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Events for March 25, 2021

Events are finally a’happening!
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease up in Our World, we are heartened to see events beginning to be scheduled again.
Please send your event notices to events.worldjournal@gmail.com by Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. to get into the paper for that week.
Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Journal is providing a special web page with  information on the pandemic throughout our corner of the world.
Go to: www.worldjournalnewspaper.com and click on the COVID-19 link to get  a compilation of all COVID-19 articles run in print editions of the newspaper.
The total up-to-date number of cases in Colorado, New Mexico, and nationwide are also listed in the COVID-19 page.

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Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

OUR WORLD — The Mt. San Rafael Hospital Clinic is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday, March 23 from noon to 6:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and there are no appointment necessary. The only requirements are that all participants be 16 or older with a parent or guardian signing for individuals under the age of 18. If you have any questions or for more information call (719) 845 – 3135.

Culebra Range Community Coalition scholarship application deadline coming up

OUR WORLD — The CRSC Scholarship is for $1000 per year and is renewable for up to four years. If you are planning on applying but have not yet done so, be advised that the deadline is March 31st. Please email your application to tomandlindaperry@gmail.com

Monthly orthopedic clinics in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is pleased to announce a new series of monthly orthopedic clinics hosted by two of Southern Colorado’s foremost orthopedic experts; Mt. San Rafael Hospital’s orthopedic surgeon, Damian Mizera, MD, and his physician assistant Brian Aston, PA-C.
The clinics will begin on March 25 at the Spanish Peaks Specialty Clinic in Walsenburg at 23450 U.S. Highway 160, located next to the hospital. The orthopedic clinics will be held the fourth Thursday of each month thereafter and are open to residents from Huerfano county and the surrounding region, with Dr. Mizera and Mr. Aston offering professional guidance on a variety of conditions, treatments, and preventative measures to protect and strengthen the musculoskeletal system.
For more information about the orthopedic clinics or to register, please call (719) 845 – 4296.

Medication assisted treatment for addiction

OUR WORLD — There’s no perfect way to talk about alcohol or opioid misuse. But that’s why we
need to talk about it. If you or someone you know needs support, there are resources available in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties.
One option is Medication Assisted Treatment or MAT. MAT fits your schedule and allows you to take medication at home with support from a doctor to decrease cravings and improve recovery.
It’s time we realize that substance misuse or addiction is NOT a sign of weakness. Addiction is a disease which can be treated. Get support and feel better. To learn more, call 719-859-4015, again 719-859-4015.

Scholarships for trail building classes

OUR WORLD — Trinidad State Junior College has scheduled four trail building classes this spring in order to provide a career path for those interested in an outdoor oriented career.
Students will learn and practice in a wonderful outdoor environment, since each week-long class will include field work at the new Fishers Peak State Park.
The classes will be held between April 12 and the week of May 17 and are as follows: Intro to Trails, Intro to Trail Maintenance, Planning Sustainable Trails, and Designing Sustainable Trails.
Students who sign up for all four classes will receive priority consideration for scholarship funds and may be eligible for up to $1,500 in scholarship support with preference given to students from Las Animas County. Students taking fewer than four classes may be eligible for reduced scholarship support.
To sign up  or for more info, contact Donna Haddow at 719 846-5724 or visit trinidadstate.edu/trailbuilding.

Visit Sugarite Canyon State Park

OUR WORLD — The Sugarite Canyon State Park is now open for all visitors for day use. As of February 27th, this includes the visitor center and shower building. Stage II fire restrictions are in  place, so only propane and butane fires are allowed. Camping is by reservation only at the Lake Alice Campground. The entry charge is $5 per day per vehicle. For more information, please contact the park at 575-445-5607

Free well-being support line for teachers and educators

OUR WORLD — Stressed?  Virtual learning and changing plans wearing you down?  Want support from the COVID chaos?  Talk to a trained crisis counselor volunteer who can listen and support you, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week via telephone or text message to 303-724-2500. Free and immediate access to mental health services available as needed.  The well being support line is a free service for all educators and school employees including ECE, K-12 programs, and higher education.  The support line is available to any educator across the state including teachers, administrators, para-professionals, health care teams, and support staff.
Brain Health For All, For Life sponsors this program in collaboration with the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry and CPHE Colorado Spirit’s crisis Counseling Program.

