Exciting Development Coming to Trinidad Colorado

There is a new development called “La Puerta de Colorado” coming to Trinidad Colorado just down the street from our real estate office on Commercial Street where Commercial Street borders I-25. Jay Cimino, a Trinidad native who is the CEO and President of Phil Long Ford Dealerships has been investing time and money into projects in Trinidad like the Mount Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center and Phil Long Toyota at Exit 11 near Walmart.

La Puerta de ColoradoNow Jay Cimino has a huge 30 Million Dollar development on 60 acres in the works that he feels will help spur revitalization of downtown Trinidad Colorado. It will include a classic car museum featuring the last car owned by Babe Ruth, a brewery pub and restaurant, a baseball training center, a 50 room hotel and gift shop, a movie theater and boutique style shopping center that he believes will get travelers off of I-25 and bring tourists to the Trinidad area.

He has been working on this project for 6-7 years and the goal is to help spark interest, activity and tourists to stop and enjoy what Trinidad has to offer. This is welcomed news especially after a number of local projects were canceled because of the US economy downturn. But this isn’t stopping Jay Cimino as he is moving towards his goal of re-energizing his hometown by giving back the way he knows best.

We have been in the Trinidad area since 1995 and although we have seen many improvements in our small town of about 10-12,000 residents it has pretty much stayed a small quaint town. Let’s face it Trinidad is not on the tourist map for Colorado and has mainly been a place to stop for fuel, food and a rest stop. But those who venture off the main I-25 corridor have been treated to a spectacular view of the vintage old west that is still intact. In fact Trinidad Colorado has one of the largest collections of Victorian style homes west of the Mississippi.

Plus Las Animas County just west of Trinidad has some of the most affordable mountain property that you will find in Colorado. Mountain property has been our business since 1995 and Adobe Gold Properties has helped hundreds of couples and families find their dream properties in this area. And many of our customers have built their homes here and have started businesses here in Trinidad also helping to revitalize our local economy. We feel that what they and Jay Cimino is doing will just help bolster our local economy and make Trinidad Colorado a place that you will enjoy visiting.

Here is a map of the location.

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Lights on New Interstate 25 Bridge Causing Problems

We noticed it. Didn’t understand it….after all it’s the latest and greatest new bridge on I-25 in Trinidad Colorado so you would expect that a lot of knowledge and research went into designing this new bridge. But these lights are blinding especially when checking your blind spots they are so bright that you can’t tell if it’s the bridge lights or a car next to you. Seems like a serious and dangerous flaw in the design of this new long awaited bridge that was just completed in 2011.

Listen to this…

I drive truck, and LOVE your town! Coming from New Mexico, it has always been the best “welcome home to Colorado” sight! But please, PLEASE do something about those darn bright lights on the great new bridge you have built! The oncoming traffic’s side blinds me, then my side blinds me in my side mirrors! I’m sure you’ve noticed, and maybe others have complained. I love the bridge… it’s such a great great improvement, and I appreciate the time and money that must have gone into it. I would willingly drive through more construction if they were fixed! But that’s just my opinion, thanks for reading! And thank you for all the hard work you did on the bridge! One of these days I’ll be in my personal vehicle and get to experience what I can only admire from the interstate in my tractor-trailer!


Have you have trouble with the lights on the new I-25 bridge in Trinidad also? Share your experiences….and thoughts.

Local Earthquakes, the Rio Grande Rift and Fracking

We have long suspected the connection between our recent local earthquake swarms, including the large 5.3 magnitude earthquake that happened in August 2011, and the fracking and deep injection wells that are used by the Oil and Gas Industry. Recently there have been many reports connecting the oil and gas industry practices as the catalyst for causing many of these earthquakes.

What makes this even more risky in this area of Southern Colorado near Trinidad is that this area is in a known earthquake zone called the Rio Grande Rift. What this means is that Trinidad Colorado is in an area that is active and alive.

Photo from Wikipedia Commons

“The Rio Grande Rift, a thinning and stretching of Earth’s surface that extends from Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains to Mexico, is not dead but geologically alive and active, according to a new study involving scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.

“We don’t expect to see a lot of earthquakes, or big ones, but we will have some earthquakes,” said CU-Boulder geological sciences Professor Anne Sheehan” Source

If you are interested tomorrow, this Wednesday April 18th, Anne Sheehan, professor of geophysics at the University of Colorado, will give her presentation “Earthquakes! Far Away and Close to Home” at 7 p.m. at the Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St. Louisville Colorado near Boulder. Find out more at the link below.

