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Saguache News – April 12

Scholarships Available for HS Seniors in Saguache 

As spring races by thoughts for Saguache County students turn to summertime fun, and who can blame them? But for graduating seniors the transition from their K – 12 school years to what’s ahead can be filled with excitement and confusion all at the same time.

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The San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association is accepting applications for its scholarship programs Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

But for those who have their sights set on continuing their education, Saguache Today is here to bring some good news about scholarships available to help offset the cost of higher education.

Earlier this month, The San Luis Valley Cattlemen Association announced via their Facebook Page that they are offering scholarships to local students. In fact, both the CattleMEN and CattleWOMEN groups are each offering a scholarship this year. The following are the details for the scholarships with links to the applications. The amounts are for $750 and $500 respectively.

For those unfamiliar with the group, SLV Cattlemen’s Association is a local affiliate of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) which was founded in 1867 – nine years before Colorado became a state!  As such, it became the first statewide cattlemen’s association in the nation. With agriculture representing a smaller and smaller portion of the U.S. and Colorado population, the need to educate the public about the beef industry’s role in today’s society has never been greater. There are fewer ranches left every year to support a statewide voice for the beef industry.

Fortunately, at the state level the CCA fills that role with assistance from its many affiliates across Colorado, and in the Saguache County that means the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association. Their combined efforts ensure that thought leaders and members of society understand the importance of beef production and ranching families. If you are interested in becoming a member or if you would like more information about The San Luis Valley Cattlemens or Colorado Cattlemens Please Contact President Chad Cochran at chad.cochran@aglending.com or Secretary/Treasurer Erin Nissen at erin.nissenfarms@gmail.com.

Now it’s time to talk scholarships so that the next generation of farmers and ranchers can move forward in their academic pursuits. Good luck to all!

SLV Cattlemen’s 2018 Scholarship Application Guidelines

  •  The SLV Cattlemen’s Scholarship is $750.
  • Preference will be given to a current Producer Member or the son, daughter, grandchild or legal dependent of a current, paid, “Producer Member” of the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association.
  • Applicants are chosen without consideration of age, creed, ethnicity, religion or gender.
  • Scholarships may be used for any post-secondary education, i.e., vocational school, college, continuing education, etc.
  • The applicant must be an incoming college freshman or sophomore. Prior recipients of this scholarship are ineligible but second year students may re-apply. The SLV Cattlemen’s Association Board of Director’s will also be open to special circumstances (for example, a first year graduate student), but in such a case, a presentation must be made to the Board for permission to apply.
  • Scholarships must be used in the school year awarded. Payment will be made to the financial department of the applicant’s school upon confirmation the applicant is currently enrolled and plans to continue their education.
  • Applications must be received by mail April 30th, 2018, address to:                    SLV Cattlemen’s Association C/O Erin Nissen 6118 Lane 5 N. Mosca, CO 81146

Required Information:

  1. A copy of the applicant’s transcripts.
  2. Two letters of reference. One from a member of the applicant’s current school, and one from a person not related to the applicant that can address the character of the applicant.
  3. An essay, double spaced and 12 point font. Applicant may be as creative as they like. The essay may include a biography about the applicant or their personal situation, future plans, an example of the applicant’s journalistic skills, why the applicant feels they are deserving of the scholarship, etc. The selection committee will be more interested in the applicant’s ability to communicate, their imagination, sincerity, knowledge and passion than the literal content of the essay. Anything the applicant feels will set them apart will be acceptable. Awards and achievements may be listed elsewhere. Length of essay should not exceed two pages.
  4. For Scholarship application – CLICK to connect.

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered by the scholarship selection committee.  