SAT/ACT prep

OUR WORLD — The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and eKnowledge are sponsoring the PowerPrep SAT and ACT preparation course. Instructors are professional educators, with advanced degrees. Hundreds of videos and thousands of detailed explanations. The latest innovations in customized, cloud-based, distance learning programming with  diagnostics, tracking, push reports for parents, individual custom study plans, live teacher chat and more. The standard course has a $350 value and is available for only $19.99 and the premium course has a $750 value but is available now for only $39.99. Order your course prep now at eknowledge.com

HUERFANO

SCCOG COVID-19 Relief Program still accepting applications

HUERFANO — The South Central Council of Governments COVID-19 Relief program received Cares Act funding from the City of Walsenburg to be used to assist Walsenburg, Gardner, and La Veta Residents who have suffered financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    COVID-9  Relief funds may assist with outstanding utilities, past due rent, and/or mortgage (interest only) payments.   These funds can only be used for expenses that are the direct result of COVID-19 during the time between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
The South Central Council of Governments (SCCOG) and the City of Walsenburg understand the challenges faced by small non-profits in our communities of Walsenburg, Gardner, and La Veta as they try to provide services to our residents even during the time of the COVID-19.  The SCCOG – Walsenburg Coronavirus Relief Fund is designed to provide funding to address unforeseen financial needs and risks created by the COVID-19 public health emergency; that were incurred during the period that began on March 27, 2020 and ended on December 31, 2020.  The requirement that expenditures be incurred “due to” the public health emergency means that expenditures must be used for actions taken to respond to the public health emergency.   Revenue replacement is not a permissible use of fund payments.  The CARES Act requires that payments be used only to cover costs that were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020.
Application deadline is 4p.m., MT on Monday, April 12th.    For information or an application, contact the South Central Council of Governments, 625 N. Polk Avenue or by phone at 719-738-2205.

Health field scholarships now available

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Healthcare Foundation is offering local students the chance to earn scholarships toward college tuition in the health sciences or biomedical fields.  Applications are available from the high school counselors and libraries in both La Veta and Walsenburg.
College level students may email foundation@sprhc.org to request an application.

Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce meeting

HUERFANO — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will be holding their monthly meeting Thursday, April 1st, 2021, 6 pm via Zoom and also at the Huerfano County Community Center – 928 Russell Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089.  Meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend via Zoom please contact us for the link.  If you wish to get on the agenda, please contact us seven days before the meeting.  info@spanishpeakschamber.com

Let’s play (base)ball!

HUERFANO COUNTY — Youth baseball is in Huerfano County this spring! Ages 4-18. No need to drive to Colorado City. The last chance to sign up is on March 27, practices start in April, and games will run from May to June. Scholarships are available.
Sign up in Walsenburg at Fiesta Park, March 27 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sign ups in La Veta will be at the La Veta Community Center, 131 E Ryus, also on March 27 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
All activities will be in full compliance with Las Animas-Huerfano County Health Department COVID-19 requirements. For more information, visit www.twopeaksfitness.org/youth-sports-leagues/ or find them on Facebook at TwoPeaksFitnessYouthSports and TwoPeaksYouthBaseball.

Auction west of Walsenburg

HUERFANO COUNTY — On Saturday, March 20, there will be a retirement/ moving auction at 10 a.m., 185 River Ridge Trail, west of Walsenburg.  From west edge of Walsenburg, take Hwy 160 3.4 miles to CR 346, then 1.5 miles south to River Ridge Trail, and 0.1 mile west. See full list of items on page 3.

Visit Spanish Peaks Country website  for new walking tours!

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Huerfano County Tourism board has put together walking and driving tours of Walsenburg, La Veta, Cuchara, and the Scenic Highway of Legends.  Download the app by visiting either of these links:  https://spanishpeakscountry.com/ or https://spanishpeakscountry.com/audio-tours/to explore our county via the Travel Storys app.
The TravelStorys available now are:
Historic La Veta-From Western Outpost to Cultural Oasis; Historic Downtown Walsenburg-A City Built on Coal; Highway of Legends-Wonder and History, Millions of Years in the Making; Walk Cuchara- Step Back Into The Past

La Veta Trails work days coming up

HUERFANO COUNTY — La Veta Trails will soon  host two work sessions on the School Nature Trail. The first will take place on Tues. March 30th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and will involve the installation of a drip irrigation system for seven trees which were planted in 2020. On April 6th, there will be work done on the drainage issues on the walking trail. Both sessions will involve moderately strenuous work using tools in the outdoors. Be prepared to get dirty!
Register for the event so that the organization can prepare adequate tools and food by emailing Marilyn Russel at russellm9999@gmail.com

Interested in establishing a Rotary Club in Huerfano?

