Sunday, June 23

The Crestone Eagle is a nonprofit monthly newspaper serving Crestone and the San Luis Valley

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County commissioner candidates interviewed

By Chris Ryan Editor’s note: Both interviews have been edited for brevity and clarity. The full interviews are available on The Crestone Eagle website: www.CrestoneEagle.org. Tom McCracken What have you learned in your experience that you think would be especially valuable for you moving forward? There’s a lot to learn about this job. I didn’t even have my legs under me for the first two years. The biggest responsibility the county has is the budget. We have 1,600 plus budget items on a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and manage about 120 employees. What is valuable is learning all that, figuring out the priorities, getting a...

Range View Apartments puzzle pieces fall into place in Saguache

By Tricia Toney. Pieces of an complicated puzzle are beginning to fall into place on the way to funding 32 units of affordable housing in Saguache. The proposed Range View Apartment complex will require an estimated $16.1 million to complete. Puzzle pieces include cooperation with multiple governmental agencies, grant approvals, partnership with private business enterprises, private investors, and a tax incentive program.  And that’s all before a shovel hits the dirt.  Once complete, the apartments will provide housing for school teachers, restaurant workers, retirees, and others who make less than $60,300 a year for a two-person household. Evan Samora, out-going director of the...

Samora moves from local housing to state-level housing

By Tricia Toney. Although he remains committed to the completion of two large-scale affordable housing projects in Saguache County, Evan Samora is moving on and up. Director of the Saguache County Housing Authority since 2011, Samora has accepted a new job with the state of Colorado as housing development specialist for the Southwest Region. As such, he will work with officials in Saguache County, Chaffee County and Hinsdale County who are seeking funding for affordable housing projects from the State of Colorado. Samora started as a maintenance man for the county in 2007, not long after graduating from high school. He kept...

Building alternatives displayed by CEF

The team behind the natural-build demo site on the corner of Birch St. and Golden Ave., in Crestone, is gearing up in anticipation of the 35th annual Crestone Energy Fair (CEF), September 14-15, 2024. Last year, Benjamin Byer and Michelle Beelendorf-Byer donated use of some of their land to CEF to help bring increased awareness to the event and its ongoing education program by way of a permanent mixed-medium shed installation. The shed showcases various building styles including a dry stack foundation, cob, strawbale, aircrete and hempcrete panels. The project was initially envisioned by Shawn King and construction began...

Local dance community seeks indoor space for hosting

By Anya Kaats. The Crestone dance community is in search of an indoor space to host ecstatic dance, contact improvisation and authentic movement. While the dance community in Crestone has been growing exponentially, finding an appropriate indoor space to host classes has remained a challenge. Without a local community center, teachers and facilitators of movement arts in Crestone have extremely limited options available to them.  The dance community is seeking a space that is affordable or free of charge, where they can offer by-donation offerings for up to 20 people. A smooth wood, matted or vinyl floor is also a necessity, as...

Commissioners notified of Moffat 5G tower upgrade

By Tricia Toney. Verizon Wireless has given notice of intent to provide 5G service from its Moffat cell tower, and neither Saguache County residents nor the county commissioners have any say about it. When Verizon filed an application to the county for this upgrade in February, the commissioners called a special work session to discuss how to manage the news.  Aware that 5G service on cell towers in the valley is a sensitive, controversial issue, they wondered if the county should send press releases or call a town hall-type meeting. While such a meeting would have allowed citizens to voice support or concerns...

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 County Commissioners. Last year the Baca Grande Association provided dumpsters for the event along with volunteers from the board and staff. Mountainside Realty also joined in on the fun providing volunteers, seeds, burgers, and a clean up of T-road and the surrounding area.  This year the...

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 Oglesby.  Residents voted in all four incumbents to join Adam Kinney and Kizzen Laki, who were not up for re-election. Mayor Kairina Danforth chose not to run for re-election after her third term as mayor, and there was no new mayoral candidate on the ballot.  “Shortly after...

Range View Apartments puzzle pieces fall into place in Saguache

By Tricia Toney. Pieces of an complicated puzzle are beginning to fall into place on...

Samora moves from local housing to state-level housing

By Tricia Toney. Although he remains committed to the completion of two large-scale affordable housing...

Building alternatives displayed by CEF

The team behind the natural-build demo site on the corner of Birch St. and...

Local dance community seeks indoor space for hosting

By Anya Kaats. The Crestone dance community is in search of an indoor space to...

Commissioners notified of Moffat 5G tower upgrade

By Tricia Toney. Verizon Wireless has given notice of intent to provide 5G service from...

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...

Byer named mayor, Oglesby joins as trustee

By Anya Kaats In a surprise appointment, Town Trustees voted Benjamin Byer to serve as...

Saguache County Museum opening day festivities

“Just like we used to — celebrating 65 years.” On May 26, the Saguache County Museum...

Crestone youth captures April 8 full eclipse in Texas

By Mark “Ziggy” Eilets As I awoke on the bright and early morning of April...

Southern Peaks League Art Show fills Moffat gym

By Lori Nagel The Moffat School gymnasium transformed into an Art Gallery the last weekend...

Sheela Bringi: April concert at Colorado College

By Peter Gyallay-Pap. Hindustani harpist, vocalist, and bamboo flutist Sheela Bringi will bring her rare...

Smoke: Baca Grande Ambulance organizes Mental Health and Wellness fairs

By Christina Lakish. People almost never want to see Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), but here’s...

Mayor Kairina Danforth bids farewell

My last month as Crestone mayor I came to the Baca in 1999, with my...

USFS History: Crestone-Baca volunteers help forest service

By Jose Villa. More than a decade ago, in 2014, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS)...

Firewise: Thanking the crews who make up the workforce

By Daniel S. Johnson, Saguache  County Firewise Program. It’s been a highly productive fall and...

Crestone Board still divided on town stage, events

By Anya Kaats. A town-appointed special events committee was created last month to address town...

Colorado 2024-2025 fishing licenses are now available

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) reminds anglers the 2024-2025 fishing season is...

Gofundme campaigns help wolf rescue and owner of Moffat home

Wolf rescue needs community help Charlene Wolf, of Crone Wolf Medicine, has started a gofundme...

Crestone Energy Fair slated for September, works with town

By Anya Kaats. The Crestone Energy Fair (CEF), which returns this year for its 35th...

Dymitro Vynogradov, pianist, performs March 24

By Peter Gyallay-Pap Welcome spring to the sound of music — like the artistry of...

Immigrant-owned Sand Dunes Mushroom Co-op launches crowdfunding campaign

ALAMOSA, CO — Sand Dunes Mushroom Cooperative, LCA, has launched a campaign to raise...

Smoke: Multi-Agency Emergency Response in SLV

By Christina Lakish Hello Baca-Crestone Neighbors. In response to recent community questions, we, the first...

IndigiNews: Decolonizing the media, elevating Indigenous voices

This year The Crestone Eagle will be taking notes from the all-Indigenous-led newsroom, IndigiNews....

Baca Stables saddles up for children’s riding program

by Joanna and Eli Dokson. The Baca Grande Stables’ 2024 summer children’s riding program for...

New Forest supervisor on Rio Grande National Forest

By Gregg GoodlandPublic Affairs OfficerRio Grande National Forest DEL NORTE, CO—Dennis Kuhnel has been appointed...
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