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Lead Stories 2010

January 2010

Public meeting on solar proposal jam-packed Citizens & County scrutinize industrial solar development
Cell phone tower near Crestone?
Turning the Jewel – “Caravan”

February 2010

Historic opportunity to purchase & retire Lexam’s mineral rights under the Great Sand Dunes Nat’l Park, Baca Wildlife Refuge & R.G. National Forest
Michelle Hashbarger reinstated as Moffat Principal
Diverse mountain habitats support birds of many feathers
Correction to “Historic opportunity to purchase & retire Lexam’s mineral rights…”

March 2010

2010 election year officially underway; Statewide caucuses scheduled for March 16
Colorado legislature convenes first session in 2010; Renewable energy & medical marijuana hot topics
On Quietude: Sound, noise & quiet & why it matters

April 2010

Grow local, buy local, eat local
POA board says no to cell tower
Special Baca Crestone fire district being planned

June 2010

Comnet signs lease for new cell phone tower location
Educational funding crisis hits Moffat School District
Penitente Canyon: Hiking, biking, climbing, & camping, it’s got it all!
Fire depts. respond to 3 fires, wind creates dangerous situations

July 2010

Settlement reached, NEPA process to start all over again on oil & gas drilling on Baca Wildlife Refuge
The Whitten Ranch: Holistic ranching in the San Luis Valley
‘Medano fire’ burning east of Great Sand Dunes National Park

August 2010

Tessera Solar submits application for large-scale concentrated solar project in Saguache County
Key races in August primary
Hiking to Willow Lake

September 2010

Saguache County Commissioner Race is a Cliffhanger!
The mysteries of Liberty Trail: On hiking to the Dunes
Moffat School District restructures due to lack of funding
Crestone hosts 21st Annual San Luis Valley Energy Fair Sept. 4-5
New large solar proposal coming to Saguache County
Tessera Solar Pulls Out of West Texas Project

October 2010

US Air Force proposing flyovers in southern CO & northern NM
Lawsuit settlement All new NEPA required for any drilling on Baca Wildlife Refuge
Moffat School District Board approves mil levy override for Nov. ballot
Compassionate & graceful Guan Yin

November 2010

Tessera application accepted, public hearing announced; SolarReserve pre-application filed
US Air Force extends initial comment period on proposed flyovers

December 2010

Rural Philanthropy Days to come to Saguache in 2011
Treat Suomi and Joy Hill elected to POA Board of Directors
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety file suit against Colorado New Mexico nuclear transport
County to hold public hearing on Tessera Solar proposal Dec. 6
Saguache County election problems the result of computer errors
Guru Rinpoche

Lead Stories 2009

January 2009
BLM attorney linked to suppression of science in SLV oil & gas initiatives—rebuffed Crestone’s protest
Citizens take legal action to halt oil & gas drilling on Baca National Wildlife Refuge
The Eagle celebrates 20 years of publishing!
Crestonians on safari in beautiful Bhutan
Obama in Bhutan—Politics & prayers in the world’s newest democracy
Senate approves Baca National Wildlife Refuge Management Act

February 2009
Ritter introduces new C0 Sen. Michael Bennet—promises SLV won’t be forgotten
Solar energy & the future of the San Luis Valley

March 2009
Judge halts drilling on Baca NWR
Storing the sun
Energy Storage Research Group: 5 points

April 2009
BLM defers oil & gas leasing in the San Luis Valley
School & community center possible for Crestone?
The noble potato: past & present and The potato’s virtues

May 2009
– [intlink id=”471″ type=”post”]The Town of Crestone WILL construct a water system this summer![/intlink]
– [intlink id=”469″ type=”post”]Record breaking snows blanket Crestone in April[/intlink]
– [intlink id=”467″ type=”post”]What is the true cost of food? The importance of organic [/intlink]

June 2009
– [intlink id=”467″ type=”post”]Pipe Dreams do come true[/intlink]
– [intlink id=”695″ type=”post”]Saturday Market is Rockin'[/intlink]
– [intlink id=”646″ type=”post”]Court rules planting of biotech crop can cause irreversible harm[/intlink]

July 2009
– [intlink id=”1227″ type=”post”]Colorado Nat’l Guard assits in rescue on Challenger Point[/intlink]
– [intlink id=”864″ type=”post”]Floating the Grand Canyon[/intlink]
– [intlink id=”869″ type=”post”]Lexam to hold of on drilling in Baca National Wildlife Refuge until Federal Judge rules[/intlink]

