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Briefs for January 6, 2011

Huerfano County Community Coalition cancelled

WALSENBURG- The regular monthly meeting of the Huerfano County Community Coalition that had been scheduled for this Thurs. Jan. 6  has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be Feb 3 with luncheon to be served at noon.  Information on applying for a LiveWell Colorado grant to become a LiveWell Community will be on the agenda in February.  For further questions, please call Debbie Channel at 719-738-2718.

Bob Kennemer to speak

LA VETA- On Jan. 6, at 7 pm, Bob Kennemer will speak at the La Veta Public Library on the chemical demilitarization operation to begin soon at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot.  Kennemer will explain the technology, called neutralization, which will be used to safely destroy Pueblo’s stockpile.

    For the past 10 years, La Veta resident Bob Kennemer has served as the Community Outreach Manager for the Pueblo Chemical Stockpile Outreach office.  Located in downtown Pueblo, the office serves the public with information related to the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant or PCAPP. The 4.5 billon PCAPP facility is being constructed at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) just east of Pueblo and is slated to begin chemical demilitarization operation in 2015.

    The program includes a 15- minute video explaining the chemical demilitarization process. Kennemer will present a brief slideshow on the project’s status. Weapon models will also be on display.

    Please join us on Jan.  6, in the Library’s meeting room for this important discussion.  Refreshments are provided.  Call 742-3572 for more information. This program is sponsored by the Friends of La Veta Public Library.

Tourism Board to meet

WALSENBURG- The Tourism Board of Huerfano County will meet at noon Friday, Jan. 7, in the commissioner room in the courthouse.  Agenda:  Clyde Schroeder, architect from La Veta; Fast Facts; Interstate signage; finances and budget; cancelled booth at Boat and RV Show in Denver; invoices; review of grant reports.

The 2nd TLC Forum: The National Energy Grid & Local Transmission Lines

LA VETA- Don′t miss this opportunity to hear two prominent speakers discuss ′the BIG picture′ regarding national and local energy and transmission needs. The Transmission Line Coalition has invited guest speakers: Carol Overland (a utility regulatory attorney, electrical consultant, and author of "Transmission Lies") and Dan Pike (President of Colorado Open Lands, which is responsible for protecting millions of acres in Colorado through conservation easements, and a member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council′s Environmental Data Task Force). Please attend and bring your questions on Tues. Jan. 11 at 6:30 pm at La Veta Community Center (Ryus Ave.)

 AARP Driver Safety Program

WALSENBURG- The new and fully accredited four-hour A A R P Driver Safety Program will be presented at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Ave. on Wed. Jan. 19 from 9 am to 3 pm.

    This course is designed for drivers 50 and older.  It explains the changes that occur in vision, hearing and reaction time, and provides useful tips for adapting to achieve a safer driving experience.  There are no tests to pass and Colorado state law mandates a multi-year discount on your auto insurance premium upon completion of the course.

    Tuition is $6 for A A R P members and $7 for non members.  Call  719-868-2288 or toll free, 1-888-227-7669 for reservation and please bring your AARP membership card to the class.  Workbooks and completion certificates are provided at no extra cost.

    Breaks will be taken during the class and lunch will be served at the Senior Center for a $2 donation.  Call 738-2205 by Jan. 18 for a lunch reservation.

VFC food collection

WALSENBURG– Members of Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Change will begin their 2011 collection of nonperishable foods Fri. Jan. 7, at Dollar General, 124 West 7th Street.  All food collected will go to Dorcas Circle in Walsenburg.   Please stop by with a can or box of food to say hello and help those in need in our Huerfano County communities.  For more information call Susan Kalman at 719-250-6097.

Come play with us or help us play!

LA VETA- The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting our annual FCPA general membership meeting and party on Jan. 8, 7 pm at the theater.  Please join us for food by “The Whistle Stop” and live music by “Blueberry Jam.”  The FCPA is a non-profit organization, membership dues are tax deductible.  FCPA memberships help keep our 125-year-old building upright and allow us to provide a venue for performing arts in La Veta.

Navajo Ladies luncheon

WALSENBURG- The Navajo Ladies Luncheon will be held Wed. Jan. 12, noon at the La Plaza in Walsenburg.  Menu item of choice.   Please R.S.V.P. by Mon. Jan. 10 to Tommi at 719-671-7292 or email at   I hope to see you there!

Republicans to meet

WALSENBURG- There will be a regular monthly meeting of the Huerfano County Republicans on Wed. Jan. 12 at 6 pm in the Huerfano Community Bible Church at 603  Leon St.  Please note the change of the day and location.

    This is an important meeting as we will be discussing nominations for officers for 2011.  If you are interested in running, please make sure to attend.  All registered Republicans are urged to attend.

Poetry Gathering

LA VETA- Everyone is invited to a poetry gathering Wed. Jan. 12, beginning at 7 pm at 120 W. Grand in La Veta.  Participants are to bring their own poems or their favorites penned by others to read.  Gary Snyder will read his poems from the recently released DVD entitled The Etiquette of Freedom.  All are invited to attend and to be in the company of others who enjoy poetry in all its forms. Bring something to drink and to share if you wish. The event is free and open to all. For more information call Tom Doerk, 742-3776.

Movie night is back on Thursday

LA VETA- The La Veta Public Library is resuming movie night and to kick off the series we are showing part one of A Year in Provence. This delightful story consists of four parts: Winter, Spring Summer and Fall.

    This hilarious film is an autobiographical account as Peter Mayle and his wife move from England to a 200-year-old farmhouse in the south of France.  They become entangled in the lives of the villagers, quirky neighbors and contractors. Come and enjoy scenes of markets, vineyards, goat races, and mushroom hunts. The film stars the late John Thaw as Peter Mayle and Lindsay Duncan as his wife.

    Part one shows on Thurs. Jan. 13, at 7 pm in the Meeting Room at the La Veta Public Library. Refreshments provided. Call 742-3572 for further details.     This event is sponsored by Friends of the La Veta Public Library.

Hunter education classes offered

WALSENBURG-The Colorado Division of Wildlife is offering Hunter Education classes Jan. 21 & 22, Feb. 18 & 19,  and March 18 &19 for anyone who needs a hunter education card or who wants to learn more about hunting.  The classes are free and there is no age requirement.  Topics covered will include :  safety, survival, wildlife management and ID, ethics and includes a live firing session.  Each class is limited to the first 25 who call to sign up.  Classes are scheduled on Fri. evenings, 6-9:45  and Sat. from 8-4:30.  Call Lance Gatlin at 989-1027 to register.

Another service from your public library

TRINIDAD- The new year has arrived, and tax time is approaching.  The Carnegie Public Library will have tax forms again this year. The forms sent by the State of Colorado and the Internal Revenue Service are free of charge.  However, there is a twenty cent per page charge for forms that must be copied from the originals contained in the tax binder, or printed from the IRS website. Also, please remember that library staff members are prohibited from offering any type of tax advice.

    Colorado tax forms have arrived, but Federal tax forms have not. Their delivery has been delayed because, on December 17, the president signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.  Thus, the printing and distribution of many forms that were delayed pending the approval of this legislation has now begun.

    These products include Form 1040, Form 1040A, Instructions 1040, and Instructions 1040A, as well as many others.  The IRS is working now to accomplish the quick delivery of tax products. The Carnegie will alert patrons via our website as well as the local newspapers and radio stations when the forms arrive.