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Briefs for April 24, 2008

United Church Concert

WALSENBURG- "You′ll be entertained, delighted and moved," is what one reviewer said of Lee Domann′s music.  Lee will be in concert Sat. May 3, at 7 pm in the United Church of Walsenburg, across from Loaf ′n Jug.  Lee uses wit, humor and vulnerability to forge a deep connection with the listener.  After 27 years in Nashville and seven solo albums, Lee now lives in Albuquerque, NM.  With his voice and guitar, he′ll bring such songs as "Howard Gray", a true story about "the kid nobody liked" in school.  A free will offering will be taken at the concert to help with Lee′s expenses. On Sunday, May 4, Lee will lead the 11 a.m. worship service at the United Church.

Shroud of Turin

WALSENBURG- A scientist who studied the actual Shroud of Turin, is speaking at 1 pm this Sunday at the Calvary Baptist Church, 801 Pennsylvania in Walsenburg.  Tom Haverty will present slides and narrative from the perspective of a scientist leaving conclusions as to the origins of the shroud to the listener.  The Shroud of Turin is thought by many to be the burial clothes of Jesus following his crucifiction.  

Swatko O’Brien declares in District 2

LA VETA-  Yolanda Swatko O’Brien has announced her intent to run as a Democratic candidate for county commissioner in District 2.  Swatko O’Brien was born in 1955 in Denver.  Her mother’s family has been in Huerfano County since the early 1800s. 

    Swatko O’Brien is the owner of Mountain Harmony Natural Foods in Walsenburg.  After her son’s death at the hands of a drunk driver in 2003, she became very politically involved and became a Mothers Against Drunk Driving activist.  She wants to bring her passion and knowledge of politics to the local level.

La Veta School Re-2 Students Art Show

LA VETA- The Spanish Peaks Arts Council announces the opening of the annual display of artwork by the students of La Veta Public Schools art teacher, Nanci Rollins. Grades K through 12 are represented in this fantastic exhibit of colorful and dynamic art. Unique sculptures molded from paper maché and lovely vessels formed from clay comprise just a portion of the collection. Rollins’ classes are beginning work in fused glass and there are some examples of this art as well.

     A reception for the students will be held Thursday, May 1, 4:30 – 6:30. Refreshments will be provided. This show is packed with vibrant explorations by the young people of La Veta. Plan to spend awhile!     The show will be on display until May 17. The gallery, 132 W. Ryus in La Veta, is open 11 to 2 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 to 2 on Saturdays.

Huerfano  Re-1 Fifth Annual K-12 Art Show Opening

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano School District Re-1 Fifth Annual K-12 Art Show will be opening on May 8, 2008 from 5:30pm- 7 pm at the Peakview School. Show will run from this May 8 opening until May 14.

    Beautiful, lively, creative artworks by children from kindergarten through senior year. Junior high and high school work is for sale and proceeds benefit our art department. The high school work is judged.  Come support the arts in Huerfano County and see some amazing pieces of work.

    The show may also be seen May 12-14 from  8 to 4.

La Veta Band & Choir concert

LA VETA- Re-2’s elementary Spring Music Concert, under the direction of Mrs. Karen Vietti, will be held on Wed. April 30 beginning at 6:30 pm in the school gymnasium.  The community is invited to attend and enjoy an evening of music, presented creatively and enthusiastically by Re-2’s kindergarten through sixth grade students.

Tri-Peaks Art Show

WALSENBURG- John Mall’s fine arts department participated in the Tri-Peaks League Art Show on Friday and Saturday April 18 and 19, 2008 at Florence High School. They were represented by 36 pieces of artwork from a variety of categories. 14 students’ artwork was represented, 6 in the Advanced Division, and 8 in the Beginner Division.

    In the beginning category, the kids did very well. • A group piece, Self Portrait with 2 Pupils, by Karina Sierra, Chloe Stewart, Bernadette McDonald and Cheyenne Barela took the Judges’ Choice award.

• Cheyenne Barela also won a first place ribbon for her 2-D mixed media piece entitled Gladiator.

• Shannon Uebler took two first place ribbons at the show, one for her airbrush, Star Shift, and the other for her 3-D mixed media piece, Amazonian Easter.