Read more:http://www.coloradodaily.com/latest-stories/ci_20407246/cu-boulder-geophysics-prof-give-free-talk-louisville#ixzz1sJP1B5A1

There seems to be an article online everyday about the relationship between the recent outbreak of earthquakes and fracking and deep injection wells used by the Oil and Gas Industry. My question is how will they regulate this and keep it from happening. I recently ran across an article that discussed that earthquakes are a “known” calculated risk by the Oil and Gas Industry.

“Small earthquakes are a recognized risk of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, a procedure in which companies unlock energy reserves by pumping millions of litres of water underground to fracture shale rock and release the natural gas trapped inside.” and “The researchers found a proportional relationship between the volume of fluid injected and the magnitude of the earthquake.”  Source

So let me ask you “if this is a calculated and recognized risks then would not the Oil and Gas Companies be responsible for any and all damages caused by the earthquakes?”. I know that a number of local residents here in Trinidad Colorado had their homes damaged by the recent earthquakes. Including the recent damage to the Historic Opera House on Main Street. All of these people have been left with anywhere from minor to serious damage to their homes and businesses and insurance will not cover the damage.

I have been following the earthquakes since the first one reported in this area from 2000 on and I find it very interesting that most of these have been located and centered near the deep injection wells and or gas wells in Las Animas County. Humm…..very interesting indeed.

Here are some recent articles on the relationship between Fracking, Deep Injection and Earthquakes around the US.

What does this mean to you? Have you been affected by the recent swarm of earthquakes and if so how? Please share your story with and comment below.

Trouble Brewing in Trinidad Colorado

The City Manager has been placed on a 30 day suspension as the City Council is set to fire him. Because of this action the Trinidaddio Blues Fest, who supports the city mananger Ed Gil de Rubio 100%, canceled the upcoming 2012 Trinidadio Blues Festival according to this Trinidad Times Independent newspaper article

The repercussions of city council’s 4-3 vote to put Trinidad City Manager Ed Gil de Rubio on leave have some people singing the blues, including those who run the Trinidaddio Blues Fest.

Board members of Trinidaddio Blues Fest Inc. met Wednesday and voted to cancel the festival in its 14th year due in part to city council’s unpopular decision to place Gil de Rubio on administrative leave amid overwhelming protests of that action by local citizens.

In a letter to the editor Feb. 28, the board wrote that it felt “the City Council has never been a strong and committed supporter of the Blues Fest. With the help of Mr. Gil de Rubio, things have worked more smoothly for both us and the citizens of Trinidad, so that we could continue growing in a positive way.”

In light of the city council’s conflict with Gil de Rubio, Jerry Campbell, president of the Blues Fest board, said the nonprofit “is unsure (about) the stance of city council” on the festival and it is “with regret” that the annual event is canceled.

On the Trinidaddio Blues Fest Website located at http://www.trinidaddiobluesfest.com/ this was posted.

In a special meeting on Wednesday (3/7/2012) evening, members of the board of directors of Trinidaddio Blues Fest, Inc., voted to cancel this year’s 14th annual event, planned for Aug. 25 in Central Park.

Why is it that it seems that we take one step forward and two steps backwards? Maybe more like 10 steps backwards….

What is this all about? Here is another perspective on this issue from a concerned citizen.

This Letter is in response to City Council Reasons for Dismissal of the City Manager.

Council Woman Linda Velasquez had several bullet points in her letter published in the Chronicle News on March 9, 2012 that need explanation.

I would like to take this opportunity as a concerned Citizen and wife of a Power and Light Employee to more fully inform the public on a few key issues listed in Mrs. Velasquez’s response regarding The City of Trinidad’s Power and Light Department.  The bullet points below are quotes from Mrs. Velasquez’s reasons.

  • “Electrical Safety Consultants were hired to conduct a Safety Audit in the Power & Light Department and paid $19,922.11 without council knowledge/approval.”

In the fall of 2010 the City of Trinidad was experiencing very high winds causing multiple electrical outages throughout town.  The Power Plant Operator on duty informed the Electrical Linemen working in the field that some circuit breakers would not close due to faults on the electric lines.  The Assistant Line Crew Foreman  instructed the Operator to leave all de-energized circuits open and place do not operate tags on the breakers until further notice while they began trouble shooting the multiple outages.  While the Electrical Linemen were in the process of repairing the outages the Power and Light Superintendent entered the power plant and went to the switch board, bypassed the Operator who was in the process of tagging out breakers and closed de-energized circuits.  This action by the Power and Light Superintendent put the lives of 7 City Employees and the general public in danger!

