Monday, May 20

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Valley Community Concert Choir performs May 3 at Colorado College Baca campus

Gaelic, African, and Broadway melodies will mix with Mozart’s “Ave Verum” and other choral pieces in a performance by the Valley Community Concert Choir (VCCC) on Friday evening, May 3,at 7 p.m. at the Colorado College Baca campus auditorium.  The Choir, which has a collaborative relationship with Adams State University’s Music Department (where it rehearses), has been singing in the Valley since its founding in 1997. The VCCC is making its first appearance since closing for the Covid pandemic in 2020. The Choir performed five of its pieces on April 19 along with the ASU Chamber Choir in Richardson Hall on the ASU campus. The Choir’s May 3 performance in Crestone will be offered again on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. the Sacred Heart...

Our May Edition is Here

A total solar eclipse moved across North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. These images were captured from Terrel, Texas. Totality, the full covering of the sun by the moon, lasted more than four minutes. photos by Mark “Ziggy” Eilets 

From our current editions

Friends of Casita Park and the Association Collaborate for Baca Grande Residents

By Eden Elderberry Friends of Casita Park and the Baca Grande Association are gearing up for the Third Annual Casita Park Clean Up, in May. The event continues to grow from members of FOCP hauling neighbor’s trailer loads of junk on free dump day to a collaboration with the Association, Mountainside Realty and the Saguache...

Byer named mayor, Oglesby joins as trustee

By Anya Kaats In a surprise appointment, Town Trustees voted Benjamin Byer to serve as mayor. Dana Oglesby will fill Byer’s empty board seat.  Town of Crestone residents voted to elect four board members, on April 2. On the ballot were incumbents Kim Martinez, Benjamin Byer, Armando Mendez and Dennis Posluszny, in addition to newcomer Dana...

Saguache County Museum opening day festivities

“Just like we used to — celebrating 65 years.” On May 26, the Saguache County Museum will celebrate its 65th year of operation with a full day of activities. The museum opens at 9 a.m. with free admission. See below for a full list of fun activities. Museum history The Saguache County Museum is housed in a historic...

Crestone youth captures April 8 full eclipse in Texas

By Mark “Ziggy” Eilets As I awoke on the bright and early morning of April 6, I was jumping with joy to get in my dad’s van to depart for Terrel, Texas. We were setting out on a 15-hour journey, traveling across two states in the process. When we first arrived in Texas, I started...

Southern Peaks League Art Show fills Moffat gym

By Lori Nagel The Moffat School gymnasium transformed into an Art Gallery the last weekend of March for the Southern Peaks League Art Show on Saturday, March 30. Its shiny wooden floors were filled with the artwork of Middle School (MS) and High School (HS) students from eleven schools across the valley. Moffat’s art teacher,...

Sheela Bringi: April concert at Colorado College

By Peter Gyallay-Pap. Hindustani harpist, vocalist, and bamboo flutist Sheela Bringi will bring her rare and beautiful crossover music artistry to Crestone on Sunday, April 21 at the Colorado College indoor amphitheater.   Sheela is a classically trained Indian musician who artfully reimagines traditional melodies, seamlessly weaving them into vibrant modern compositions. Experience lush modern renditions...
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Photos from Easter by Lori Nagel

Crestone Charter School student Soma Long performs at a recent Boredom Fighters event at the school. photo by Michael Keefe

Crestone going mainstream with Mikkie-D’s?

by Lori NagelWe’ve so far been able to hold off the fast-food chains in our tiny little town at the end of the road, Crestone traditionally having been filled with residents who prefer health-conscious alternatives to convenience.  However, with the influx of people moving here from all over, especially big cities, the demand for fast food is on the rise, and, “the current supply of quick hot food around here is severely lacking,” according to those pushing for this...

A young library visitor approaches Smokey the Bear during the Baca Grande Library's Open House on Saturday, March 23. Photo by Uma Jolicoeur
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Peaceful Studio Chalet 1

Available June 2024. 450 sf. full bath, kitchen, closet & storage. Mountain views & morning sun. Furnished or not. $800 month + utilities. 1st last + deposit. Year lease preferred. NS/NP. Text  719-539-5030.