San Luis Valley Cattlewomen’s 2018 Scholarship

  • The SLV Cattlewomen’s Scholarship is $500.
  • The scholarship is open to all San Luis Valley H.S. seniors.
  • Scholarships are not based solely on GPA, ACT or SAT scores.
  • Applicants are chosen without consideration of age, creed, ethnicity, religion or gender.
  • Scholarships may be used for any post-secondary education, i.e., vocational school, college, continuing education, etc. 
  • Scholarships must be used in the school year awarded. Payment will be made to the financial department of the applicant’s school upon confirmation the applicant is currently enrolled.
  • If needed, the Selection Committee may ask for applicants to come for an interview. 
  • Applications must be received by mail April 30th, 2018, address to:                        SLV Cattlewomen’s Scholarship C/O Erin Nissen 6118 Lane 5 N. Mosca, CO 81146

 Required Information:

  1. A copy of the applicant’s transcripts.
  2. Two letters of reference. One from a member of the applicant’s current school, and one from a person not related to the applicant that can address the character of the applicant.
  3. An essay, double spaced and 12 point font, describing the applicant’s goals, interests, activities and accomplishments. Awards and achievements may be listed elsewhere. Length of essay should not exceed two pages.
  4. Application form – CLICK to Connect

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered by the scholarship selection committee.

 

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Saguache News – January 22

SLV Cattlemen Call Meeting for Disappearing Livestock

By Kathy Bedell, © Saguache Today

Missing Livestock. For many residents, these two words usually conjure up one of two images: outlaw-cowboy rustlers or visiting-alien mutilators. But for San Luis Valley (SLV) ranchers, the disappearance of over 300 head of cattle in recent months means one thing: lost income.

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The San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association will be holding a special meeting concerning the “Disappearance of Livestock” on January 25, 2018 in La Jara, Colorado. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

And that’s why the SLV Cattlemen’s Association has called a meeting this Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Centauri High School Band Room, located in La Jara, Colo.

 The San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association is facilitating the community meeting to discuss the growing disappearance of livestock in and around the San Luis Valley and Northern New Mexico.   Joining the conversation will be representatives from the Colorado Brand Commission, Colorado Brand Inspectors, Law Enforcement (Colorado State Patrol and County Sheriff’s Offices), Federal agencies including the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service, along with New Mexico Brand inspectors.

According to the State Board of Stock Inspection Commissioners’ reports there have been an alarming increase in reports of cattle simple disappearing without a trace.

“There’s always an expectation for ranchers that one or two might not come home due to natural causes,” explained Erin Nissen in an interview with Saguache Today. “But the sheer number of missing livestock in the area, has people concerned.”

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If these guys know, they ain’t talking! According to the State Board of Stock Inspection Commissioners reports there has been about an increase in missing livestock. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Nissen is a fourth generation farmer/rancher in Saguache County whose family operates Nissen Farms, LLC, a family owned and operated farm and ranch in Saguache County produces “high quality agricultural products.” She also serves as Secretary for the SLV Cattlemen’s Association and is hoping to get the word out to as many ranchers and other affected by these recent occurrences.

Of course, most who make a living on the open range would attest to a stray heifer or young steer that may go wandering off. And yes, sometimes those can be chalked up to being dinner for some pack of coyotes, but when it comes to the official report of a herd of “24 mixed yearling steers” simply disappearing in Larkspur last September from the JA Cattle Company, it changes the conversation.

Especially for seasoned Brand Inspectors. These are the state employees charged with protecting the Colorado livestock industry. The Brand Inspection Division employs 58 brand inspectors located throughout the state including 10 supervisors. The annual budget for the division exceeds $4.5 million and is completely funded by fees paid by livestock owners and brand assessment fees levied every five years.

And if you ask them, they’ll tell you they’ve seen a thing or two over the years. But this fall’s increase in reports had even the most senior inspectors shaking their heads.

Point in case as reported to the state commission was a herd of 49 calves that went missing from a ranch in Creede last October. Then within the same month, approximately 35 head of black steer and heifer calves, 6-7months old disappeared from the Stirrup Ranch in Canon City. And just a few days later, a bit closer to home in Saguache, 16 black cows and calves went missing 3 miles west of Moffat on County Road T.

Nissen reported in her interview with Saguache Today that she has not heard of any mutilations being associated with the recent livestock disappearances.

“There has always been a lot weirdness in the valley about with livestock mutilations,” she explained. “But when you look at the numbers, from my perspective, it’s got a bit more of a human aspect to it.”