HUERFANO COUNTY — Greg Sund is looking for a few people in Huerfano County who would be willing to talk about establishing a Rotary Club. There used to be a Rotary Club in La Veta, but it was dissolved when membership became too low. If you are interested in setting up a new club, please contact Greg Sund at greg.sund@gmail.com.

Ribbon-cutting for new dry cleaner

WALSENBURG — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance are pleased to announce a ribbon-cutting celebration for Stoehr Cleaners, a new business located at 127 W 7th. St in Walsenburg. The event will take place at noon, Friday March 26th. All necessary COVID precautions will be taken.
The celebration will begin at noon with welcoming remarks from the Chamber and Business Alliance. A bar-be-cue lunch will be served and there will be door prizes!

Ribbon-cutting for new hair salon

WALSENBURG — CS Styling founders Chelsea Smalley and Stephanie Rodriguez have been licensed cosmetologists for 10 and 13 years respectively. Both previously worked at Maria’s Salon and are excited to serve the community again in their own salon. Services include haircuts, coloring, perms, manicures, pedicures, facial waxing, and lash lifts and tints. CS Styling is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5pm. They are only accepting appointments right now due to COVID restrictions. Call 719-738-5718 to schedule your appointment!
CS Styling’s ribbon cutting will begin at 2 p.m. April 5, at 725 Main St., Walsenburg with welcoming remarks from Chamber and Business Alliance. Finger food and desserts will be served and a raffle will take place.

New Hope Easter sunrise service

WALSENBURG — New Hope Community Church at 801 Pennsylvania invites all to a special Easter sunrise service at 6:15 a.m. on the grounds with fellowship and light breakfast to follow. The service will be a brief devotion, hymn, and special music by Billy Hayes.

Addiction treatment

WALSENBURG — Front Range Clinic is offering confidential, safe, access to medications for addiction treatment at two locations in Walsenburg.  Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m the mobile unit will be at 1818 E. Kansas Avenue.  Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the clinic will be held at 129 Kansas Avenue.  For more information call 1-866-MAT-STAT or visit www.frontrangemd.com

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall upcoming public meetings

WALSENBURG — Since 1984, the traveling half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been touring the country, and now it is our turn. It is coming to Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center and Veterans Community Living Center on June 18-20.
Learn more and help out by coming to a meeting on Saturday, April 3 at 10 a.m. at the United Church of Walsenburg’s downstairs meeting room at 108 Kansas Avenue in Walsenburg. There will also be a La Veta based meeting taking place on Thursday, March 25th from 6:00-7 p.m. at the 4H Barn, 501 Moore St. in La Veta.
If you are unable to make the meeting and are interested in getting involved or learning more, please contact Commander Gary Baldwin at 719-738-2801, glbceb@gmail.com; or contact Adjutant David Rogers at 719-738-9965, david51@centurylink.net, or give Keith Hauber a call at 816-277-4833.

Free COVID-19 testing at health dept.

WALSENBURG — The Health Department has expanded FREE COVID-19 testing in Huerfano County.  This free COVID-19 test  is available to all members of the public, regardless of symptoms.  No insurance required. Please call for an appointment.  Testing will be available on:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Appointments are required for testing, call 719-738-2650 for an appointment.  The Las Animas/Huerfano Health Department office address is:  119 E. 5th Street.

Walsenburg area AA and NA meetings

WALSENBURG — AA meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.  NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano County Community Center.

The Book Nook is open for business!

LA VETA — The La Veta Book Nook is now open three days a week Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Our inventory is growing. In addition to the wide range of books on our shelves, Barbara’s Cabin Chocolates are also available.
Thanks to all our local reader who shop the Book Nook. Not only are the prices a bargain, all proceeds support programming at the amazing La Veta Library.
COVID-19 precautions are required and sales are by cash or check only. The Book Nook is located at 207 S. Main Street in La Veta.

2021 SPACe Members Show

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) is excited to present the 2021 Members Show, on display now until April 3. Twenty SPACe members are showing their original artwork, sharing a variety of styles, media, and subjects. Face masks will be required and social distancing observed with a maximum of 15 people in the Gallery at one time. For a glimpse of the show, visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org. Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am – 2 pm and Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm., located in the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus Ave.