• Austin Jackson entered  Bass System, printmaking altered image, and brought home a third place ribbon.         Students in the advanced category also performed well.

• Zack Wilson took first place in black and white photography, for his piece entitled  Life.    He also earned two honorable mentions for his black and white photo, No Name #1, and for Home Has Moved On, his entry in the opaque watercolor division.

• Shane Barela entered an airbrush project, Lunar Element, and garnered a first place ribbon. 

• Jay Baker earned a third place ribbon for The Intrepid Traveler, a drawing media, ink project.  

• Britney Scarcella brought home an honorable mention in the drawing media mono category for her creation, Malleable.

    Other participants were

Jacob Vigil and Aubrey Lykins in the advanced division, and Joel Martinez-and Justin Pacheco in the beginning category. 


Navajo Ranch Spring Clean Up

HUERFANO- The Navajo Ranch Annual Spring Clean Up will be held Sat. May 3. This activity involves community volunteers of all ages, armed with work gloves and trash bags, who scour the community picking up whatever trash the wind, coyotes or careless residents have scattered about. The fun begins at 10 am, with the volunteers meeting to pick up their trash bags and assignments.

     A “thank you” luncheon will be held at the Water District building at 12 noon for all volunteers. All Navajo residents are encouraged to volunteer. If you can help out with the clean-up project or the luncheon, please call Marsha Boeck at 989-1033 or Jeanne Sittner at 738-1902. Thank you, let’s work together to keep our community beautiful!

New Chamber President

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce appointed Mike Hurley as their new president to succeed Jananne Pearson who resigned two weeks ago.  Hurley had been serving as Chamber vice-president. Hurley and his wife Edla, own and operate two successful Walsenburg businesses, Mike’s Coffee Barn and Edla’s Yarns, both located on West Seventh. 

    There will be a Chamber of Commerce bowling tournament on Sat. June 14. Anyone wanting to participate in the bowling tournament, needs to establish a handicap by May 1 if they are currently not bowling in a league. For more information, contact Crown Lanes or Curtis Pryor.

    The Black Diamond Jubilee is set for June 20-22.


HC Fire Dept response to Ordway

ORDWAY- The Huerfano County Fire Dept. responded to the Ordway wildfire with one brush engine and a three man crew.  The request for resources came in from the Dept. of Emergency Management on Tues, April 15 at approximately 4 pm. A three man type 6 wildland fire crew was assembled and departed to Ordway shortly after 5 pm.  The crew, Capt. Larry Blessman, engineer Frankie Gilbert and firefighter Bill Verrill arrived by 7 pm and were immediately assigned to various fire suppression assignments in the area. 

    After a short night’s sleep at the Ordway Fire Station, the crew continued with mop up operations Wednesday morning. They were released by mid afternoon and were back in the local area by 4 pm. that day.     Fire Chief Gerald Jerant requested that the La Veta Fire and Upper Huerfano Fire departments be placed on stand-by for any fires in the Huerfano County Fire District due to the red flag fire danger at the time.   

Health Fair Success

WALSENBURG- Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center announced Monday that over 500 people attended Saturday’s event.  Sandy Dolak, SPRHC Community Outreach Coordinator stated it was the largest Health Fair ever in Huerfano County, both in terms of the number of people that attended and the number of businesses and agencies that participated. 

    Sherry Freese, SPRHC Laboratory Manager, was pleased with the turnout for the blood draws, again with over 500 people in Huerfano County taking advantage of the low-cost blood screening.  Most people picked up their results at the Saturday event, but those who did not may get them at the Outreach Clinic on 129 Kansas on Mon. April 28 through Thurs. May 1 from 9 am to 5 pm.

    Thank you to the many Huerfano County residents that made this year’s Health Fair such a success.

High Speeds in Aguilar

AGUILAR- Tired of dial-up? WiFi Internet service is now available in Aguilar.  Raton Basin Technologies has brought high speed connectivity to the area after five months of work. Various plans are available, and informational fliers are to be found at Aguilar Town Hall, Ringo′s and the Amato Truck Stop.

Moses Pacheco Benefit

WALSENBURG-  There will be a benefit dinner and dance for Moses Pacheco on Fri. April 25 at Rosa’s Cantina begining at 6 pm.  Donations are being accepted to help him with medical bills due to cancer.