Therefore the focus of Thursday’s meeting will involved the mysterious disappearance of large herds, the cases where no bodies were found, where there’s no proof of what happened, where the cattle simply disappeared.

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While ranchers are keeping an eye to “hoofs-on-the-ground,” sky watchers like Photographer John McEvoy of Del Norte have been busy documenting things “appearing” in the skies above the San Luis Valley, like this image taken on December 4, 2017. McEvoy explains: The “Three Objects” were not discovered until after I was editing the image. It was made during a monthly, full moon drum circle where we gather at Elephant Rocks BLM Area. The image was made on Dec. 4, 2017 at 6:07 p.m. There are no others like it. I was uncertain as to if the objects were birds, or not. Seems to be the most likely explanation – except – the bottom right of the photo, there is clearly a bird and it looks like a bird – not a “disc” like the other three.

Last November, the largest herd of 46 was reported to have vanished from the Double X Cattle Company as they were out running in the Cumbers Forest Allotment. In total, 114 head of cattle went missing in Colorado during the month of November. And those were the ones that were officially reported.

Nissen stated that while there is theft, and ranchers anticipate some of that especially in certain mountain regions that they run their herds in, this is above normal.

“I would keep in mind, that there might be a few more than normal go missing this year because the weather has been so warm and there’s no snow up high,” explained Nissen.  “So the guys that do run up higher, there’s been no snow to force the cows down. And when they’re down the’re easier to round-up.”

But even the weather is a far reach to explain the 84 head of cattle reported to have disappeared just last month in December 2017, including a herd of 24 from Del Norte, 16 near the Bear Creek and Mosca Forest Allotment from the Beebe Ranch, 12 mixed cows and calves 15 miles south of Norwood and 19 from the Twin Gates Corral in Capulin, Colo, located west of La Jara. 

“People are very concerned,” concluded Nissen, encouraging all interested parties to join them this Thursday, January 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Centauri High School Band Room, located in La Jara, Colo.

The SLV Cattlemen’s Association is headquartered at 6118 Lane 5 North. Mosca, CO 81146 Contact 719-480-2600. Connect with them on Facebook.

Journalist Kathy Bedell owns The Great Pumpkin, A Media Company located in Leadville, Colorado which publishes LeadvilleToday.com and SaguacheToday.com. Inquiries may be directed to info@sagauchetoday.com.

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Saguache News – December 27

SLV Cattlemen Host Annual Meeting on Jan 6

The San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association will be holding their annual meeting on Saturday, Jan. 6. The public is invited to join them at the Alamosa Rec Center for an informative afternoon of delicious prime rib dinner, entertainment, a silent auction, and of course, updates on what the group has been up to with their efforts that benefit all in the valley.SLV Cattlemen dinner

The afternoon begins at 3 p.m. as Libby Bigler, Colorado BQA Coordinator with Colorado State University presents the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Course. The BQA is a national program that raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

After the BQA presentation, the group will conduct their annual business meeting form 5 – 5:30 p.m. Following the meeting the fun continues into the evening with dinner and entertainment. This year, in addition to their popular silent auction, the group’s annual meeting will include some entertainment from Cowboy Poet, Floyd Beard. According to his website, Beard has been a cowboy most of his life. Along the way he’s had many other jobs to support his cow habit. Floyd and his wife Valerie currently run a cow calf operation in the canyons south of Kim, Colo.

Beard’s stories are inter-woven with his western code of high ethics and integrity and sprinkled richly with humor. Beard also recites some cowboy poetry classics, from some of the best cowboy poets from the past, keeping the western spirit and history alive. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Cost for members is $30 per person and includes the course and dinner; non-members can attend the BQA for $10 per person and an additional $30 for the dinner. Please RSVP by January 1 to Erin Nissen at 710-486-2600. The SLV Cattlemen’s Association is located at 6118 Lane 5 North, Mosca, CO 81146. Readers may also stay connected via the Cattlemen’s Facebook Page.

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The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) was founded in 1867 – nine years before Colorado became a state! As such, it became the first statewide cattlemen’s association in the nation.