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Briefs for August 13, 2009

Re-1 Registrations

HUERFANO- Reminder! Today, Aug. 13, is the final day to register for Gardner School, John Mall Jr/Sr  High School, and the Opportunity and Enrichment School.  Late registration will be by appointment only –please contact Maria de la Cruz at 738-1610 ext. 1105.

    Peakview School students (pre-7th grades) are scheduled to register on Aug. 18 from 9 to 1 pm.  Parents and children must come in together to register, review the school compact, and meet their teachers.

Celebration for Justice Sotomayor

PUEBLO- There will be a celebration of the recent confirmation of Justice Sotomayor on Thurs. Aug. 13 at 5 pm at Favorite/Favorita Lounge across from the Pueblo Train depot.  There will be appetizers, a cash bar, and a happy crowd celebrating this historic event.

County Chamber

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce is holding its monthly meeting on Thurs. Aug. 13 at 5:30 at the train depot in Walsenburg. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Community potluck at the new riverwalk

WALSENBURG- This Fri. Aug. 14 from 2 pm until dusk, there will be a pot luck barbecue at the new river walk behind the Huerfano County Community Center. The main gate is through the stone wall beyond the  baseball diamonds.  There is a community garden located just inside the stone wall, and a path curves over to the new ampitheatre area, where Ricardo Bobian will deejay for the event.   It is open to the community:  please do attend, bring some munchies, and see what great work the kids have been doing for our community. 

Tourism Board

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Tourism Board will meet at noon Fri. Aug. 14 in the County Commissioners’ room in the courthouse.  On the agenda: the 2010 budget, listings to be included in the Colorado Vacation Guide, the Governor′s Conference on Tourism, and  fall and winter promotion.

Lathrop Park programs

Fri. Aug. 14,  7 pm –

The Iditarod Race

    Come out and learn everything there is to know about dog sled racing!!  Nancy Russell will be joining us to discuss dog sled racing, focusing on the Iditarod Race.  She will take us through the history of the race from the early 1900’s  through its progression to how the race is done presently.  She will also be sharing with us some of the equipment used including an actual dog sled and some of her dogs, a few of which have actually run in the Iditarod Race.

Sat. Aug. 15 7 pm – Bears, Bears, and more BEARS!

    Do you know the difference between Black Bears and Grizzly Bears?  Bob Holder, Colorado Division of Wildlife manager, will be here to tell us all about bears.  Come and learn about what habits bears have, what to do if you encounter a bear, and just how they are able to sleep through the winter with no food.

    Both programs will be held at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater.

Territorial daughters meet

LA VETA– The Territorial Daughters of Southern Colorado will meet in La Veta for their Aug. 15 Meeting.  At 11 am, they will  rendezvous at the Whistle Stop for lunch (across from the train depot and park).  The meeting will be held at 12:15.  At 12:30, they will caravan to UPTOP La Veta Pass to tour the Ghost Town, 1877 Train Depot, Chapel By-the-Wayside, Tavern, Dance Hall and out buildings. Walking shoes and  a hat or umbrella are recommended.  Call Annajo regarding menu selection at 588-2045  or 742-3244.

Clay show opens

LA VETA- The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) will host the opening reception for the Clay Continuum IV (4) on Sat. Aug. 15, from 5-7 pm.  The show will be displayed in the Gallery in the Park, 132 West Ryus from Aug. 11- Sept 12.  This juried clay show features the work of clay artists from Colorado and New Mexico.  Jean Latka, renowned Pueblo clay artist, served as juror for this show.  The Gallery is open Tues.-Sat. 10 am – 3 pm and Sun. noon – 3 pm.  There is no admission fee.  For information, call 719 742-3074.

