Thank you Crestone
We would like to thank all of you for your heartfelt love and support and for guiding us through these try- ing times. Words cannot describe how grateful we are to you. Crestone is an amazing, beautiful place and we are fortunate to be a part of it.
Through the sadness, you have shown us the light of love and joy. God bless you for the miracles you have giv- en us; we love you all.
The Timm Family
There are many ways to contrib- ute to a small town and many people who deserve kudos for making our small town a community. One person especially deserving of recognition and support is Lisa Bodey. Lisa has worked tirelessly for young people hereabouts, most recently with the Crestone Crea- tive Council. I would like to express gratitude for her work and to the town of Crestone for providing her with some financial support. I believe that we would benefit as a community by of- fering her even more support, both in terms of volunteering and especially in finding ways to provide her with a full time salary. Those who would like to contribute to Lisa’s work with the Crestone Creative Council can do so by sending a check to Town of Crestone c/o Crestone Creative Council. PO Box 64, Crestone, 81131 (or dropping it off at the Crestone Town Office).
Other ways to support Lisa and the Crestone Creative Council include hiring young people for home or work projects, attending open Music Jams every other Sunday (May 20—check on the location) and coming to the all-ages movie night (May 25).
Cheers to you, Lisa, for your in- credible dedication.
Best, Peter Anderson
Grateful & humbled
I want to express my gratitude to all who came to my assistance dur- ing the mini-armageddon we expe- rienced on April 2 that fell one of the town’s largest cottonwood trees on my house. Specifically I want to thank Akia Tanara and the Town of Cre- stone, SLVREC, and Saguache County for showing up on site almost quicker than I realized what had happened. I also want to thank the emergency ser- vices volunteers, especially Chris Botz who arrived at my house as soon as he could after fighting the San Isabel fire all day, to assure that there was no fire threat from the power line that came down with the tree. I also thank all of my friends old and new who have of- fered to support me through this messy act of Goddess. But above all, I want to thank the Goddess herself for seeing fit to wake me up without hitting me on the head!
In deep humility, Kalisama
We are so fortunate in this tiny community to have the amazing and hardworking emergency services peo- ple we have here. With a direct view from Casita Park about two miles to the fire in the San Isabel Creek drain-
age on April 2, I watched all day long as the wind blew and blew—and the amount of smoke varied. I can’t imag- ine fighting fire at any time, but cer- tainly not in conditions like those! I am still amazed and still grateful to our firefighters and to those who came from so many places to contain that fire. It was a very good piece of work! Kudos to everyone involved.
I have just returned home from work, at the Crestone Charter School, where we were watching the fire burn- ing up by San Isabel Trail from the window of the Kindergarten class- room. The winds were intense, blowing straight for us at times. I watched the flag pole blow right over. This is the second time since Christmas that my daughter has witnessed a fire burning from school property.
My thoughts are now consumed with fervent appreciation and concern for the hard-working, dedicated mem- bers of the Baca Grande Volunteer Fire Department, and the Crestone Fire Department. I feel deeply indebted to these firefighters who are out there risking their lives to keep our town from being consumed by wild fire. They asked the community for support last fall, by creating a ballot initiative for a new district. I do not understand this process very well, and I won’t pretend to, for fear of embarrassing myself (or worse, offending someone). But I as- sure you, friends, that I would happily pay $200 a year, just to know that the fire department is fully empowered to do their job to the best of their ability. I have never volunteered on the team, so I figure I must owe something by now, having lived here through many fires in the last 8 years.
But, what REALLY bums me out in this moment, with winds raging and fire blazing, is that many of our volun- teers came out of their experience last fall feeling defeated, disheartened, and perhaps even rejected by their com- munity. This is an unfortunate out- come for our whole community. These dedicated community members were seeking support and empowerment, to enable themselves to do the best job possible. I want the fire team to know they have our continual support, and our humblest gratitude.
So, I’m writing today to say THANK YOU! to ALL the members of the fire team. To Ben Brack, Fire Chief. We literally may not be here without you. I feel deeply indebted to you all. I love when you come into the classroom, with all your hot and heavy gear on, to talk to the kids about house fires. And you let the kids sit in the truck, and do the siren for them. Thank you for being on the alert day and night, for answer- ing our calls. Thank you for all your hard work, which does not go un-no- ticed. Thank you for trying to simplify the systems we live in. Thank you for giving the community a second chance to show our support. And thank you for risking your lives to save our home again today. You have our love and our support.
