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Sagauche News – March 19

Tree Pruning Workshop Planned for April

Those who live in Saguache Today fully understand how important those big beautiful trees are that line the local streets and sidewalks. They provide shade from the sun and shelter from the storm. So if you’re looking to improve your understanding of how to care for these incredible living monuments, there’s good news!Trees_Easment_Saguache Today

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) will be offering a tree pruning workshop on Thursday April 5 in Center. The primary focus of the workshop will be the pruning of young trees from the ground without the use of a ladder. By using basic tools such as pruning shears and small pruning saws, participants will gain hands-on experience in basic tree pruning techniques and structural pruning. There is a $20 fee for the workshop and space is limited, so make your plans and reservations today!

“It is better practice to remove branches while they are smaller”, says Adam Moore, Forester at the CSFS Alamosa Field Office. According to data released by the CSFS, it is much easier for a tree to heal over a 1- to 2-inch diameter wound versus a 5- to 6-inch diameter wound, the latter caused by removing a larger branch later on in a tree’s life. It also is much more cost-effective to remove smaller branches than it is to remove larger ones.

Trees add value to a property by accentuating a home’s architecture, enhancing aesthetics, providing summer shade and offering protection from winter winds. Trees benefits can be improved through pruning young trees to provide clearance over sidewalks and streets will help to minimize the amount of large-diameter limbs removed in the future.

Vince Urbina, community forester with the CSFS Urban and Community Forestry Program, will be the instructor for the workshop. The following pruning topics will be covered:

  • Developing and maintaining one dominant vertical stem.
  • Branch spacing.
  • Where to prune.
  • How much to prune?

 “Vince brings a wealth of knowledge from the nursery, fruit tree and community forestry industries,” says Moore.

The workshop will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 5 in the Kiwanis Building at S. Broadway St and E. 5th Street. The morning session will be classroom-based, with an afternoon field session. The cost of the workshop is $20, which includes lunch. Space is limited to 20 participants so be sure to register early. Call 719-587-0915 for reservations.          

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides professional forestry assistance, wildfire mitigation expertise and outreach and education to help landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. The CSFS is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. For more information, visit csfs.colostate.edu


Saguache News – March 16

Help for Landlords in Saguache Today

Do you own a rental property in Saguache Today? Or maybe you are a property manager and are looking for more information about the eviction process?House in SaguacheToday

Then circle March 22 on the calendar and be sure to secure your reservation by March 20 for the 4th Annual Free Clinic on Eviction Process. Presented by the 12 judicial District’s “Access to Justice Committee,” the program will take place from 3 – 5 p.m. next Thursday, March 22

This is the fourth annual free presentation on the legal process landlords must follow in an eviction. The presentation will cover the basic steps and requirements and also include a panel discussion with  attorneys, judges, court personnel and law enforcement. This is a great opportunity to know your rights and get any questions answered – for FREE!

Seating is limited please RSVP by March 20.  For more information and to register please contact Kaylene Guymon at (719) 589-7621 or 12selfhelp@judicial.state.co.usEviction March 20_Sag

This presentation is for tenants landlord’s property owner’s property managers attorneys and other interested in learning more about the eviction process

Join the March 22 from 3 to 5 PM in the San Luis Valley behavioral health east building entered through the east entrance located at 8745 county road nine S is in Alamosa at the the

Saguache News – March 14

Saguache News – March 13

CO Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees Named

An astronaut, four nonprofit leaders and activists, a university chancellor, a former Colorado Lt. Governor, a journalist and suffragette, an educator of the deaf, and a community builder and cattle owner comprise the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018. 

In honor of March being Women’s History Month,  Saguache Today brings you the ten inductees who are the next group of extraordinary contemporary and historical women with significant ties to Colorado. These women will be inducted on March 28 in Denver; do any have ties to Saguache Today?  Regardless, they are all people who have made enduring and exemplary contributions to their fields, inspired and elevated the status of women and helped open new frontiers for women and society.CWHF_Invite.jpg

“Extraordinary is the operative word,” says Beth Barela, Chair of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF).  “These women are unsung heroes who have endured with superlative strength, beauty and love.  They deserve to have their stories told and to be honored as shining examples of the potential of all women.”

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame was founded in 1985.  Every two years, the organization inducts contemporary and historical women with significant ties to Colorado; who have made enduring and exemplary contributions to their fields, elevated the status of women, helped open new frontiers for women and society, and have been sources of inspiration for others by their example.

