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Briefs for June 19, 2008

  Felting Classes Offered

LA VETA- Spanish Peaks Alpacas will be teaching felting classes today June 19, and July 12 from 10 am to 5 pm.  Using hand dyed silk chiffon scarves, alpaca and decorative yarns, you will create a unique, beautiful 13 by 60 inch scarf.  E-mail Judy at for further information and photo of scarf.  Or call 719-742-6014.  Cost is $70, which includes all materials.  Classes may be scheduled at your convenience for three or more participants.

Lathrop Park’s astronomy weekend!

LATHROP STATE PARK- A star studded extravaganza is coming up at Lathrop this weekend.  On Friday the 20th through Sunday the 22nd, from 10 am – noon & 5 – 7 pm, head to Pinon Campground Site #96 in D-loop for two different programs.  The first, Touch the Stars,  will let you visit the four seasonal tactile planetariums to demonstrate how the night sky changes as we progress through the year.  Just watch for the large, yellow dome tents to find the stars!  The second is  Fun with the Sun.  Not to be outdone by the stars, the sun will have its fun.  Come to see a presentation, then make a paper sun dial watch to compare with a real sun dial! You will also be able to view the sun through filtered binoculars. What a great opportunity!

    Then on Friday & Saturday evenings, at 8:30 pm at the amphitheater you can take in The Night Sky. There will an informational power point presentation about the stars.  Then, you will be able to take what you have learned and put that information to use!  Fifteen minutes after the conclusion of the presentation, we will reconvene at Site D96. You will have the opportunity to use telescopes and binoculars to observe the night sky firsthand.  Wow!

    This week-end is such a great opportunity to learn more about the skies. Please join us for an exciting and enriching week-end!

    All events are free, but a valid parks pass is required on all vehicles entering the park.  In the event of rain, programs will be held at the Visitor’s Center. 

    If you have a special talent or area of expertise that you would like to share, please contact the Interpretive Ranger at Lathrop State Park.  The phone number is (719)738-2376.

Historic Preservation seeking endangered places

WALSENBURG- With all the historic buildings and sites in Huerfano County, there is interest in preserving them before neglect or perhaps destruction endangers them.  If you are interested in learning about historic preservation, and want to learn how to save our community’s unique and historic architecture, there is an upcoming meeting you will want to attend. 

    Colorado Preservation, Inc. and the Huerfano County Historical Society are hosting an informational presentation by Kayte Chadbourn, a representative of Colorado Preservation, Inc. at Walsenburg City Hall in the council meeting room Tuesday, June 24.  It will outline steps local groups can take to place sites on their most endangered list.  The meeting begins at 6 pm.

    Colorado Preservation, Inc. is the only statewide, non-profit organization that supports historic preservation through education, advocacy, information, and technical assistance.  CPI’s Endangered Places Program began in 1997 in order to aid communities around the state with structures that are at risk of being lost.  The program publishes the annual Colorado’s Most Endangered Places List which gives the public a chance to nominate buildings that are significant to our heritage and endangered.  The List promotes awareness and recognition of these structures and general preservation around the state.  The Endangered Places Program provides continuous support to those buildings listed.

    Colorado Preservation, Inc. can provide assistance in seeking preservation solutions.

    Examples of past endangered places include Indian sites, a railroad depot, a theater building, Walsenburg′s former high school/middle school building, a cemetery, Victor′s Silver Dollar Saloon, hotels, barns and other Colorado sites and buildings.

    To have a site listed as endangered, the state-wide committee, which is funded partly by the State Historical Fund of the Colorado Historical Society, reviews all the information gathered by local residents.

    Tuesday’s meeting is sponsored by the Huerfano County Historical Society, Walsenburg Mining Museum and Francisco fort Museum in La Veta.  For more information contact Margaret Gleisberg, 738-0629.

American Legion Honors

WALSENBURG- Calling all American Legion members: Colorado has been called the "Home of Heroes" and Huerfano County has certainly contributed its share of people to the defense of the nation.  The group will honor several members with fifty and sixty plus years in the American Legion on June 24 at the Iron Horse restaurant beginning at 7 pm.  All members are invited to attend.

Knights’ Spaghetti

WALSENBURG- The Knights of Columbus Council #2139 invites you to join them Sunday June 29 from 11:30 am to 4 pm for a spaghetti luncheon at the Walsenburg Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue.  Meals are a $10 donation for adults, $5 donation for children 4 to 12 years old and children under three are admitted free.