Luckily no one was burned, electrocuted or killed due to his negligent actions.  This incident was immediately brought to the attention of the City Manager who in turn interviewed the Electrical Line Crew, Power Plant Employees and the Power and Light Superintendent.  During these interviews it was brought to the attention of the City Manager the fact that this was NOT an isolated incident.     Therefore, the determination was made by the City Manager to have a Safety Audit done for the SAFETY of all Power and Light Employees and to reduce the LIABILITY risk to the City of Trinidad.

This audit was performed by Electrical Safety Consultants International, Inc. from Bellingham, WA.  The audit took place January 24-27, 2011.  This report is available to the public at City Hall.  It is quite lengthy and thorough so I am quoting only 1 important paragraph regarding safety issues taken directly from the Executive Summary.

“ESCI Auditors have never witnessed a situation where one individual, in this case the Line Superintendent, has such a negative impact to Safety Program and Safety Culture of a company and its employees.  During the audit, the Superintendent met with the ESCI auditors for one hour on the first day, but never met with them again during the remainder of the audit.  This minimal concern about the audit by the Line Superintendent confirmed his unwillingness to be part of the safety program which is reflective of the current safety program.”

Shortly following this audit the Power and Light Superintendent chose to retire.

  • “Clothing allowance approved in the 2011 budget was $926.00.  A total of $4,782.00 was spent without council knowledge.  When asked about it, he replied should have been done long ago.

Recommendations taken directly from the audit“13. Have an arc assessment performed to find the highest available fault current on Trinidad’s electrical system then purchase FR clothing for the electric employees that are exposed to the hazard.”

Again, the City Manager took corrective action to protect the SAFETY of Power and Light Employees and reduce LIABILITY to the City of Trinidad.


  • “In 2011, an employee in the power and light department was given a $5,000/year raise without consulting council.  This raise put his annual salary over what some Department Heads are earning.  City employees had not been given a raise in over two years due to budget constraints and were still taking furlough days.  An assistant foreman was also given a .50/hour raise.  When council adopted a 2012 budget, a 2% salary increase was approved for employees.  No increase was approved for this employee because he had previously been awarded the $5,000 raise.  Without council approval, the manager has given this employee the 2% raise anyway. “

The employees mentioned above had their job duties increased due to the retirement of the Power and Light Superintendent.  The City manager reallocated duties of the Power and Light Superintendent ultimately saving the tax paying Citizens of Trinidad a considerable amount of money during these trying economic times by not replacing the Power and Light Superintendent at this time.  The $5,000 raise was given to the Power and Light Supervisor whose duties changed to Outside Operations Manager which included the management of the power plant which dramatically increased his job duties.   The employee raise of .50/hour was approved by the Union representing the City of Trinidad Employees because of the change and additions to his job duties.

  • “The Manager has refused to hire a Power and Light Supervisor, stating he is capable of running the department; yet the city received a fine for not turning in a timely report.”

Because of the swift actions of the City Manager the fine was reduced from $1,000 to $160.  The employee responsible for filing this report was properly disciplined and the fine paid by that employee personally.

I urge the Citizens of Trinidad to review the City Charter and find out for themselves the job description of our City Manager. Also, look into the discretionary spending allowed by the City Manager.   After I researched the issues at hand by reading the City Charter, reading the Safety Audit and reviewing the job description of City Manager it is my belief that there is OVERWELMING documentation that Mr. Ed Gil de Rubio was ONLY doing the job he was hired by The City Council to do.  As a taxpaying, registered voter in the City of Trinidad, I give him my full support.  It would be a travesty for the City of Trinidad to lose a City manager that actually cares about this beautiful City its Employees, and its Citizens.

Furthermore, I will not be intimidated by threats of recourse, retaliation, threats to my family or my property.  I will continue to speak out on these issues.  It is time for the Citizens of Trinidad to take a proactive role in the politics of this community.  We should be able to respectfully voice our opinions and concerns about local issues without ill will to our neighbors that have a different opinion.  I respect the fact that there are people who have an opposing view on some of these issues.  I only ask for the same respect in return.


Danielle Rollo.

Trinidad Co

719-859-7653 or 719-846-3206

Do you have something to share about this topic of discussion? Look like this topic will stir things up more in Trinidad Colorado.

Let’s hear what you have to say.

Saving and Losing Trinidad’s Downtown Buildings

Colombia Hotel and Opera House

After the recent 5.3 earthquake centered just west of Trinidad last year in 2011 it is suspected that it caused damage to the historic Opera House on Main Street in Trinidad Colorado that is most likely going to force the owner to tear the building down. Seems that the earthquake caused a crack in the brick front near the top right of the building (not shown in this photo) and with the heavy snow and ice this winter it caused it to crack even more. All businesses located in the Opera House building have been forces to relocate.

