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Our water, climate & stream flow

Within the past 25 years climate in the northern San Luis Valley has changed significantly. As shown by data herein, rising temperatures and falling precipitation are impacting our snowpack, rainfall, stream flow; and indirectly, groundwater levels, vegetation, and fire danger. This article looks at long-term trends in the above...

Learning The Flowers with David Lee

I like the quote by Gary Snyder in his poem, “For the Children”: stay together learn...

Crestone Evergreens

The woodlands and forests of Crestone and the Baca are mainly comprised of evergreen...

Slavery in the Southwest

It was a marvelous yet troubling exhibit at the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural...

The curious life of hibernating black bears – Questions for our sleepy neighbors

As we endure months of piled-up snow and below-freezing nights, many of us naturally...

Exploring the prickly world of Crestone cacti

If there is one local plant you should know, it is the prickly pear cactus (or Opuntia polycantha). No plant can do more damage...

Miners, ranchers, military & railroads: White settlement in the San Luis Valley

Back in the 1850s the US Army was ready to abandon Fort Massachusetts at the west end of La Veta Pass. The fort’s location...

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