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Briefs for April 9, 2009

Re-1 Kindergarten reminder

WALSENBURG- Kindergarten Screenings for all students entering Kindergarten in the fall 2009 will be held today April 9, from 9 to 3 pm at Peakview School Library, 375 West Pine Street, Walsenburg.  Please contact Marie Nigrini at 738-2190 for an appointment.          13-3XC

Tourism: the final report

PUEBLO- Judy Walden, tourism consultant for Huerfano County and four other Southern Colorado counties, will be giving her final report at 9 am tomorrow at the Steelworks Museum.

    Judy earlier had gathered information about each county and had toured the area.  She will be giving her insights on how the areas may work together and will make recommendations.  Any interested persons are invited to attend.  To reach the Steelworks Museum, take the Central Ave. exit from I-25  and turn left at the intersection.  Follow the signs two blocks to the museum and park behind the building.  The entrance is marked.  Or contact Carolyn Newman for directions and possible carpooling.

    The applications for a matching tourism grant are due by 4 pm today at the commissioners′ office in the courthouse.  Applications will be reviewed Fri. Apr. 10 by the tourism board.

Haiku @ your library!

WALSENBURG- Mr. Albert Galvan, a teacher with 35 years of experience will be presenting a Spring Haiku Poetry Program, April 10, at 10:30, at Spanish Peaks Library. 

Good Friday and Easter Services

WALSENBURG- Good Friday services at the United Church of Walsenburg (red brick church near Loaf ′n Jug) will be noon to 1 pm Friday, April 10, with special music by John Stroh singing "Indifference."  The Easter service will be 10 am Sunday with Paul Coe singing "Holy City" and the choir with the "Resurrection Song."  All are welcome


Bain book signing

WALSENBURG- This Sat. Apr. 11 come to the Spanish Peaks library from 10:30 am to noon for a special presentation and book signing: “The Killing of The Musgave Kid” – Historian Colonel Rick Bain′s Historical Playbook.  Light refreshments will be served.

    “This book is a must read for western history lovers. This book gonna make history, an I am gonna have a book ready for those der fellers who′sa enjoy′n plays and history alike. Colonel Bain doesn′t write about fiction.  So I tell′n Yaw, this book is a ‘Historically Correct’ gunfight that occurred on the prairie of NE Montana … It about stolen gold dust, revenge, killing and down right survival in the late 1890s.”

    Call 719-738-2774 for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt

WALSENBURG- Eagles annual Easter egg hunt will be held Sat. April 11 at Fiesta Park.  The egg hunt will have three age groups; toddler to age three, four to six, and seven to ten years. The toddler to age three will start the festivities at 11 am, continuing with the remaining age groups. The Easter Bunny will be present to visit with everyone before he gets too busy for Easter Sunday.

La Veta food pantry

LA VETA- The Food Pantry of the First Baptist Church at 311 S. Main in La Veta is open on the second Saturday of each month, from 1pm till 2 pm.  Stop in this Saturday and let them know you’d like to use their services!

Scrappy Ladies

WALSENBURG- The Scrappy Ladies Quilt Guild  will meet on Mon. Apr. 13, 2009, at 9:30 am at the Huerfano County Community Center.  There will be a morning business meeting, followed by a potluck lunch.  Our afternoon session will include a lesson on how to apply a sleeve to your quilt for hanging, a viewing of Ricky Tims′ Kaleidescope method, and time to assemble pin cushions we will use as give-aways at our Quilt Show in July.

    Mark your calendars now for the Quilt Show at the Community Center in La Veta, sponsored in conjunction with Art in the Park on the July 4 weekend.

    New members are always welcome.  

Life is like a patchwork quilt…

Make it precious day by day,

Have a pattern for your life,

Add fun along the way.

Cancer Relay Team Captains

WALSENBURG- The American Cancer Society Huerfano County Relay for Life will hold a Team Captain University meeting on Mon. April 13 at 5:30 at John Mall High School.  There will be snacks and prizes so please join in.


Republicans meet

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Republicans will have a meeting Tues. April 14 at 6 pm at the Walsenburg Community Center.  Please plan to attend.  For questions call Dick Chenault at 719-252-1752.

Deadline for Civic Awards nominations  extended

HUERFANO- The deadline has been extended to next Tues. April 14 for nominations for the 10th Annual Huerfano County Civic Awards.  The ceremony will be held on April 23.

    Awards will be presented for the Outstanding person/entity in these categories: Volunteer, Senior Citizen, Educator, Employee, Youth, Non-profit Organization  and Business. Nomination forms will be distributed throughout the Huerfano County communities and are still available  at the La Veta Library and Spanish Peaks Library.  Contact June Tucker at 738-1201.

New American Tea Party

WALSENBURG- Attention Huerfano County citizens, you are invited to the New American Tea Party, Wed. April 15 at 5 pm in front of the Huerfano County Court House.  Are you frustrated with the dictates coming from the Federal Government?  Do you believe only government can solve our problems?  Do you believe that “We the People” should have more of a say in how the government is spending our money? Come and join your fellow Americans and voice your opinions with your presence and your signs.

What’s up at Re-2?

LA VETA- La Veta School Board Member Sam Law will talk about the La Veta Schools on Thurs. Apr. 16 at 4 pm at the La Veta Library.  She will answer questions and entertain comments. 

    This event is sponsored by P.E.O.

News from SPRHC

WALSENBURG- The 2009 Health Fair, sponsored by Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic, will be held Sat. April 18, from 8 am to 12 at Huerfano County Community Center.

    A New Expansion of the Family Planning Clinic  will open Tues. April 14 at 8:30 in Trinidad at the Los Animas Health Department, 412 Benedicta Ave.  Services will include    Family Planning, Annual Exam, Urine Pregnancy Test, STD Testing and Treatment. Call for an appointment: 719-846-2213.

    We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Yeagle will be spending more time in Walsenburg at the SPRHC.  Dr. Yeagle, a well-respected surgeon will offer clinic hours on Tues. and will dedicate Thurs. to surgery.

    Dr Yeagle spent 25 years at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL   after serving his residency at the Erie County Medical Center in New York.  During those years he honed his medical skills while fine-tuning the art of healing each patient from the inside out.

    We are honored that Dr Yeagle chose Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center.        We are also pleased to announce that Spanish Peaks Regional Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition in a National Program.   

Early Census operations now

    The 2010 Census  will begin Thurs. April 9 to verify and update more than 145 million addresses.  Although the count is still a year away, workers will be going door to door, verifying addresses to ensure the accuracy of next year’s Census delivery lists. 

    For the first time ever, field staff will be using GPS-enabled handheld computers to make census delivery lists as accurate as possible.  Every temporary  worker will wear an ID badge with the employee’s signature and an expiration date. Whenever possible, workers have been hired  from local communities.

     Work done by field staff updates the address list for the delivery of next year’s questionnaires.  This ensures more people receive their forms and  return them.

     Census work benefits local residents.  The 2010 Census will employ workers for thousands of temporary positions.  Nationally, $300 billion in federal funding each year will come back to local areas based, in part, on Census data. Dollars will be used for roads, schools, education, housing and other community-based projects.

    All Census information collected, including addresses, is confidential and protected by law.  The 2010 Census is the basis for the reapportionment of congressional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.  For more information about the 2010 Census visit

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