United Church family fun festival

WALSENBURG– Sampson the Strong Man is joining the Biblical groups gathering Sat. Aug. 15, for a free come-and-go family festival at the United Church, on Walsenburg′s Main Street across from Loaf ′n Jug.  Families may enter through the Pearly Gates (west entrance), proceed to the costumed area belonging to Queen Esther, watch Jericho′s walls tumble down, and see the twins (goats), hold the breath of God balloons as well as stop by other fun booths.  Finally the family may drop in to Dorcas′ deli for lunch.  Families are welcome at any time 10 am to 1:30 pm.  Lunch is served at no cost 11 am to 12:30 pm. For information call 738-3023.

Walsenburg Warriors

WALSENBURG- The Walsenburg Warriors youth football teams (grade 3-6) will be having a scrimmage on Sun. Aug. 16 at 10 am against the Rye T-Bolts and the Pueblo City League Bulldogs.  The scrimmage will be held at the John Mall High School’s new football field.  This is a great opportunity for everyone to see the teams play here in Walsenburg.

JM Volleyball

WALSENBURG- John Mall High School Volleyball practice will begin on Mon., Aug. 17 at 7 am.  Players must have a physical to participate. Questions? Call Coach Michael Vigil at 719-250-6741.

Public Meetings with Tri-State and partners

GARDNER/WALSENBURG- On Wed. Aug. 19, Tri-State, Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), and  United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will hold public meetings at the Gardner Community Center from 9-11 and at the Huerfano County Community Center from 4-7 pm to get public input on the location of a proposed transmission line and to give the public more information about the permitting process, including easements.

    Tri-State Generation and Transmission and PSCo, an Excel Energy company, are proposing to build a 230 volt double-circuit transmission line from Walsenburg to Alamosa. The proposed project will bring more energy into the San Luis Valley, add to the reliability of the delivery system, and provide a corridor for delivery of power produced by renewable energy projects in southern Colorado.

Soccer sign-up

WALSENBURG- A Walsenburg Soccer League, sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation and Huerfano County Youth Services,  is being formed in August.  The league will participate in Colorado City Recreation League play each Saturday morning in September and October.  Students in preschool through middle school are welcome to attend an organizational meeting on Aug. 20 at 4:30 at the old football field behind the library.  The cost to register is between $25 and $35 depending on the age of the player.  Scholarships are available.  Also, the league is looking for volunteer coaches. Call 738-1573 or Cindy at 719-890-0009 to sign up.   

UHCD supervisors

WALSENBURG- The Board of Supervisors of the Upper Huerfano Conservation District will meet at 5:30 pm on Thurs. Aug. 20 at 711 Walsen Ave. Suite A, Walsenburg.  Open to the public.

All you want to know about a rock

WALSENBURG-  On Sat. Aug. 22, 10:30 am at the Spanish Peaks Library, Jon Sudar, a Walsenburg native and retired Grand Canyon NP Park Ranger, is presenting a non-technical geology program which covers the three basic rocks types, how they arrived in Huerfano County, and places near Walsenburg where you can see the rocks and their geological formation.

Huerfano Open Golf Tournament

HUERFANO- Two-person scramble with rounds at Grandote Peaks and Walsenburg Aug. 22-23.

    To register, call 738-2730.

Public meeting on cell towers

WALSENBURG- There will be a public meeting Aug. 25 at 2 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center.  Viaero Wireless will discuss three proposed new cell towers.

Conservation Stewardship

HUERFANO- Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on August 10 with the first signup period cutoff scheduled for September 30.  CSP is a voluntary program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt new ones on their operations.

    USDA′s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers CSP. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, prairie, improved pastureland, rangeland, and non-industrial private forestland-a new land use for the program. Agricultural and forestry producers must submit applications by Sept. 30 to be considered for funding in the first ranking period. For information about CSP, including eligibility requirements, producers can visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/new_csp

Utility bill help

HUERFANO- South Central Council of Governments has funds available to help with past-due utility bills.  Income guidelines depend on the number of persons in the household and the household income.  Call Carol Reynolds 738-2205.