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Latest News – September 16

Fall Festival & Quilt Show in Saguache Today

In Saguache Today, Sept. 16, Otto Mears Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of autumn at the 24th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show.  Presented by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, the yearly occasion celebrates the harvest season with good food, hand-made quilts, a full line-up of live music, family fun and a variety of vendors sure to have you taking out your wallet!

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The 24th Annual Fall Festival & Quilt Show offers quilting demonstrations and the Chamber’s ONLY Silent Auction fundraiser which usually beings out the good loot to place your bid on! You can find the fun in the Community Building on September 16.

The day kicks off at 7 a.m. with the Saguache County Museum serving up some of their famous hot cakes and sausage, including beverage for only $5. You can find them under the park pavilion. They will be serving breakfast until 11 a.m. for you late risers!

The day’s festival schedule kicks into high gear at 9 a.m. when the vendors pop-up in the park and the Community Building opens for the much-anticipated Silent Auction. This is the chamber’s only official fundraiser, so there are usually some top notch things to bid on. Please support their efforts.

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Performers from the Salida Circus will be on hand to entertain the kids!

And while you’re in the Community Building be sure to take in the beautiful design work being presented and demonstrated by the Saguache Sagebrush Quilters. They will have a handmade quilt as a door prize, so be sure to get your ticket!  

From there, head out to cruise the park and shop the vendors, offering a variety of wares from food, to jewelry to handcrafted artwork. Live music will also be offered throughout the day starting at 10 a.m. And this year, there is quite a line-up, so get ready to be entertained by some of the best acts around, including: 

  • Seat of the Pants String Band – This duo is the epitome of old timey, grass roots, down home rocking chair bluegrass. Together forever, this husband and wife combo are like a sweet sunny summer morning. This is a great way to start the day so don’t miss them at 10 a.m.
  • Cheap Therapy – Saguache’s own Barry Monroe brings his brainchild to the stage. Cheap Therapy delivers unique originals with a tropical pop, white-boy reggae, groove shuffle vibe. They dish out harmonies so smooth you can ride ‘em like a slide.
  • Alpine Backbeats Drum Line – Catch the precision rhythms of the Alpine Backbeats Drum Line from Adams State University in Alamosa. This ensemble has eleven drummers playing bass, snare, tenor drums plus cymbals. They have been together for 2 years and have performed over thirty shows. Delaney Armstrong manages the drum line and James Doyle is the Professor.  This will be acoustic, on the grass and lots of fun! 
  • Roadrunners – Speeding across the valley from Saguache is “Roadrunners.” This is a five-piece country rock band with a beat that will kick you to your feet and get you dancing. Members are Rick Grontz on Keyboards and vocals, Mike Croft on drums, Ed Johnson on guitar and vocals, Mike Brill on guitar and vocals and Jack Barton on bass.  Catch them After lunch on Saturday.
  • Pint and a Half – Pint and a Half plays to crowds all over Colorado with forays into other neighboring states. Their folk roots Americana style is propelled by electrified acoustic guitar, bedrock percussion, blues harmonica, and close vocal harmonies. This band always delivers a tremendous show with both tears and dancing as standard features. Don’t miss them this afternoon.

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    The 24th Annual Saguache Fall Festival & Quilt Show has an incredible musical line-up with some of the best bands in the valley! Come and join the fun at Otto Mears Park on September 16. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Of course, there’s plenty of family fun to be had at the Saguache Fall Festival. Make sure the kids are at the park, starting at noon to see the Salida Circus performers offering face painting, stilt walkers, a magician and balloon clown. You can catch some of the circus performers in between the musical acts and throughout the park; they will be clowning around until 4 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m. the chamber will announce the winners of the silent auction, as well as hold the drawing for a beautiful handmade quilt. The fall festival is sponsored  by Saguache County Commissioners & Aventa Credit Union.  Come, celebrate the season on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Saguache Fall Festival! See you at the park!

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Latest News – August 24

Town: Filling Seats, Moving Forward

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

One week. That’s how much time you have if you’re interested in throwing your hat into the political fray and applying for one of the three vacant Town of Saguache Trustee seats.