Since its founding, the CWHF has inducted 152 women from many races, backgrounds, economic levels, career choices, political philosophies, and religious beliefs for their outstanding contributions to society.

The lives of these extraordinary women are proof of what can be achieved with passion, commitment, spirit, grit and the grace to stand tall in the face of obstacles. They are trailblazers, visionaries, and women of courage, glass-ceiling breakers, innovators, and rule changers in all walks of life. Their contributions span Colorado’s colorful and storied history, reaching all four corners of our state, and have spread to touch our nation and our world. 


Contemporary Inductees

Leslie Foster – Non Profit Leader and Activist, President of The Gathering Place.

Leslie Foster

Leslie Foster

For nearly 30 years, Leslie has devoted her career and her outside activities to transforming the lives of women, children, and people who are transgender by providing positive relationships, resources and a community of support through her work as President of The Gathering Place, a Denver nonprofit organization.  Additionally, Leslie has supported and mentored countless women volunteers, service recipients and professionals who share her desire to improve the world, who value their own strengths, and then who use their strengths to make contributions to improve their own lives and the lives of others.

Gerie Grimes – Early Childhood Education activist/Non Profit leader The Hope Center

Gerie Grimes
Gerie Grimes

Gerie Grimes has dedicated and committed her life to the needs of others (especially women and women of color of all ages), building community and using her voice to be a strong advocate for the voiceless. She has dedicated 36 years of her life to Hope Center, originally called Hope Center for the Retarded.  Gerie has dedicated her life to creating the opportunity for all children to have a better early childhood education experience.  She has led Hope Center for the last 12 years.  Her leadership, intelligence and expertise has made Denver’s Hope Center a model for how all children deserve the best education – no matter race or level of capability that society has labeled them.  As Marie Montessori said, “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.”  International research supports this belief.

In addition, Her leadership roles include being active in the Denver community serving presently and in the past on many boards and committees, such as the Center for African American Health, Denver Early Childhood Council, Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children, National Black Child Development Institute Denver Affiliate, Equity in Early Childhood Coalition, Transforming the Early Childhood Education Workforce (National efforts), Denver Preschool Program Advisory Board, Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP), East5ide Unified Leadership Team, Mayor’s Head Start Policy Council, Mayor’s Early Childhood Education Commission, Metro State University Board of Trustees, Metro State University Alumni Board, Colorado Black Women for Political Action, Falcons Youth Organization and the Police Activities League. She presently serves as Board Treasurer for Colorado’s Association for the Education of Young Children. 

Susan Helms – Military, Astronaut. The first U. S. military woman in space, Susan Helms is a retired Air Force lieutenant general (LTG) and astronaut who was a crewmember on four space shuttle missions, holds the world record for the longest space walk (8 hours and 56 minutes), and was the first woman to serve on the International Space Station (ISS).

Susan Helms

Susan Helms

She was a member of the first class at the Air Force Academy to include women, flew on over 30 American and Canadian aircraft as a flight engineer and weapons separation engineer (planes including the F-15 and F-16 fighters), and retired in 2014 as a three-star general after serving as the first female commander of Vandenberg Air Force Base.

LTG Helms is a resident of Colorado Springs, where she lives in the home she purchased in 2002, intending to retire there. She is a 1980 graduate of the Air Force Academy. She returned to the academy from 1985 to 1987 to teach aeronautical engineering and was assigned to the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base from 2002 to 2004.

Dorothy Horrell – Educator and Community Builder, Chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver. As a community college president, leader of the state system of community colleges, foundation executive, chair of a higher education governing board, and now university chancellor, Dorothy Horrell has a proven record of transformative leadership. 

Dorothy Horrell

Dorothy Horrell

Throughout her illustrious career, she has been a trailblazer, often serving as the first or only female in her position, and along the way has inspired countless others to realize that their full potential.

Raised on a farm and ranch homesteaded by her grandfather in Northeastern Colorado, Dr. Horrell’s roots run deep in the “Centennial State.”  She earned her first paycheck by working summers at the Cherub Home, a residential facility for developmentally disabled children in Holyoke.  Her professional career began as an Adams County high school teacher, moving from there into state administration at the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.  From there she rose through the ranks to become the first female Director of the Division of Occupational Education, President of Red Rocks Community College for 10 years.  After almost 30 years as an educator, she entered the non-profit sector as President for the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.  In 2016, Dr. Horrell became Chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver, where she remains today. 

