MONTE VISTA, Colo., December 4, 2017 – Visitors to the Rio Grande National Forest should stay alert for log truck traffic on forest roads this winter. Currently, there are six active timber sales on the Forest.

National forest service roads that have, or will soon have, log truck traffic include:

·         NFSR 514, 515, and 516 in the Black Mountain area near Brown, Hermit and Pearl Lakes.

·         NFSR 640, the Embargo Creek Road.

·         NFSR 28, the Rock Creek Road.

·         NFSR 118, 118.1c near Trujillo Meadows Reservoir and Neff Mountain until December 15.

These roads will be plowed as needed and open to the public. Drivers should always slow down and stay on the right side of the road when approaching and driving around corners. Additionally, drivers should look for wide spots on the road to pull off to allow log trucks to pass and should never stop in the middle of the road.

More than 600,000 acres of the Rio Grande National Forest have been infested with spruce beetles resulting in millions of dead spruce trees. The annual rate of timber being harvested on the Forest has more than doubled over the last 10 years in an effort to use the dead and dying spruce before it loses its value for commercial sawtimber. This increase in timber harvest has led to an increase in logging related traffic on forest roads.

To check on the most up to date road conditions, visit the Rio Grande National Forest website at The road condition information is located in the right column of the home page in the Current Conditions and Restrictions section.

LAKEWOOD, Colo., Dec. 4, 2017 – The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service will host two virtual job fairs by phone for job seekers interested in working for the U.S. Forest Service next summer. Over 900 temporary positions are available for the 2018 field season throughout national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

During the one hour, toll-free call, recruiters will introduce job seekers to the U.S. Forest Service; provide information regarding available jobs; provide an overview of the application process; and answer questions 

Two Opportunities to Join In

·        Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 2-3 p.m. MST

·        Tuesday, December 12, 2017| 2-3 p.m. MST

Call-in Information & Instructions

·        Dial the call-in number: 1-888-844-9904

·        Enter the access code followed by the number sign: 7662084#

Temporary positions are available in a variety of exciting and rewarding occupations such as fire, trails, forestry, engineering, wildlife, recreation, fisheries, archaeology and administrative support. Temporary job opportunities are available online at    

The Forest Service is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture that manages 193 million acres of land, roughly the size of Texas. The Rocky Mountain Region includes 17 national forests and seven national grasslands located in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

For questions about the virtual hiring call, accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Lawrence Lujan at (303) 275-5356 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Friday, December 8, 2017 from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mt. Blanca Conference Room – SLV Health 1921 Main Street, Alamosa
Senator Bennet is thankful for Charlotte’s years of service in representing his office in the San Luis Valley communities.  We will miss her dedication, commitment, and leadership.
Stay tuned for additional information. We hope you will join us to thank Charlotte for her years of service on December 8!

Small Business Saturday is a national celebration of the locally-owned businesses that make our communities and our region what it is!  Please consider shopping locally as much as you can this holiday season.   The Local Multiplier Effect (LME) refers to how many times dollars are recirculated within the local economy.   A century ago, the LME was estimated to be in the 20s or 30s in thriving communities.  This is significantly reduced in today’s economic climate.  The consumer decision to purchase locally – when possible – can result in dollar turnover six, seven, or eight times.  This can improve the economic vitality of our region.  Come out and enjoy these fun holiday events!

Saguache hosts a December 3rd holiday bazaar that includes homemade fudge, craft-making, vendors, visits with Santa, the tree lighting, and live theatre or come enjoy a Winterfest Celebration (including a Chocolate Party!) November 25th and 26th in Crestone.  More information can be found at

Monte Vista has a Holiday Bazaar December 1st and 2nd at the Church of the Nazarene Gymnasium.  There is a parade of lights on December 2nd around 6 pm followed by fireworks at the High School.  Merchants throughout the city of Monte Vista are having holiday specials and offer unique items for everyone on your list. Check out

Del Norte hosts a 6 p.m. December 1st Parade of Lights with floats, fireworks, merchant open houses, and a visit from Santa.  More information can be found at

South Fork hosts a Yuletide Celebration on Friday, November 24th so enjoy the bonfire, hot chocolate, and snacks as we light up the Holiday season. Santa will be discussing wish list from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  There will also be a Winterfest on December 8th.  More information at

Enjoy Creede’s  28th annual Chocolate Festival and Scoop Chase and Black Friday Shopping.  You will also find Mr. and Mrs. Claus throughout town for this two-day event (November 24th and November 25th).  More information at

Lake City hosts a town-wide “missing mistletoe” scavenger hunt with prizes and an annual Christmas in Lake City with a fruit cake toss, tree lighting and performances on December 9th.  Treats and specials are found throughout local businesses.  The full calendar of events for the month of December can be found at

Alamosa is having the first annual Round-up Rudolph Run and hosts a Christmas Light Parade on December 23rd. More information can be found at

LAKE CITY, COLO., (November 17, 2017) – Happy holidays!  We kick-off our season with the Turkey Trot – beginning and ending at the Lake City Museum on the morning of Thanksgiving.  This fund-raiser benefits Toys for Tots.  You can also bring coats and food to donate (throughout the month).

Also beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving is the Missing Mistletoe shop local program.  Find the hidden mistletoe in various business establishments, have your cards initialed, and enter your completed card into a drawing for a basket of local goodies.  There are more than 30 participating businesses this season!

For a complete holiday calendar of cool stuff happening this holiday season, visit and click on Missing Mistletoe.  Paper copies of this calendar will be available next week in the community of Lake City and at the Chamber of Commerce.

Lake City DIRT is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to preserving and enhancing Lake City’s historic and commercial district.  More information about our Main Street program can be found at


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