August 2009
– [intlink id=”845″ type=”post”]Crestone Music Festival[/intlink]
– [intlink id=”770″ type=”post”]Crestone Charter School awarded 5.7 million dollar grant for new school[/intlink]
– [intlink id=”871″ type=”post”]Saguache County to consider first industrial solar plant permit[/intlink]
– [intlink id=”762″ type=”post”]Crestone Hosts the 20th Annual San Luis Valley Energy Fair[/intlink]

Lead Stories 2008

January 2008
U.S. District Court temporarily halts drilling in Baca Wildlife Refuge
Fatal mobile home fire on Rd. AA
Wastes to profits, problems to solutions – Sustainable business park planned for the San Luis Valley
Roy McAlister of the American Hydrogen Association speaks at the SEED Park meeting

February 2008
Draft EA released on Wildlife Refuge drilling; comment period ends March 2, 2008
Record cold!
A frost-free community solar greenhouse

March 2008
Dems. vote Obama—but Crestone caucus delegate selection process challenged
Citizens call for full Environmental Impact Statement at Fish & Wildlife’s meeting on Lexam’s drilling proposal – Deadline for comments on Draft Environmental Assessment is March 3
Designing the dream – Siting your house

April 2008
BLM announces sale of gas & oil leases on forest land in SLV; several parcels near Crestone
Salmonella outbreak in Alamosa shuts down town water supply
Crestone Peak or Kit Carson Mountain? What is the correct name of that big flat-topped peak?

May 2008
BLM Rio Grande NF oil & gas lease sale protested – 146,500 acres in SLV up for bid & development
Planning commissions finalize County draft oil & gas regulations
Free Tibet! Thousands protest China at the Olympic Torch Relay in San Francisco – Crestonians go there to lend their voices

June 2008
Freedom of Information Act reveals possible improper influence on Baca Nat’l Wildlife Refuge Draft EA
Forest Service defers 145,000 acres from gas & oil lease sale – 3 Crestone parcels still under protest
The giant of China – Energy & the development of biogas fuels

July 2008
Injured climber rescued from Challenger Peak
Lighting starts fire on Gibson Peak
Thich Nhat Hanh returns to Vietnam

August 2008
San Luis Valley ‘ground zero’ for alternative energy? Land of cool sunshine now a hotspot—but is that good?
Saguache County passes comprehensive new oil & gas regs—including Landowners’ Bill of Rights
19th Annual Crestone Energy & Sustainability Fair

September 2008
County asked to keep trails near Crestone open
Climber dies in 1700 ft. fall near Crestone Needles
Mustang in Nepal—ancient trade route gives view into past

October 2008

Industry lawyers directed wildlife refuge drilling study, concerns of scientists overridden by Interior officials
Burned body found west of Saguache is being investigated as a homicide
Strawbales in Siberia — Paul Koppana’s reflections on his latest workshop

November 2008
USFW finds ‘no significant impact’ of drilling on Baca Refuge—Lexam given green light?
Obama wins! Colorado secures Obama victory
Meet the fox: a small, omnivorous canid—& our wild neighbor

December 2008
Annexation task force publishes report — Public Q & A meeting Dec. 16
Crestone & Baca firefighters respond to 2 incidents within 24 hours, citizens evacuated due to propane tank rupture
The 100% solar heated home

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Lead Stories 2007

January 2007

San Luis Valley expected to lead the way in renewable energy—solar, wind & ethanol projects get support
‘Skyfuel’ proposes solar plant for SLV
The golden eagle

February 2007
Lexam to start seismic testing on Baca Nat’l Wildlife Refuge; Drilling
permits in process

Winter returns! Citizens deal with bitter cold, snowy roads,
cars that won’t start, frozen water pipes, head colds & maybe
just a touch of cabin fever

Energy developers & traditional people at odds in Navajo territory
A caravan to Dinéland

March 2007
Rio Grande National Forest Service begins formal scoping for new
‘Baca Tract’ east of the Baca Grande

Colorado lawmakers propose new renewable energy bills
Good house, bad house: Retrofit options for sustainability

April 2007
Gov. Bill Ritter promises reform of Colo. Oil & Gas Commission
– Record number of drilling applications & complaints filed

North Access Team seeks collaboration on traffic study
Crestone was a stop along the Old Spanish Trail

May 2007
North America’s largest solar plant breaks ground in the SLV
issues permits to Lexam, water requested from Baca Water District

Those aren’t antelope, they’re pronghorns!

June 2007
‘Community Sustainability: 2020, Creating an Achievable Vision’ Conference
June 15-17

SLV Ecosystem Council files lawsuit against US Fish & Wildlife—asserts
public input required before Lexam is allowed to drill for
gas on Refuge

Great local hikes abound around Crestone

July 2007
G.S. Dunes Nat’l Park releases Final Management Plan/Wilderness

Bighorn sheep—a symbol of power & agility

August 2007
Lightning starts 20-acre brush fire
Burglars hit Crestone & Villa Grove
Weiss Ranch sells for nearly $2.8M
If you find fault, don’t dwell on it!

