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Briefs for May 22, 2008

 Booking in Cuchara

CUCHARA- The Cuchara Bookmobile begins operations Memorial Day Monday, May 26, at the Cuchara Community Center from 11am to 2pm. A constantly changing variety of books– fiction, non-fiction, large print and children’s books as well as books on CD – will be available for checkout each Monday morning through August.

    If you are not a La Veta Regional Library District patron, we can sign you up on-site and send you home with books.

    The Cuchara Bookmobile is the brainchild of Bill Williams, who conceived the idea of bringing books to Cuchara’s summer residents and then spent every summer Monday morning over the past five years doing so.  Moving the incredibly popular Book Nook will keep Bill, the Book Nook manager, busy this summer so he has passed the baton to Colleen Gladney.  Colleen is approaching the Cuchara Bookmobile with her typical energy; she’ll be starting earlier in the summer and extending the hours of service.

    Call the La Veta Public Library for more information: 742-3572.  

Cancer Survivors at La Plaza

WALSENBURG- Cancer survivors and their support networks are invited to attend a special event Sat. May 31 at La Plaza Inn in Walsenburg from 10am until noon sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center Outreach and Women’s Clinic.  A free brunch will be held to celebrate the lives of those that are living proof that a cancer diagnosis in not an automatic death sentence. As the organizers of this event, we are encouraging every one to attend the celebration to show his or her support for your community’s cancer survivors, their families, friends, and healthcare providers.   To RSVP (or for more information) please call the Outreach Clinic at 738-2718.

SPACe photos

LA VETA- The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta announces the opening of the 2008 Photography Show.  The show is on display until June 21.  The

opening reception is May 24, from 5 – 7 pm.  Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee. Works in the show comprise a wide array of photography techniques, including traditional photography as well as manipulated images. Awards will be given in three categories. Judge for the show was professional photographer, Paul Alhadef. Three of Alhadef’s works are also on display. The SPACe Gallery is located in the La Veta Town Park at 132 W. Ryus. For additional information visit or call 719 742-3074. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 10 am – 3 pm. Beginning June 1 the Gallery will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm and Sundays, noon – 4 pm. The Spanish Peaks Arts Council is a nonprofit volunteer 501(c)(3) organization, supporting the arts in all its forms in the Spanish Peaks region of Southern Colorado.

4-H Wants You!

WALSENBURG- “Attention Recruits”- Huerfano County Extension is offering a summer day camp for all youth ages 6-9 at the Community Center on June 13.   All interested cadets need to report to Clover Boot Camp for a day of fun activities.   We will have crafts, games, fun, and swimming!  Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and will cost $10.  We are only taking the first 20 cadets so by June 2nd before someone else does!  Bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and a great attitude!  Call 738-2170 for details.

Democrats for change to meet

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Democratic Party will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, May 28th at 5:30PM at the Rambler Restaurant in Walsenburg.  With the tremendous success of the recent Convention in Colorado Springs behind us the Democratic Party wants to encourage everyone to share their ideas and preferences for the upcoming election.  If you believe that it is time to change the direction the United States has taken during the current administration we want you to attend, even if you are registered Republican, Independent or Unaffiliated, even if you′re not currently registered to vote  Everyone′s welcome.

Red Cross Babysitting

WALSENBURG- The Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a one day (8 hour) Babysitting Course for youth ages 11 – 15. The course will be held Sat. June 7 at the Huerfano County Community Center located at 928 Russell Ave. in Walsenburg. The class will begin at 8 am  and end by 5 pm. The training will teach students child care, job and safety skills along with first aid including choking and breathing emergencies. This is not a CPR Course. Upon successful completion the students will become Certified Red Cross Babysitters. The course is limited to only 10 committed to attendance participants so register early! Please call Sylvia Schwarz at 738-2354 for additional information and enrollment.


Huerfano Ambulance celebrates EMS week

HUERFANO- May 18 – 24, 2008 has been dedicated as EMS week nationally and being celebrated throughout the country in many different ways.  Although it is small, Huerfano Ambulance will also be celebrating by recognizing its paid volunteer employees at a dinner on Saturday afternoon.  During the dinner several ‘awards’ will be given out to recognize several accomplishments during the past year.

    Huerfano Ambulance is staffed by both local and distant employees that are on call for 12 – 24 hours a day.  Each employee receives a stipend for the on call time and then receives an hourly rate with any call that has patient contact.  Advance Life Support is staffed with three paramedics and four EMT Intermediates and Basic Life Support is staffed with 13 EMT Basics.  In addition there are five First Responders that will assist with backup should several emergencies drop at once or an ambulance goes out of town for a patient transport.  They also work closely with LaVeta and Gardner EMT’s as Huerfano Ambulance is the transporting agency for Huerfano County.

    Take time this week to stop by or send a card to Huerfano Ambulance to thank the employees for all they do for Huerfano County.