Thank you, thank you!

Dear Editor,
The Northern Saguache County Library District recently received two grants from the Saguache County Commissioners totaling $14,075. These grants will go towards our books/DVD budget and several necessary repairs/upgrades to our two library branches. Next time you see one of our County Commissioners (Jason Anderson, Tim Lovato, Ken Anderson), thank them for supporting your library!
Additionally, we want to thank the community members who came to our latest community informational meeting on April 10. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the continued forward momentum of the new library, and we look forward to more such meetings in the future. Thank you.
Sarah Koehn Frey, Director
Northern Saguache County Library District


Thank you, Denise

Dear Editor,
As manager of the Crestone Food Bank, I want to first thank Denise Peine for her faithful seven plus years as Manager and for her mentorship in the past year. Denise has been awesome in being available and staying involved to answer any questions as this transition is being made. Much gratitude, Denise!
The Food Bank welcomes Wendy Chanden on board as Co-Manager at the Food Bank. Including myself and Wendy, the Food Bank volunteers now consist of Stuart Sapadin, Alex Villa, Carmin Teeple, Claudia Brownlie, Linda Hunter, Joan Marie Stock, and Nick Carpenter.
The Food Bank is extremely grateful to Commissioner Jason Anderson and all of the Saguache County Commissioners for the County’s award of $5,000 to the Food Bank from the Saguache County Sales Tax Grant. This infusion of cash is much appreciated, as we are seeing an increase in the number of Food Bank clients and expansion of our line of offerings. We continue to appreciate the offerings of the local community, especially the regular offerings of Crestone Mercantile, Elephant Cloud, Dharma Ocean and Gracie’s Farmstead.
Also, on April 22, a fundraising event for the Food Bank was held at Joyful Journey Mineral Springs. Over $500 and numerous canned goods were donated. We wish to thank Bill Aldinger for creating this event; Joyful Journey for donating space, discounted passes, and cash; Gracie’s Farmstead for donating the proceeds from food sold at the event; and the Merc for donating drinks and supplies.
Did you know that individuals or businesses that donate $100 or more to the Food Bank are eligible for a 25% tax credit through the Colorado State Enterprise Zone?
Patti Jackson
Co-Manager, Crestone Food Bank


Here we go again

Dear Editor,
Kizzen’s April editorial lauded five major community accomplishments that sustain our quality of life, three of which involve the permanent preservation of our quiet, open spaces. Lot consolidation is one. Yes, it’s a done deal even though the POA [Baca Grande Property Owners Ass’n] Board seems to think otherwise.
Page six of the April Eagle reveals that the Board isn’t aware of the finality. Quoting the article, the Board wants “to explore what effects lot consolidation has on increasing . . . membership dues.” The tool? A survey of opinion vs. fact. “This is our main focus [and here is the incentive] . . . your wallet!” The survey would be deceiving if it suggests that the Board can instigate a process to change lot consolidation. Our governing documents have, since the POA’s creation, assessed fees based not on the lot size, but on a per-lot basis whether or not consolidated.
We’ve been through this before. The last Board appointed an “ad hoc” committee that spent months poring through documents to ascertain the facts (not a biased opinion) that underlie consolidations and explain the limitations on the Board. However, the last Board disbanded the committee without ever listening to the facts. Apparently, some holdovers from the previous Board will neither listen nor let go.
The Board’s approach reminds me of our current federal government, so intent on undoing what’s been done that it can’t govern. The Board members must think that they “have a mandate from the people,” that justifies giving their time and our money to further their own “personal vision” (“let’s make the POA great again”—logo and community activities) without regard to legal constraints. The past does shape the future when matters are settled. Continuity is the basis for a property owner’s association where we have expectations and rights that run forever with our deeds.
Also, this settled issue is being kept alive by devisiveness stemming from prejudices and fear (sound familiar?), not from hard facts. The complaints are: “it’s not fair;” “the ‘rich people’ can afford to pay more;” “what if someone comes along and consolidates all the rest of the land?” Whose duty is it to read the covenants before buying?
Look around. Building is happening and people are moving here. Dues are being paid. The Board is collecting past dues and taking some enforcement actions. The Board’s role is simple. The Board has a fiduciary duty to protect property values, take care of routine business, and enforce the covenants as they are. Take another look around. There’s a lot of work to be done.
Alicia Mason Miller