Peace, Alison Ramadei
Thank you for your on-line cov- erage of the dangerous wildfire that ravaged lower San Isabel Creek on Monday, April 2. Your excellent photo showed not only smoke billowing from the fire but also the huge dust storm that arose simultaneously from those crazy high winds. The fire came within a mile of our hermitages, and we were two of the three residences evacuated.
Just two days before, in view of the dry summer ahead, we had al-
ready written out an evacuation plan, so in less than a half hour, our cars were packed and we were safely out of here with all important documenta- tion, passports, computers, clothes, etc. All of us need this advance planning. (For advice on what to do, visit Sena- tor Udall’s “Be Prepared for Wildfire” at bit.ly/udall_wildfire)
We would like to congratulate and thank the 85+ heroic firefighters who came to the rescue and saved the day—especially our “own” from right here in town. No buildings, people, or domestic animals were injured. We can’t speak for the wild animals. But two evenings after the fire, a huge ma- jestic mountain lion casually walked right past our houses!
We thank Rainbow and Bob Adler, who are the local Red Cross representatives, and the folks they mobilized to feed the firefighters from around the valley, and the hot shot teams, too. We would also like to thank the many people from Crestone who of- fered us lodging for the night.
The next day we viewed the dev- astation up close. With the acrid smell of lingering smoke in our nostrils, we walked through layers of black ash, crisscrossing San Isabel Creek, mer- cifully flowing clear and cold through charred skeletons of cottonwood and pinyon pine. We took several photos which are included on our web site www.desertfound.org.
Gratefully, Tessa Bielecki Fr. Dave Denny
Thanks to the delegates
To Saguache County residents,
On March 18 I had the pleasure of being a delegate for the Baca area at the Saguache County Democratic As- sembly. I had the opportunity to sup- port the resolutions for the Democratic Party put forth by my community as well as listen to State Senator and Sa- guache County Commissioner candi- dates.
I just wanted to take the time to thank all 40 of the Democrats who made the effort and commitment to be delegates for our county. I especially want to thank the 31 delegates who voted for Jason Anderson as their can- didate for Saguache County Commis- sioner.
I was encouraged by the unity of the delegates. We come from diverse lifestyles and backgrounds, yet we find common ground through our political process. The unity I experienced was truly inspiring and a reflection of one of Jason’s strong convictions that we work together for a united county.
Sincerely, Angela M. Anderson Democratic Delegate, Precinct 5
Why save the middle class?
I enjoy Ed Lyell’s thoughts on the economy—but I think be’s a bit myopic if he thinks we can bail ourselves out by educating a burgeoning middle class of technocrats. Kinda reminds me of the one who thought if the people had no bread they could surely eat cake. Let’s not duck out on the need to pay our field hands and sawmill workers a liveable wage; let’s not pretend we can depend on an aristocracy of wigged-out cyberjunkies to keep us afloat on bet- ter gizmos to dripolate our coffee and roll down our windows, since those jobs are already moving off-shore. Why crank out more cannon-fodder for this global war of hi-tech supremacy and cut-throat trade? How many more ro- bots do we want to do the work of sur- geons and drive the price of healthcare through the roof? How many more car- goes of basic goods can we import to maintain us in the gimmicky lifestyles we’ve become accustomed to, and how many more warships must we station to protect our shipping lanes?
Datacrunch has brought us some good stuff, but let’s not forget the crunch of whole wheat. How about a return to the good old Greek meaning of economy, having to do with manag- ing a home and homestead, kitchen and sheepfold? Should we use our uni- versities to prepare cyber-wizards or a life of middle-class prosperity cashing in on the latest fad and fashion, while our service and industrial work pays the sale as it did thirty years ago? Or have we already come to a dead end on that road? The very concept of a mid- dle class is predicated on the existence of a flunky-class at the bottom and an oligarchy on top, so “saving the Ameri- can middle class” only perpetuates the exploitation.
Crestone/Baca criminal assault
The most dangerous individual in any relationship is the enabler. Ena- bling the perpetrator of a violent crimi- nal assault sends a dangerous message to our community.
