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Briefs for April 15, 2010

South Africa “Travel-Log” tonight at La Veta Library

LA VETA- Tonight, Thurs. April 15, 7 pm at the La Veta Public Library, Deb Lathrop and Sam Law will be showing slides and discussing their travels through southern Africa. The sisters spent nine weeks traveling through the countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and South Africa.  Come hear their tales: experiencing wildlife game parks, seeing the local craftspeople at work, and bungee jumping over Victoria Falls!  The World Cup Rugby Tournament in South Africa (which was featured in the recent movie “Invictus”) was also part of their tour.  Don’t miss this exciting evening!

Health Fair

WALSENBURG- The ninth annual Spanish Peaks Regional Health Fair website is this Saturday April 17 from 9 am to noon at the community center.

It’s (Tea) Party Time!

WALSENBURG- The next Huerfano County Tea Party will be Saturday April 17th at noon in front of the court house in Walsenburg.

    Bring signs and flags.  Hope to see all of you there.  The more the better. 

Hometown Heroes planning session

WALSENBURG- Come join us at the Huerfano Hometown Heroes meeting this Sat. April 17, 1 pm at Journey Home in Walsenburg.  We′ll be planning summer activities as well as planning our May shipment of boxes to our deployed troops.  We are local people supporting local soldiers.  For more information see our website or call 742-3235.

Archivist workshop

WALSENBURG- A rescheduled workshop for anyone interested in preserving their family photos and important documents is now to be held this Sat. April 17 sponsored by the Huerfano County Historical Society.  Starting at 1 pm and ending at 4 pm,  Pueblo archivist Tim Hawkins will present the workshop at no charge in the Tirey Local History Center at 201 E. Fifth St. in the former Washington School.  Entrance is on Fifth St.

    Hawkins is the archivist who preserves public documents for the Steelworks Museum of the Bessemer Historical Society in Pueblo.  His professional background includes stints for National Public Radio and ten years with Playboy Enterprises as photo archivist and manager of imaging services.

    The Tirey Center itself has interesting archives, including county ledgers dating back to the 1880′s for land maps, brands of early cattlemen, liquor licenses (especially for the 1918 flu epidemic when whiskey was suggested as a preventative), automobile licenses plus many other records.  Then there are the newspapers dating to the 1880′s, some bound in volumes and some loose.

     For further information contact Carolyn Newman 738-2840.

Beekeepers meet

WALSENBURG- Reminder! The quarterly meeting of the Spanish Peaks Beekeeper′s Assoc. will be held Sat. April 17, 1 pm at the Spanish Peaks Library.

Free Family Movie Night

GARDNER- All are welcome to come to Gardner School at 6 pm April 17 to enjoy the film. Bring a blanket or pillow if you want. Refreshments will be sold. Call Diana Cupps at 746-2929, for more info.

Community Youth + Concert

WALSENBURG- Reminder!  The community is invited to hear the Annual Community Youth + Concert on Sun. April 18, 3 pm at the United Church of Walsenburg, 108 Kansas Ave.   Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Earth Week Cleanup

HUERFANO- Reminder!  Please participate in the first annual Earth Week Community Cleanup April 20-24.  All charges at the Huerfano County Transfer station will be half price during this time to give everyone a chance to do some spring cleaning. 

     Get some volunteers together and haul some trash!  For example, the  Huerfano County Parks and Trails committee will be doing a river clean-up from Main street to Ysidro Street on Fri. April 23.  This is a great opportunity for school, church or youth groups to get involved in community service.  Can you think of some place in our community (or maybe a neighbor who needs some help)  that could stand a little spring cleaning? 

Update: stringed instrument workshop

WALSENBURG- The workshop at our beautiful library occurred on April 8 at 5 pm with Joe DeHerrera, Jim Fowler, J.C., Barry K., Charlie Brown, & Denys Medina attending.  Most energy was devoted to the old timers talking to the high school newcomers regarding our love of learning to play and sing country, folk, rock, jazz, etc.

    Parts were instructional interspersed with mini performances. We remain determined to build this collaborative learning/sharing base of good time jammers. Come to play, sing, or listen April 22 from 5-7 pm at the Spanish Peaks library. Please bring pad, pen, instrument, and good vibe.

Preschool /Kindergarten Screening

LA VETA- On Thurs. May 6 from 8-3 pm at the Preschool building, preschool screenings will be held for vision, hearing, gross/fine motor, concept, and speech/ language development. Screenings are by appointment only.  Please call Irene at the La Veta Elementary Office- 742-3621- Ext.17. Student must be 4 years old by June 1.  In-district students have prioritized registration privileges.  Parents should bring updated immunization record and birth certificate.

    Participation in this screening does not guarantee enrollment in La Veta Schools.

