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Wetlands at Lago de Oro being restored

The Crestone Eagle, June 2004: Wetlands at Lago de Oro being restored by Mary Lowers If you are a Crestone/Baca resident, you can’t help but have noticed that the Lago Del Oro wetlands restoration project, just past White Eagle...

Storing the Sun (March 2009)

In speaking of such feats as storing the sun, we are also discussing methods to bottle wind, yoke water, or cruciblize earth. Accessing the sun’s energy when it is not shining is a matter of modern alchemy—of tapping into the other living and elemental facets of nature. We all owe our existence to the irradiant grace of our nearby star; some of us inherently utilize it more directly than others. Biomass, for instance, is really but a stored, solar-energy depository within a continuum of broad biological and atmospheric cycles. Air can also be pressurized in caverns, and water pumped to elevation or electrolyzed into hydrogen, all with the energy from the sun. As the classical axiom says: energy is neither created nor destroyed; only transformed.

Solar energy & the future of the San Luis Valley (February 2009)

On Saturday January 17, 2009  the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC) and Water Protection Coalition (SLVWPC) co-sponsored a standing-room only presentation and panel discussion in Alamosa regarding the coming boom of solar energy in the Valley. Concerns about mega-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) and what impacts that may have on agricultural water seemed to be the impetus for the well-attended meeting. The national push for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions were also considered as a driver for large solar development. While it was apparent the multinational solar industry is coming to the Valley, it was presented as a mixed blessing and something to keep an eye on.

Great Sand Dunes becomes a National Park: History made on September 13, 2004

Just when it was beginning to look like another two or three years before the Sand Dunes would become a national park, suddenly it was a done deal in just six days in mid-September. The Baca Ranch changed ownership on Friday, September 10 from Farallon’s Vaca Partners to The Nature Conservancy, the interim owner for the Federal Government. And on September 13, the national monument was declared the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

EarthArtVillage: Pioneers in Living & Learning

The Crestone Eagle, May 2002: EarthArt Village (EAV), located between Road T and Villa Grove off CR 64, is framed to the east by the burly peaks of the Sangres, and embraced from the southwest by the vast openness of the San...

Crestone Gardening—High and Dry

The Crestone Eagle, July 2002: Crestone Gardening—High and Dry by Matie Belle Lakish Crestone called to me eight and a half years ago, and while I lived in awe of the incredible vistas outside my windows, I began wondering how I...

Spacious, partly furnished 3BR, 2BA

in Chalet II with stunning mountain & valley views. Deck, garage w/greenhouse. Lots of passive solar. Huge wood burning stove. $1600/mo+Utilities, 2 mo sec dep. No smokers. Pets w/references. 719-429-8463

RENTAL for woman 20’s to 50 something.

Be part of a women’s apprenticeship program in garden/homesteading arts & business. RUSTIC 3 small rooms suite, furnished. Shared Bathroom & Laundry in bldg next door. $300/mo (+ firewood/propane on your own.) Program...

Bookkeeping, Services & Education

Specializing in construction, but can handle most small business needs. You can hire me to work for you, or hire me to teach you how to structure things so you can keep it up yourself. Call or email. 202-577-8462...

The alchemy of plant-treated sewage A visit with David Austin and his Living Machines

In a Living Machine®, plants are carefully matched to the right “soil” (an engineered aggregate) to best support their roots and ecology. Most soils have a slightly negative electrical charge, so the positive ions in water adhere to the soils. In wastewater key nutrients like ammonia have positive ions. Ammonia “sticks” to the soil when the wetland is flooded. When drained, the ammonia remains “stuck” in thin films of water. When exposed to air, oxidation happens very quickly—accelerated by the plants and soil. With oxygen, one type of bacteria quickly converts ammonia to nitrate, which other bacteria use in the next flood cycle to consume other pollutants. The plants, roots and aggregate together support the community of healthy, sewage digesting microorganisms.

Lighting starts fire on Gibson Peak (July 2008)

The Crestone Eagle, July 2008: Lighting starts fire on Gibson Peak by Mary Lowers As the Eagle goes to press, the small Gibson Peak Fire that started June 18 was still burning four miles north and 2,000 ft. above the Town of...

Part-time After School Program Coordinator

Alpine Achievers Initiative is hiring a part-time After School Program Coordinator. 10-15 hours per week. $12-15/ hour DOE. Contact Emily at to request the full position description and application...

Accounting Clerk-Saguache Co Public Health

Full Time 32 hours per week. Salary TBD. Accounting Clerk to perform a variety of accounting, bookkeeping and financial tasks. The qualified person will be responsible for keeping financial records updated, preparing reports,...


All aspects of NEW Greenhouse construction. Also, used green house materials for sale. Retractables, glass, all parts. Call Mark 303-619-4650

Artisanal Buildings – Construction and Remodeling

The Artisanal Buildings Crew thanks Crestone for a wonderful season and all of your support! Seasonal Sale on winter remodeling and building starts for 2020. Please contact us for quick response and a team that shows up. Tony...


Apartment including kitchen/bathroom/living room/2 bedrooms. Or 2 Queen Rooms rented separately or together. Chalet 2. Available Nov 1. Very Quiet. No smoking. Use of Sacred Space can be arranged easily. Call for details....

Cozy, Clean, Comfy

Chalet I Partially furnished apartment. $650 per month utilities included. $350 Deposit. No pets. No smoking. For one person. 719-256-4472 / 505-930-4599


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Upcoming Events

  1. Hearing re: SLVREC vs Citizens

    November 19 - November 22
  2. lha bab duchen (Shakyamuni’s descent from heaven)

    November 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Moffat Town public meeting on add’l land annexation

    November 19 @ 6:30 pm
  4. BGPOA EAC meeting

    November 20 @ 10:00 am
  5. Sufi Dhikr

    November 21 @ 4:00 pm

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