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Briefs for July 9, 2009

Prize-winning author to speak about Ludlow

TRINIDAD-  Local events that changed America are the topic of a book-signing and free lecture tonight,  (Thurs. July 9).  Dr. Thomas Andrews will talk about “Killing for Coal: America’s Deadliest Labor War.”  The Trinidad History Museum is sponsoring the historian’s appearance at 7 pm in the Pioneer Resources Room at Trinidad State Junior College.

    Southern Colorado coal miners went on strike in 1913, setting up a tent colony north of Trinidad at Ludlow with the backing of the United Mine Workers.  The strike came to a dramatic end on April 20, 1914 when bullets flew and a fire raged through the tents.  Miners and their families ran frantically for cover but by day’s end, seven adults and eleven children had perished in the country’s deadliest labor conflict.

    In his book, Dr. Andrews examines human and environmental changes that turned the Western frontier into the gritty center of conflicts between unions and management during the last century.   He examines Ludlow in the context of the nation’s growing dependence on coal and the relationships that united and divided workers, consumers, capitalists and the natural world.

    Andrews, who is a professor of history at the University of Colorado at Denver, recently received the Bancroft Prize for his book, which was published by Harvard University Press.  One of the most coveted honors in the field of history, the Bancroft Prize is awarded annually by the trustees of Columbia University to the authors of books of exceptional merit in the fields of American history, biography and diplomacy.

    The lecture is part of the museum’s summer program series, which is entitled “Radici: Trinidad’s Italian Roots.”  Many miners in the region’s coal fields were immigrants and among the dead at Ludlow were several Italians.  Eventually American labor laws were changed as a result of a Congressional investigation after the tragic events at Ludlow, which is now a National Historical Landmark.

    The free lecture and other programs in the “Radici” series are made possible in part with funding from the Friends of Historical Trinidad, Volunteers of the Colorado Historical Society, Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund, and Trinidad Italian Club.

    For more information, contact the Trinidad History Museum at 719-846-7217.

 Tourism Board Meets July 10

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Tourism Board will meet at noon Fri. July 10 in the county commissioners’ room in the courthouse.  On the agenda is welcoming the newest member appointed by the commissioners,  Bill Stark of La Veta; the latest publication now out, the magazine featuring arts and culture of Huerfano County; and other matters as they may come before the board.  Contact:  Carolyn Newman 738-2840


ACT/SAT test prep class-sign-up deadline July 10

LA VETA- Attention all parents of high school students.  The La Veta Public Library is once again offering a free ACT/SAT test prep class in August of 2009.   Only the first 12 students to register will be able to take the class, so have your child register now at the library.  Enrollment deadline is July 10.

    All sophomores are required to take the PSAT to qualify for the National Merit scholarship program, and all juniors take the ACT test as a college entrance requirement. As a rule east coast colleges require the SAT test as the college entrance exam. 

    Help your students prepare for the tests this summer by enrolling them before July 10.  The ACT test prep class will be held on August 4th and 6th from 7-9.  The SAT test prep class will be held on August 11th and 13th.


Relay for Life

WALSENBURG– On July 10-11, light a candle of hope for a loved one you have lost to cancer, for a cancer survivor or for friends and family who are in the battle.  For more information or to order a candle, call Juan Martinez at 738-3361 or Deb Idleman at 630-4971 or go to

    Survivors will be honored by St. Benedict Episcopal Church at a dinner at Peakview school on July 10, 5:30 pm.


Lathrop Park

weekend programs

Fri. July 10, 8 pm – Geology of the Spanish Peaks

    Ever wonder how these magnificent mountains were created?  Well, this is the night to find out.  Brian Penn, PhD, will be here to tell you all about it.  Brian is a geoscientist, and a general geology enthusiast, with a great knowledge of the geology of the Rocky Mountains and specifically the Spanish Peaks.  This program will be held at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater.  

Sat. July 11, 9 am –

Hike the Hogback Trail

    Join local nature enthusiast and veteran of Grand Canyon National Park, Jon Sudar, for a morning hike.  Enjoy learning about the local history of the area, as well as the local flora and fauna.  The trip will take approximately 2 hours.  Make sure to bring sunscreen and water.  Hiking shoes/boots recommended.  This hike will be meeting at the Hogback Trailhead.

Sat. July 11,  7 pm – Bears, Bears, and more Bears!!!

    Do you know what to do when you come across a bear??  How about a mountain lion?  Come and join Division of Wildlife Officer Jeremy Gallegos as we discuss the wildlife here in Colorado.  The focus of this program will be on bears and bear behavior.  Jeremy will also be bringing with him some animal hides and skulls to demonstrate how these predators work and to give a truly hands-on learning experience.  This program will be held at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater.


Forest health/firewise workshop

WALSENBURG- Rural Property Owners Alliance & Colorado State Forest Service & Forest Health Coalition present this workshop Sat. July 11, from 9 to 3:30 pm at the community center, 928 Russell Avenue.  Please call Cissy Severance ASAP at 719-738-2475 if you want to attend.  A Firewise Notebook ($60 value) will be provided (one per household).

    The Colorado State Forest Service Firewise Presentation will be given by Judy Serby, Conservation Education Program Manager, Outreach Division and  Lisa Mason, Outreach Forester.  Diana Novacek, President of the Forest Health Coalition and CK Morey, Colorado State Forest Service will also speak. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.


