Monday, June 24

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

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Hiking in the SLV:  Discovering the hidden oasis of San Luis Lake State Wildlife Area

By Tegan Welsch-Rainek Just beyond the edge of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo range, lies the San Luis Lake State Wildlife Area. This time of year, it's a hidden oasis brimming with water and life. The recent snowmelt and rains have revitalized the grasslands, wetlands, and lakes, bringing the area to life. Setting off on my journey, I noticed a storm brewing over the Sangre de Cristos and the distant sand dunes. The clouds cast a purple hue over the dunes, but beams of sunlight still pierced through, creating a striking...

White Mountain Farm

Sustaining the legacy of an ancient crop By Anya Kaats. Paul New’s family has been farming in the San Luis Valley (SLV) for more than 100 years, going back to around 1917. Originally the News grew organic wheat, alfalfa, and raised sheep, but in 1984, New’s father Ernie, alongside their friend John McCamant, started experimenting with quinoa. In 1987, White Mountain Farm was incorporated and became the first large-scale quinoa operation in North America, located in Mosca, CO.  Known as “The Mother Grain” of the Incas, quinoa has been cultivated for over 5,000 years, originating from the Andean region of South America, particularly...

The legacy of Buddhism in La Jara’s  Japanese American community

By Brandon Gonzales. Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is commemorated annually every May. This designation aims to celebrate the contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout history as well as today.  The San Luis Valley has long been a crossroads and meeting place for different groups, from its Native American roots to its Hispano settlements to its Anglo pioneers. Asian Americans, specifically Japanese Americans, also contributed to the history of the Valley, especially its agriculture and religious diversity. One example of this rich history is found at La Jara’s Buddhist temple, which was built in 1936 to serve...

Valley Roots Food Hub: Multi-farm brings fresh to the table

By Maria Karahalios. Valley Roots Food Hub Mosca, Colorado—Valley Roots Food Hub (VRFH) launches the Summer 2024 Fresh Box multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program on June 20 through September 11. The program runs alongside the fresh harvest season to bring shareholders fresh and local produce from growers across the Colorado bio-region.  Every Thursday, shareholders will receive a box of specially curated produce that aims to supplement a family of two to three people. In addition to the produce, shareholders will receive a weekly newsletter filled with valley happenings, producer bios, creative recipes, warehouse highlights, and how to store produce. For June,...

Empowering the heirs to the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant

An interview with Move Mountains Project Executive Director, Shirley Romero Otero By Anna Lee Vargas. Since its official inception in 2014, Move Mountains Project (Move Mountains) has served as an art and entrepreneurship community education program that builds sustainable platforms for the youth leaders of San Luis, Colorado. Move Mountains’ mission is to encourage youth, as heirs to the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant, to develop deeper understandings of art, resource preservation and entrepreneurship in order to empower active community citizens through a focus on local and global social justice issues.  Since lack of employment is a major obstacle for youth of...

Artist mural projects engage Crestone and Moffat

San Luis Valley artist Gigi Douglas brought together students and volunteers in Crestone and Moffat with her mural painting skills. Douglas worked with kids from both the Moffat school district and the Crestone Charter School to create themed murals at the Moffat school bus barn and the Crestone town stage. Funding for the projects came from a Saguache County sales tax grant. Douglas also worked with the La Jara community to create a mural there. 

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...

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...

White Mountain Farm

Sustaining the legacy of an ancient crop By Anya Kaats. Paul New’s family has been farming in...

Valley Roots Food Hub: Multi-farm brings fresh to the table

By Maria Karahalios. Valley Roots Food Hub Mosca, Colorado—Valley Roots Food Hub (VRFH) launches the Summer...

The legacy of Buddhism in La Jara’s  Japanese American community

By Brandon Gonzales. Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is commemorated annually every May. This...

Empowering the heirs to the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant

An interview with Move Mountains Project Executive Director, Shirley Romero Otero By Anna Lee Vargas. Since...

Artist mural projects engage Crestone and Moffat

San Luis Valley artist Gigi Douglas brought together students and volunteers in Crestone and...

Building alternatives displayed by CEF

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

Hiking in the SLV: Sierra Blanca Trail

Editor’s note: Hiking in the SLV will become a new monthly additon to The...

Embroidering the Story

A history of colcha in Saguache County By HEART of Saguache Colcha embroidery became an important...

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...

The Acequia Institute

Protecting Indigenous foodways, feeding community, and empowering youth By Anya Kaats The Acequia Institute, located in...

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...

USFS History: Crestone-Baca volunteers help forest service

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

The Indigenous role of fire

Using fire as a tool in land stewardship By Hillary Renick. Fire as a tool Fire, powerful and...

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...

Is it a scooter? Is it a bike? e-bikes offer new alternative

By Wade Lockhart. Are e-bikes part of the new transportation revolution?  During the warmer months, and...

IndigiNews: Decolonizing the media, elevating Indigenous voices

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

SLV language: Rare 16th-century Spanish dialect spoken

By Anna Lee Vargas. Nestled between expansive mountain ranges and the Río Grande, the fertile...

Home of the Happy Yak

Chokurei Yak Ranch faces change after 16 years of stewardship By Zaylah Khundmiri  photographs by Matt Lit. When...

Nourishing the Valley: The SLV’s food system

By Ameille Warner. For over 10,000 years, the people of the San Luis Valley (SLV)...

The maroon robes of Crestone

By Rich Klein. Nestled at the foot of high mountain peaks, with acid-test-light-show skies, unpredictable...

Rio Grande fish species make move from Baca to Medano

by John Livingston, Colorado Parks and Wildlife , Southwest Region  Public Information Officer MOSCA, Colo.—A decades-long...

Sacred Wyld: Pioneering a modern-day sacred harvest

By Anya Kaats. For twenty years, Wes Atkinson owned and operated a successful hunting outfitter...

Soul Players of the Valley:“Semillas of Change” 

By Anna Lee Vargas. The Soul Players of the Valley (SPV) is a coalition of...

RiGHT: A land trust for the San Luis Valley

By Anya Kaats. When Susan Pierce-Platais moved to the San Luis Valley (SLV) in 1996,...

Hecho en Colorado San Luis Valley Artist Carlos Sandoval

Article courtesy of Latino Cultural Arts Center (LCAC). Carlos Sandoval is a Colorado native from the...
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