Send a kid to camp
Dear community,
Many of you gathered for a presentation on our kids and what they need. Others of you have been stopping us in public places wanting to know what you can do and how you can help. But few have actually stepped up to the plate to do something. Your hearts are in a good place. But saying I want to help and actually doing so are quite different things.
Here’s how you can reconcile your ideal self with the one that is wanting to truly help the next generation. Each year CYP offers summer camp. This year we can expect anywhere  from 40-60 kids. The county only gave us $4,000—that’s all they could—they’re always very generous. But we need about $3,000 more to make camp happen. If each adult donated $100.00 it would make camp possible. It would allow their parents to keep working and not pay babysitters. It would mean kids would not get in trouble. It would make swimming, hikes, nutritional information, good role models,  and laughter and camaraderie possible. You can make a fun summer happen. Go to the Post Office and send a check for $100 to: CYP, PO Box 773, Crestone, CO 81131. Thank you. (55 kids and their parents are applauding and whistling).
Crestone Youth Plaza

‘Food Raising’ Sock Hop Party!
Dear Editor,
Our food bank serves many in our community and it is experiencing a serious food shortage.  In an effort to alleviate the burden on the bank, Neighbors Helping Neighbors invites everyone to come and “rock around the clock” Friday June 8 at The Laughing Buddha, 7pm. Dress and dance to the music of the 50s and 60s.
Admission is free: Just bring a bag or a box of food for the food bank.
Guys slick back your hair, gals get out that poodle skirt! Let’s have some fun as we support each other.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Board

Dragon-size gratitude for life!
Dear Friends,
Hazzah! The magical beings and fairies of Crestone have awoken the Dragon of Generosity. Together we danced thru downtown; found the treasure held safe by the unicorn; and shared the bounty with all! For this, the Dragon’s King and Queen are deeply grateful.
Special thanks to Koffi Togo Drum and Dance Troupe and the Crestone Love Tribe. Thanks to the Crestone Town Board, the Cr. Charter School, and the Cr. Creative Council. Thank you for all treasure contributions; Elephant Cloud’s luscious lemons and oranges, the Kinney family’s jewels, the Mercantile and the Bliss gift cards. And BIG thanks to the Free Box, where almost all supplies came from!
The Dragon and Fairy Street Fest and Parade on May 12 was a seed planted in hopes of growing a locally created bi-annual tradition. I imagine two street fests/parades—the Dragon and Fairy Fest in May and The Day of the Dead in November. Free, intergenerational, cross cultural events that offer a creative opportunity to learn about and celebrate our commonality and our diversity.
Anyone interested in collaborating please contact littlerustyworksgirl@yahoo.com.
Magical power to us all, as we continue to grow a strong sustainable community for generations to come!
Blessings,
Allison Wonderland

Big stupa access
Dear Crestone Community,
As the people who manage the Tashi Gomang Stupa and retreat cabins, KTTG invites the community to join us in developing a safe primary access road to the stupa. Right now, the only access to the stupa is past Shumei via the upper road owned by Manitou, called either “Dreamway,” or the “Miners’ Road.” This road is a difficult one-lane road even in summer, but as a long term primary winter access to our retreatants is not a safe route. Moreover, this road can neither be maintained nor changed in such a way that would accommodate the hundreds of cars a year traveling to the stupa.
It is clear that the Tashi Gomang Stupa is dear not just to the Buddhists who manage it, but to this very diverse community and the world beyond.  Forest Service markers indicated over 600 cars came up to the stupa in 2 summer months last year. This does not take into account the number of people who park below and hike up to the top.  It is also a sacred site that brings in an important source of tourist revenue to our shops.
KTTG has looked at several possibilities for building another road. Currently our thoughts are to purchase lots north of Cottonwood Creek close to where the small private road was but which is now closed to the public. Our intention is to purchase enough space that the road and possible parking facilities could be attractively blended with and into the landscape. This is a huge undertaking KTTG is willing to make and we’d like your input, help and support in making the Tashi Gomang Stupa safely available to all. Please contact me at 707-336-0777 with your input.
Sincerely,
Zoe de Bray, Director KTTG

Thank you POA Board
Dear Editor,
We are happy to announce that shortly after our May article appeared in the Eagle, the POA Board voted to once again provide partial scholarships for the Summer Children’s Riding Progam. A one-week session, which costs $125, will cost only $80 for qualifying children. Scholarship funds are limited, so interested families should apply soon. You can e-mail us info@bacagrandestables.com, visit our website, www.bacagrandestables.com, or call 256-4756 for more information.
Joanna and Eli Dokson,
Baca Grande Stables

