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Briefs for August 21, 2008

This Weekend at Lathrop Park

LATHROP- This Friday night at 7:30 pm, come to Lathrop Park, for a presentation on Spanish Peaks Petrology by Brian Penn.  Petrology is a field of geology that focuses on the study of rocks and the conditions under which they form.  Brian Penn is very knowledgable and passionate in this area.  This is a wonderful opportunity to understand more about the amazing Spanish Peaks!  Join us at the ampitheater to increase your understanding of the very special surroundings of Huerfano County.

    Then on Saturday, at 7 pm, Park favorite Bob Kennemer returns with his presentation on some of the wildlife that we may encounter at any time.  Please don’t miss this opportunity to understand the habits of these animals.  Come to the ampitheater to learn more about how to respect these wonderful creatures and to keep yourself safe!

    All events are free, but a valid parks pass is required on all vehicles entering the park.  In the event of inclement weather, programs will be held at the Visitor’s Center.  Call 738-2376 for more information.

Religious Education at St. Mary’s

WALSENBURG- This year’s religious education classes at St. Mary’s are beginning soon.  Students in first grade through 12th grade are welcome.  You may register at the Rectory, beginning Monday August 18 and continuing through Sunday September 21. Classes will begin September 21.  First grade through eighth grade classes will be held at the Rectory at 8:45 am.  Ninth through twelfth grade classes for confirmation students will be at Mazzone hall at 11 am.  Call Mary Ann at 738-1204 for more details. 

Group Prayer for Peace 

WALSENBURG- There will be a group prayer for peace each Tuesday during August and July 30, 5-5:30 pm, United Church of Walsenburg (across from Loaf ′n Jug).  For information call 989-0272.

Alcoholics Anonymous meet

WALSENBURG- There will be an AA meeting each Tuesday night from 6 – 8 pm at 603 Leon Street in Walsenburg,  and Friday evenings from 7 to 8 pm at Faris Land & Cattle.  For more information, please call 719-406-9033 or 719-742-5702. 

Fall Celebration at SPACe- Call for Entries

LA VETA- The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) invites local artists to enter the upcoming Fall Celebration, the next art show at the SPACe Gallery.  All media will be accepted and the theme does NOT have to be about Fall.  Artists bring work Sunday Aug. 24, noon – 2 pm.  First entry $10. Additional entries $5.  Limit 4 per artist.  Size limit 36" wide. 30% commission on sales for nonmembers, 25% for SPACe members.  For an entry form in advance, go online to  Entry forms will be available at the gallery on Sunday.  Call 719 742-3074 for information.

Rural Property Owners Alliance

WALSENBURG- There will be a meeting of the Rural Property Owners Alliance group on Saturday September 6th from 10am to 2pm at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell street in Walsenburg.  The preliminary agenda includes a presentation on solar and wind energy, a presentation on Pinon Canyon "Not 1 More Acre" effort, and a presentation on wildfire mitigation CWFPP and Grants.  Contact Cissy Severance at for more information.

Experimental Drawing and Painting

LA VETA- The La Veta School of the Arts is offering a 5 day abstract Experimental Drawing and Painting Class Sept. 8-12, ‘08.  Emphasis will be on creativity, originality and finding your own mark and style.  You will explore the language of abstraction, paint and mixed media possibilities, and the psychology of line, form and color with Artist Peggy Zehring who has been teaching this exciting class for 30 years at the college level.  Class will be held at The La Veta School of the Arts – across from the town park in La Veta.  For more information call 719-742-3421, e-mail or go to   Cost is $375.

La Plaza de los Leones 35th  Annual Fiesta 

HUERFANO- La Plaza de los Leones will hold their 35th annual fiesta this year September 12th-14th.  All events will be held in the Community Center and Park, 928 Russell, Walsenburg.  Festivities begin Friday night with a teen dance at the Community Center from 7-11pm.  The main event begins 10am Saturday morning with a parade down Main Street followed by a car show, beer garden, arts and crafts, and food and refreshment booths in the park.  The event theme this year is ‘Rock On Huerfano County.’  Free family entertainment featuring the rich Hispanic heritage of Huerfano County will be presented on center stage in the park from 11-5pm Saturday and from noon-5pm Sunday.

    The Saturday evening dance will ‘Rock On’ to the sounds of ‘Next in Line’ from Denver.  Tickets will be available at Rosa’s Cantina, 38 Special or from any La Plaza member.  A community prayer service will be held Sunday morning from noon-2pm followed by more free family entertainment in the park on Sunday afternoon from 2-5 pm.

