The Crestone Eagle is an independent, locally owned and operated monthly newspaper. It has an international circulation and offers both digital and hardcopy subscriptions. It covers a wide range of topics beyond local politics and the many ongoing controversies that beset the San Luis Valley.
Almost every Crestone Eagle issue features some aspect of green building and sustainable living, everything from photovoltaic systems to wind generation, from straw bale construction to masonry heaters. "As the Worm Turns" is a regular column on organic gardening.
Because of the many spiritual centers and retreats located in the area, one can often find articles about visiting lamas and rinpoches. David Nicholas writes "The Washington Beat," an in-depth column about national politics. The paper is often filled with articles about the many artists and musicians who live and perform in the area. "Astrologically Speaking ..." is a uniquely written column on astrology by Ananur. "Ask the Weatherman," is a column about the local weather that also covers topics on meteorology.
Currently, Gussie Fauntleroy, a professional journalist who recently relocated to Crestone from Sante Fe NM, and who is the author of 3 books on New Mexico artists, is currently writing a series of articles featuring all the spiritual centers, and another contemplative series on the "quietude" of the San Luis Valley.
There is a monthly astronomy column by Dr. J. McKim (Kim) Malville. Dr. Malville is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Colorado-Boulder and has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his work on solar physics. He has been conducting archaeoastronomy research for more than 20 years and is the author of the book,A Guide to Prehistoric Astronomy in the Southwest (2008).
Crestone sits at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is surrounded by national forest and the fish and wildlife refuge, thus there are many articles on camping and hiking in both summer and winter. Frequently there are articles about wildlife, wilderness and the environment.
Since the paper is a monthly, you can only depend on someone being at the office from the 15th until the end of the month. If you're in the area, drop by and see independent journalism in action.