Enabling violent behavior releas- es the individual from responsibility, and allows the individual to continue down a destructive path. Accountabil- ity falls by the wayside, and the perpe- trator is empowered to act out again.
Public order is fragile . . . an act of violence in a community is not an isolated event. One act of violence is an assault upon the community as a whole. Nonchalance toward violence as an isolated event encourages ac- ceptance. We are then guilty of closing our eyes to acts of violence everywhere. Violence when honestly addressed as a community can bring healing and cohe- siveness.
One act of violence when it is upon yourself does not feel rare. One act of violence shakes the foundation of a person’s being. One act of violence escalates, and repeats in the psyche when the perpetrator becomes a poster boy. The message received by this com- munity concerning acts of criminal as- sault will take us into the future.
Four of us were involved in this criminal assault perpetrated by Calvin Tibbs on the evening of Feb. 7. Each of us has been shattered to the core. Emotions surface. Fear, anger, grief are instinctive, necessary and healthy responses to violation. Each of us is responding to his or her emotional/ physical wounds as we move through the healing process. Each of us is strug- gling to stay present for the legal and personal responsibilities we face.
The heroic response of Steve and Jane saved my life. We have supported one another each day throughout this ordeal in friendship and care and love. We are forever linked and it is their beauty I will remember.
Respectfully, Alexis Rykken
I sit in the second row of the Sa- guache court room. In front of me the row is full. Crestone residents holding a line of support for perpetrator, Calvin Tibbs. A couple turn and acknowledge Alex and me, but the majority choose to ignore us. It has been a week of drama again, more rumors, gossip, lies and judgements. I feel as though we are the ones on trial here. Steve and Anne chose not to come, I understand why. The big concern with the people here seems to be getting leniency for Tibbs. “Prison is not a humane place. It’ll be too damag- ing for him.” I wonder if the person tell- ing me this would feel the same way, if she were threatened on a dark night by a complete stranger, alone, her house broken into, if her bones were broken,
still not healed, still unable to work af- ter more than ten weeks, still in physi- cal pain. Tibbs accepts a plea bargain, the assault charges dropped in place of one for burglary, he may get anything from probation to jail time. Someone in the front row gives him the thumbs up sign. We sit and wait for the throng of Calvin supporters, talking outside the courtroom with the public defender, to leave. We feel let down and betrayed. The Victim’s Advocate protectively escorts us to our car. In two months we’ll be back here again for sentencing. Each one of the victims will then have an opportunity to speak. Our state- ments taken into account, we are told. It’s 3am, I lie awake feeling tormented by the thought of testifying in front of the faithful front rowers, by the re- sponsibility that has reluctantly fallen on my lap. A victim never chooses to be a victim.
It’s election time for the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District, and we’re supporting Cindy Reinhardt for a Director position. Cindy brings a background in community planning, coaching and leadership. These skills, combined with her passion for commu- nity, collaboration, and commitment to community engagement and common ground, will help our community con- tinue to build a strong, viable district that distributes pure water and pro- vides sewer collection and treatment in the most eco-friendly and cost-effective ways possible.
Please vote (if you haven’t al- ready!). And, vote for Cindy for BG- WSD!
Moira Forsythe, Lynda Kucin, Cindy Santi, Paki Wright, Zana Hart, Kelly Hart, Wooddora Rose, Kate Steichen, Swaha, Robin Ross, Noah Baen, Bon Dellegar, Sam Trenka, “Ish” (Stephen Futral), Sarah (Sophia) Tiers, Judith Oakland, Naomi Lake, Lori Nagel, Dorje and Don Root
Water Dist. election recommendations
It was good to see attention and vigor directed toward the election slate. Thank you to all candidates. There are three seats open and an opportunity to select good candidates.
Parvin Johnson has been on the board since 2008 and, as an engineer, understands the importance of water district stability. His decisive action gave the water district its needed sup- port to improve its failing infrastruc- ture. By hiring a competent staff and contractors, building a favorable regu- latory relationship with the State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, systems have great- ly improved.
