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Briefs for January 07, 2009

Tourism Board to meet

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Tourism Board will meet at noon, Fri. Jan. 8 in the Commissioners’ meeting room in the county courthouse.  On the agenda will be a welcome for the two new members, Dave Molyneux and Edie Flanagin;  the matching marketing grants for 2010; community branding meetings; marketing plan for 2010; and the county billboard redo.

La Veta Library screens “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”

LA VETA- On Fri. Jan. 8, the La Veta Public Library Films From Books series continues with the film “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” adapted from Alexander McCall Smith’s novel of the same title.  You need not fear any bloodshed, murder or mayhem in these “gentle” mysteries set in the southern African nation of Botswana.  McCall Smith’s characters reflect his own philosophy of kindness and generosity, and there is a good deal of humor involved as they set about discovering solutions to local problems through initiative, intuition and intelligence.  These charming stories unwind at 6:30 pm, and discussion follows the film.  As always, admission is free and so is the popcorn!

Community meeting on Grandote closure

LA VETA- There will be a community meeting on Sat. Jan. 9 at 6 pm at the La Veta Community Center for a question and answer session with the Town Board about the golf course closure and any other pertinent issues.

Conflict management

WALSENBURG- The next workshop Dr. Charles Goza is offering at Calvary Church, 801 Pennsylvania Ave. is Conflict Management.   This free workshop focuses on principles and actions to help resolve conflict in a way that is caring and God-honoring.  It will be held Sun.  Jan. 10, 1-4 pm in the Calvary Church Fellowship Hall.  Come learn about Caveman Theory: People, Process, Problems, Five Conflict Styles, Effective Methods of Dealing with Conflict, and Steps to Reconciliation.

    Dr. Goza, pastor at Calvary, is a licensed family counselor with years of experience in this and related fields.  His wife, Ruth Anne, enthusiastically endorses this as her favorite of his workshops, with one portion being "positively life-altering."  Public invited.

SPACe show opens

LA VETA- The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) announces the opening reception for the 2010 SPACe Members’ Show Sun. Jan. 10, 4-6 pm. Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee. The show is on display until March 6. Sixteen SPACe members are showing a wonderful collection of original art.

     Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 10-3 pm, weather permitting.  The SPACe Gallery is located in the La Veta Town Park at 132 W. Ryus.  For additional information visit www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719 742-3074. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council is a nonprofit organization, supporting the arts and art education in the Spanish Peaks region of Southern Colorado.

Communication Coalition to meet

WALSENBURG- The Communication Coalition will be meeting at noon next Thurs. Jan. 14 at the Spanish Peaks Library.  The lunch will be sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic and Huerfano County Youth Services.

The art of cane rod building to be featured

PUEBLO-  “Colorado Cane: Making and Fishing the Bamboo Fly Rod — A Documentary Production Story”, will be the featured program at the January 14 meeting of the S. Colorado Greenback Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  The program begins at 7 pm at 119 West 6th Street in Pueblo.  The program is free and open to the interested public.

    Emmy-award winner Samuel Ebersole, a Mass Communications professor at CSU-Pueblo, created this documentary as part of his sabbatical project. Ebersole interviewed many of Colorado’s foremost artists of cane rod building, including Ed Engle, John Gierach,  A.K. Best and Mike Clark.  From the artists′ perspectives, he investigated the advantages of and differences between fishing rod components, and then went on-river across Colorado with them to explore the action of these rods. The documentary will air this Spring on Rocky Mountain PBS.

    For further information, call 564-1799.

Spanish Peaks Beekeepers to meet

WALSENBURG- The Spanish Peaks Beekeeper’s Association will meet at the library in Walsenburg at 10:15 am on Sat. Jan. 16.

    It is cold outside now, but spring will be here before we know it.  Discussion will be on getting some new hives started and when we should start feeding the hives that have survived the winter.

    Look forward to seeing you.  Happy New Year!  Would someone be interested in bringing cookies and coffee?

Dough for dough

WALSENBURG– Journey Home Learning Center, located at 1018 W 7th on the west edge of Walsenburg, is celebrating its 14th year of service to Huerfano County youth with a “sweet” fundraising project.  All winter long, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, 7am – 3pm, Journey Home offers pastries, chocolates and sugar free candy to raise “dough” for its youth development programs including horsemanship, marksmanship and craftsmanship.

    Journey Home is a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to delivering fun and quality, experiential learning programs that build strong skills for success and personal happiness.  The organization is funded by the community, private donations, a dedicated Board of Directors and sales from Adventure Trail Gift Shop.  Program Director Deb Williams said, “Community support makes all the difference and we appreciate every effort from our neighbors.  Thank you to all who have assisted us in our mission to strengthen our youth.”

    To help, stop and buy a chocolate cake or cookie.  To learn more, visit www.JourneyHomeLearningCenter.org.

Health care to be showcased

PUEBLO- The “Faces of CF&I — The Healing Touch” dinner takes place Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Pueblo Convention Center.  The evening’s program will highlight the contributions made by Colorado Fuel & Iron (CF&I) to the health care of southern Colorado.  CF&I was instrumental in establishing a system of dispensaries in the company’s coal camps.  In Pueblo the company built and operated both a dispensary at the steel mill and Minnequa Hospital, which later became St. Mary Corwin Medical Center.  A nursing school at the hospital was also in operation for a number of years.

    Over 250 historic CF&I photographs will be presented during the evening.  And for the third year, Jack Quinn and Ray Kogovsek will serve as the evening’s Masters of Ceremony, illuminating the pioneering work of CF&I in the healthcare field, as well as stories of the men and women who made up the medical department.

    The evening includes a silent auction of donated items, and a live auction with the rare opportunity to bid on many unique items as well as exclusive tour packages of various mills inside Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel.

    The Faces of CF&I is a fundraiser to support the programs of the Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture and the preservation of the CF&I Archives.

    Cocktails will be at 5:30 pm and dinner will be at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are $55 for members of the Bessemer Historical Society and $65 for non-members.  Corporate tables of 8 are available for $600.  Reservations are due by Jan. 8.  Please call 564-9086 for more information.

Volunteer readers needed

LA VETA- The La Veta library is looking for volunteers to read to Preschool on Wed. mornings from 9:30-10 am. Interested volunteers can call the library for more information at 742-3572 and ask for Jordan.

Beef fundraiser supports Lady Panthers

WALSENBURG- The John Mall girls’ basketball team and Rodeo Club are selling tickets to raffle off two halves of a steer.  Two winners will each receive about 300 pounds of Angus beef.

    Tickets are one for $5 or three for $10.  Tickets can be purchased at any Lady Panther home game, at John Mall High School, or from any Rodeo Club member or Lady Panther basketball player.

    The Black Angus steer is donated by Doug and Linda Glidden of Simla, CO.  The Glidden family is also paying for processing the steer.

    Winners will be announced at the Feb. 19 Lady Panther game.  Winners will pick up their half at the Elizabeth Locker Plant.

Hunter Education

LATHROP-  The Colorado Division of Wildlife is offering hunter education classes free of charge at the Lathrop State Park Visitor Center on the following dates:  Jan. 22 & 23, Feb. 19 & 20, and March 19 &20.  The Friday times are 6 to 9:45 pm, and Saturday times are 8 am-4:30 pm.  Anyone who needs a hunter education card or wanting to learn more about hunting is welcome to enroll.  There are no age requirements.  The only things required are yourself and a good attitude.  The topics covered are safety, survival, wildlife management and ID, ethics and more including a live firing session.

    Each class is limited to the first 25 who call to sign up.  To register for a class call Lance Gatlin at 989-1027.