Help needed
Dear Editor,
On behalf of Barbara Vail, we wish to make an appeal to our community’s generous hearts for financial assistance.
Barbara is being evicted from her home this month.  She has been an active member of this community for over 25 years. Sadly, over the last 10 years she has been suffering from medical conditions that prevent her from being employed. Please find it in your hearts to make a tax-deductible donation to NHN/Barbara Vail.
Sincerely,
Hanne Strong
Not Romney for President
Dear Editor,
Mitt Romney is a scary choice as President. As a teenager, he and a group of friends bullied, by beating up, another teenager who was gay.  Has he changed at all?  Not by his behavior among the 1% towards the 99%, particularly the middle class.
If he has his way, college loans will be even more expensive, in effect, making it impossible for anyone but the rich to go to college.
This is a form of bullying. Noblesse oblige is not in his psyche.
FDR really had compassion for the poor and unemployed and brought about Social Security, the best invested money in America. If Romney has his way, Social Security will be dipped into to pay off the debts that the 1% have brought about by taking enormous salaries and benefits, while paying very low taxes. This is not democracy; it’s aristocracy.
Beware of voting for Romney; the results could devastate our country, and especially the 99% of us who are already struggling.
Peace and love,
Sophia Tiers

Anderson for county commissioner
Dear Editor,
In our small rural area full of open space and wilderness, there are some characteristics that seem to be important for a community member that is running for county commissioner. I have known Jason Anderson to innately possess these characteristics. These include not only a love of that open space and wilderness, but also a deep, intimate, and working knowledge of that land and its many resources. In fact, he married into a family that has been ranching and utilizing traditional water in the valley for generations. During the fall, there might not be a person alive that knows the status of the elk in his area more than Jason. In working with kids and adults in the wilderness, and training business teams to effectively work together despite conditions or obstacles, Jason knows strategies that could help the Saguache community navigate challenging times. His aphorisms will certainly help bring humor to tension and sense out of chaos. Beyond these exemplary native-born characteristics, Jason’s experience with small business, renewable energy, and volunteer service on the Baca POA prepares him for fulfilling the standard tasks of county commissioner: fiscal responsibility, fair representation, and a drive to endure sometimes boundless and thankless community service. Jason is a true resource of a person and I am just grateful he and people like him are out there offering their service. It’s only up to the community to help them do their job. A vote for Jason would be a vote for intelligent progress and undisputed quality.
Sincerely,
Nicholas Chambers

Lakish for county commissioner
Dear Editor,
For the past 3.5 years Matie Belle Lakish has attended Saguache County Commissioner meetings, reporting on these informationally complex proceedings in her objectively accurate and informative “Saguache County News” page in The Crestone Eagle. Our c ommissioners must understand, decide upon, and announce directives which affect every level of our lives. Going forward, we shall require mature, balanced, creative, and informed decision-makers.
Matie Belle is running for county commissioner on a simply worded, yet vast platform: sustainable agriculture and water use, new ways of looking at our economic future, and alternative energy development compatible with our rural lifestyle. To manifest such a platform requires a grounded experiential mind set in one who understands her place in this world, and how to offer this understanding into the resolution of manifold SLV considerations.
With native intelligence, and the curiosity which steers it, she researches deeply into subjects in order to precisely understand options and how decisions impact everyone. Such command of information and reflection requires a developed vigilance which is born from integrated qualities of harmony, collaboration, resiliency, flexibility, interconnectedness, resourcefulness, and consideration of cause and effect. Such are the qualities we seek in all leaders.
Matie Belle has gained experiential knowledge from working with people and organizations all around the SLV in a number of capacities. She networks with others to gain and utilize their experience and knowledge. Devoid of any personal agendas, she is a non-autocratic and devoted team builder.
As a humanitarian, she queries people’s challenges and what can be done to help them by thinking outside of the box, asking tough visionary questions which ultimately prove critical in consideration of long term outcomes.
Imagine our county being nurtured by a matured, committed, and developed leader.
John R.M. Day, M.D.

