photo, the standing beetle-killed trees can be seen in the foreground. The mosaic of burned and unburned fuels can be seen along the ridge to the right of smoke plume. Photo: U.S. Forest Service-Rio Grande National Forest.

According to the fire’s new, incoming fire Incident Commander Justin Yankey, on the west side crews utilized Round Hill Trail and two-track roads to check the fire from advancing north. The active fire on Simmons Peak continued to slowly back down towards the Rainbow Trail into drainages, burning out interior pockets of dead and down timber. Crews are clearing the section of line near the intersection of the 101 road and the Rainbow Trail. These actions are to meet the incident’s objective of keeping the fire in the Wilderness.

Today the Teton Wildland Fire Module and Juniper Valley hand crew will prep indirect line moving northwest to keep fire off private and BLM on the west side. They will also scout for opportunities to use natural and existing control features. On the east side Alpine Hotshots will monitor fire spread towards the Rainbow Trail and implement firing operations if necessary. Pike Hotshots and Wind Cave Engine 629 will also scout options for direct line to tie fire into a southern wet drainage of Bear Creek.

The U.S. Forest Service estimates the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness has up to 80% tree mortality from beetle-kill and blowdown. The Decker Fire is removing high-risk fuels from the landscape, reducing future risk and restoring ecological balance to the forest.

The Decker Fire on September 25, 2019

Due to steep inaccessible terrain and heavy fuels we will continue to provide for our firefighter’s safety by engaging directly with the fire where the probability of success is high and firefighter exposure is minimized.

Mostly sunny skies, unseasonable warm temperatures and low relative humidity are expected today. Winds will be the main factor today with southwest winds increasing by mid-morning with gust up to 39 mph. There is a chance of isolated thunderstorms after 1:00 p.m. which could bring erratic and gusty outflow winds and lightning to the fire area.

The fire may be visible from both the US 50 and US 285 corridors. Motorists are asked to not stop in the roadway and be clear of the roadway before stopping to observe the fire. Please do not call 911 to report fire behavior on the Decker Fire or to request fire information. A fire information line is available for fire updates. Please call 911 for emergencies only.

Justin Yankey is the new Decker Fire Incident Commander

Weather & Fuel Conditions: Temperatures are expected to reach 70 degrees with humidity at 15-20 percent. Winds will be out of the southwest at 20-25 mph with gust up to 38 mph. Winds will shift west late afternoon and weaken slightly. Winds will remain elevated overnight. Dry weather with unseasonably warm temperatures are likely through to next week.

Evacuations and Closures: Portions of the 101 and 101A roads on National Forest system lands and the Rainbow Trail (1336 trail) south of 108 road to the Stout Lakes Trail (1403 trail) have been closed. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been issued over the fire area to allow for aerial operations. Remember: if you fly, we can’t. There are no evacuations at this time. Smoke may settle into the US Highway 50 corridor in the late afternoons or evenings. Drivers are encouraged to reduce speed near the fire if smoke affects visibility.

Smoke: Real-time smoke information is available at bit.ly/deckerfiresmokeinfo. Today’s smoke forecast for Salida and Arkansas River Valley is available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/CentralColorado.

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