After a summer of controversy, resignations and political confusion, the Town of Saguache is moving forward to fill the remaining three Trustee seats. Here are the details provided by newly appointed – and veteran/former – Town of Saguache Trustee Luana Lovato:


Attention Citizens of the Town of Saguache:

The Town of Saguache is currently seeking to fill three (3) vacant positions on the Saguache Town Board of Trustees. Qualifications to serve on the Town Board are as follows:
1. Must be a registered elector who lives within the municipal boundaries of the Town of Saguache.
2. Must be a resident of Saguache, having lived in Saguache full-time for at least twelve (12) consecutive months prior to being appointed to the Board.
3. The appointees terms will be up for election in April 2018.

All interested parties should send or drop off a letter of interest by noon on August 31, 2017. Please submit your letter via mail: ATTN: Trustee Luana Lovato, P.O. Box 417, Saguache, CO. 81149., Or Deliver to the Saguache Town Hall at 504 San Juan Ave., Saguache, CO. Please contact Luana Lovato at 719-221-5702 for more information.

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All elected officials take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution as did these elected Town Trustees did in April 2016.


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The following update was also provided to residents from the Town Of Saguache Trustee Lovato regarding the day to day operations of Town business:


Attention Citizens of the Town of Saguache:

Yesterday morning, August 18, 2017, Leigh Mills resigned as interim clerk for the Town Hall. As mentioned in my last post, this will create days where the Town Hall will be closed. The Board is in the process of determining what steps need to be taken to get the Town Hall up and running again. You may see the Mayor and one Trustee (or) two Trustees at the Town Hall so we can open the doors and conduct business. The Board will be posting for a Town Clerk, I am hoping to get it in the papers on Wednesday and the following week.

The Saguache Town Hall will be closed Monday, August 21, 2017.

Because the advertisement for letters of interest was not posted in the Saguache Crescent, The Saguache Town Board meeting originally scheduled for Monday, August 21, 2017, has been cancelled. The deadline to submit letters of interest has been extended to August 30, 2017. With the intent to seat the new Trustees at the September 12, 2017 regular Board Meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Luana Lovato.


Latest News – August 19

Art Festival in Saguache Today!

The 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival will be held today Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This year’s festival will feature more than 20 artists and crafters, with music and food throughout Downtown Saguache.


The Saguache Arts Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 19 in Downtown Saguache.

Saguache Art Festival maps will be available throughout Downtown. The Saguache Hotel will display art and antiques, 4th Street Diner will feature local artists and always amazing pie. Antiques Etc. will have eclectic antiques and local glass art. The Fentons will do a live pottery demonstration at their studio on San Juan around the corner from the Village Pub, serving up pizza, pasta and a full bar. The Magpie features Judith Page’s mixed media artwork and artifacts from Africa and the Middle East. The Range will exhibit painting by Gaby Wolodarski, an artist from Montevallo, Alabama.

Around the corner visit Smith Market Gallery to see the work of Byron Williams, maker of baskets and embellished gourds. Across the street from Smith Market is Teri Rill’s studio, with a tree trunk carved into a bouquet. More artists and crafters will be set up at tables throughout the Downtown area. 

The 8th Annual Saguache Arts Festival is sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce.

Meet The Artists:

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Saguache artist Kelsey Pedersen Photo: June Savage.

Visit Hauck/Pedersen, in business in Saguache for over two decades, showcasing figurative expressionist art. Kelsey Hauck displays paintings, collage, sculpture, 100’s of works on paper, and antiquities throughout her 1886 storefront building.  Hauck has lived throughout the Southwest and has traveled widely in Europe. She came to Saguache in 1993 with her late husband Doug Pedersen.

Pedersen and Hauck met in 1966 in New York City when he hired her at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s first Education Department. Both artists have a strong interest in philosophy, classical music, education, and organic food. Their artwork deals with the human condition.