Cost of repairs I have heard were over $5 million and cost of demolition will still be very costly. This has raised valid concerns in the town over other old historic buildings in need of repair such as the Columbia Hotel show in the photo above, the 1888 Building (show just below) located at the corner of Main and Animas Streets, the Schneider Brewery (show below) and the Presbyterian Church on Commercial Street ( also shown below)

The 1888 Building at the Corner of Main and Animas Streets

The owner of the 1888 Building, Massod Sadel who has owned the building now for 9 years, mentioned in the article in the Chronicle News Jan 10th issue written by Mike Albanese that he has put about $550,000 into the building since he has owned it. Including work replacing the roof and hiring a stone mason to repair grout and bricks and original sandstone on the building all while not seeing a return on his investment. He mentioned that the previous Mayor and City Manager showed no support for the project but that the new City Manager Ed Gil de Rubio is much more cooperative and helpful.

The Schneider Brewery

Trinidad City Planner, Louis Fineburg said that the Schneider Brewery was the most important building in Trinidad and that “anyone driving down I-25 would recognize a picture of it”. We personally love this old building and wait for the day that it is renovated and put back into use. The current owners of the building, White Construction out of Castle Rock, Colorado had plans for the structure that has gotten put off with the economy. So their plans to make this a vibrant public building again in Trinidad is on hold. But the good news is that this building has a great solid foundation that should protect it but as much work as they have done replacing the roof etc there are still open windows and repairs needed to keep it from deteriorating.

Presbyterian Church on Commercial Street in Trinidad

The article mentioned that the Presbyterian Church on Commercial Street is not in as bad of structural damage that was originally suspected but that it currently has a leaking roof that is not helping. Repairs to this building’s foundation would be most likely close to $100,000 or more.

Trinidad truly has a wonderful collection of old western, turn of the century building with many of them in need of repair. Quite a few buildings have been saved and fixed up like the old Dr. Beshoar Building that Frank Images is in on Commercial Street and the Toltec Hotel that was renovated by the owners of the Chronicle News just to mention a few.

Just looking at this old photo you will see how many buildings we have already lost to old age

We respect and admire the effort, time, love and money that has been put into many of these beautiful old buildings and sure will hate to lose the old Opera House and the history that it has shared with Trinidad all these years. It has certainly seen better days and I guess if money where no object it could be saved.

The biggest worry that I think we have in Trinidad is what will happen if we get another large earthquake. These old brick buildings sure don’t hold up well to the damage of earthquakes. And while we believe that our local earthquakes have been triggered by the deep well injection wells from the gas companies or the calculated risks of fracking by the gas industry, I just read an article that discusses that we are in an area with an active rift called the Rio Grande Rift that is moving slightly each year. This just adds to the potential of losing more of our precious old structures. So I guess we just need to enjoy them while we can.

The City of Trinidad is working on a plan to help ensure that these buildings get repaired and are safe for the public. Honestly I don’t think that fixing or repairing many of these old buildings will deem them safe from irreparable damage from the earthquakes but they certainly need to be fixed up if they are going to be useful so that they don’t get in worse shape. We need more Grant money to help fix up our buildings or owners that have the money to restore them and both are hard to come by.

So I guess we just have to take it one day at a time.  What do you think? Share your thoughts….

New Entertainment and Restaurant Coming to Trinidad Soon

Did you hear the good news? Well maybe you haven’t so I am hear to tell you some really good news. Rick Colander a local resident who moved here from the Denver area and settled here and built a home has decided to make a career change. This is good news for Trinidad because Rick has been playing music in a local Denver Band for many years and he felt that a local place for entertainment was something that we really needed. Well, maybe he really needs a place to play his music but hey we benefit from that too.

Full Restaurant, Full Bar, Live Entertainment Every Week

Scheduled to open between December 15th and 30th….we know how these things go so just know that they are working on opening as soon as possible.

Purgatorie on Elm

The new business is called Purgatorie and it is in one of the neatest old historic building around, the old Trinidad Train Station on Elm Street at 516 Elm Street. It will have a full Restaurant, Full Bar and Live Entertainment every week. Catering and Banquet by ” is provided by the Little Catering Company.

Their new website is at www.purgatoireonelm.com

Phone: 719-845-7450 Rick or 719-214-2856 Leona

Check out their Facebook page and give them a huge “Like”!

Pass the Word and tell all your friends so that we can support this new business.


