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Investor and environmentalist Louis Moore Bacon, 51, has purchased the Forbes Trinchera Ranch in Costilla County. The deal was closed on the almost 171,400-acre ranch last Thursday. A spokesman for Bacon, the founder and chairman of Moore Capital Management, said that the current staff and uses of the ranch will be maintained at the present time. The spokesman said that bacon will spend part of his time at the Trinchera ranch with his family and friends to enjoy the view, hunting, hiking and similar activities. The spokesman said that Bacon purchased the acreage ‚€œbecause of its scenic grandeur and unspoiled natural habitat including a rich variety of wildlife and natural vegetation, both of which the Forbes family protected, maintained and enhanced during its 38 years of ownership and stewardship. The ranch is the largest privately owned ranch in Colorado. It was originally a part of the Sangre De Cristo Spanish Land Grant that was made in 1843.
Dwight D. Jones, Colorado‚€™s Commissioner of Education, visited a number of southern Colorado school districts yesterday. Jones visited the Centennial School District in San Luis yesterday morning, followed by a tour at the Blanca/Fort Garland Sierra Grande School District. Jones then continued his tour at the La Veta School District yesterday afternoon. Jones, who was appointed commissioner on June 1st of this year, plans to visit all 178 Colorado school districts over the next 2 years. Jones was appointed by a unanimous vote of the Colorado State Board of Education. He previously spent 4 years as superintendent of schools for the Fountain/Fort Carson School District. Jones has been an educator for more than 20 years.
Ryan Lambrecht, 21, of Canon City, jumped off the Royal Gorge Bridge yesterday. His body was recovered on the north side of the train tracks in the canyon below. Emergency personnel were called to the Royal Gorge Bridge at about 2pm yesterday. Police and security officers reportedly spent about an hour trying to get Lambrecht to climb back over the railing. He was despondent, however, and jumped from the bridge at about 3:45pm. Lambrecht is the son of Buddy Lambrecht, the Fremont RE-1 School District‚€™s finance director, and Robin Lambrecht, a nurse.
A mobile home located two miles north of the town of Blanca went up in flames that were visible for several miles on Sunday evening. The Costilla County Fire District responded to reports of a house fire at about 5:30pm Sunday. The fire took place southwest of the intersection of County Road KK and Cedar Avenue. Costilla County Sheriff‚€™s Deputy Ivan Garcia was one of the first responders to the scene. He said the mobile home‚€™s owners live in Wyoming. No one was injured in the blaze, however the structure was a total loss.
The Annual Gift of Art Show opened on Sunday evening at the Spanish Peaks Art Council Gallery in La Veta. 22 artists are represented this year, offering paintings, sculpture, weaving, photography, potter and pencil renderings. All work on display is for sale for the holidays and ranges in price from as much as $2,700 down to around $52. The gallery gift shop is also stocked with jewelry, platters, hand-thrown pottery cups and seasonal cards. The show runs through January 5th. The gallery is open from 10am to 2pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and is located at 132 West Ryus in La Veta.