Experimental drawing/painting:  July 10-12

LA VETA- Peggy Zehring’s exciting, abstract, experimental drawing and painting weekend class will be happening July 10, 11 and 12 at the La Veta School of the Arts in La Veta, CO.  Draw with charcoal Friday evening 6-9 and then use the images you created unconsciously to unfold abstract paintings on Saturday and Sunday.  You’ll learn color mixing, recognizing and capitalizing on your own marks, compositional excellence and much more. The cost is $185.   E-mail, call 719-742-3421, or register at


Junior Golf Program:  July 13-25

WALSENBURG- The Junior Golf Program at the Walsenburg Golf Course is scheduled to begin on Mon. July 13, 2009.  Due to the demand and the number of attendees in the past, this year′s program will be offered in two stages.  Ages 6 through 10 will begin Mon. July 13 at 5 pm for a one-week session.  Ages 11 through 14 will begin on Mon. July 20 at 5 pm for a one-week session.  Registration is $10 per child which includes instruction daily, awards, use of golf clubs (if needed), use of driving range, and a hot dog celebration at the end of each session.  Scholarships are available if the registration fee is not affordable. Registration forms will be available at the golf course.  For more information, call Commissioner Art Bobian at 989-1772.


Film Making Class:  July 13-17

LA VETA- Kenny Schneider will teach a 5-day class to introduce the technical foundations of film and video production.  Students will learn the difference between digital and analog media.  Camera work, editing, and aesthetics will be demonstrated by creating a class film.  Cost of the class is $375.  Class will be held at the La Veta School of the Arts across from the town park on Ryus Avenue.  For more information or to register, call 719-742-3421, e-mail or check our website www.the


UHCD Supervisors Meet July 16

HUERFANO– The Board of Supervisors of the Upper Huerfano Conservation District will meet at 5:30 pm on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 711 Walsen Avenue, Suite A, Walsenburg.  The meeting is open to the public.


Heart of the Watermelon- hand knit bags… fresh from the patch

WALSENBURG- The Watermelon bags will be on display at Edla′s Yarns & Mike′s Coffee Barn, 302 W. 7th St. until July 17.  They are whimsical and delightful fiber art creations by Jann Vail.  For info, call 738-3126.


Drawing from within workshop: July 17-18

LA VETA- Painter and printmaker Brendt Berger′s workshop will consist of a series of exercises which emphasize seeing, process, materials and techniques, all designed to focus on each student′s inner unique self.  The class will cover beginning drawing techniques as well as helping the more advanced students seeking personal truths, unique vision and constructive criticism.  Cost of the two- day workshop is $150.  Class will be held at the La Veta School of the Arts across from the Town Park on Ryus Avenue. For more information or to register, call (719) 989-8238, e-mail LVArtSchool or check our website 


Haywire′s Magic Show:  July 17 & 18

LA VETA- The show is scheduled for 7:00 pm on July 17 and 18 at the historic Francisco Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $12 and should be pre-purchased at the La Veta True Value Hardware.

    Huerfeno′s entertainment scene will get a new twist when comic magician Haywire the Entertainer brings his remarkable antics to La Veta in his hit show ′A Haywire Revue′.  For over 25 years, the brilliant mind behind Haywire Productions has shared his fast paced comedy, magic, and general lovable offbeat bizzarity on television, cruise ships, nightclubs, and festivals throughout the world.

    "I am doing two nights in July.  Both shows are perfect for all ages. Of course the kids love the show, but we get many emails from the adults!" says Haywire. "I look forward to shatter what the perception of magic is…"

    And, what does he do?  Those that have seen the show rave about his ability to read minds, predict the future, catch a bowling ball with his face, but above all, capture hearts.  By all accounts, Haywire is hilarious. The show is a non-stop fusion of comedy, magic, and feats of incredible juggling skill. The combination of originality and audience interaction promises to make the show a must-see. "People need to turn off the television, get out of the house, have fun and get their minds blown," Haywire touts.


“A Day in Walsenburg with Eddie”

WALSENBURG- New Mexico ceramic artist Eddie Dominquez is captured in a 50-minute film by renowned artist Ken Schneider, which will be shown one night only at the Fox Theater in Walsenburg on July 22 at 5:30 pm. Admission is free.  The film, “A Day in Walsenburg with Eddie,” chronicles Dominguez on a walking tour of his artwork, which is presently on display at both the Museum of Friends and the Huerfano County Courthouse.  The exhibition(s) remain on view through July 31st.  For more information, please call MOF at 719-738-2858 or visit our website at

Overeaters anonymous meets

WALSENBURG-  Overeaters Anonymous  meets each Fri. at 9:30 am at the Calvary Baptist Church, 801 Pennsylvania in Walsenburg.


“Littleague” performs positive Hiphop

TRINIDAD- The Carnegie Public Library is the place to “Express Yourself” and “Be Creative” this summer. Neil McIntyre and his “Littleague” visited Trinidad on Tues. June 30 and encouraged the audience of nearly 30 to do just that.  His unique style and fun-loving personality made the 100-year-old walls resound with music and laughter.

    “For my first time in Trinidad, the response was amazing.  Anytime I get a chance to reach a community like Trinidad, where there probably haven’t been many, if any, live hiphop performances, it’s a special treat.  It’s an occasion to show people that not all rap music is like that seen on television which is often filled with negative concepts and images.  Bringing this music to families today gives me a firsthand opportunity to show them the potential in positive hiphop.  It was a great visit; we played some games, made some friends, and sold some CDs.”