Thomas Ontko has stepped up to the plate and furnished community guidance. He provided Hospice care to Richard Enzer as he slipped away with cancer, then continued to work on his complex estate, leaving Richard’s children and grandchildren in better circumstances. Tom is currently on the building committee for the new li- brary, using his contracting expertise for project benefit. He has enthusiasm and ability to problem solve. His back- ground in advanced wastewater treat- ment is an added bonus. It’s unfortu- nate for those that attended the “Meet the Candidates Forum” that Tom was not able to participate due to a schedul- ing conflict made months ago with the Veterans Administration. It was a loss to the completeness of the forum.
Cindy Reinhardt has shown in- terest in the Baca Water District by attending monthly meetings. She asks good questions and has a genuine in-
terest in the long term stability and financial viability of the district. She has researched the district website to find out how the system operates. Her background will be beneficial.
We need people who can devote the necessary time it takes to be on the board.
Christine Canaly, Baca Grande resident
Truth is simple
In the midst of all the hubbub surrounding this election, I encourage you to leave all the emotional busy- ness behind you and settle into your OWN personal knowing. I understand that most of you do not know me on a personal level and so you may wonder about my “agenda” or what my future decisions might look like if I was elect- ed to the Baca Water Board. I can say that I have been honest in my passion for the health of the water, but how can you really “know” about anyone’s true motivations? I can tell you that I am motivated by truth, transparency and a true concern for everyone’s ultimate wellbeing. I don’t have an agenda ex- cept for this. And really, I am not at all afraid to question anything . . . status quo or not. There is a saying that I res- onate with. “Begin within—question the answers”. I feel that this means getting out of our heads and into our hearts. On some level this is what we are all doing . . . locally, regionally and worldwide. Please vote, trust YOUR inner guidance regarding what direc- tion you want our community to go, and vote in alignment with that. Truth is simple; it is deception that gets con- voluted. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and being so kind at the community forum for the water candi- dates. It’s all good.
Thank you water board candidates
I want to thank the new water board candidates for the open forum discussion that took place at the POA. This event enlightened me on how im- portant our water board’s job is.
As a community we must work together to support our water board’s efforts at solving our urgent water is- sues. If you do not know what our ur- gent water issues are I would invite you to learn about them. They affect your future and quality of life.
For me, it is not just the under- standing of the water issue that is important. What is important is the leadership behind solving the problem. Can the candidate you choose actually galvanize a community and a team of people that can solve the issues we are facing?
When an important issue, such as our water, becomes an emergency issue, having the right person on the board will be the difference between success and stalemate.
Experience will be a key factor and that is why I want everyone to sup- port Cindy Reinhardt. She has been a city planner and I believe she has the leadership required to galvanize a com- munity, the right team of people and can solve the issues facing our water.
I also want to support Kyle Grote and Karen Koyote because I believe these community leaders have the right heart in order to tackle the task ahead. We must begin to work together for the greater good and I believe these three candidates will become a strong force for good and work towards solu- tions.
Again, I would like to invite eve- ryone to learn about our water issues. Education and cooperation will be im- portant in solving our water issues.
It will take a village. Vickie Helm
It works! Crestone Telecom’s high speed internet service, brought to this community by members of this commu- nity, is lightning-fast, reliable and af- fordable (beginning at $45 a month). A whole new world just opened up.
As a film buff, I can now watch without pause a wealth of quality fea- ture films and TV series off the inter- net—from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video (all by subscription), Vimeo, Crackle, Youtube Film and others—on my computer, and when I get a pocket- size $72 wireless receiver called Roku I can watch them in 1080p high defi- nition on my TV. It’s a Crestone film festival. (And some reviews even say internet TV makes cable television un- necessary.)
As a researcher, I can call up ar- ticles in seconds from the full archives of the New York Times, the Economist, and Foreign Affairs (also by subscrip- tion) and chapters from the millions of volumes in Google Books and others. I can check facts instantly with a quick one-line query. It’s like living near a large university library.
As a consumer I can search for products or accommodations or air fares efficiently without frustrating screen freezes and I can pay without the timeouts that used to raise ques- tions about credit card security or dou- ble charges. Recently I copyrighted and uploaded a manuscript electroni- cally on the excellent U.S. government “eCO” site. This complex procedure would not have been possible without flawless high speed internet.
Crestone Telecom’s people put a dish (actually more like a saucer) on an eave of my house and aimed it at a transmitter (solar-powered and so low I don’t know where it is) and connect- ed it inside to a small state of the art Cisco modem-router (provided). Bling! It worked, lightning internet service, wireless, anywhere in the house.