Crestone Sanctuary

Available June & July. Sunny, new, private, peaceful 1150 sf 1BD/1BA, big views high in 1st Chalet. Fully furnished, W/D, excellent wifi. Spacious bedroom/office faces east for morning sun. Open living/kitchen area faces...

Seasonal positions for a Utility Maintenance Worker

Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is accepting applications to fill 2 full time seasonal positions for a Utility Maintenance Worker. Under general supervision the Utility Maintenance worker performs duties to assist in...

Road & Bridge Supervisor Position

Saguache County Road and Bridge and Landfill is looking to hire a Head Supervisor …Starting at $71,000/year - DOE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants are preferred to possess or may be required to possess a...

Saguache County Road and Bridge and Landfill is looking to hire an Assistant  Supervisor

… Starting at $67,000/year - DOE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must possess a current Colorado Class “A” Commercial Drivers License CDL with a heavy semi-truck endorsement and a current medical certificate.  Applicants should have...

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McCracken

Dear Editor; Tom McCracken is serving our community and County with clear vision. He is a work horse who has brought more services, beneficial policy...

Kinney

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

Kinney

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

McCracken

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

Kinney

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

Kinney

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

Kinney

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

Kinney

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

Cease Spinning in Old Turf

I must agree with Beth Kinney’s Gun Safety letter in the Valley Courier’s April 3, 2024 issue. Being a proponent of the Constitution of the...

Six-county intergovernmental agreement (IGA) —

A unique collaboration I have a very exciting success to report that will help safeguard San Luis Valley (SLV) water for years to come. On...

Commentary: The cyclical nature of entropy and syntropy

By Heather D’Alessio and Nathan GoodeSolutionaries commentary IX Exploring the difference between a healthy evolutionary process that leads with syntropy rather than the age-old way of...

McCracken

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

Kinney

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

McCracken

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

McCracken

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

Kinney

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

Kinney

Editor’s note: The Crestone Eagle is running all letters of support it received for county commissioner candidate Adam Kinney and incumbent Tom McCracken as...

We like music

We like musicand celebrating eventsand our local breweryeven if others say we don’t We ask that our voicesdo not interrupt the musicand that the music allows...

Features from our B Section: "Living on the Earth"

Hiking in the SLV: Sierra Blanca Trail

Editor’s note: Hiking in the SLV will become a new monthly additon to The Crestone Eagle print edition. By Tegan Welsch-Rainek In the heart of the bustling town of Alamosa lies a hidden gem where one can find solace amidst the chaos of city life. Venturing into the embrace of nature, I embarked on a journey along the Sierra Blanca Trail, seeking refuge from the hectic pace of Alamosa's urban existence. As I ventured forth from Cole Park towards the trailhead, I found myself enveloped by the tall cottonwood trees. Their branches swayed gently in the wind, and puffy white cumulus clouds...

Embroidering the Story

A history of colcha in Saguache County By HEART of Saguache Colcha embroidery became an important cultural tradition in Saguache County when a revival took place in the 1970s to develop a cottage industry for low-income, rural women. Through a serpentine path of joy and disillusionment, participating artists and families came to treasure these artworks as heirlooms and expressions of community identity. Local landscapes are a common motif in SLV colcha embroidery as artists used their daily lives as inspiration. The programs didn’t result in economic prosperity and they became a touchstone in the complex history of the interplay between intentions and impacts...

Cooperative gardening: Atalanta Cooperative Garden looks forward to a bountiful season

By Joanna Dokson. The Atalanta Cooperative Garden has openings for both working and non-working members for the 2024 season. Located on the north bank of Willow Creek, the garden is in its 23rd year of production on the Atalanta project land. The garden produces food for members and the Food Bank each summer with the help of working members and volunteers. All produce is grown with organic methods and products, and our water comes from our solar-powered well. Each year a wide variety of veggies are grown: asparagus, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, peas, beans, peppers, radishes, kale, chard, carrots, beets, garlic, rutabagas,...

The Acequia Institute

Protecting Indigenous foodways, feeding community, and empowering youth By Anya Kaats The Acequia Institute, located in San Luis, CO, has emerged as a beacon of community empowerment in the realm of agriculture and environmental justice. Among the Institute’s many endeavors is a 35-year-old seed sanctuary. The Acequia Institute’s founder, Devon Peña, has collected seeds over the years for the sanctuary — mainly corn, beans, and squash. These three foods are main agricultural crops for various Indigenous peoples in Central and North America and are often referred to by the Haudenosaunee (The Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) as “The Three Sisters”.  The three crops...