September 2007
Fish & Wildlife initiates Environmental Analysis for Baca Wildlife

Bears are back—and so are reports of bear damage
A simple, elegant solar hot water drain-back system (for home
heating and domestic hot water)

October 2007
50,000 comments on Lexam drilling proposal sent to US Fish & Wildlife
Traffic impact study presented; BOCC to make route decision this fall
Rattlesnake found in Crestone
Crestone’s Sangre de Cristos mark the southern boundary of mountain goat range

November 2007
Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission begins hearings on new rules—BOCC
evaluates benefits of new rules to Saguache County

Crestone resident Cal Cali annouces run for Colo. House District 60 rep.
Future gas or past gas? Natural gas, propane & biogas

December 2007
North access routes through Baca to Nat’l Park designated
Coyote population is at a high

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Lead Stories 2006

February 2006
foreshadow another dry year in the Valley

New population of endangered Rio Grande sucker found in Crestone

Small Wild Neighbors (Part 1 of 3)

March 2006
One-car accident claims life of local student
Village at Wolf Creek project becoming a national scandal
Small Wild Neighbors (Part 2 of 3)

April 2006
‘The Crestone Eagle’ nominated for Pulitzer Prize for Journalism in small community newspaper category
Baca fire dept. held citizen fire preparedness training
Serpentine wild neighbors (Part 3 of 3)

May 2006
Draft General Managment Plan for Great Sand Dunes released
Drought continues: fire danger rises as snow pack melts
Designing thermal mass for passive solar heat storage

June 2006
R.G. Water Cons. District concerned about drought & water shortage—may
have to shut down or meter San Luis Valley wells

Five near and nice places to car camp

July 2006
Extreme fire bans issued by state, county, town & Forest
Mato Vega Fire–too close for comfort!
Experienced climber dies on Kit Carson Peak
Five short hike campspot

August 2006
Baca Wildlife Refuge faces oil exploration—Lexam plans to drill 2 deep test/production wells
Flash floods hit the Crestone area
Car camps, scenic loops, and ways to find your ownt

September 2006
Lexam & Colo. Oil & Gas Com. reps to attend meeting on drilling
in Baca Wildlife Refuge September 12

Hantavirus case reported in Saguache County
Fall colors are coming; get out and enjoy the show!

October 2006
Community turns out to express concerns on Lexam’s plans to
drill in Baca Wildlife Refuge

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 7—make your vote count!
Insulation for passive solar buildings: Keeping the heat in

November 2006
members evaluate proposed alternatives for traffic routes
to National Park north boundary & trailhead

The Crestone/Baca Land Trust: Preserving ecosystems and protecting wildlife

December 2006
POA members protest 68% dues rate
hike for 2007

Land Trust requests records from Fish
& Wildlife Service under the Freedom of Information Act re:
oil & gas exploration

The bald eagle

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Lead Stories 2005

January 2005
National Park
Access on County/Baca roads cause stir

High School consolidation?
Biodiesel and
GMOs in the SLV

February 2005
Interior Department files claim for groundwater at Great Sand Dunes
National Park

woman dies from carbon monoxide poisoning

Is SLV canola the right way to go?
The hazards of genetically engineered foods and crops

March 2005
ScSeed’s 5th Annual Ranching Celebration & Potluck March 6
Our neighbors, the mountain lions

April 2005
buffalo’ to change planning & land use for Great Sand Dunes
National Park

Liquor store in Crestone broken into
The big picture: Strawbale trends and defining “Eco-sensible”

May 2005
Tornado hits above Crestone
Remains of Native American woman found in the Baca
Sustainability, ecology and responsible development:
Threats to wetlands in the Baca Grande

June 2005
Sonoran Institute’s presentation on
growth in ‘gateway’ communities draws a packed house; Institute
accepts the challenge to work with Crestone/Baca

Center woman dies from Hanta Virus in late May
Hiking to Willow Lake:
Ruining a good hike, and leaving no trace

July 2005
Moffat/Crestone hit by powerful wind storm—blows roof off school
There’s a world of bears out there

August 2005
Dunes National Park Council selects ‘wilderness’ as preferred alternative for study
“Rock of Ages” The Crestone Conglomerate

September 2005
County transfers lots to Crestone/Baca Land Trust for additional open space
Conventional farmer sees a future in organics

