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Briefs for February 25, 2010

PRHC welcomes new medical practitioners

WALSENBURG- Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is having an open house on Sun. Feb. 28 from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority Meeting Room, 220 Russell Ave. to introduce Kathie Voigt, D.O. and Candace Ferguson, FNP. 

      Kathie Voigt is a board certified family physician who moved here from Montana with her husband, Rex,  and two children. They are moving to Colorado City. Candace Ferguson is a nurse practitioner who is returning to SPRHC.  Candace and her family live in Aguilar.

Water Board meets

WALSENBURG- The Board of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet at 6 pm on Mon. March 1 at City Hall, 525 S Albert Avenue, Walsenburg. The meeting is open to the public.  

Water Enterprise meets

WALSENBURG- The Water Enterprise of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet immediately after the HCWCD regular meeting, approximately 6:30 pm on Mon. March 1 at City Hall, 525 S Albert Avenue, Walsenburg. The meeting is open to the public.  

Investment seminar

WALSENBURG- Roll It, Take It, Leave It:  401(k) Seminar at the Spanish Peaks Library March 2.  Call for RSVP to Jerod Heidrick, 719-275-3638.

Veteran’s Sports for Youth Benefit Dinner

WALSENBURG- There will be a Youth Sports Benefit on March 6 at Eagles Hall, 612 Main St.  Dinner will be served from 5-7 pm;  from 7-8 pm  there will be guest speakers and drawings.  Then, from 8-midnight, music will be provided by Johnny’s DJ service and an open bar will be available.  Tickets are $5 or $7 at the door.

    This benefit will help raise money for our Youth Sports Programs throughout the year.  As a community we need to come together and build a strong foundation for our children. Let’s help keep our sports programs active. Come one, come all and support our children.  Sponsorships are available at two levels.

    Level 1-$30.00- sponsors receive  2 dinner tickets, one entry drawing to the April 1 Nuggets Game,  recognition during dinner.

    Level 2- $50.00- sponsors receive  2 dinner tickets, 2 entry drawing tickets for the April 1 Nuggets game, recognition during dinner, advertisement in local papers, and advertisement on KSPK.

Community Garden meeting date changed

WALSENBURG– Due to the foul weather, our February 20 meeting was postponed until March 6 at 1pm at the Walsenburg Community Garden at Walsenburg’s community center.  We will be discussing what is new for 2010 and cleaning up the garden and building garden plots.  Anyone interested in this project can contact Charles at 738-2696 or Mike at 746-2385 for more info. 

AARP driver safety program

WALSENBURG- The AARP Driver Safety Program is a classroom course that helps older drivers become more aware of changes that occur due to aging in vision, hearing, and reaction time and how to adjust driving accordingly. There are no tests. The class will be held Thurs. March 11 at the Huerfano County Community Center from 8 am to 5 pm. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.  Call 738-2205 for reservations.

      Participants have opportunities to share driving experiences and are given an informative student wookbook they use in class and can keep for future reference.

    Taking this course may help people save money on their automobile insurance and they should consult their insurance agent. The state of Colorado mandates that an automobile insurance discount be given to people completing a driver improvement course. Participants in this course will be given a certificate of completion to give to their insurance company that is valid for three years.

    Breaks will be taken during the class and lunch is available with reservations.  Reservations for the class and/or lunch may be made by calling the center at 738-2205. You may also sign up for the class toll free at 1-888-227-7669.

    Participants are asked to bring a check for tuition expense and a pen or pencil to use during the class.  A web site that contains more information about the program may be found at:

Weed management class

PUEBLO- Discover how to control those nuisance weeds in your yard and garden by attending the Weed Management class on Tues. March 23 from 6-9 pm offered by CSU Extension/Pueblo County.  Mechanical, biological and chemical control options will be covered.  Cost is $15 and pre-registration with payment must be received no later than Tues. March 16. 

    For more information contact the CSU Extension office at 583-6566.  

Hometown Heroes needs more help

HUERFANO- Huerfano Hometown Heroes will be sending 15-20 boxes to our deployed troops in March and needs your help once again!  The generosity of the people and several groups in Huerfano County have enabled us to send 54 boxes overseas in less than 5 months.  Thank you! 

    Your donations of sealed snack items will help brighten the day for our heroes far from home.  Cash/check donations are also needed to help with postage and individual soldier wants/needs.  Drop your snack items off at Adventure Trails Gift Shop in Walsenburg or Community Banks in both La Veta & Walsenburg.  Get in on the fun & plan on being with us when we package up these boxes on March 20 at 1 pm at Adventure Trails.  Questions? Call 742-3235 or visit our website


Annual Health Fair blood draws starting soon

HUERFANO- The 9th annual Spanish Peaks Regional Health Fair is coming up on Sat. April 17 at the Community Center in Walsenburg.   Health Panel Testing (blood work) draws will be taken from 7 am -10am at the locations below and results can be picked up at the Health Fair.

