Charlotte Bobicki – Retirement Party

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!

Stop and Shop Local

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 Presents 'Missing Mistletoe' Holiday Calendar

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


USFS Rocky Mountain Region begins hiring for 2018 field season

Over 900 jobs available across national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming

DENVER, Colo., November 15, 2017 – The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service announced today the availability of over 900 temporary jobs for the 2018 field season throughout national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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

Job seekers can apply for temporary jobs through USAJOBS during these time frames:

  • December 15-21, 2017: Wildland fire jobs and other early season temporary jobs

  • January 26-February 1, 2018: Recreation, fisheries, forestry, engineering, and other job 

Temporary job opportunities are searchable online at Job seekers can apply through USAJOBS during the applicable time frames at Temporary and permanent job opportunities can also be found online at:

Below are resume tips and application resources to support job seekers in applying for jobs with the Rocky Mountain Region.

Resume Tips 

· Include all required information (e.g., name, address, previous work history with dates and hours worked per week, etc.)

  • Tailor your resume to each job announcement

  • Spell out acronyms

  • Be honest

  • Write clear and concise statements

  • Use active verbs

  • Proofread your resume

Application Resources

The Forest Service is a federal agency under 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.

Forest Service Christmas tree permits for sale

MONTE VISTA, Colo., November 13, 2017 - Christmas tree cutting permits are once again for sale at all Rio Grande National Forest offices. The permits cost $8.00 each with a limit of five permits per household.

Fourth graders may get a free Christmas tree permit when they present a valid Every Kid in a Park pass. These passes may be obtained at The free permit is only good at Rio Grande National Forest offices and the participating fourth grader must be present.

Rio Grande National Forest Christmas tree permits are also available at the Creede Chamber of Commerce; Rainbow Grocery and Silver Thread Information Center in South Fork; Kristi Mountain Sports in Alamosa; and Hometown Food Market in Antonito.

Christmas tree permits are valid only for trees growing on land managed by the Rio Grande National Forest. All trees must be at least 100 feet away from any campground, picnic area or road and can be up to five inches in diameter at shoulder height. Cutting trees within designated wilderness areas or the Conejos Canyon is prohibited.

For more information concerning Christmas tree cutting permits, contact the Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 719-852-5941.

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