Emergency services readiness concern

Dear Eagle,
It has come to my attention that our Crestone Baca community is not receiving the emergency service protection it is paying for and depends on. In March there were about fifteen days without Advanced Life Support (ALS) coverage, and a couple of days with no ambulance coverage at all. The job of emergency services is to be there, in case of emergency.
Crestone Baca residents need to realize the ramifications of this lack of coverage. ALS provides for the ability to administer pain medication, advanced airway control, cardiac medications and other meds a patient might need.
Darrick Garcia, a paramedic who was hired to be the Baca Grande Ambulance Administrator, does not allow the ambulance to transfer patients to the Salida hospital, because of concern about the extra few minutes the ambulance might be out of service taking a patient to Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (and because it is a lower level trauma facility than Alamosa). However, this week, April 24 thru 28, there were two days with no coverage and three days without Advanced Life Support.
In the job description for Ambulance Administrator, it states that if no other Advanced Life Support personnel are available, the Administrator will provide the coverage. This is not happening. It’s a very dangerous situation, in my opinion.
Since I am no longer part of the ambulance service, I don’t have a say in how it is managed. But it is imperative that our community be made aware that currently there is a possibility that if someone needs an ambulance, no EMTs will be available.
I hope that the POA Board of Directors will take immediate action to remedy this egregious situation.
—Pam Gripp


A Place of the Heart

Dear Editor,
This month’s Eagle announces the first in what will be an annual community “Spotlight” series, highlighting the work and history of a local artist. In partnership with Crestone Films, this year, the Crestone Creative District is spotlighting the many filmographic achievements of 30-year Crestone/Baca resident Mark Elliott.
The Crestone Creative District today is one of only twenty-one Colorado Creative Districts. Early on, our creative district set out to create something that described our community. Towards that end, we turned to Crestone Films. With a small amount of funding from the Saguache County Tourism Council, matched three-fold by Crestone Films (Mark Elliott and Doug Beechwood), the resulting film made its premier at the Rainbow Hall in November 2015. Today that short (eight-minute) film, called A Place of the Heart has traveled around the world unfolding the timeless beauty and creative talent so abundant in our one-of-a-kind community. Since creation of A Place of the Heart, Mark and Doug have continued to give unstintingly of their time and talent to help the district and our community.
On May 26, in the Colorado College auditorium, you will see again the creative genius of Crestone Films, as their special film tribute to the extraordinary life and work of filmaker Mark Elliott is unveiled.
There will be a $10 admission fee, proceeds of which will go to support the work of Crestone Films in creating this unique film tribute especially for the event.
Come join us.
Kairina Danforth


Gird up for M-season

Dear Editor,
Mosquitos be alert! There is a new kid on the block and he uses a spray that will come between you and your next blood meal. His name is the picaridine kid, and his spray is non-toxic to humans.
Picaridine has been around a few years and was originally sold by Cutter Outdoor in a spray bottle. But the manufacturer of DEET persuaded Cutter to stop marketing it. Picaridine has all the good features: non-toxic, lasts up to 12 hours, and is as effective at repelling mosquitos as is DEET. Purchase it at Amazon in the Sawyer-labeled spray, and at Wal-Mart in the Natrapel spray bottle. The Natrapel spray nozzle is problematic.
An indispensable weapon is a bug zapper which looks like a small tennis racket. It instantly electrocutes and incinerates mosquitos on contact. Amazon name: Elucto. It is one of those things that works.
—Vince Palermo