Fay Matsukage – Law/Asian Activist. Fay Matsukage is an accomplished attorney with a reputation for professionalism and integrity who has dedicated her life and career to furthering the interests of women and those of Asian Pacific descent.

Fay Matsukage

Fay Matsukage

Her civic engagement, humility, courage under adversity, work ethic, and her contributions to the Colorado community exemplify the values of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

Today, she practices law at the Doida Law Group, LLC, Ms. Matsukage is one of the few female subject matter experts in securities law with her level of seniority and experienced. She also has made considerable, long‐term contributions to the legal field and to the Asian Pacific Community. From the beginning of her career, Ms. Matsukage worked in a male‐dominated field as a woman of Asian descent and faced the daily challenge of proving herself as a professional and as an equal. She was inspired by these challenges to start charitable foundations that are so well funded to this day they provide annual scholarships and other charitable contributions to women and individuals of Asian descent.

Gail Schoettler – Banking, Government and Women’s Activist. Gail Schoettler was the first woman to be both Colorado’s Lt. Governor (elected in 1994) and State Treasurer (from 1987 to 1994). 

Gail Schoettler

Gail Schoettler

She narrowly lost the election to be Colorado’s governor in 1998.  Prior to working for the State, she had been involved in founding the Children’s Museum of Colorado, based in Denver.  In 1976 she joined the organizational group to file for a National Bank to be located in downtown Denver to serve the needs of small businesses.  The preliminary approval was awarded by the comptroller of the U. S. Currency on 7/7/77.  After raising the $2 million capitalization required, in 1978, she helped found the Women’s Bank N. A. in Denver.  In 1984, Equitable Bankshares of Colorado was formed to own the Women’s Bank and Equitable Bank of Littleton, which Gail chaired.

In 1979, she was elected to the Douglas County Board of Education and served for eight years; she became president beginning in 1983.  That same year, she was named Executive Director of the state’s Department of Personnel under Governor Dick Lamm. In 1986, Schoettler was elected State Treasurer, where she served two terms managing the state’s assets.  In 1994, she was elected Lieutenant Governor with 55% of the vote on a ticket with then-incumbent Governor Roy Romer.

She founded a group called Women Electing Women supporting candidates running for Governor and U.S. Senators roles.  Her latest venture eGlobal Education promotes travel to business people and corporations to develop international business, experience, knowledge, and contacts.

 Historical Inductees 

Mae Boettcher – Community Activist, Philanthropist. Long-standing Colorado resident, Mae Boettcher influenced our state and its citizens as a culture-altering pioneer – a figure who led Colorado in its transition from cow-town days into an era of sophistication through her dedication to higher education, championing children’s and women’s healthcare, and her selfless philanthropy. Well-respected for decades of tenured leadership with The Children’s Hospital and the Boettcher Foundation, her legacy of devotion continues to touch and alter the lives of countless Colorado residents. She is also celebrated as one of Colorado’s first female pilots and a member of the historic Amelia Earhart’s 99s, founded in 1929 by Amelia Earhart. Mae Boettcher

Ellis Meredith – Journalist/Women’s Suffrage. Ellis Meredith is often called the “Susan B Anthony of Colorado” as she was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement in Colorado who also worked nationally for the women’s vote after Colorado gained suffrage in 1893.  She continued to work for American women’s right to vote until the 19th Amendment was finally ratified on August 18, 1920, 27 years after Colorado passed our bill.  Meredith was a journalist who wrote for many Colorado newspapers as well as several national magazines.

Although born in Montana in 1865, Meredith’s family moved to Colorado not long after when her father began working as an editor for the Rocky Mountain News.  She was a Denver resident until 1917 when she moved to Washington D.C.  As a journalist she worked for the Rocky Mountain News for many years and also published articles on women’s suffrage for several other Colorado newspapers. Ellis Meredith

Doreen Pollack – Speech pathologist/Audiologist/Educator of the Deaf – The Listen Foundation. The impact of Doreen Pollack’s method for teaching children who are deaf to listen and talk has literally been “heard” around the world.  She was a true pioneer in the field of speech pathology and audiology at a time when the medical community did not believe anything could be done for the profoundly deaf child.  Her intellect, dedication and tenacity changed the way we look at, address and treat children with hearing loss both in Colorado and internationally. She immigrated to the United States in 1948 after graduating from London University, moved to Denver in 1951, and lived in Colorado for the remainder of her life.

