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Briefs for April 01, 2010

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum

CANON CITY- The 2010 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum will take place at The Abbey in Canon City Tues. and Wed. April 6 and 7.

    Keynote speaker Doug Kemper, Director of the Colorado Water Congress, will kick off a conference designed to promote a greater understanding of water issues affecting the Arkansas River watershed from the headwaters to the state line.

    Thursday’s luncheon speaker will be Ken Baker, one of the original organizers of the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, who will provide a history of water issues in the basin.

    Participants will choose from among three different field trips on Tuesday afternoon of the conference:  Canon City Municipal Water Plant Tour;  Historic Gothic Abbey Tour; Fourmile Creek Watershed Invasive Weeds Project

    The Forum provides a friendly, constructive atmosphere in which individuals and organizations explain their views and engage in open dialogue with other water users from all parts of the basin including agricultural, municipal, industrial, environmental, recreational and governmental interests.

Registration information and a complete program can be found at

Small acreage management workshop

PUEBLO- CSU Extension/Pueblo County is conducting a Small Acreage Management Workshop on Sat. April 17 from 9-4 pm at the Pueblo County Conference Room.  Speakers will cover these topics: management plans for your property, pasture ecology, noxious weeds, restoration, and animal husbandry.

    Registration by April 9 is $10/person or $15/couple. Lunch is provided.  Contact CSU Extension/Pueblo County at 583-6566 for information.

Community garden meeting

WALSENBURG– The next meeting of the Walsenburg Community Garden will be April 10, at 1 pm at the garden.  (Next to the community center 928 Russell Ave.) Topics include organizing the youth projects, the spring plant sale, and general planning for the growing season.  

Beginning T’ai Chi classes at LVSA

LA VETA- Often referred to as “the gentle art of yielding,” the ancient, slow-moving Chinese practice of T’ai Chi Chuan is also healing.   Beginning classes will be held  Sat. April 10 and Wed. April 14 at The La Veta School of the Arts, 105 W Ryus.  Classes will be Sat. mornings from 9-10  and Wed. evenings from 7:30-8:30.  The cost is $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes.  For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742-5193, e-mail

Prairie Exploration at Chico Basin Ranch

PUEBLO- Pueblo Youth Naturally is still accepting registrations for the last school year activity, Prairie Exploration at Chico Basin Ranch.  Participants travel to a working ranch to learn about grassland eco-systems, bird and/or wildlife watching, banding, care of cattle and horses.  This program is open to all middle school youth for a fee of $10 on either April 10 or April 17.  Sessions are scheduled from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and transportation is provided.

    Contact CSU Extension/Pueblo County for registration information at 719-583-6566.

Hyper-Tufa Troughs?

PUEBLO- CSU Extension in Pueblo is offering a two-part Hyper-Tufa Trough Making class on April 13 and April 20.  Fun and easy to make, these lightweight replicas of carved stone troughs are used to display small plants.  Cost for both classes is $20.   Contact the CSU Extension/Pueblo County office at 719-583-6566.

Summer Health Career Institute Scholarships

DENVER- A free scholarship for the Summer Health Career Institute is available to students age 16-18 interested in Health Careers, Science and Math.   The Institute is held from July 18-23 at the University of Colorado Denver Health Science Center.   Activities have included opportunities to observe various departments in hospitals and to shadow health professionals.  For more information, call Southeastern Colorado Area Health Education Center (SECAHEC) at 719-544-7833 or toll free at 866-330-7100 or email at:  HYPERLINK ""

La Veta Food Pantry

LA VETA- Every Tuesday at the Feed Store Church in La Veta, there is a food pantry for anyone in need from 10 am to 1 pm.  No income verification needed. 742-5207.

Free Income Tax E-filing available through April 15 for low income taxpayers

PUEBLO and TRINIDAD- Six VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) tax sites are open in Pueblo through April 15, offering free e-filing for both federal and state tax returns for 2009 for low income taxpayers.

    Anyone with an annual income of $49,000 per household or less is eligible. The VITA tax sites are a program of the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), which offers free preparation and e-filing for low income taxpayers. The sites are manned by IRS-certified volunteers.

    The sites include the following: Catholic Charities, Wed. from 1-4 pm; Rawlings Library, Wed. from 1-5 pm; Fulton Heights Recreation Center at 1331 Santa Rosa on Tues. and Thurs. from 9-11:30 am; Delores Huerta High School at 2727 W. 18th Street on Tues. and Thurs. from 4:30-7 pm; and Intellitec College on Parker Boulevard, Fri. from 9-noon.

    The Jack Quinn Neighborhood Center in the Pueblo Housing Authority housing complex, Sangre de Cristo Apartments on South Prairie will have a tax site open on April 9 from 10-2 pm. There will also be a VITA tax site at Otero Junior College in La Junta on Sat. March 27 from 9:30-1 pm. A special event site is planned at Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad for Fri. March 26 from 10-3 pm.

    All sites are first come – first served. Taxpayers must bring their social security card, a photo identification card, any income documents for 2009, real estate tax paid out, interest accrued on CDs, any payments from the Veterans Administration, Railroad Retirement and or Social Security. If child care has been used, a statement from the child care provider must include the name of the facility and the tax identification number as well as the amount paid to them in 2009.

    For more information call 296-8768 in Pueblo.