A world-renowned artist, Hauck has made Saguache her home for more than two decades. Today, she continues to create works of collage magic, and is happy to have visitors to her studio, The Hauck/Pedersen Fine Art Gallery located at 313 – 315 4th Street in downtown Saguache. www.hauckpedersen.com

For the serious art collector the journey to this 100 year-old mercantile building provides a face to face interaction with the art and the unique environment in which it was created. So next time you’re downtown, be sure to stop in and see what people have been talking about for years!

Magpie Gallery: A Combination of Inspiration & Art 

By Kathy Bedell, Saguache Today

In honor of next Saturday’s Saguache Art Festival, here’s the next Meet The Artist story, featuring the Saguache artist and owner of the Magpie Gallery, Judith Page

For art-lovers wondering about the genesis of Saguache artist Judith Page’s colorful, and often whimsical artwork, the answer can be traced to a naughty childhood habit: coloring in the wallpaper.

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Artist and owner Judith Page writes up the receipt for another satisfied customer at the Magpie Gallery located in downtown Saguache Today.

“Yes, I got caught doing that on more than one occasion,” recalls Page during a recent visit to the Magpie Gallery at the corner of 4th and San Juan. But perhaps that childish indiscretion was more the result of the artist’s self-described upbringing in a “poor” section of Washington, D.C., rather than a desire to deface her girlhood bedroom. After all, most artists work with what they have, right?

Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.

Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.

However, these days Page’s meager beginnings seem as far away as her birth place,  and nowhere is that more apparent than in her Magpie Gallery. From the array of colors used in Page’s mixed media illustrations, to the cross section of textures in the glass and wood beads adorning the windows and walls, as well as the hand-woven decorative baskets and rugs, visitors tend to forget they are in downtown Saguache!

Page has been producing & selling her artwork in the San Luis Valley since 1998. According to the Magpie Gallery website: Judy’s signature style is the use of bold, primary colors to illuminate fantastic imagery.  

“My art reflects a way of seeing the world with a sense of wonder, where anything can happen, where things are a little askew,” Page explains on her website. “I hope to excite a sense of curiosity in my viewers, that they might look at the world a little differently.”

And if Page’s art helps people to see the world a little differently, then her partner Dean Coombs’ African collectibles help bring the world to the corner of 4th and San Juan. In fact, it’s that deep sense of texture that visitors to the Saguache art studio connect with the moment they enter, producing that childhood desire to run one’s hands across the rows and rows of one-of-kind beads.

And while many in the San Luis Valley know the Coombs name as the third generation printer and editor of the Saguache Crescent, Dean has been collecting African beads and ethnographic artifacts for more than 20 years, much of which is on display and/or for sale at the Magpie Gallery.

As one art enthusiast expressed during a recent visit, “I’m surprised to see this kind of African collection in the middle of nowhere; it’s lovely!” And no doubt the word has gotten out, as collectors from around the region now seek Coombs out because of his rare and diverse collection of art, particularly his vast selection of high quality beads.

Come and see one of the most unique art shops in the San Luis Valley for yourself; the Magpie Gallery is open during the days and times listed below. And remember that Saguache’s 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival is happening this Saturday, Aug. 19 – do you need a better reason to stop in to Saguache Today?

The Magpie Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. (Closed for the winter from January – April except by appointment). 324 4th Street, downtown Saguache Colorado. Call 719-655-2650.

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The Magpie Gallery stands as an anchor to the ever-growing arts and cultural district in downtown Saguache. Business is flourishing on 4th Street!

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Saguache’s Byron Williams Creates Gourd-eous Art!

Saguache artist and owner of the Smith Market Gallery, Byron Williams has a gourd-eous way of expressing his creative side.

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Local artist Byron Williams will be featured at this Saturday’s Saguache Art Festival. Photo: Smith Market Gallery

Williams has made baskets out of many materials, most frequently basket reed which is a standard basket making material.  He has used grapevine, honeysuckle, tulip popular bark, Siberian Elm bark as well as rawhide, wool rovings and yard, paper and fabric.  His talents are shown in a wide variety of baskets from traditional to the uniquely creative freeform styles.