Thank you, Ralph Abrams, Denis Neuhaus, Cheryl Rowe, Mark Talbot and others with Crestone Telecom who have worked without pay for more than a year against all odds to connect this community to the rest of the world (dig- itally, not spritually, speaking).
Time for a dog park?
There is an issue about loose dogs around Crestone and the Baca. Since it can be difficult to enforce a loose dog ordinance, I offer a part of a solution: a public dog park. Used in many other communities, they are a very popular, effective way to offer recreation and socialization for both dogs and dog owners. While it will not just solve the random dog issue, it would serve a strong need that dogs have: socializa- tion with other dogs. Parks are for peo- ple, are not fenced, and loose dogs can scare children, and leave poop behind. Aside from the open spaces on public land, a dog park gives dogs their own safe space to gather and play, and to run without bothering local residents, wildlife, or being in the road. Dog own- ers can meet and talk as well. Dogs are an integral part of our community; the dog owners just need a little training, that’s all!
A dog park would be fairly simple to set up once some land is allotted— perhaps a private owner with a vacant lot in town, a place near town on one of the annexes, or near the golf course or POA hall. It would be a small invest- ment for fencing, a dog poop bag dis- penser and trashcan, and some bench- es for people to sit. A few folks could volunteer to help keep the place clean. Count me in.
Currently, I am a member of the“Re- fine the Vision Committee”—a citizen’s group to help the new Crestone Rede- velopment Project take shape. A dog park could be a small part of this larger project, so if you are in support, please let us know. Any suggestions or com- ments about this effort in general can be emailed to: development@scseed. org. Thanks to all of you who filled out a survey recently. Loose dogs was the top issue people said was a challenge to life in Crestone.
A dog park project may be a sepa- rate grassroots effort. Contact me atm. firstname.lastname@example.org, and also spread the idea to other dog owners. Wecould have a forum on the topic at crestonetalks@ yahoogroups.com.
Let’s make some fun solutions happen!
Matthew Lyon Clark
Water is increasingly precious (May’s snow-melt will tell the tale for 2012) and absolutely necessity to our aquifers, land and all its creatures. Biosphere Coalition, concerned about our local and valley-wide water issues, has cited Baca National Wildlife Refuge (BNWR), which owns all the water in our local creeks, for nine counts of mis- management, including: 8000 acres of haying, running cattle on refuge lands, and impeding historic riparian flows (Spanish Meadows and Cottonwood Creek).
BNWR, even in this time of wa- ter crisis, has no water policy, its maps not even showing riparian areas in our subdivision. Therefore, Biosphere Coa- lition asks that BNWR live up to its Mission Statement: To restore, enhance and maintain wetland, upland, riparian and other habitats…and requests inter- agency collaboration to create a Water- Management and Restoration Plan im- mediately. Biosphere Coalition is also advocating a Conservation Roundtable specific to our local groundwater needs in our local Great Sand Dunes National Park ‘region.’
Glyder of Biosphere Coalition (www.biospherecoalition.org)
Corporate greed or community need?
That’s the choice we need to make when we vote on CrESD May 8 (and every time we vote on anything). We need our emergency services separated from a profit-oriented corporate system. If we allow a few loud rich whiners to corrupt our community, we will all lose in more ways than we can imagine or foresee. Corporate greed is the reason that our wonderful country and planet is in such a dire situation and now here it is in our faces on a local level. A few of the “1%” here in our amazing com- munity have been trying to undermine our collective security. The stupidity in- volved in the arguments against CrESD make me want to laugh and vomit at the same time. A few speculators (here for profit, not to live) and a few straight up liars, wish to control how you think and vote. Don’t believe the nonsense. I say wake up and deny the liars and nay- sayers. Do the research and math and dare to think it through for yourselves.
I moved here in September of ‘97 and I have stayed because MOST peo- ple here are real, honest and care about more than profiteering. Not so with the nay-sayers—they are here to profit from what they do not work for, and are will- ing to sacrifice your safety, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for their in- creased account balances. If they can af- ford multiple properties, they can afford to pay fairly for the protection thereof.