    As always, there will be no blood draws at the Fair!

• La Veta Community Center:  Mar. 29 through Mar. 30

• Outreach Clinic, 129 Kansas Ave. Walsenburg: Mon. April 5 and Wed. April 7

• Gardner School:  Tues. April 13

Call for artists

COLORADO CITY- The Greenhorn Valley Arts & Music Festival will be held July 10-11 in beautiful Greenhorn Meadows Park, Hwy.165, Colorado City.  To complement the 80 artist booths, an impressive line-up of regional musicians will be playing throughout the weekend. This is a juried art and fine craft show.

    Artist and food vendor applications are available at For more info, email-

    Application deadline is April 12.


Colorado Trout Unlimited seeks students

PUEBLO- Colorado Trout Unlimited is now accepting applications from students aged 14 to 18 for its fifth annual River Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp, June 6-11 at Peace Ranch near Basalt. Applications must be received by March 30.

      The camp is designed to educate students on the importance of coldwater conservation and provide hands-on fly-fishing instruction. Approximately 20 students are selected each year, based on their qualifications and a written essay on why they would like to attend the camp.

      “Our hope is that kids who attend our camp today will become the conservation leaders of tomorrow," said Shawn Bratt, a veteran Youth Camp counselor and winner of national Trout Unlimited′s Outstanding Youth Education Volunteer. "It’s important for these students to understand the value of healthy streams and clean water and how they relate to our everyday lives. The camp curriculum has been structured to provide the necessary foundation for that education.”

      Camp classes include these topics: principles of ecology, hydro-geology, aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate sampling, hydrology, trout behavior, trout stream entomology, the biology of pollution, acid deposition, and politics of conservation and human effects on the Rocky Mountains.

      In addition, the camp will include hands-on classes such as fly tying, fly casting, streamside ethics, angling literature, streamside botany, wader safety and survival, and the evolution of an angler. Students will also participate in a watershed project to repair habitat in a nearby stream.

      The River Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp includes faculty from various environmental fields and state agencies such as the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Department of Environmental Protection and National Forest Service. The cost to attend the six-day camp is $450.  Scholarships may be available.

    Contact Mike Nicholson at 303-987-8425 for more information or go to for further information.

      Colorado Trout Unlimited is dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring Colorado’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. The statewide organization has more than 10,500 members and is part of the national Trout Unlimited organization. Colorado Trout Unlimited fulfills its mission through advocacy and education efforts regarding the impact of drought and pollution on water-based ecosystems, and by engaging volunteers in hands-on projects to improve and rehabilitate Colorado’s river systems. 

Head Start now accepting new enrollment

WALSENBURG- Walsenburg Head Start is located at the Parkview Elementary School at 375 W. Pine Street and is now accepting new enrollment applications for the Head Start Program year 2010 – 2011.  New children wanting to enroll need to be 3 or 4 by June 30.  New enrollees must bring with them an updated Immunization record, verification of income for 2009, (income taxes for 2009), and birth certificate.  Walsenburg Head Start is a licensed facility and the children must have an updated Immunization, physical and dental exam before the start of the Head Start year.

    Children who are 2 years 9 months (not quite 3 years of age) can enroll in the Head Start Program and are placed on the waiting list until they turn 3 years of age and openings become available. 

    We also encourage all Head Start children currently enrolled in the program who will be returning to get in touch with their Family Service Worker to complete a re-enrollment application.  The programs’ goals are to be completely enrolled by June 1.   Please call the Head Start Program for instructions or for further information at 719-738-1038.


Classic cinema live in the Huerfano

WALSENBURG- Interested in bimonthly or weekly free screenings of classic and/or contemporary films featuring film noir, political (Mike Moore), Shakespeare, film festival selections, snacks and riotous conversation at our beautiful new library in Walsenburg?  Poetry or music before & after?  Reply if interested and list one or two films you would drive to the ‘burg to see.  Also indicate day and time that would be best for you.  719-738-1154 or email


Yiddish club proposed

HUERFANO- There is interest in forming a collaborative language acquisition club to further communication in Yiddish.  Meetings would be bimonthly for those seeking fluency and a desire to encourage the use and appreciation of our street language.  If interested call 719-738-1154 or email


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