Byron runs the Smith Market Gallery at the corner of 5th and Denver in Saguache and will be one of the featured artist during the 8th Annual Saguache Art Festival this Saturday, August 19.  Williams’s exhibit will have examples of his work, going back 40 years including baskets and gourds of many patterns and styles.

IMG_0025Gourds are used for making everything from baskets looking like sculptures to masks and are part of his large collection of art. The art work is accomplished with the use of design itself to the unique painting the color with various dyes and wood varnish, antlers, carving, wood burning and other embellishments.  He states that he likes to clean each of the gourds so he “becomes familiar with each one.”  Each piece is a one of a kind; just like the artist!

Latest News – August 14

The Latest BUZZ Down at The Everson Ranch

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Beehive at the Ranch. Photo: Cherrye Williams

Here’s the latest news from the historic Everson Ranch, owned by the Orient Land Trust. The ranch sits at the base of the beautiful Sangre de Cristos Mounatins at the north end of the San Luis Valley. If you are interested in receiving their newsletter: CLICK HERE.

Some of the most exciting new additions at Everson Ranch this summer are the new honey bee hives. We have two hives with the Italian Strain and one hive of the Carniolan Strain. During the 1st year the colonies will build up their troops along with enough honey to get them through the winter, Next year we should be collecting honey and other products that the hives produce (including beeswax, propolis, pollen and royal jelly). In addition to our new hives we also have at least six natural hives on the land.

Honeybees live in colonies with one queen running the whole hive. Worker honeybees are all females and are the only bees most people ever see flying around outside of the hive. They forage for food, build the honeycombs, and protect the hive. Many species still occur in the wild, but honeybees are disappearing from hives due to colony collapse disorder. Scientists are not sure what is causing this collapse.

Honeybees are important pollinators for flowers, fruits, and vegetables. They live on stored honey and pollen all winter and cluster into a ball to conserve warmth. All honeybees are social and cooperative insects. Members of the hive are divided into three types. Workers forage for food (pollen and nectar from flowers), build and protect the hive, clean, and circulate air by beating their wings. The queen’s job is simple—she lays the eggs that will spawn the hive’s next generation of bees. There is usually only a single queen in a hive. If the queen dies, workers will create a new queen by feeding one of the worker females a special food called “royal jelly.” This elixir enables the worker to develop into a fertile queen.

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The historic Everson Ranch sits at the base of the beautiful Sangre de Cristos Mountains in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

Queens regulate the hive’s activities by producing chemicals that guide the behavior of the other bees. Male bees are called drones—the third class of honeybee. Several hundred drones live in each hive during the spring and summer, but they are expelled for the winter months when the hive goes into a lean survival mode.

With even just one hive you can help grow local gardens, fruit orchards, vegetable plantations, etc. The survival of plants depends on pollination, and the honey bee accounts for 80 percent of all pollination done by insects. Without the honey bee’s services, more than a third of the fruits and vegetables that humans consume would be lost.

Bee sure to stop by the ranch and learn what’s all of the buzz with beekeeping!

Latest News – August 11

Orient Land Trust Issued Water Boil Order

Two weeks ago on July 27, the Orient Land Trust (OLT) received notification that their monthly drinking water test had come back positive for E.Coli and Total Coliform Bacteria. OLT owns and operates the Valley View Hot Springs as well as the historic Everson Ranch at the foot of the Sangre de Cristos mountains on the north end of the San Luis Valley.


The Orient Land Trust’s historic Everson Ranch sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains in the San Luis Valley. The Valley View Hot Sp[rings sits above the ranch inthe mountains and was issued a water-boil order on July 27, 2017. Photo: Saguache Today.

This order affects their drinking water spring only, and not the pools or ponds at Valley View Hot Springs. They are providing commercial water to fill water bottles and encourage everyone to bring water with them when visiting.

It’s not uncommon for bacterial contamination to occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source. It’s been an historically wet summer in the valley. After their findings, the state of Colorado ordered a boil order.