Biosphere WaterFest invite
Dear Editor,
We are a fortunate community, basically living in a National Park, and thus we inherit attendant obligations of self-empowerment. Biosphere Coalition is actively involved in protection of the local groundwater, streamways and biodiverse habitats. We are currently working to protect unique and rare habitats with the help of Sierra Club, EPA, local elected officials, and our local conservation groups.
Biosphere Coalition wants to bring awareness to a globally rare habitat on Cottonwood Creek which includes this remarkable biodiversity all growing in close proximity:  blue spruce, white fir, aspen, cottonwood, juniper, river birch, alder, maple, douglas fir and ponderosa. As a community, I’m sure we want to save such a unique and sacred Riparian area. Field trips for the community are planned soon. Look for the dates to be announced.
Biosphere Coalition warmly invites the community to Crestone WaterFest 2012, beginning Friday June 1, 7pm at Crestone Laughing Buddha Lounge with an evening of films, fun and fundraising. The feature film will be Grey Owl, a Hollywood film starring Pierce Brosnan about stream restoration, beavers and water.
On Saturday June 2 at Old Crestone Schoolhouse, the edutainment activities will focus on what nature is really doing here and now and what is required to ensure a long term, wonder-filled life for our children’s children’s children, and their relationship with nature and the Rio Grande watershed. Activities of the day will include raffle drawings, a bake sale and refreshments.
Crestone WaterFest 2012 offers the community an opportunity to learn many things of interest and value for active participation in the restoration and conservation of this uniquely beautiful environment. The day will feature many amazing and informative presentations with a lot of visual aids. This event is designed to support important local agency and nonprofit conservation initiatives now in progress.
Please enjoy and attend Crestone WaterFest 2012!  This is a timely issue.
National Wetlands Month is May/2012 is Colorado Year of Water/Water IS Life
Thank you, pray for rain,
Glyder – Biosphere Coalition

For Jaime
Dear Editor,
Jaime Rogers was one whose light projected so true amongst us in this world, that when she died, random images and memories of her darted through our perceptions like the spluttering visions of a broken film. I will never forget the imprints I received from her. I am forever grateful that Jaime Rogers passed my way.
Jeanie Krogh

Honoring the love & light of Jaime Rogers
Dear Editor,
You’ve probably seen her on the dance floor or at the Music Festival smiling from ear to ear and groovin’ for hours in Divine bliss. Or maybe you were fortunate enough to have gotten a mind-melting massage from her, floating out of her massage room thoroughly transformed and smelling like heaven. She might have been your favorite teller at the Credit Union, making you giggle while she fanned out your withdrawal in a display of beauty. Or maybe, without even realizing it, you received her healing energy by drinking some Essiac tea that she poured her magical Reiki love into while preparing. Jaime Lyn Rogers touched this community deeply in countless ways over this last decade with her buoyant and contagious love and light.
Jaime danced her way into Crestone in 2003. Her essence was expressed through this most recent incarnation as a deeply gifted healer, powerful light worker, passionate learner, inspired teacher, generous caretaker and lover of magic. She understood the power of the word and intention, knowing that what she thought, said and focused on would create her experience. She actively engaged this practice to overcome many obstacles, disappointments and hardships in her life by focusing her energies and intention on love and gratitude.
In 2010 she followed her long time dream to live with the rainbows and wild ocean of Kauai. Diving deeper into her study of the human body and enriching her healing abilities, she had the great privilege there to study Structural Integration with Emmett Hutchins, one of Dr. Rolf’s first students and lifelong friends.
Jaime wasn’t afraid to follow her dreams or to express her love and appreciation for the world and the people in it. Let’s honor her legacy and her teachings by dedicating ourselves to the manifestation of our most precious dreams and continuing to shower this love on one another.
A natural sanctuary has been created on North Crestone Creek for us all to make offerings and prayers for Jaime’s journey home to Source. If you’re interested in visiting this site please call Cristina Cabeza at 256-5843 for directions.
Lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove
Jo delAmor & many friends

View of Crestone
Dear Editor,
Crestone: a place where all the loners get together (a visitor’s observations).
It is where most of the folks believe that the government should break up the big banks and the other mega companies, that caused the current world financial disaster, and for which no one has gone to prison.
And the obscene profits of the large oil companies should be taxed, and Washington needs to take away their oil depletion allowance and other taxpayer money transfers.
However, the people don’t believe it is necessary for “big brother” to inflict any building codes on their home building, nor tell them, that they can’t hang clothes on an outside line to dry.
The politics, for the most part, seem pretty liberal, but are difficult to put into one box. Their spiritual practices have a certain Libertarian flavor to them. They are a bunch who subscribe to an amazing number of various, or better yet, eclectic belief systems, which pretty much cover the gambit of man’s attempt to understand. Everyone seems to have his or her own take on everyone else’s carefully constructed faith structures, but what is truly amazing and “spiritual”, if you will, is the accommodation they all have for each other’s differences.
The town looks like a rundown set for a class B cowboy movie, and is set in this vortex, that apparently attracts the most amazing group of people I have ever met.  Some of them live there at great personal sacrifice.  There is a great deal of education, both academic and life experience.  It is a synergestic mix.  Then, there are those who arrive with a big splash, and within a few weeks or months, a slight breeze arises, and they are gone.
Bill Hogan,
Wheeling, West Virginia