Friendship & good times

To all my friends & customers,

Thank you for all the friendship and good times that we have had over the years. You will never be forgotten. It is now time to say good bye. May we continue to stay in touch. My wife and I would like to thank you for the retirement party and show of support. I will forever cherish all of you. Hard to believe that 38 years have gone by, 37 of them in Crestone.

Thank you, thank you, LOL,

UPS “Daily Dave” Jaramillo

Thank you

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank everybody for coming to my retirement party and for the cards and the  gifts and all the good food.  Thanks to everyone who helped throw the party.  It was a lot of fun and was very special to me.  I enjoyed working with all the people for the all the years that I worked for the Town of Crestone.

Thanks to everyone,

Jim Hollmer

Ashley for sheriff

Dear Editor,

Let’s get ready to set up correctly for the general election.

Saguache County Sheriff, in my opinion, needs some new insight, intelligence and new blood. I can look at Edith “Edie” Ashley, sheriff contender, and see her open honesty and trustworthy demeanor.

As a bail bondsman for 15+ years, she has a better understanding of law enforcement than recruits from the academy and many deputies.

My vote goes for Edie Ashley, Saguache County Sheriff. Supporter of new approaches for the citizens of Saguache County.

Diane L. Kohl

Cheat grass: Wildfire threat

Dear Crestone Eagle readers,

It has been a wet spring, and cheat grass has proliferated in roadsides throughout the SLV, along city streets and county roads, even highway sides. If we have a dry summer or fall, this overgrowth will become an extreme fire danger. The BLM reports that cheat grass becomes flammable 4 to 6 weeks earlier and remains susceptible to wildfires 1 to 2 months later than native perennials.  If you haven’t yet educated yourself about this invasive species, do so now with this BLM Rangeland Management report:  www.icbemp.gov/science/pellant.pdf and many other articles online. Now is the time for repeated targeted spraying with grass-specific herbicide, before this spring’s seeds mature. One spray per season is not enough, because with a staggered germination, new plants come up throughout the summer.

City, county, and state government each must do their part. Citizens must become informed of their duties too in controlling weeds on their own properties. The government can fine citizens for noncompliance. Citizens may complain about danger to pets and children, but it is citizens’ responsibility to maintain their own safety, while governments should advertise spray dates.

We will all pay more in damages than we will in preventive costs. The state economy will suffer from loss of tourism and grazeable rangeland if insufficient attention is paid to this growing fire hazard. In my observation, within the SLV it is still mainly in roadside, ditchside, and other disturbed-dirt areas, but it will not remain so. It is spreading.

Consult with experts on this invasive species and take action immediately in your respective sphere of influence. As a lesson for how concerted and long of an effort we will need to make, consider how effective we have been at controlling the spread of the non-native dandelion (which is harmless, beside crowding out other species).

—Ardell Broadbent

Toward a local watershed management plan

We local residents are fortunate to live with the exceptional wonder of streamways and riparian forests here at the northeast headwaters of the Rio Grande Basin. The June issue of the Eagle covered the May field trip of our local riparian steward organization.  The Spanish Meadows area we visited is an example of a stream corridor, with its various springs and seasonal flows, which suffers from the lack of a water management plan with the water rights owner, the Baca National Wildlife Refuge and its parent agency, the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  It is common practice for a National Wildlife Refuge to formalize a water management plan; one is overdue here. In the words of the educational liaison of the Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative, Judy Lopez, “Without riparian areas and wetlands, we don’t have a functioning ecosystem.” It is indeed all connected.

Larry Calloway’s excellent article mentions that the Board of Directors of the Baca Grande Property Owners Association has sent a letter to the Colorado Water Conservation Board regarding “in-stream flows” in the subdivision. In the case of Spanish Creek, for example, a peak flow of 40cfs (cubic feet/second) was recorded around June 1 of this year, begging the need for proper management of seasonal groundwater recharge. Major recharge occurs within the sub-montane zone in Crestone and the Baca subdivision. It is a well established fact that this recharge is required to maintain the hydrology of local ecosystems and groundwater levels in both the confined and unconfined aquifers.

Crestone-Baca Watershed Council is also utilizing Trout Unlimited’s expertise. What’s good for fish is good for the entire streamway ecosystem and corridors: its trees, shrubs and various aquatic species. Restoration management and a cooperative water agreement would help restore and maintain the health of local springs, alluvial flow, hyporeic (horizontally saturated) habitats, nutrient cycles, wetlands, meadows, riparian width, migratory bird habitat, groundwater seasonal flows and much needed recharge at the valley margin (where we live), the value of which is beyond estimation. A cooperative water management agreement between the Baca Grande POA, CO Water Conservation Board and US Fish and Wildlife Service would be in keeping with the mandates of each party and a vehicle for coordinated adaptation to climate change. An active and informed citizenry is imperative to bring this about.

Please join in on the Watershed Council’s monthly field trips.  The July trip will be July 15. See Haps and calendar listings for details. Check out our table at the July 4 celebration and be sure to attend an important stream protection meeting with Linda Bassi, CO Water Conservation Board Section Chief, hosted by the POA Natural Surroundings Committee, on July 7.

Crestone-Baca Watershed Council Steering Committee: Glyder, Noah Baen, Julie Reinhart-Sutherland, Paul Kloppenburg]

Talkin’ trash

Dear Landlords,

Do you provide trash service for your tenants? If not, may I suggest you do and if needed, pass on the cost to them as part of their rent? It takes a lot of $$ to rent a house, pay deposits for rent, electric, propane etc. Renters may end up not signing up for trash service because of the deposits required. Renters may plan to haul their own trash, but if they don’t do it frequently, then it accumulates on your property—attracting mice and bears. Or, it gets dumped in town & Baca barrels, neighbors’ barrels or at the Free Box. If trash service is provided as part of rent, it could help to solve some of our community’s trash (& bear) problems.

And, dear neighbors, if you don’t have trash service, or if you do but rarely fill your barrel, please consider sharing your service (and the cost) with other friends and neighbors.  It will make it more affordable for everyone.

Thanks for your consideration,

Kizzen Laki