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Friday, January 27

“Come Join us by the Fire”: An update on the Sage’s Hearth Remodel and Vision

Most of us drive by it every day. This multi-pitched building has seen decades of holiday bazaars, Halloween balls, fundraisers, and community events. Its modest kitchen has prepared thousands of meals for hungry hikers, spiritual retreatants, Colorado College students, and the Crestone community at large. The Desert Sage Restaurant has always been a place to gather and be nourished. From the roadside, onlookers may...
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Proceeding with caution in developing Saguache County

Talking about economic development in Saguache County brings up wide-ranging opinions about what is most important in an area that has now been “discovered” by more people along the Front Range and beyond. From a lack of affordable housing and high-paying jobs to a dearth of commercial buildings and entrepreneurial support, the list of reasons is long regarding why the county has remained relatively quiet and isolated, public officials and business leaders said. But population growth,...

Little Shepherd highlights community engagement and outreach

If you’ve been in Crestone for a while chances are you have visited Little Shepherd in the Hills Episcopal church. It’s just north of Crestone Town Hall on Alder Street. The old log cabin at the back of the property is the chapel where worship services are conducted twice a month. The well-used fellowship hall is on the north and the beautiful community garden is on the south side of the churchyard. Volunteers help Ginny Ducale with the community garden,...

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Revisiting the Papoose Fire: Destruction to new life

The burned mountainside looked like the back of a hedgehog; the dead, limbless trees now golden spikes, their once charcoal coats blasted away by blowing snow crystals. Emerald green grass and sedges covered the ground with optimism. Nine years earlier was it laid bare...

Challenger and Kit Carson in the same day

On September 17, Sasha Petrovick of Moffat summited both Challenger Peak and Kit Carson Peak. The local mountains over fourteen thousand feet elevation are...

Long runs, no lines, fresh powder … What’s not to like about Wolf Creek?

Just a 1.5-hour drive from Crestone, Wolf Creek Ski Resort is the perfect day trip for some fun in the snow. You won’t find...

An open letter from the directors of the Baca Grande Property Owners Association to all members

The following statement was sent to The Eagle from the Baca Grande Property Owners Association regarding the proposed Town of Baca Grande. Dear BGPOA Members: We, your board of directors, have been conversing with many...

Opinion: Baca Grande should become a town

Nothing in the Baca Grande will ever change, except growth without infrastructure to support it, unless the Baca Grande becomes a town. What is the process of incorporation? The Colorado Revised Statutes governing incorporation is...

Designing the Dream: Up on the roof

Let’s talk about roofs. You want your roof to be as efficient as possible in conducting water away from the house. Wood can stand to getwet, and dry off again, but it can’t get wet and stay wet without awakening dormant bacteria, mold, fungus...

Designing the Dream: Walls, Windows & Ventilation

This month we’ll discuss walls (briefly), doors, windows and ventilation. Walls People rave about the insulating qualities of strawbale walls.  Well, yes, tight walls are nice, but, since hot air rises, where you really need insulation is in the roof.  Also, keep in mind that although...

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Taking STEPs to meet growing calls for Search & Rescue in San Luis Valley

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains attract hikers, climbers and mountaineers from all over the world. Crestone Peak, the Crestone Needle, Kit Carson Peak, and Mount Blanca in particular attract some of the boldest adventurers. As more people venture into the backcountry, search and rescue (SAR) teams supporting climbers essential to mitigating risk and saving lives. Colorado Search and Rescue Association (CSAR) includes 50 volunteer SAR teams around the state. Some teams partner with helicopter agencies and medical assistance programs. Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue, Custer County SAR and Sagauche SAR most frequently respond to “missions” in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. AVSAR and Custer County SAR partner with Cañon Helitack for rescues involving helicopter insertions, where SAR volunteers are inserted by helicopter at a site which could not be reached as safely or as quickly by ground crews. In a November training session two hours north of Crestone, Alamosa SAR volunteers met...

Baca Fire PSA: Controlled Burn of POA Mitigation Pit

On Wednesday, January 25, beginning at 6:30 a.m., the Baca Grande Fire Department will be burning the Baca POA mitigation pit located east of the POA hall near the Crestone End of Life...

WANTED: Saguache County Road and Bridge is hiring for Operator I positions

$18.00/hour NO CDL REQUIRED REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have a current and valid Drivers License. Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED and six months or more of relevant experience. Prospective employees...

Full-time Utility Maintenance Field Technician I

Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is accepting applications to fill a full-time position for a Utility Maintenance Field Technician I. Under general supervision the Utility Maintenance Field Technician performs duties to sustain...

ScSEED is Hiring

Do you want an opportunity to be an integral part of growing, vital non profit organization? ScSEED is seeking a highly creative and motivated person to fill the Development Director position. For a...

Free Manure

Free horse manure. Call the Baca Grande Stables to arrange pick up. 719-256-6200

At the End of the Road: Gratitude & Grace

What blessing brings you to the end of the road? Perhaps you have met the community of friends that...

Who We Are: Kizzen Laki

If Kizzen Laki had any interest in journalism as a teen, her South Side Chicago high school journalism teacher extinguished it. He was also...

Who We Are: Chelsea Braden

At 18, Chelsea Braden moved to Mexico to help open a restaurant with the Mexican sushi chef she’d been working with at a Fort...

Who We Are: Janet Woodman – At home in a pocket of heaven

Janet Woodman remembers staring intently out the train window every day during one section of her commute from suburban New Jersey to work in...