Love, blessings & gratitude

Dear Community,

Scot & Ava would like to bid all our beloved friends and patrons from the Bliss Cafe a fond farewell! It’s been five years since we built and opened the cafe and we’re both longing to fulfill other dreams and goals. So, look out for Scot’s documentary on neuroplasticity: the brain’s ability to create new neural pathways, and for one of Ava’s books to be published. While it took us months to make our decision to move on, our hearts decided some time ago that we were ready to choose a new life! First step: heading to California in our brand new 1994 RV to lounge, study, write and be creative.

We are very grateful and excited that three delightful employees have taken over the business. Bennett Italia, Trevor Welch and Jordan Roberts are the happy new owners of the cafe, while Scot & I will retain and develop the hotel side of the business. We hope you’ll welcome the new guys warmly! They’re fresh and excited to be taking over.

Thank you for your laughter, lessons, love, growth and money. We felt like a bridge for townspeople to come and have fun and eat good food! If nothing else we hope (as our signs said), that you learned

Optimism is key ~ Complaint is futile. And that Patience is a virtue. You were often rich in virtuosity by the time you left the Bliss!

With ever so much love, blessings and gratitude,

Ava Lowe & Scot Swordy

Election thank you

Dear Editor:

First, I would like to publicly say thank you to the residents of Saguache County for taking time out of your busy schedules to cast your votes of confidence for me on November 4, 2014.  I have had the privilege of serving you, the people of this county for the past 20 years as your County Treasurer/Public Trustee. Every vote was very much appreciated.

I have always said that I would continue to run and serve this county in this position as long as I felt that I was making a difference and enjoying my job.  I continue to feel that I am making a difference in the things that I do and am still enjoying my job.  Each day brings new challenges with budgetary constraints and laws that change. Every day continues to be a learning experience. I have met so many wonderful, good, and kind people, most who live right in our county.

Lastly, I would like to thank my family and my staff for all the support and help you have given me the past four years. My staff is amazing and I could not do it without each one of them. Thank you, Lynn, Aileen and Regina—you are the best and I am nothing without you!

It has been my pleasure and honor to serve you, the people of Saguache County, for the past 20 years and I am honored to serve you for another four.


Connie A. Trujillo

Saguache County Treasurer/Public Trustee

Special thanks from Friends of the Library

Dear Editor,

The Crestone Baca Grande Friends of the Library wish to extend our sincere thanks for the generous donations and hard work that made it possible to conduct the following events:   A Gathering of Poets, conducted in October 2014 at the ‘Ol School House,’ here in Crestone.  Special thanks to Peter Anderson and Dave Miller, who promoted and directed the very successful event.  Proceeds to the Friends of the Library.

Also, the very recent event on 24th & 25th of January 2015 by Matthew Crowley, held at Dharma Ocean Shrine Hall.  This event was a celebration of Matthew’s recently published book of poetry, titled ‘Limitlessness,’ and included Poetry Recitation (by Matthew),  a Silent Auction, a Book Signing, and a Art Exhibit by our own Marika Popovits.  The event was a over-whelming success and obviously enjoyed by all.

Many, many thanks for your though-full and generous donations to the Crestone Baca Grande Friends of the Library, and toward our community’s new library facility. –

— Thom Ontko, Chair.

p.s.  Next FOL Meeting scheduled for 20th February 2015, @ 1:30, Crestone Town Hall.