Short Video about the Earthquakes near Trinidad

The recent earthquakes shook things up a bit in the old western town of Trinidad Colorado. Found this video online here by Earthquake-Report.com that has some information and maps

Another Round of Earthquakes hit near Trinidad Colorado

September the 13th brought another round of earthquake swarms to the Trinidad Colorado and Raton New Mexico area. It was reported that through out the day we had 5 small quakes ranging from a 2.5 magnitude to a 4.0 magnitude. Certainly not as strong as the 5.3 we recently had in the area but still all disturbing none the less.

Wonder what is next….stay tuned.

Here are some recent news about the events.


Light earthquakes strike near NM-Colo. border
WKYC-TV, on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:05:39 -0700

It was centered 17 miles west of Raton, NM, with a depth of 3.1 miles. It came several hours after a magnitude 3.4 quake hit the area. The USGS says the smaller quake struck at 7:37 pm and it was centered 22 miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo.

More Earthquakes Shake Southern Colorado
KKTV 11 News, on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 05:02:23 -0700

That’s about 21 miles southwest of Trinidad. It came just hours after a magnitude 3.4 quake hit the area. The USGS says the smaller quake struck at 7:37 pm and it was centered 22 miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo. There were no immediate reports of

Southern Colorado gets the shakes again
Colorado Springs Gazette, on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 10:27:47 -0700

A series of earthquakes shook the Colorado-New Mexico border near Trinidad on Monday night and early Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey. The five small quakes ranged in magnitude from 2 to 4, all smaller than the 5.5 quake that trembled

Light earthquakes strike near NM-Colo. border
ABC7Chicago.com, on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:33:09 -0700

It was centered 17 miles west of Raton, NM, with a depth of 3.1 miles. It came several hours after a magnitude 3.4 quake hit the area. The USGS says the smaller quake struck at 7:37 pm and it was centered 22 miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo.

Light Earthquakes Strike Near New Mexico-Colorado Border
OfficialWire, on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:20:22 -0700

It came several hours after a magnitude 3.4 quake hit the area. The USGS says the smaller quake struck at 7:37 pm and it was centered 22 miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. AP Syndication AP.

More Earthquakes Strike Colorado
KKTV 11 News, on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:15:11 -0700

The USGS says the smaller quake struck at 7:37 pm and it was centered 22 miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. The month of September is also National Preparedness month.

Light earthquakes strike near NM-Colo. border
Grand Junction Sentinel, on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:00:29 -0700

It was centered 17 miles west of Raton, NM, with a depth of 3.1 miles. It came several hours after a magnitude 3.4 quake hit the area. The USGS says the smaller quake struck at 7:37 pm and it was centered 22 miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo.

Light earthquakes strike near NM-Colo. border
Alamogordo Daily News, on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 07:53:53 -0700

It was centered 17 miles west of Raton, with a depth of 3.1 miles. It came several hours after a magnitude 3.4 quake hit the area. The USGS says the smaller quake struck at 7:37 pm and it was centered 22 miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo.

The Trinidaddio Blues Fest is Tomorrow Saturday August 27

Trinidad Colorado just thought they were shook up by the recent Earthquake, but wait until tomorrow when the Trinidaddio Blues Fest comes to town for some mind blowing entertainment. Things get started tonight, Friday August 26th, with the Pre-Fest Party at the El Rancho Bar and Cafe. Then to give you plenty of time to recoup the show starts at Noon Sharp, doors open at 11am.

Tomorrows weather is predicted to be 88 degrees with a 20% chance of thunderstorms. I do suggest that you come prepared for rain because for the last few years it seems that weather has been an issue at the Trinidaddio Blues Fest, something always happens. But the weather lately has been really nice so you can probably expect a few rain showers late in the afternoon but also some cooling shade from the clouds so it should be a nice day at the festival.

While you are in town there check out some of the local businesses and restaurants and also if you get the chance take the drive around Highway 12 on Sunday after the Blues Fest and see how beautiful the “Highway of Legends” is especially if you haven’t taken this drive.

Enjoy the Trinidaddio Blues Festival and for more information visit their website at TrinidaddoBluesFest.com

Fear that Gas Fracking and Water Disposal Triggered Earthquake Swarms

Officials and local residents are concerned that Gas Well Fracking and Deep Water Disposal/Injection might be the cause of the recent Earthquake Swarm as well as the one in Aug/Sep of 2011.

The State of Arkansas also recently put an Emergency Moritorium on Fracking to determine if a recent swarm of earthquakes was triggered by oil and gas activities.

Read this article here on The Colorado Independent News site “Past earthquakes in southern Colorado studied for links to gas fracking, water disposal”

In this area the swarm of earthquakes have been located and pinpointed very close to the main deep injection well near Cokedale and Valdez, west of Trinidad Colorado in Las Animas County.

How do you feel about this? Do you think there is a connection?