October 2005
Local support for Referenda C&D voiced
The ‘Baca Bunch’ enjoys an outing on Mt. Ouray

November 2005
Sen. Ken Salazar spoke in Saguache on energy concerns

law suit to be heard in January; Status Conference to be held
Nov. 8

Mine – Colorado’s worst environmental disaster

December 2005
visit by Sonoran Institute refines planning focus

spiritual centers voice their concerns to County Commissioners

camping in the back country; The comfort & convenience of
yurts & huts

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Lead Stories 2004

January 2004
Dunes Advisory Council creates committee to study ‘north
entrance’ road access

Supreme Court declares redistricting plan ‘unconstitutional’
—Republicans appeal to Feds

fog and Fata Morgana

February 2004
– February 2004 lead stories are not currently available.

March 2004
ScSeed sponsors 4th Annual Ranching Celebration Potluck
‘Don’t Fence Me In’

POA–GAC open a dialogue —’Time to work together’
The beauty of mud and straw

April 2004
Winter’s snowpack melting quickly; dry March means
drought is not over

Air Force flyovers caused quite a stir in March
The alchemy of plant-treated sewage; A visit with David
Austin and his Living Machines

May 2004
Group moves to recall POA Board
The beauty of small homes (Thoreau was on to something)

June 2004
up call’ to Baca spiritual centers

at Lago de Oro being restored

to design your green dream home

July 2004
Fire bans & restrictions in effect for National Forest,
Crestone & Baca

Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter

August 2004
are a problem again; several homes broken into by bold bruins

Virus discovered in the Baca! Man survives life-threatening

15th annual Crestone Energy Fair

September 2004
– September 2004 lead stories are not currently available.

October 2004
Great Sand Dunes becomes a National Park; History made on
September 13, 2004

Trucking at the potato harvest

November 2004
State removes Saguache County clerk from election process,
absentee ballots mishandled

Living with ‘new’ neighbors—Sand Dunes
officials discuss Baca Ranch transfer & access at public

The magnificent Baca elk herd

December 2004
Congress approves funds, Baca Ranch deal near completion

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Lead Stories 2003

January 2003
Luis Valley has a close brush with PVC plant

Fever! Cabin Fever rides again Jan. 25

pastimes in old-time mining camps kept the blues away

February 2003
conference made water #1 issue for the Valley, RGWCD calls
on farmers to cut crop production

fat of the nation becomes our biodiesel

March 2003
secures $12 million for purchase of Baca Ranch from Nature

to do with the Baca Ranch? Management Plan meetings for Great
Sand Dunes National Monument draws strong Crestone interest

an eco-industrial/agricultural park

April 2003
date on the Baca Ranch extended, Dunes north entrance through
the Baca to be debated

to perform at the Crestone Music Festival!

a sustainable local food supply

May 2003
destroys Wild Cherry Creek homestead, 6 Saguache County fire
depts. Respond

released in southwestern Colo.

June 2003
legislature redraws district boundaries (again) to make Republican
strongholds; Gerrymandering claim creating lawsuits

rights case heard in Federal Court; outcome could affect us

wonders of AerBlock

July 2003
of Baca Ranch postponed again


August 2003
user laws tighten as water table drops

July! Crestone blasted with record heat

& Steve Gripp: Living the homestead dream

September 2003
Conservation District presents plan to preserve valley aquifer

reduction project begins near Crestone

is the truth about papercrete?

October 2003
Referendum A tops off-year election – Millions for unspecified
water projects raises lots of questions

West Nile is here! 3 in SLV infected
The creation of a glorieta

November 2003
Ayahuasca case proceeds, DEA still hasn’t released
mandated evidence – Legal use of sacred Amazon tea still in

$9M allocated for Baca Ranch purchase
The Natural Building Colloquium—2003

December 2003
Baca Grande POA approves community center easement right-of-way
upon vote of the membership

Inventive team plants sphere in Baca Grants

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Lead Stories 2002

May 2002
Pioneers in Living & Learning

June 2002
Ranch sale overcoming hurdles


Rhythms: Branding

July 2002
worsens – Wells and Rio Grande drying, Baca W&S concerned
about water, . . . El Niño monsoons soon?

Gardening—High and Dry

August 2002
Rhythms: The drought of 2002: Death Knell for ranchers?

September 2002
drought continues . . .Is there any end in sight?

with the Earth . . .because it is beautiful

October 2002
in Crestone going dry; sporadic rains give hope

Ranch acquisition moves toward completion

New’s White Mountain Farm –a truly organic experience

November 2002
court Crestone vote at local forum

Walk held in Crestone

at White Eagle Village

December 2002
of the Baca Ranch to change hands

visit sacred sites in Britain