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Briefs for June 26, 2009

Cuchara Health Fair today

CUCHARA-  Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center  is offering a health fair today, Thurs. July 30 from 8 am-noon at the Cuchara Community Center.  Fast for 12 hours and bring $25 for a lab screening.  A PSA screening is $25.

Revival tonight

WALSENBURG- A city-wide revival will be held at 6:30 pm nightly from July 27 – 30 at Fox on the Rocks Theater on Main St.

    Revivalist Billy McGill from Oklahoma City will be bringing restoration, revelation and resurrection power. Come expecting God’s healing and miracles in all areas of your life- physical, spiritual or mental.

    Special thanks to Audie Jones of Morning Star Coffee Shop and Brother Mike of Camp Elim for their help in setting up the event.

Rail guidebook authors visit La Veta Library

LA VETA- On Thurs. July 30, 6:30 pm, authors Doris and Becky Osterwald will visit the La Veta Public Library.  They will show slides and discuss their research for their new book, Sand & Smoke, which is a mile-by-mile guide for the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad from La Veta to Alamosa.  Following the discussion, their books will be available for purchase and autographing. 

    Join the Osterwalds for an exciting evening of Colorado rail adventure at the La Veta Library, 310 S. Main St.  Phone 742-3572 for more information.

End of Summer Reading Party

LA VETA- The La Veta Public Library will be having an End of Summer Reading Party Fri. July 31 at 1:30 pm in the Town Park.  All are welcome. There will be prizes, games and goodies!!

    Toddling 2′s, Story Time and other children’s reading programs stop for August. Reading to Rover will continue on Thursdays at 10 am.

Conga Man at the Library

WALSENBURG- Celebrate the conclusion of the Summer Reading Program, "Be Creative," at Spanish Peaks Library Story Hour, Fri. July 31 at 10:30 am.  Rodney Shields will present a Conga drum session introducing some Conga rhythms.  Come prepared for some good, LOUD, fun!  Rodney, "Conga", Shields has been entertaining and playing the congas drums for over 30 years.  Everyone is invited to participate in this lively musical experience!

    For more information please call Spanish Peaks Library at 738-2774.


LA VETA-  Francisco Center for the Performing Arts presents “the Great Ice Cream Scheme” or Robbins Baskin to the Rescue” by Billy St. John on Fri. July 31 and Sat. Aug. 1 at 7 pm and Sun. Aug 2 at 2 pm.  Tickets are $10.

Lathrop Park

rockin’ weekend programs

Fri. July 31, 7:30 pm–

Ken Arko

LATHROP- Come and kick off a rockin’ weekend of great music as Lathrop State Park welcomes Ken Arko.  Ken will be joined by his son blending the sounds of the guitar and Native American flute in perfect harmony.  Don’t miss it! 

Sat. Aug. 1, 10 am–

Kids Scavenger Hunt

    Come explore all the little nooks and crannies that Lathrop State Park has to offer, as we hunt for different wildflowers, plants, and animals around the Cuerno Verde Trail.  This program is recommended for children ages 4 – 8, and will last approximately 2 hours.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Water, sunscreen, and closed toed shoes are highly recommended.  This program will meet at the pavilion outside of the Visitor’s Center.

Sat. Aug. 1, 7:30 pm–

Terry Lakes

    Keep on rockin’ through Saturday night as we welcome back Terry Lakes.  Terry will be taking us on a musical journey with his toe – tapping tunes on the harmonica.  We will explore the early German roots of the harmonica all the way up to its introduction into American blues, country, and rock.  Sun. Aug. 2, 8:30 pm –

Geology— All about rocks and more

    Cap off this weekend of rock with Jon Sudar, a Walsenburg native, as we explore the rockin’  world of geology.  The program will identify the three basic types of rocks and what they consist of.  Then it continues with the story of how these rocks arrived at their current location here in Huerfano County.  If by now you have been out exploring the park, you will be able to easily recognize the pictures of the various rock formations.  This program will be held at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater.

    The evening and Sunday programs will be held at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater.