Help make CF stand for “Cure Found”

Cystic Fibrosis Walkathon

LA VETA-  Help Make CF Stand For "Cure Found."  Join us for the Cystic Fibrosis Walkathon Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the La Veta High School football field. Price $10 for individuals; $30 for teams up to 4 members; $7.50 for each additional team member (8 person team max.) 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  To register, contact Valerie Stephenson at 742-3662 ext. 44.  Donations may be sent in care of La Veta High School, PO Box 85, La Veta, CO 81055.  Make checks payable to La Veta High School.

Mother’s Day Brunch

GARDNER- The Community Church of Gardner will sponsor a Mother′s Day Brunch Sat. May 8 at 11 am at the Gardner Community Center.  Reservations are necessary.  Call Barbara, 746-2026, or Glee, 746-2989, to RSVP.  All mothers, daughters, grandmas, mothers-in-law, step-mothers, etc. are invited. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for kids 12 and under.

Huerfano County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner

WALSENBURG- Come to a Western Roundup on Sat. May 8 at the Huerfano County Community Center.  At 5:30 pm there will be a silent auction and at 6 pm dinner will be served.  Purchase your tickets by April 30.  Call Carol  738-3582

    The speaker will  be former Bronco Mike Kellogg and many conservative candidates for the state of Colorado.

Rodeo Bible Camp

LA VETA- La Veta′s 19th annual Rodeo Bible Camp will be June 5-8 in La Veta, and is for youth ages 12-19.  It′s a great tune-up for champions as well as a great starting place for beginners! 

    Events include : bulls, saddle bronc and bareback riding, barrels, poles, goat tying, breakaway, calf and team roping, chute dogging, horsemanship and shooting sports.

    Lots of prizes!  Lots of riding and arena time, individual instruction, Cowboy Chapel & home cooked meals.

    Get all your forms and information at  or call 719-742-3300.

FFA wins big:  District judging in Lamar

LAMAR- On Wed. April 7, the La Veta FFA Chapter Livestock and Horse Judging Teams participated in the district judging at Lamar Community College.  At this contest there were four districts present. Our Livestock team took Gold overall having two high place individuals: Sam McCay took second place and Ariel Jameson took third place overall.  Logan Williams on the Horse Team placed eighth overall.  Great job to both teams!

Trinidaddio Blues Hour now streaming live on the Internet.

TRINIDAD- La Veta resident and recording artist Ken Saydak hosts a weekly blues program, called the Trinidaddio Blues Hour, on KCRT-FM 92.5 radio, broadcast from Trinidad. Until recently, the show was difficult to tune into in La Veta, but the show now streams live on the internet. Just visit the station’s website, Click the “listen live 92.5” button on the right hand side of the page. The show airs from 8-10 pm each Wednesday. Ken and his co-host, Darnell Miller, feature blues in all of its related forms, presented with a dose of humor.

Spring cleaning? Clear the clutter and help your local school by donating items to be sold on ebay

GARDNER- The Gardner School Foundation would like any of your unwanted trinkets or things that might sell on ebay. They will post them on the site, and will return them if they don′t sell. Schools all around the state are facing several years of deep budget cuts. Your donations will give you more living space and the good feeling that you′re helping your local school purchase needed supplies and two MAC laptops.  Call Principal Linda Bennett, 746-2446, for more info or with other ideas.

El Depot open

GARDNER- El Depot is open Saturdays from 10-2 and is accepting recyclables: glass, cardboard, paper, aluminum and tin. For a limited time, they will also take used tires for a $2 fee per tire.

AA Meetings

WALSENBURG- AA meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm at 603 Leon in Walsenburg and Friday evenings at 7 pm at Lighthouse Worship Center, 311 W. 4th St., Walsenburg.  For info call 406-0933 or 742 5702.  These are open meetings.

TU Purgatoire River Anglers Chapter Receives $5,000 Grant to Restore Purgatoire River

TRINIDAD– Trout Unlimited (TU), the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization, has awarded a $5,000 Embrace-A-Stream grant to its Purgatoire River Anglers Chapter.  The chapter is partnering with the city of Trinidad, the Trinidad Community Foundation and other local and state agencies to improve the health of the Purgatoire River and its fishery.

    The Purgatoire River, a free-flowing trout stream, was dammed in the 1970s to create Trinidad Lake. Low winter flows and poor structure in the river has prevented a sustainable trout population. The $5,000 Embrace-A-Stream grant will allow the Purgatoire River Anglers to do an initial evaluation of the Purgatoire’s aquatic and riparian habitat and to develop a master plan for restoring the river, from the Trinidad Lake State Park dam through the town of Trinidad to the Highway 160 bypass—approximately 4 ¾ miles of river.

    The chapter’s effort will also involve public education and awareness through river walks, a stream clean-up day and fly-fishing classes.


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