In 1969, a group of parents of children that benefitted by Doreen’s method formed the non-profit The Listen Foundation in Denver, which continues to support families, and children who use her methods today.  Listen Foundation was the first organization in the world to advocate Listening and Spoken Language therapy (LSL), and remains Colorado’s only parent-centered, auditory-based communication approach for teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing spoken language through listening.Doreen Pollack

Amache Prowers – Community Builder, Land, and Cattle Owner. Amache (Walking Woman) “Amy” Ochinee Prowers was a full-blooded member of the Southern Cheyenne tribe, born in 1846 in the eastern Plains of what is now Colorado.  She and her husband John Wesley Prowers operated a successful cattle-ranching and mercantile business at Boggsville, one of the region’s earliest American settlements, to which Amache contributed her own land, labor, and skills.  At a time when Cheyenne society was under severe attack by Anglo incursions and undergoing dramatic changes, Amache chose the path of an innovator and mediator – successfully negotiating the boundaries between her own Cheyenne culture and language and that of the Euro-Americans (Mexicans and Americans alike) who had intruded into her tribal lands.Amache Prowers

About the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame:

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame was created to recognize, honor and preserve the contributions of trailblazing Colorado women. Both historical and contemporary women have shared foresight, vision and accomplishment, but lacked a forum for recognition. Since 1985, the Hall has inducted 152 extraordinary women who have been outstanding in their field, elevated the status of women, helped open new frontiers for women or inspired others by their example. Inductees include scientists, teachers, social activists, philanthropists, authors, business leaders, elected officials and more.

To learn more about inductees, stay in touch via CO Great Women Facebook Page, their LinkedIn group: Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, follow CWHF on Twitter @ColoradoWHF, by phone at 303.271.3599 or info@cogreatwomen.org. Happy Women’s History Month!


Saguache News – March 12

Testing, Testing – It’s Just Around the Corner

By Joyce Rankin, Colorado Board of Education

Joyce Formal sport coat

State Board Rep Joyce Rankin

Do you remember the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)? Yikes, was it that long ago? ITBS, developed in 1935 by the University of Iowa, was administered as a tool for improving K-8th-grade education. Students took tests at each grade level to determine how they were learning. In 2017 Iowa’s new testing program, Next Generation Iowa Assessments (NGIA), was rolled out.  Nearly all of the school districts in Iowa currently use this assessment tool. Many other states are also using Iowa’s tests. Over the years other tests have been developed by different testing companies and Colorado, it seems, has tried more than a few.

Colorado has changed tests over time, in attempts to align with the Colorado State Standards.  There have been ongoing concerns with the time it takes to administer tests and turnaround time, but these times have improved. 

Here is a review of the latest progression of testing in Colorado:

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test was replaced, in 2017, in favor of the Colorado Measurements of Academic Standards (CMAS) tests in Math and English Language Arts (AKA Reading, Writing and Arithmetic!). These tests are ninety minutes shorter than previous tests.  CMAS Tests are given every year from 3rd – 9th grades. Social Studies which encompasses, History, Geography, Civics, and Economics, is administered on a sampling basis with schools participating once every three years. Science tests are taken in grades 5, 8 and 10.


Students are engaged in learning in Saguache Today Photo: Mountain Valley Schools.

The college entrance exam, the SAT, is taken in 11th grade with the preliminary tests PSAT 9  and PSAT 10 given in 9th and 10th grades respectively. The meaning of the acronym SAT is complicated.  Originally it stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test. Then the name changed to Scholastic Assessment Test. In 1997 the people who created the test announced that the acronym SAT no longer stands for anything.

This year testing will take place from April 9-27.

The SAT can be used for college admission and is known as a “high stakes” test. Students try to get the highest score possible, and there are strict protocols for test administration: students must sit at least four feet apart, if students talk, during the test, they will be dismissed and not receive scores, and students arriving after the exam begins are not admitted. Last month the New York Post reported cheating by 200 students at a Bronx high school.  Students broke every rule set forth by proctors of the exams. For such a high stakes test, it is imperative that strict protocol rules are followed.

We’ve gone from Iowa Tests of Basic Skills to SAT. But what about the Kuder Preference Test? Remember that one? When you finish taking it, you will get an idea of your career path. I just completed the free online version: I’m destined to be a TEACHER! Whew!

Joyce Rankin, a retired teacher, is on the State Board of Education representing the Third Congressional District, which includes Saguache County. She writes the monthly column, “Across the Street” to share with constituents in her district.  The Department of Education, where the State Board of Education meets, is located across the street from the Capitol.