67th annual Chuckwagon

GARDNER- The 67th annual Gardner Chuckwagon dinner is Sat. Aug. 1 from 2 to 5 pm at the Gardner Methodist Church.  Come socialize and enjoy roast beef, gravy, biscuits and homemade pies cooked up the cowboy way.

Artists Tour

LA VETA, CUCHARA- The annual La Veta and Cuchara area Studio and Gallery Tour will be Sat. Aug. 1 from 9-4 and Sun. Aug. 2 from 11-4.  The self guided tour will start at the Gallery of the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, 132 W. Ryus (by the park in La Veta).  Maps and brochures will be available at the Gallery.  Signs and flags will mark the venues.  Nineteen local artists and four galleries will be represented.

Tunnel Day at Steelworks


PUEBLO- For decades thousands of employees of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Corp. entered and exited the CF&I steel mill via the Main Gate, two tunnels that run under I-25. On Sat. Aug. 1 from 10-4 pm that experience will be available to the public. These historic tunnels will be open for one day only with a regular admission to the Steelworks Museum which also lets you tour the museum and the 1882 Mine Rescue Car #1.

      The Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture is located at 215 Canal Street in Pueblo (Exit 97A).

Makkai will speak at Open Arms banquet 

WALSENBURG- The Open Arms Pregnancy Resource Center banquet-fundraiser will be held on Aug. 1 at 6 pm at the Walsenburg Community Center.  Featured speaker will be Ellen Makkai, former syndicated columnist.

    Music will be provided by George Tomsco (of The Fireballs fame) and friends. Dinner will be chicken cordon bleu with vegetables, homemade rolls and a variety of desserts.

    Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance.  To reserve your seat, call the Open Arms office, 738-9994, from 1 to 4 Mon., Wed., Fri.

Gospel Singer Rosie O’Toole

WALSENBURG- The Landmark Baptist Church, 425 Maple Street, is hosting Texas style gospel singer Rosie O’Toole at 4 pm on Sun. Aug. 2 in celebration of its 10 year anniversary.

Brendt Berger:  Making


LA VETA- An exhibition of 7 six-foot paintings on canvas from Brendt Berger′s Tapa Series will be shown at the Parkside gallery from Aug. 2-May 30.  The opening reception will be Sun. Aug. 2, 5 – 8 pm

    Berger describes the space in this work as compression.  As our world grows smaller via electronic extensions at the speed of light, our relationship to each other becomes compressed and intimate.  These paintings explore this new space by uniting the background with the foreground.  The beginning of the painting is both visible and accessible, becoming an integral part of the finished painting seen through various layers of transparency, thus the compressed space.  These paintings reveal the creative process from beginning to end, rendering the artist transparent. 

Water media class with Joan Hanley

LA VETA- Experience painting on different surfaces, see how some paper absorbs pigment, others float color or react best to dry brush techniques.  Explore, experiment and complete works of art for 5 days.  Brushes and paints required, a variety of paper will be available for purchase.  The class will be held Aug. 3 through 7, and costs $375.

    Class will be held at the La Veta School of the Arts, across from the Town Park on Ryus Ave.  For more information or to register, call 719-989-8238 or 719-742-3421, e-mail or check out our website www.the

Post-Relay for Life Meetings

WALSENBURG- The Post-Relay Team Captain Meeting will be held on Tues. Aug. 4 at 5:30 pm at the Spanish Peaks Library Meeting Room. 

    The Post-Relay Committee Meeting will be held on Tues. Aug. 4 at 6 pm at 220 E. Cedar Street.

Historical Society meets

LA VETA- The board of the Huerfano County Historical Society is meeting at 5:30 pm, Wed. Aug. 5, in the La Veta library.  On the agenda are reports from Francisco Fort, Walsenburg Mining Museums and the Tirey Local History Center.  The artifacts in the museums belong to the Huerfano County Historical Society; the buildings do not belong to HCHS.  Because of the need to preserve the artifacts properly, the agenda will include plans for professional advice.

    Also on the agenda is information on the latest bequest to the Society as well as donations.  Recently the Society sold the house which had been left to the HCHS. 

