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Briefs for June 18, 2009

Black Diamond Jubilee Schedule of Events

WALSENBURG–  The 13th Annual Black Diamond Jubilee is this Friday June 19 through Sunday June 21.  This year it is being held downtown, on West 5th and 6th Streets, and there will be a carnival at Heritage Park by the train depot.  The following is a complete listing of events. 

Friday June 19

    Festivities  begin at 11 am.  The carnival will be set up and there are over 25 vendors signed up.  There will not be a parade because of the extra traffic on Main Street this summer. 

    The Black Diamond Grand Prix coal cart races will be on W. 6th in front of the Mining Museum from 6-8 pm.

    This is the day for the Black Diamond Jail lockup. For $5 you can have a friend, family or work colleague arrested in the low security jail set up on the street. Those jailed then need to get others to donate some money to get them out. The Black Diamond judge will set the bail amount. Call Patty Corsentino at San Isabel Appliance, 738-1808 to have someone locked up.

    There will be a street dance on Friday night on West 6th featuring the Slow Burning Band.  The dance,  beer garden and food vendors will be open until midnight for lots of fun.

    Don’t forget to check out what the downtown merchants are offering as well, and take a tour of the Mining Museum or the Museum of Friends.

Saturday June 20

    On Saturday from 11 am to midnight, there will be vendors galore, the beer garden, the carnival and lots of great entertainment.  The Colgate Country Showdown will be held outside on stage on W. 6th beginning at 1 pm.  Saturday night, while the carnival rides continue, the food vendors and beer garden will be in full swing as the Silver Eagle Band performs for a street dance from 9 to midnight.

Sunday June 21

    Sunday is another fun day with the vendors, cow pie bingo and carnival  from 9 to 3.

    The Black Diamond Jubilee is a huge undertaking by the Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce each year.  To be successful, they need the public to turn out and support the many events they have planned. It is a celebration of the history of Walsenburg. Community pride and community participation can make it a proud and successful event for now and in the future. If you want to help the Chamber by volunteering some time, call their office at 738-1065.

Lathrop State Park Weekend Programs

LATHROP- On Friday, June 19 head out to Lathrop State Park for an 8:30 pm presentation on “King Coal, The Coal Mining Story.”

    Jon Sudar, a local history enthusiast and Walsenburg native, will tell the story of a time when coal was king.  Come explore the history of coal mining and the Walsen Mine from 1906 – 1910, the inner workings and operations of a coal mine, as well as about the lives and people who worked in the coal mines and lived in the coal mining camps. 

    Then on Saturday June 20, come on back at 7:30 pm for rattle?  No, bull!

Snakes in the ampitheater!  Local naturalist Bob Kennemer will speak on how to identify and coexist in an environment where potentially dangerous snakes live.  Bob will also be bringing out live bullsnakes for an up close and personal education! 

    All programs take place at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater.

Goodbye Betty

LA VETA- On Saturday, June 20, there will be a farewell open house for Pastor Betty Brown at the La Veta Methodist Church parsonage from 2 to 5 pm.

Conservative Citizens Coalition Meeting

LA VETA- The Conservative Citizens Coalition will meet on Monday, June 22nd at 6:30 at the La Veta Community Center on East Ryus Street.  On the agenda will be preparation  for the July 4th Tea Party, updates on health care plans, and amendments to the Clean Water Restoration Act.

    Everyone is welcome!

Water Conservancy Board meets Monday

WALSENBURG- The Board of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet at 7 pm on Monday, June 22, 2009 at City Hall, 525 S Albert Avenue, Walsenburg. The meeting is open to the public. 

Water Enterprise meets Monday

WALSENBURG- The Water Enterprise of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet immediately after the HCWCD regular meeting, approximately 7:30 pm on Monday, June 22, 2009 at City Hall, 525 S Albert Ave. Walsenburg. The meeting is open to the public.

Brown bagging it

LA VETA- Brown Bag Books meets the last Friday (in this case June 26th) at 12 noon at the La Veta Public Library.  We have an awfully good time!  We talk about all kinds of things!  You don′t have to read a book to come.  Enthusiasm is our aura.

Butler Brothers to present "Australia: Uptown and Outback"

LA VETA- On Friday, June 26, at 7:00 P.M., the La Veta Public Library will host a special program on Australia, presented by David and Mike Butler.  Dr. David Butler is Professor of Geography at Texas State University in San Marcos.  In 2008, he was awarded a grant from the Australian government to attend a geography seminar in Canberra, the capital of Australia.  David′s portion of the program "Australia: Uptown and Outback" will feature slides and comments on urban Australia, particularly Sydney and Canberra.

    The "Outback" section of the program will be presented by Mike Butler, Adult Program Coordinator for the La Veta Public Library.  Mike and his wife Mary Jane, lived in Australia from 1975-1976, and taught high school there.  During school holidays, they had a chance to travel extensively through the Australian outback.  Mike will show slides of the stark beauty of the outback, from Alice Springs to Darwin and points beyond.

    This program will offer a unique perspective on urban and rural Australia, from the viewpoint of geography teachers who have visited "the land down under."  Don′t miss it!

Japanese Brush Painting class

LA VETA- The La Veta School of the Arts is sponsoring a Japanese Brush Painting course on June  27 and 28.

    Raquel Dimond will lead participants through the techniques of brush painting.  Learn to render leaves, flowers, grasses, branches and wildlife, while exploring the art of ink on paper.  This year, colored inks will be added.  Cost for the class is $150.00.

For more information or to register call LVSA 719-742-3421 or 719-989-8238, e-mail or check out our website at .

4th of July parade entries needed

LA VETA- Participants are invited to march in La Veta’s annual Independence Day Parade, scheduled to take place this year on Saturday, July 4th, beginning at 10 am. Lineup begins at 9 am at La Veta High School, at the corner of Highway 12 and Garland Street.

    Trophies will be awarded in five categories: Best Horse Entry, Best Motorized Entry, Best Youth Entry, Best Commercial Entry and Best Miscellaneous Entry.

    There is no charge to enter the parade, but all entrants are requested to pre-register by contacting Julie at 719-989-0890 (please leave a message) or

    The parade is held annually in conjunction with La Veta’s Art in the Park festival and the Huerfano County Rodeo, a PRCA-sanctioned event.

Have lunch with Bill Ritter

PUEBLO- Action 22 and cosponsors invite you to the Southern Colorado State of the State Luncheon, with the Honorable Bill Ritter, Governor of Colorado.

     The luncheon will be Fri. July 24, from 11:30 to 1 pm at the CSU-Pueblo Occhiato Student Center Ballroom, 2200 Bonforte Blvd.  The cost is  $25 per person.  

    The Action 22 Committee Summit is taking place the same day, from 8:15 to 4:30 pm.  Registration for the summit alone is $10 per person.

    If you would like to attend both events, cost of the full package is $35 per person, which includes registration and State of State Luncheon.

    Detailed agendas will be posted on the Action 22 website after July 1, 2009.

    The reservations deadline is July 17, at 5 pm. Go to (Pay Pal) or call 1-888-799-1799.

Enroll in Head Start

HUERFANO- Rocky Mountain Head Start is now taking applications for enrollment into their free, high-quality Early Childhood Education Program. This program is for qualifying families and these are: children ages 3-4 by June 30, 2009; children in foster care; children diagnosed with disabilities. Required documents to apply are: birth certificate, proof of household income, social security card, Medicaid/insurance card, immunization records, copy of recent physical and recent dental exam, and name and address of physician.  Apply at: Walsenburg, 375 W. Pine, 738-1038 or Trinidad, 513 Alta St., 846-4391 or 846-6661.