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Briefs for March 26, 2009

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LA VETA– On  Thursday, March 26, at 4 pm, La Veta School Board Member Sam Law will be at the La Veta Library, upstairs meeting room.  She will talk briefly about what La Veta Schools are doing and then entertain questions and comments.  Refreshments will be served. 

    If you have a child in school, you know usually what is going on.  If you don′t have a child in school, you′re in the dark.  There are many people in the county who are interested in and supportive of education and who would like to know more about the schools.  This is a good chance to get acquainted.

    The event is sponsored by the local chapter of P.E.O., an educational and philanthropic women’s group.

2009 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum

PUEBLO- The 2009 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum will take place in Pueblo, March 31 – April 1.

    Keynote speaker Jennifer Gimbel, Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, will kick off a conference designed to promote open dialogue among water users, creating a greater understanding of water issues affecting the Arkansas River watershed from the headwaters to the state line.

    In addition to updates on the Arkansas Basin Round Table and from the various Water Conservancy Districts, presentation topics will include Energy and Water Nexus, Drought and Climate Change Risk Preparedness, Invasive Species, Fountain Creek Vision Task Force, and Lake Pueblo Dam and Reservoir.

Thursday’s luncheon speaker will be author/historian Joanne Dodds, who will bring alive the history of the region.  Field trips will include the Xeriscape Garden at the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District and the Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture, located at the historic CF&I Steel site.

    The Forum also features an art and photography contest for grades K-12 and an open photography contest.

    For registration information and more details, log on to or call Perry Cabot at 719-549-2045.

CSU Scholarships

April 1, 2009 is the deadline for most of the following scholarships to Colorado State University:

• Barbizon School of Modeling Scholarship

• Colorado Agricultural Development Authority  4-H Youth Scholarship

• Colorado State University Collegiate 4-H Scholarship

• Guide Dog Raising/Training Scholarship

• Bill and Barbara Holthaus Family 4-H Scholarship

• Johnson and Wales University Scholarship

• Kimberling Family 4-H Scholarship

• Masonic-Range Science Scholarship

• Portouw Family Scholarship

• Audrey Sandstead Scholarship

• Howard E. and Marjory M. Smith 4-H Scholarship

    To apply for most of these scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic years, applicants should complete the CSU Scholarship Application available online at

    By submitting this one application form, students will be considered for all appropriate scholarships at Colorado State University.

Civic Award Nominations

HUERFANO- Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) and La Veta/ Cuchara Chamber of Commerce (LVCCC) are calling for Nominations for the 10th Annual Huerfano County Civic Awards to be presented in a ceremony on April 23. These annual awards have allowed the community to salute and celebrate those individuals and organizations/businesses that make Huerfano County a wonderful place to live, work and play.

    Awards will be presented for the Outstanding person/entity in these categories: Volunteer, Senior Citizen, Educator, Employee, Youth, Non-profit Organization  and Business. Nomination forms will be distributed throughout the Huerfano County communities and will be available at a number of chamber member businesses and at the La Veta Library and Spanish Peaks Library.

    Nomination forms must be submitted by April 10, 2009. All nominations must be fully completed. Nominee must be a resident of Huerfano County or have a business in Huerfano County. Nominee must have distinguished themselves or performed some outstanding service in the category for which they are nominated.

    The awards will be presented at a dinner to be held on Thursday, April 23 at 6 PM at the Peakview School in Walsenburg. More information about the dinner and reservations will be provided soon.  For additional information, contact:

June Tucker, Final Step Floors, Huerfano  Chamber of Commerce, 719-738-1201.

Snowy Range 4-H report

by Rachael Schneider

LA VETA- The Snowy Range 4-H Club met on March 2nd to discuss the coming events.  The spaghetti dinner will be held on the 19th of April at 11 am at the 4-H barn as a fundraiser for the Washington Focus conference in Washington D.C. that two members of 4-H will attend.  There will also be a silent auction during the dinner and directly after the dinner there will be a Quality Assurance class.  Any member, who has an animal project and has not already gone to Quality Assurance, needs to be there.  Dog certificates need to be turned into Colette Wahl by April 1st.  Operation Easter bunny will take place on April 10th at 9 am as well as decorating for the senior citizen’s dinner.  The talent show will be held on April 17th and any one who is interested in participating needs to contact Lindsay Robbins.  Animal Care and housing forms for livestock animals and horses need to be filled out and turned in.  The add drop deadline is April 15th, and the next meeting will be on April 6th.

Re-1 holding Kindergarten screenings

WALSENBURG- Kindergarten Screenings for all students entering Kindergarten in the fall 2009 will be held on April 9th from 9 to 3 pm at Peakview School Library, 375 West Pine Street, Walsenburg.  Please contact Marie Nigrini at 738-2190 for an appointment.          13-3XC

Tourism grants available

HUERFANO– Applications for tourism grants are now available from the tourism board for Huerfano County organizations to promote the county as a tourist destination.

    Applications are available in the county commissioner office in the courthouse, Walsenburg, or from Mickey Villella, La Veta; Carolyn Newman, Walsenburg; Brendt Berger, Gardner and Walsenburg; and Nikki Eccher, Walsenburg.  Applications are due  4 pm April 16.

    These grants are to increase travel to Huerfano County by having a marketing emphasis on reaching visitors from outside the county.  The grants can be made up to $5,000 with the applying organization matching dollar for dollar the grant.

    The applications will be reviewed April 17, at the noon meeting of the tourism board in the county commissioner meeting room.  This date is one week later than the usual meeting date, allowing the board to attend a five-county heritage meeting April 10 in Pueblo to hear Judy Walden′s analysis of local tourism possibilities.

 Trot the Rockies for St. Jude

LA VETA- On May 31, 2009, Huerfanos will gather with their families, friends and horses to do something great for children who have catastrophic illnesses. We would like you to be a part of this gathering.  If not on horse back… then you might ride in spirit as an individual sponsoring a rider. With a sense of purpose riders will ride in the Rockies, up Indian Creek, west of La Veta, to raise funds to help support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We are calling our event, “Trot the Rockies for St. Jude”.

    St. Jude’s researchhelped bring the survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent, to more than 70 percent overall.  Participation in the saddle up program helps raise funds to support St. Jude, which treats patients regardless of the family’s ability to pay.   St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance.  No family is ever denied treatment based on the family’s inability to pay.

    For acute lymphoblistic leukemia alone, St. Jude has pushed the survival rate from four percent in 1962 to 94 percent today.

    For the past three years, 85.3 percent of every dollar received has gone to the current or future needs of the hospital. The daily cost of operating St. Jude is nearly $1.3 million, primarily covered by public contributions.

    So dust off your saddles, dust off your hearts, and join a wonderful exxperience this May 31, 2009 and “Trot the Rockies for St. Jude”. Check out for more information on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and their saddle up program. Then on Fri. May 1, join us for a short DVD presentation on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the children and families being helped at the La Veta Public Library at 6:30 pm. For more information  contact Lisa Northup at 719-742-5510.

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