    A new county nomination has been made to the Most Endangered Places list for 2010 and a report will be made on the status of the Walsenburg Power Plant, which is on the 2009 Most Endangered Places list.  Recent historical tours and plans for the fall will be discussed.  A co-operative effort between five counties (Las Animas, Fremont, Pueblo, Custer and Huerfano) to promote sites is underway.  Every board meeting includes a five-minute history moment.

    Any interested person is welcome to attend Wednesday′s meeting and to join the Society or the Society′s board.  A new board is being considered for the Tirey Local History Center, where the local newspapers back to the 1880′s are stored as well as photos and county ledgers.  Contact Carolyn Newman 738-2840 for information.

Huerfano Re-1 Board Election

WALSENBURG- Huerfano School District Re-1 has three seats opened:   District B (2-year term) currently held by Bill Downey,  District D (4 year term) currently held by Robert Duran, and District F (four-year term) currently held by Jesse Jackson.  The School Board Election will be a mail ballot election.   Election Day is Nov. 3, 2009.   

    Nomination petitions may be circulated beginning August 5, 2009.  Persons nominated must be registered voters and residents of the school district for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the election.  Candidates must be residents of the director district and must have at least 25 valid signatures on their petition.  A person is ineligible to run for a school director position if he or she has been convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child. 

    Petitions may be obtained from Dorothy Martinez, Designated Election Official, for Huerfano School District Re-1, Administration Office, 201 East Fifth Street, Walsenburg, Colorado 81089.

Sacred Sundance Ceremony

GARDNER-  All Good People are welcome to come to the 8th annual Wiwanyan Wachipi, sacred sundance ceremony from Aug. 6 through 9.  Scheduled prior to the ceremony: Camp days  July 25-Aug. 1, Purification: Aug. 2-5, and Tree day: Aug. 5.

    Located at the base of Cuerno Verde, Aztlan Native American Community Church hosts this annual ceremony which was once banned by the United States Government.  The Wiwanyan Wachipi is now held throughout Turtle Island and is practiced by many native nations.

    People attending for the first time are encouraged to call ahead and learn as much as they can about the ceremony.  Women on their moon (menses) must remain at their own camp during purification days and at the women’s lodge during the dance.  No metal, water, food or sunglasses under the arbor.  Women are asked to wear a shawl and skirt (or dress) during the dance.  Please come with respect, humility and prayer in your heart.

    Come prepared to camp out if you are staying overnight.  Two meals are provided daily (breakfast and dinner).  Everyone is asked to sign up for camp chores.  We need help with security, kitchen, sanitation, maintenance, etc.

    Donations of canvas tarps (not plastic), shovels, tools, food, water, cash, etc. are appreciated.  No styrofoam or plastic cups and utensils.  We need cash to transport people to and from airports, for propane in the kitchen, for building materials, food, etc.

    Directions: I-25 to exit 52, Walsenburg. Right on State Hwy 69 towards Gardner.  After mile maker 24, take second right (Williams Creek Rd, National Forest access).  Follow Aztlan signs. For more information call (719) 746-2400 or 738-2571.  No drugs, alcohol, weapons, dogs or gossip. 

Basic drawing with Kathy Hill

LA VETA- Use pencil and charcoal to learn how to draw realistically yet with sensitivity.  Basic drawing concepts will give you the tools to draw with confidence.  The cost of the class $185, and it will be held August 7 – 9 at the La Veta School of the Arts, across from the Town Park on Ryus Avenue.  For info, call 719-989-8238 or 742-3421, visit, or send an e-mail to


WALSENBURG- Overeaters Anonymous  meets on Fridays at 9:30 am at the Calvary Baptist Church, 801 Pennsylvania.

Health care

workers needed

HUERFANO- The Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department is anticipating a busy flu vaccine season.  We are looking for individuals who can give us their time, talent, and effort to help keep our population healthy. We are especially interested in nurses and people with a health care background.  If you are interested, please contact Kristy at the Trinidad Office (719) 846-2213.

Stonewall Century ride

LA VETA- Join Spanish Peaks Cycling for the 7th & final Stonewall Century, a 102 mile ride along Colorado′s Scenic Highway of Legends with cyclists from around the country. For information, see