If you have questions or concerns please give OLT a call at 719-256-4315.

Below is a copy of the boil order:

Valley View Hot Springs (PWSID CO0255850)

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  1. coli and total coliform bacteria with no chlorine residual were found in the water supply between 07/24/2017 and 07/29/2017. These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.

Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.water boil

What does this mean if I live in this area? What should I do?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

  1. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems. The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

If you have an infant, severely compromised immune system, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your doctor about drinking this water. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by bacteria and other disease-causing organisms are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

What is being done?

They will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water. 
They are providing commercial safe drinking water and following all recommendations and state mandates.

They anticipate resolving the problem by as soon as possible. For more information, please contact OLT’s Facility Manager Mark Jacobi at  or 719-298-0660.

*Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.*

Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable. Tradúzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.
This notice is being sent to you by the Valley View Hot Springs
Colorado Public Water System ID#: CO0255850
Date distributed: 7/27/2017
Generic Flushing and Sanitization Procedure for the Distribution System
The flushing and sanitizing of a drinking water system begins at the treatment plant and proceeds systematically outward to all ends of the distribution system. Proper flushing, sanitation, and bacteriological testing are required prior to lifting a boil-water advisory.

  1. The first step is to increase the disinfectant (chlorine) level leaving the properly operating treatment plant, and entering the distribution system, to between 3 and 4 mg/l (free chlorine).
  2. The next step is to systematically begin flushing from the entry point of the distribution system outwards to all ends of the distribution system. Adequate flushing can be easily verified by measuring for the increased disinfectant residual at each flushing point.
  3. After flushing, the disinfectant (chlorine) residual level is returned to the normal operating range and the system is once again flushed until the disinfectant (chlorine) level at the system’s furthest tap is within the normal operating range, generally greater than 0.2 mg/l but less than 2.0 mg/l free chlorine.
  4. Once the quality of finished water has stabilized throughout the distribution system, microbiological samples (Standard Coliform Test) must be collected at representative locations, (minimum of 3 to 10 sample points), in the distribution system, including all ends of the system. Disinfectant (chlorine) levels in the sampled water must also be measured at the same time the microbiological samples are collected.
  5. If the above microbiological monitoring results indicate unsafe conditions (total coliform – positive, on any single sample) the above procedure must be re-implemented until the microbiological monitoring results indicate safe conditions, (total coliform – negative, on all sample locations).
  6. Submit results in a written document summarizing all activities undertaken to fix the treatment problem, flush and sanitize the distribution system, and results of all laboratory and field-testing.


Latest News – August 2

Saguache Among Public Health Grantees

Last month, The Center for Sharing Public Health Services (the Center) announced it has selected eleven public health teams to participate in a new funding initiative focused on cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) in public health. CJS occurs when jurisdictions, such as counties or cities, collaborate to deliver public health services across boundaries. By working together, public health agencies can build economies of scale that improve effectiveness and efficiency.


Members of the San Luis Valley team, from left to right: Kathleen Matthews, Kimberly Bryant and Della Vieira.

As part of the program, the eleven teams will receive grant funding and one-on-one technical assistance from the Center. The Center will get the opportunity to observe progress and to capture learning that it will use to develop and disseminate new tools and resources and to provide technical assistance to other jurisdictions that are considering or adopting CJS approaches.

“The teams were selected because their work focuses on areas the Center has prioritized for further study,” explained Gianfranco Pezzino, co-director of the Center. “For example, several of the teams are composed of smaller jurisdictions interested in using CJS strategies to provide a broader range of public health services.”

“In another example, some of the teams are working toward system-wide public health improvement at the state level, using a CJS approach,” added Patrick Libbey, who is also a co-director of the Center.

The following public health team, which includes Saguache County, is one of the eleven that have been selected to participate in the new program. To read the full report, readers can visit the Public Health Sharing website.  

Colorado: San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership – This partnership, which comprises three frontier and three rural counties, will develop and implement a cross-jurisdictional data collection and management system. The following counties participate in the partnership: Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Saguache and Rio Grande.