Also, it appears that state law does not require factual statements in election mailings—only opinions pro
and con. Keep that in mind as you read the election pamphlet that was recent- ly mailed out and do your research on the details. May truth and communal need prevail for the futherance of the majority of us, not just a few profiteers. Our emergency services personnel have always and will continue to do their best—let’s take the shackles off them and help them do even better. Fund CrESD.
Sincerely, Eric John Maki
Appreciation for sacrifice
As the CrESD funding vote ap- proaches, please remember this. A fire- fighter trains every week and twice a month besides. They take the time to train elsewhere. They are on call AL- WAYS. They are expected to extricate someone, living or not, from a severely damaged vehicle, pull them out of a burning structure, evacuate them from a burning landscape and save lives and property in numerous ways. They are expected to extinguish all fires no mat- ter how severe the circumstances and are exposed intimately to the myriad tragedies that humanity can devise. They carry this trust and responsibility constantly.
The average property owner is probably not aware of much if any of this other than their immediate cost for such service, perhaps forgetting just what the provision and ethic of this service really embraces. Please con- nect how much is GIVEN to this com- munity with how little is really asked of it in return. To not give credence to those who give such dedication at such personal cost in time, finances, emotion and physical wear, to me, seems a great mystery.
Recently the POA’s library as- sets transferred to a new Library Dis- trict without a POA membership vote, a ratification now demanded of CrESD by those who allowed the Library as- set transfer without such a vote. When times are tough, (usually,) the poorer have learned to pool resources and share burdens proudly, the more en- dowed (but with many local exceptions, thanks) have usually chosen to get the wagons in a circle, pull up the ladders and deny they are doing so, dividing and conquering as they go, spending a thou- sand to save a hundred. We all could use their help instead of their opposition.
Between the (exonerated) Sa- guache County Clerk Recall (where we blew $52 thousand) and the CrESD funding, I ask which of these two cam- paigns is worthy of our financial sup- port really? I know these Emergency folk. I’ve worked personally with them for more than 20 years. Instead of fight- ing their well-considered wishes it is my enduring hope that the level of their personal and selfless sacrifice will be ap- preciated for what it is and will be SUP- PORTED by the greater community.
Mark Jacobi Former Baca Grande Fire Chief
Secrets? Please share
About this time last year an in- sight came pouring into me. It came af- ter the peoples uprising in the Middle East, the earthquake disaster in Japan, triggering a lot of humility and grati- tude. Diving deeper into some inner feel- ings of why I get to be safe, while others might suffer. Reflecting my microcosm outward, waking up a little bit. I see a growth opportunity for the Zen mind, a gloom-and-doom perspective for the sad mind. I sit and reflect. Then, as of late, our own community has again be- come stretched to the edge. The social/ political division, tragic motor vehicle crashes, drought with fires, etc. Is there something we’re missing or is this just how we roll?
Is there a secret that could be shared to help our future? I ask all wisdom-keepers to reach out and share any insights that may be a help
to those who seek a clear path. As a father of two teenagers I understand the challenge of this quest, especially to the young adults who may not want any guidance during these puzzling, if not mysterious, days.
The other night I had a vision, and I remembered, something kinda like a secret. Not that long ago we were all busy with gathering food, carrying water, chopping wood and the like. In a way life was very sim- ple. Could it be that as a society many of us have lost something crucial to healthy living by all the so called ease of modern life. With all the conveni- ences it seems we have lost our con- nection with the natural elements that are the very foundation of life here on planet earth. The very basic things we used to do in day-to-day existence, the simplicity of chores, and even singing songs of thanks while doing them. I love flicking switches and turning keys to make life easy, but the seventh gen- eration of humans, animals and plants will inherit what we teach and leave them today. The easy way may be the hard way in the end. Can we pull to- gether and make it through this les- son? I ask my spirit guides to share wisdom, useful secrets to help me put in the pot of our next consciousness stew. I feel NOW would be as good a time as any.
Perhaps some of the teachers who pass by and or offer retreats and empowerments here could offer a little more to the commoner, like a town hall meeting format, with an emphasis on inner peace, for all souls seeking such a path.
Thanks to William Howell for his last Eagle letter bringing attention to the ongoing needs of our youth, and to Lisa Bodey, and others for their dedi- cation to our youth.
In gratitude to all, Nathan Good.