    Tickets will be available at the door or may be purchased ahead of time at St. Mary’s Rectory, .38 Special Liquors or from Knights of Columbus members.  The menu is meatballs, spaghetti, salad and dessert, coffee and punch.  Music will be provided by Oress and Ernie DeHerrera.  Everybody is welcome.

Baldwin memorial

CUCHARA- A memorial for the late Dianne Baldwin will be held in the Cuchara Chapel at 3 pm on Thursday July 3, followed by a pot luck supper and the “Biggest Hat Party Ever” to celebrate Dianne’s life.

    A memorial fund for Baldwin has been established through the Cuchara Chapel Scholarship Fund. Sent gifts c/o Steve Perkins, Treasurer, 128 Ponderosa Rd. Cuchara, CO 81055.

Voter registration deadline for the primaries

HUERFANO- Volunteers from the Huerfano County Democrats are going door-to-door registering voters without regard to their political affiliation.

    To vote in the August 12 primaries, you must be registered no later than July 14.  If you are registered as an unaffiliated voter, you cannot vote in the primaries unless you declare an affiliation with a political party and then you can only vote in that party′s primary.  You can declare an affiliation either before the August primaries by going to the County Clerk′s Office or by going to the polls on the day of the primaries and declaring your affiliation before voting. If you have any questions about voting or registering, call the Clerk′s Office at 738-2380. You can also visit the Secretary of State′s Elections Center at

    Be sure to register for this year′s historic elections.

                                                Hottest political event of summer

ROYAL GORGE- Action 22’s “Bridge and BBQ” is gearing up to be the hottest informal political event of the summer!  Action 22 invites all for an evening of breathtaking views of the Arkansas River, a “Gorge-ous” sunset, delicious food, lively music and best of all, fun with friends – old and new.   Get to know your neighbors from across Colorado’s 22 southern counties and share your views with state and federal officials and candidates in a friendly, relaxed and informal setting.    US Senate candidate Bob Schaffer has confirmed his attendance.

    Enjoy music, dancing, a tasty BBQ dinner, a cash bar, silent auction and networking under the stars at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park’s “Juniper Junction.”   The event is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 7 – 10 p.m. at Juniper Junction, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon City. 

    Tickets for adults are $25 per person and $10 for children 12 and under, and    may be purchased from Action 22 Board members in each county area, on-line using Pay Pal  on  or by calling Action 22 at 1.888.799.1799.

    For more information, contact Cathy Garcia, or 1.888.799.1799.

 Vacation Bible School: Outrigger Island

WALSENBURG- Calvary Baptist Church is holding vacation bible school for elementary age students, from  July 28 through August 1st, 9 am to 12 pm.   Kathy Tatman  738-1616.

Cuchara recreation website

CUCHARA- The Cuchara Recreational Cooperative (CRC), the Huerfano County group that is working to expand recreational opportunities in the Cuchara Valley, has introduced a new website this week.

    The website, found at is a comprehensive blend of information about the CRC, their purpose and vision; and a place for the public to ask questions and contribute ideas of their own.

“One of the most important features of will be our surveys and our public forums,” stated Bob Reece, CRC Marketing Chairman. “We want our local citizens, as well as our visitors to have the chance to tell us what they are looking for in recreational opportunities in the Cuchara Valley.”

    The Cooperative is offering its first survey through the website. A link is available on the Main Page to access the survey.

    The Main Page of the site will focus on important news from the CRC and will be updated as necessary. Other pages provide a history of the project, news articles and meeting minutes.

    For    more information, contact the Cuchara Recreational Cooperative at                                

SPRHC seeking new CEO

WALSENBURG- The Spanish Peaks Regional Helath Center board is looking for a replacement for Steve Perkins, who resigned to run for county commissioner.  Information on the position is posted at    

HCCC promotions

WALSENBURG- Recently, Warden Bob Kurtz and Chief of Security Edith Trujillo, from the Huerfano County Correctional Center, promoted three officers from Lieutenant to Captain:  Jose Arebalo, Rosanne Sapirie and Eddie Rubio.  Jose, who lives in Pueblo, has been with HCCC for 2 ½ years, Rosanne, who lives in La Veta, has been with HCCC for 2 years and Eddie, who lives in Walsenburg, has been with the Corrections Corporation of America for 5 years.  All three have risen quickly through the ranks from Correctional Officer to Captain.  Their new assignments as Shift Supervisors will include monitoring the various security posts, writing staff schedules, dealing with inmate issues, conducting personnel evaluations, and working closely with the various other departments, to name but a few.  Warden Kurtz expressed confidence in his new captains and said he is looking forward to working with them in their new roles.