Colorado Gator Reptile Park – Rebuilding one year after the fire

By Kimberly Black ~ photography by Matt Lit. Colorado Gator Reptile Park is recovering, rebuilding, and open to the public after a devastating fire last year burned down a barn and killed as many as 180 animals. The educational reptile facility in Mosca has been open to the public since a week after the fire. A lot of people thought the facility was entirely closed but as family, owner-operator Jay Young said, “We’ve been open the whole time.  We shut down for a week because we had to regroup and figure things out. We got through last summer. It was difficult, but we had to be open or we’d...

USFS History: Crestone-Baca volunteers help forest service

By Jose Villa. More than a decade ago, in 2014, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) held a meeting at the Crestone Charter School (CCS). Officials were concerned that their allocated budgets at that time had no funds for maintenance of designated trails including those in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with trailheads near Crestone and the Baca Grande subdivision. They asked the community for help during those low-budget times and local residents, Dave Miller and Cathy Amenta, stepped forward.  In their idealistic and community-minded action, they became the founders and co-administrators of a small volunteer organization which they named Crestone Wilderness...

The Indigenous role of fire

Using fire as a tool in land stewardship By Hillary Renick. Fire as a tool Fire, powerful and often feared, has been a fundamental part of the life of healthy forests throughout history.  Fire helps seeds germinate, aids in keeping meadows and grasslands balanced, and attracts healthy habitat for animals, insects and pollinators. Utilizing skills acquired by living in place for millennia and learning the rhythm of the seasons through observation, experimentation, and practice, Indigenous cultures use fire as a land management tool. By developing low-risk land management practices, Indigenous communities achieve the same effect as wildfire, but minimize the length of disruption...

Cactus Hill Farm: Upholding a six-generation sheep farming legacy

By Anya Kaats. Elena Miller-ter Kuile was studying International Agricultural Development (IAD) at Cornell when she had a life-altering realization: “I thought working in IAD was going to help save the world, but then I realized, wait a second, the United States isn’t great when it comes to agriculture. Why would I go to other countries to tell them how to live when my own country also needs help figuring out how to do things better?” After her realization, Kuile returned home, determined to continue her family’s legacy of sheep farming, which stretches back six generations. Kuile’s ancestors were some of...
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From our columns...

Sports season nears end for school year

By Ziah Knight-Pesqueira. Basketball Wrap Up - Boys and Girls Following the end of the basketball season, all seniors from both girls’ and boys’ teams participated in the Arby’s All Star Game. Seniors from teams around the San Luis Valley (SLV)  region were able to practice and compete together one last...

CCS students to create mural for Crestone Town Park stage

By Sequoia Sirois The town of Crestone has always had many community projects going on throughout the years. Projects range from cleaning up the roads of trash for Earth Day, establishing a new town park for the kids, to building a new show stage for community performances.  This year a new...

Sports transition: Bball ends and track runs

By Ziah Knight-Pesqueira  HS Boys Basketball ends After a tough 73-39 playoff loss against the Stratton Eagles the Moffat Cowboys season officially comes to an end. The Cowboys finished their season with a 13-8 record while also qualifying for the Colorado Regional Playoff. Over the course of the past four years...

Puerto Rico! 

CCS Seniors mix education, culture, art and fun in their out-of-country trip By Sequoia Sirois. The Crestone Charter School (CCS) gives amazing diverse learning opportunities to all students.  LINK high schoolers are given the lucky chance to go places out of the United States mainland. LINK is a reference to seniors...

Moffat Archers participated in the 2024 NASP Colorado State Virtual Tournament on Tuesday, February 27th, with 30 students participating. This is the most important tournament of the season for our archers. Competitors will shoot 30 arrows to score. Scoring officials will submit results to the State NASP Coordinator and...

Moffat sports 

By Ziah Knight-Pesqueira  Moffat Boys Basketball: The Moffat Cowboys have finished the regular season with a 13-6 record; solidifying themselves a place in the regional playoffs. The Cowboys most recently faced the Sierra Grande Panthers in a district play-in tournament. Unfortunately, the team came short, taking a 48-43 loss in a...

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