Thank you to the community

As Kali’s parents we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to all of you in Crestone who have shown our family what friendship and love is truly all about.  A special thank you to those who cared for Kali on a 24/7 basis, providing transportation, food and other personal needs she required. The outpouring of love and tribute has meant so much to us.  The love you have shown us at this most difficult time is exemplary.  We again wish to thank each and every one of you.  Crestone . . . you are a family.

Roz and Harvey Micklin

Correction to the Mother’s Day message

Dear Editor,

I just wanted to present a correction to the “Mother’s Day Message” on the Letters to the Editor page in the May Eagle issue.  I really appreciate you printing the poem “Children Live What They Learn,” but it is not by anonymous.  This poem was written by Dorothy Law Nolte, PhD, one of Dr. Ida Rolf’s original students of Structural Integration.  In addition to her focus on family dynamics, Dr. Nolte created a movement program called Structural Awareness, which is used extensively throughout the Structural Integration community.

Dr. Nolte’s poem was expanded into a book, published in 1998, called Children Learn What They Live available at

Thanks again for printing Dr. Nolte’s poem, and I continue to appreciate all of your great work with the Eagle!

—Buddy Frank

Compassion where/when it counts

Dear Editor,

The knock came on a Sunday night/Monday morning at 2am. It was the single bark of my dog that woke me up, and as I walked downstairs, I saw the glare of a flashlight near my front door. I opened the door to a single Saguache County sheriff and a middle-aged woman in civilian clothes.

I have been in this position eight times in my life, as a civilian. At least a dozen times when I was working  as a paramedic in Los Angeles in the 80s.

As a civilian, I was at the homes of friends or parishioners when the men in blue, or in two cases, when uniformed soldiers came to the door.

I knew why they were here.

I also knew that the next words that were to leave the deputy’s lips would change my, or my sleeping housemate’s, life forever.

“Does ——- live here?” It was my housemate. Yes . . . who died?” ”Her sister” . . . “Please come in.”

You can imagine the horror that followed.

When the light of day came, and my housemate was resting, I made the round of calls to each of my family, telling them of my love for them—so so grateful that the call wasn’t for me, wasn’t for them.

I know that Saguache County is known for being the poorest county in the state. But, may I suggest, that they spent their money wisely. They woke up a grief counselor from her home at midnight to travel 100 miles round trip to accompany the deputy, to be there when the news was announced. In my experience, this was a first.

I am proud to call Crestone my home,  and I equally am proud to call Saguache County my home.

—Tevye Belous

Thanks to everyone

Dear Editor:

I wanted to thank Benji Buyers and Michelle Beelendorf for offering Cloud Station as a gathering space on May 17 to discuss a new Crestone/Baca Library, and for a wonderful dinner thanks to their tireless efforts as well as some great food provided by the Crestone/Baca Friends of the Library.  Thanks also to everyone who attended and offered their comments and questions. Those who were unable attend will soon be able to see the slides from local architect Burt Wadman’s presentation on a preliminary library design at the website for Northern Saguache County Library District website ( Additional questions and comments on the new library project are also welcome and can be sent to Sarah Koehn Frey, Director, NSCLD, PO Box 448, Saguache, CO 81149.

—Peter Anderson

Chair, NSCLD

Helping out a neighbor

Dear Editor,

As a professional coach with a specialization in transitional challenges, one of the areas in which I practice is the subspecialty of grief coaching. In this capacity I have found very creative opportunities to be of service to others as they process the changes in life that come as loved ones, partners, faithful pets transition onwards. This spring brought one particularly sweet connection that enriched my life and deepened my respect for both sides of the process.

When Mary Palermo passed in early February she left behind a devoted partner of over 25 years who faced the enormous challenge of a vast array of items collected over the course of her  50+ years of adulthood. With no children or siblings to dispense these items to, it became another layer of work for a grieving spouse which I became inspired to offer support with.

The experience of cataloging, researching values and history of the many items of Native American regalia, Victorian adornments, vintage jewelry and classic 70s artwear was a delightful journey into an amazing woman’s taste and artistic sensibility. It was a process uniquely Crestonian thanks to enthusiastic participation from others to help a neighbor transform items no longer of service to them into something of better value: cash!

The pre-Mother’s Day “Estate Sale” held at my home brought friends and strangers alike out to admire her beautiful pieces and select special items for self or others. Almost $2000 was raised in a very short time which will provide some relief for end-of-life bills that Vince faces. Items not sold will be posted onto an eBay account or taken to consignment shops for the upcoming tourist season.  Checks should be arriving for a while for Vince’s benefit as items move along to new homes.

Opening our hearts, our homes and our pocketbooks for one another with such grace and love is one of the reasons I love where I live: Crestone, an amazing place to call home.

—Moira Forsythe


Dear Eagle Editor,

I want to thank the leadership of the Northern Saguache County Library District (NSCLD), the Friends of the Library and the Steering Committee for the New Library Project for the inspiring evening of community education and engagement on Sunday, May 17 at the Cloud Station in Crestone.

The professional presentation by architect Burt Wadman of the plans for a library facility was well done and deeply informative. The meeting was skillfully and gently facilitated by Pete Anderson, Chair of the NSCLD and Kim Smoyer of Saguache and NSCLD board member. Kudos to Tom Ontko, Chair of the Friends of the Library, for bringing a vision of a new library for Crestone into form. Sarah Koehn Frey, Director of the Library District, has repeatedly demonstrated her leadership and management skills as she navigates the ever-changing waters of district growth, public financing, and day-to-day operations.  The great food provided by The Friends of the Library and prepared by volunteers as well as the generous folks of Cloud Station was plentiful and tasty and helped to create an atmosphere of well-being in the community.

The Steering Committee for the New Library Project invites community members to participate in the fundraising  and capital campaign for the new library. Representatives of the library district have initiated discussions with charitable foundations from the Front Range.

The current design of the library reflects approximately a 5,000 square foot space that includes a community room, teen and children book rooms and all the other kinds of space that a modern library would accommodate. In the design shown to the group, the community room is the largest of the rooms. When Pete Anderson pointed out that this space is half the size of the Cloud Station (which was packed with people listening and eating), a reality check settled over the crowd. 5,000 square feet is actually at the small end of the range of rural libpraries found in places like Ridgeway, South Fork, Dolores and Mancos. I encourage all those who are driving this project to Think Big and Design for the Future—which is Now.

A library that provides educational resources as well as community space, and reflects in its architecture the environmental values of Crestone-Baca, is a beacon for economic well-being and tribal health. An aesthetically pleasing and well-designed building offers a refuge of harmony, reflection and gathering that is sorely lacking at present.

The new library project represents the brilliant sanity of human nature seeking to grow and improve its collective situation. May we not get in our own way.  May the new library come to fruition in a timely fashion.


Marta Shoman

Libraries are community

Dear Editor,

Libraries are not only important within a community, they are the leaders of culture.

The library is not only a depository of knowledge and history, it is the ongoing learning resource center of a community.  Because of these functions, libraries are vitally important for the future of every community.

Generally the main support group for as library is the Friends of the Library.  The Baca Grande Friends of the Library (FOL) was revived in 2011: after much hard and diligent work, we were granted exempt 501(c)(3) status by the IRS.  Exempt status means that all donations to the library  raised by the Friends are exempt from taxes.  With that first meeting in September 2011, the Friends initiated discussion about a new library facility, to be located in Crestone.  This idea was a major focus of all meetings, and was eventually adopted as a viable plan by the Northern Saguache County Library District (NSCLD). As you know, eventually the plan is to locate the new library close to the Charter  School so there is opportunity for maximum