KaliLupe gratitude

Dear Community,

I am beyond humbled and grateful to you for making the KaliLupe benefit a huge success. You have been supporting my healing journey in so many ways for nearly two years now after my initial prognosis of 3 months to live. I cannot express what it is like one day to wake up and find out that you are terminally ill. Being a part of this community continues to be one of the strongest foundations under my feet that keeps me going. My blood family often remarks how blown away they are that I am surrounded by so many loving people. We foster a spirit of unity here that is so rare, may we never take it for granted.

While I was not well enough to attend the benefit, I heard it was a blast. Offering entertainment to our tribe has been a long standing passion of mine and I am glad that I was able to do this again, even if from my bed.

My thanks go out to so many. To you for attending and offering both and energetic contributions. The Crestone Eagle for contributing promotional space, The Cloud Station for the venue, James Joseph Roderick for his artwork, Mark and Mary for their impeccable auctioning skills, the musicians both local and from out of town, the highly talented bakers who contributed their food art, the dancers who are still sore, and I’m certain countless others who I am forgetting in this moment, but who I carry in my heart.

I’ve even heard that there were folks who couldn’t attend but dropped in just to drop off a donation. If you were unable to be at the event and would like to contribute, you can send a tax free offering to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, PO Box 822, Crestone, 81131 with “Kalisama Fund” in the memo line.

Again, my deepest gratitude to you my awesome community.

With love endless,


Fond farewell to Crestone & residents!

Dear Editor,

I would like to say thank you to everyone for making me feel welcome, loved and at home here in Crestone!

As most of you know my Mom passed away June of 2014 and as a result I have decided that my time here in Crestone is up.

I will be leaving mid-January for a new adventure with Scott and Kyle. I will be leaving here with very fond memories of everyone and what I feel are lifelong friendships. My Dad is still here so I will be back to visit periodically.

I wish everyone peace, health and happiness!

I love you all

Sheryll Whelchel