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Briefs for March 05, 2009

Gardner School carnival

GARDNER- This Friday evening make sure to attend the annual Gardner School carnival- see ad page 3.

4-H weigh and check in

WALSENBURG- 4-H members enrolled in Breeding and Market Beef and Breeding Rabbits are reminded that they must have their animals weighed and checked in on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the 4-H Barn in La Veta from 9  am to noon.   This is a 4-H Fair requirement.

Car seat safety

PUEBLO- Find out if your car seat is safe and right for your child.  Crossroads of Pueblo sponsors a once-a-month car seat inspection program on the first Saturday of each month.  This Saturday, March 7, bring your child, his car seat and the car in which you use the seat to the AM Response office, 922 South Santa Fe in Pueblo between 10 am and 12:30 pm.  They will inspect for fit, latches, accident damage and recalls.  The service is free and takes 30 minutes. If your car seat is found to be defective, they will replace it for $25.  For more information, call Cheryl Ried at Crossroads, 546-6666, ext.127.

Spring forward!

    It’s that time of year again, where we lose an hour of sleep.  Don’t forget, Saturday night to turn your clocks ahead one hour.

Huerfano art windy

LA VETA- How many ways has the wind shaped our lives?  Windblown sand, wind-carved rock, wind driven sails, windmills, windblown water, wind in your hair, windstorms- just a few of the subjects captured by sixteen area artists in the new show at the SPACe Gallery, Capture the Wind.  Media utilized by these artists include oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, fiber, and etching.  Visit with the artists this Sunday, March 8 at the opening reception, 4 – 6 pm.  Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee.  The show is on display until April 11.

     The SPACe Gallery is located in the La Veta Town Park at 132 W. Ryus.  For information visit or call 742-3074.  Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 10 to 3 pm. weather permitting.  The Spanish Peaks Arts Council is a nonprofit organization, supporting the arts in the Spanish Peaks region.

Scrappy Ladies Quilt Guild

WALSENBURG- The Scrappy Ladies Quilt Guild of Walsenburg will meet on Mon. March 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center.   There will be a morning business meeting, followed by a potluck lunch.  Member Barb Beckner will provide a program on the "Take Five" method of quilt assembly.  Members are asked to bring machines and have pieces cut before the meeting.

    The guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting quiltmaking in the Huerfano County area.  Their common objective is to share the history, creativity, and the joy of quiltmaking by encouraging continuing education.

    New members are welcome.  Quilts, like new friends, are different… colorful, fun, warm and comforting.  You can never acquire enough of either.

Benefit at Eagles

WALSENBURG- There will be a benefit for Cori Maldonado on March 14th (Saturday) at the Eagles Hall in Walsenburg.  It will be a spaghetti dinner beginning at 5 to 7 pm. $10 for adults and $5 for children.    Music will be by the Silver Eagles.  from 7 pm on.  Monies are to help finance Maldonado’s trip to Australia this summer in June to the University of Melbourne for medical training.  Come and support our local student!

 Senator Bennet on Piñon Canyon

TRINIDAD- Newly appointed Senator Michael Bennet has asked for information about Piñon Canyon from landowners, PCEOC, and Not 1 More Acre!  On Sat. Feb. 28th, 2009 Senator Bennet began efforts to find out more about the ′Piñon Canyon Issue′. He did a ′fly over′ of PCMS on an Army helicopter then met with landowners who told him they were still not for sale to the Army.  He then took time to drop by a Trinidad business for more information from more land owners, PCEOC and Not 1 More Acre!.

    Ten persons presented at least as many different aspects of any considered expansion and the problems it causes.  Key evidence and supporting documents were presented to the senator and he seemed genuinely concerned when the plight of southeast Colorado was explained to him.  

    Go to the  for Senator Bennet’scontact information and be sure to write him and thank him for his desire to find out more, and give him your thoughts on the proposed PCMS expansion.

 2010 Census begins in March.

    Census workers will be in Huerfano County next month using hand held computers to make sure that all addresses are in the database when the questionnaire is delivered in March 2010.

    All information collected by Address Canvassers and other Census employees is kept strictly confidential and cannot be shared with any other persons, institutions, or agencies.  For more information visit 

Cost-share program

Walsenburg-   The Upper Huerfano Conservation District (UHCD) has received a state grant to sponsor another cost-share program in 2009.  The 2008 program enabled nine projects with an expected soil savings of 3,080 tons over the life of those projects.

    The UHCD cost-share program will fund 50% of the cost of installing conservation practices within the boundaries of the Conservation District.  Projects can include : irrigation water management, improvement to plant diversity, increasing woodland productivity, planned grazing systems, improvement to wildlife habitat, and enhancement of riparian areas.

    The program has an annual limit of $3,000 per applicant.  Landowners with approved projects will submit proof of the cost to install the conservation practice and then will be reimbursed for 50% up to $3,000.

    Interested landowners should contact the Upper Huerfano Conservation District for an application form.  The sign-up period is until April 14, 2009.   The UHCD Board of Supervisors will select projects for funding at their monthly board meeting in April, 2009.

     Approved projects must be completed by July 31, 2009.     For more information, contact the UHCD office, 711 Walsen Ave. Suite A, Walsenburg, 738-1171.

Saint Joseph’s Day Table

Trinidad- The Feast of St. Joseph will be celebrated with a traditional St. Joseph’s Day Table on Sunday, March 15, at the Holy Family Hall at 308 Church Street.  Everyone is invited to view the table between 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Father Becker or Father K. C. will bless the table shortly after the 7:00 am mass at Holy Trinidad Church.

Bertha Trujillo

  Bertha Trujillo, 97, from Gardner, Colo., entered her eternal home on Feb. 12, 2024. She was born in Gardner, Colo., on Sept. 30, 1926,

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