    Please see the website,, for booth applications, parade entry forms and the entertainment schedule.  All proceeds from the event go toward scholarship funds for qualified Huerfano County students.  Come help us support our youth!

 Hunter Education

PUEBLO- A weekend Hunter Education course will be given this weekend, on August 23 and 24 from 8 am to 3 pm, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1601 Bonforte Blvd, in Pueblo.  Pre-registration is required, and the minimum age for enrollment is 10 years old.  For more information, call Jose Alvarado at 719-544-1922.

    Additional Hunter Education classes will be held on: • Sept. 13 – 14; • October 9 (8 am to 8 pm); • October 11-12; • October 18-19; • October 25-26.

    All persons born on or after January 1, 1949 must sucessfully complete a hunter education course before purchasing or applying for any hunting or trapping license in Colorado. 

Love Languages at the Library

WALSENBURG- There will be a discussion of the book The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman at the Spanish Peaks Library, Saturday August 23 at 10:30 am.  All are invited to join in discussing the book with Janice Randolph.

First National Bank in Trinidad Still Boasts Top Safety Rating

TRINIDAD-  The First National Bank in Trinidad, Colorado stands strong in the current environment while many financial institutions are faltering. You don’t have to take their word for it, though; First National Bank in Trinidad has earned a 5-Star Superior rating from Bauerfinancial, Inc. of Coral Gables, FL, the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm. The 5-Star rating is based on the overall financial picture of the bank and indicates that First National Bank in Trinidad is one of the strongest banks in the nation.  What’s more, this represents the 20th consecutive quarter that First National Bank in Trinidad has earned this highest honor. 

    “In a climate where it is increasingly difficult to shine, First National Bank in Trinidad proves it can be done,” remarks Karen L. Dorway, president of the research firm. “In fact, local residents should be proud that their community bank is one of the elite financial institutions in the nation. They can rest assured that their deposits are well-placed in this 5-Star bank.”

    Established in 1875, First National Bank in Trinidad has been pleased to fulfill the financial needs of its neighbors and friends for 133 years. It currently operates through five conveniently located offices in Trinidad and Walsenburg, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico and can also be found on the internet at First National Bank in Trinidad: “Hometown Banking.”

    Bauerfinancial Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays for its rating, nor can they elude it. Consumers may obtain star-ratings by visiting

Peakview School Launches Box Tops Fundraiser

WALSENBURG– Peakview School has announced the launch of their 2008-2009 Box Tops for Education fundraising campaign. This year the school has set a goal of earning $500.   Box Tops for Education is a school fundraising program started by General Mills in 1996. To date, Box Tops has helped America’s schools raise over $250 million to buy the things they need but can’t always afford, such as library books, school supplies and playground equipment. The Box Tops for Education program offers school supporters three easy ways to earn cash for schools through everyday activities such as buying groceries, shopping online and purchasing books. Schools can earn a total of up to $60,000 each year.

    If you’d like to help the students at Peakview reach their goal, there are several easy ways to get involved

• Clip Box Tops from hundreds of favorite products and send them to Peakview School, "Attention Sherry Pearson, Box Tops Coordinator" at 375 W. Pine Street, Walsenburg, Colorado 81089.

• Sign up to support Peakview School on the Box Tops website at

• Shop online once you’ve signed up, Peakview School will earn a percentage of your purchases made through the Box Tops MarketplaceSM.

• Buy books once you’ve signed up, Peakview School will earn a percentage of your purchases made online at Barnes & Noble through the Box Tops Reading RoomSM.

    For more information, visit or contact Sherry Pearson at 738-2190 or  

    Another great way to earn money for Peakview, or indeed for any of the Huerfano County schools is to participate in the Huerfano Journal’s Make Cents program.  Each week the Journal runs a coupon in the paper that is worth 5 cents to Huerfano County schools.  Readers clip them and take them to the schools or to the Journal office at 500 Main Street in Walsenburg.    They can choose if the money goes to Re-1 or Re-2.  If they do not check off a preference, the Journal splits the money equally between the two districts.  Once each year, a check is given to the school districts for the total dollar amount collected. 

Trustee resigns position

Town now accepting letters of interest for vacancy by E.E.Mullens LA VETA — Citing an upcoming medical procedure and the subsequent recuperation period, La Veta

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