La Veta Village food services

LA VETA —  La Veta Village Food Services are no longer be taking reservations or making calls.  Food boxes will be distributed on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis.  Boxes will be distributed on the FIRST and THIRD Saturday of each month as follows:  March 6, March 20.
Boxes will be distributed between 10a.m. and 11a.m. at the La Veta Fire House, 100 Birch Street
● Participants will wear a mask at all times
● Participants are not to exit their vehicles
● New participants will be required to sign up with the LVV Food Service Program during check in

LAS ANIMAS

Free advertising for Trinidad outdoor recreation businesses

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Trinidad has a page on the state’s tourism department’s website that is being severely under-utilized! If you have an outdoor recreation business or event, (or know of someone who does) you/they are highly encouraged to make a free listing at  https://www.colorado.com/co/trinidad/adventure-sports. You can find instructions for making a listing at https://www.industry.colorado.com/free-coloradocom-listing

The Chief Bicycle & Comedy Festival

TRINIDAD — The Chief Bicycle & Comedy Festival is taking to the streets of Trinidad for three days of bicycling and outdoor, socially-distanced comedy from April 29-May 1.
Made possible by dozens of community sponsors, the Chief will bring 50+ comedians to Trinidad to activate Main and Commercial Streets for three evenings of outdoor comedy on multiple stages set up through the El Corazon De Trinidad Entertainment District. In total, nine blocks of downtown Trinidad will be closed to vehicular traffic which will allow open container liquor to be served by participating bars and restaurants and for an extended dining service in an outdoor, socially distanced setting.
For more information, please go to TheChiefFestival.com or find them on Facebook or Instagram.

Curbside service at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — These curbside services are available at the Carnegie Library: Books and DVDs:
 Visit the online catalog: https://carnegie.catalog.aspencat.info/ to place items on hold.
 Then call or email us & arrange to pick up the items outside.
 Return items to the book drop outside the front entrance.
Printouts faxes and document scanning:
 Fees—
Copies are 10 cents per page for black and white, 50 cents per page for color. Outgoing Faxes are 1 dollar per page. We will give you a confirmation page after the fax is sent.
Incoming Faxes are 50 cents per page. Call to let us know you’re expecting a fax. Scans to email are free.
 For digital documents—you can attach the document to an email and send it with instructions to trinidadpubliclibrary@gmail.com. For printouts, let us know how many copies of each document you want and any special requests.
For faxes, we need the fax number you are sending to. If you want to also send a cover sheet, you can use one of our blank coversheet templates. Cover sheets count as a sheet and add $1.00 to the charge.
 For hard-copy documents — Call us when you arrive outside the library. We’ll meet you and get your documents and can usually process them (scan, fax, printout) in a few minutes.

Main Street Live in Trinidad opening up again with comedy theatre production

TRINIDAD — The community theatre comedy production entitled “Social Security” by Andrew Bergman opened on Friday, March 19 and will run through March 28. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. General admission and limited seating for social distancing. Tickets are $18 and available online at mainstreetlive.org and one hour prior to showtime. 131 W. Main Street, Trinidad. Please call Gloria Hall for more information at (719) 846 – 4765.

COLFAX

Services at Holy Trinity Episcopal

RATON — The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is offering the following services for Holy Week.
• Palm Sunday on March 28 at 10 a.m.
• Holy Thursday foot washing and Holy Eucharist on April 1 at 5 p.m.
• Good Friday Service on April 2 at 5 p.m.
• Easter Sunday and Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.
Call (575) 445 – 9884 or (719) 371 – 6018 for more information. Masks and social distancing are required. Everyone is welcome.

Springer Child Find screening

SPRINGER — On March 24 there will be free developmental screenings available for children aged 0-5 in the areas of: hearing/vision, learning, fine/gross motor, speech/language, social skills, listening/attending. The screenings will be at Springer Elementary School. Please bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and social security card.

Raton Cycling Club

RATON — The Raton Cycling Club is gearing up to hit the road again! There will be a group ride on April 3 at 11 a.m. beginning at Hwy 555 and Gardner Rd. The club is open to cyclists of all skill levels. For more info, contact Robert McIvor at 575-445-4852 or email rdmcivor84@gmail.com

Raton AA meeting

RATON — AA meetings are every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday night, at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 4th and Tiger Drive in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Al-Anon meeting

RATON — Al-Anon comes to Raton thanks to support from the World Journal and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton.  Meetings are every Thursday at 6 p.m. at 240 Rio Grande.  Al-Anon is a self-supporting group that seeks to assist the family and friends of people who are abusing alcohol or other substances.  Questions?  970-568-6969.

Free transportation for veterans for medical appointments

NE NEW MEXICO —  The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services is partnering with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to launch a pilot program to provide free transportation for veterans for VA or VA-approved non-VA medical appointments.   The first phase of this innovative program will serve military veterans in the following counties:  Cibola, Colfax, Guadalupe and Socorro.
Veterans must make reservations three days in advance for these free round trips by calling the DAV at 505-582-4544.  If you are interested in volunteering as a driver, call the DAV for details.