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Dear All,

I’m a writer at the University of Iowa who will be visiting the San Luis Valley in mid-June. I’m writing a book about the American Uncanny and researching a chapter on the unusually high number of strange sightings in the valley. So many bizarre objects zooming by, missing cattle parts, menacing helicopters, grumbling sounds, and strange creatures. You folks know the tales.

Anyways, I would love to contact ordinary folks in the San Luis Valley who have lived with these stories for a while. Do you know anyone in your neck of the woods who would be willing to meet and chat with me about this topic, someone with stories to tell?

I’ll be staying in Crestone from June 9-23 (possibly longer) and would be really, really grateful for any opportunities to speak with you and others. 

You can reach me at:

All the best,

Jeff Porter
Professor of English
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52245

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Celebrate Winter Recreation: The 12th annual Backcountry Film Festival comes to Adams State University Saturday, February 11th to benefit the Colorado Mountain Club’s Backcountry Snowsports Initiative. Enjoy an incredible slate of winter films and learn about BSI’s recreation advocacy, mapping projects and more.

Immerse yourself in a night of films that capture the spirit of winter. Adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture- you’ll find it all in this award winning lineup. Produced by the Boise-based nonprofit, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Backcountry Film Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films combining epic powder shots with a twist of environmental activism.

The event proceeds support the Colorado Mountain Club’s Backcountry Snowsports Initative (BSI) – your voice for human-powered winter recreation! BSI advocates for backcountry skiers, split-boarders, snow-shoers and winter mountaineers to ensure access to and protection of pristine winter landscapes throughout the state. Learn more about our programs at the event or visit

Films feature DPS SKIS, KGB Productions, Pup N' Suds Productions, Mike Libecki, Brody Leven, the Howell brothers, and more. For complete festival lineup and film program visit

The films will start at 6:30pm on February 11th in Carson Auditorium at Adams State University.

Tickets available online at or at the door.

Colorado Mountain Club Members - $10
Non-Members - $12

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An SLV groundwater management success story

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I promised myself that I'd do more exploring of the area we live in and that of course includes the Sand Dunes! I haven't been since I was a child so I want to plan out a few days of exploring! #SLV   #SanLuisValley   #Colorado   #ExploringColorado   #Outdoor   #OutdoorColorado   #Camping   #Hiking   #GreatSandDunes   #NationalPark   #MustSee   #MustVisit   #Roadtrip  

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The story goes like this: back in the early 1850s, a group of settlers from New Mexico was making its way through the area. They stopped nearby to rest, but when it was time to go, one of their donkeys refused to get up. They rifled through one of the bags it was carrying and found a small statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The group vowed to build a church in her honor on that site and the legend claims it was only once they made that vow that the donkey finally stood up.

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A valley (hypothetically) divided

Four of six SLV counties would be part of a hypothetical nation called El Norte while the other two would be located in a country called The Far West, according to an article appearing in Tufts Magazine.

The author of the politically charged article uses the "dominant culture" of regions (predominantly U.S. counties) to define the national borders. As ever, the SLV remains at the borderlands and on the frontier.

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Help out in funding the purchase of a historic building in Alamosa so that it might serve as a community performance center.

Lots of cool perks are available for your contribution.

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The Friends of Fort Garland are launching a crowdfunding campaign to support an oral history project called - A Journey of 6000 Miles: an Oral History of Japanese Americans in Costilla County. See attached for more info.

#colorado #sanluisvalley #costillacounty  
Donate @:…/japanese-american-oral-history-…

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