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Briefs for November 05, 2009

HCC meets

GARDNER-  THe Huerfano County Coalition  meets this Thurs. Nov. 5 at noon at the Gardner Community Center.  Lunch will be catered by The "Back 40," the new restaurant that opened in the Station–the gas station in Gardner, (which does have gas now!)

    The Back 40 offers several paninis, as well as Mexican food, and will bring the lunch you order to the Gardner Community Center, the building by the rodeo arena and across the street from the post office.  Orders for lunch need to be phoned in to the Back 40 no later than 10 am, by calling 746-2220.

Tourism Board meets

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Tourism Board will meet at noon, Fri. Nov. 6, in the commissioners room in the courthouse.  On the agenda is the review of grant recipients′ reports and the finalizing of the 2010 budget.  Other matters may be brought before the board.

Video game tournament

WALSENBURG- La Plaza de Los Leones Youth Auxiliary will be hosting an XBOX 360 video game tournament Fri. evening, Nov. 6 and Sat. Nov. 7 at the Huerfano County Community Center. Tournament games are Madden 2009, Call of Duty 4 and Guitar Hero.  It’s a double elimination tournament with two different divisions:  youth ages 12-17; adults ages 18 and up. Cost per tournament game (can enter in more than one) is $5 for youth, $8 for adults  if  you pre-register by Nov. 5; $7 for youth, $10 for adults on the day of event. There will be lots of prizes, including cash prizes for adult division. For more information or to pre-register, please call Ricardo Bobian at 821-5938 or email:

Quilt and Craft Show

WALSENBURG– Four Gee’s Bend quilts from Alabama are the focus for the 36th Quilt and Craft Show at the United Church  in Walsenburg this Sat. Nov 7, 2009 from 9 am to 3 pm.     Also for sale will be locally made quilts, hand loomed rugs, and other locally made  handcrafts such as jewelry, tote bags, jellies, greeting cards, baked goods, and crocheted afghans.

    Lunch time offers sloppy joes or chili for $2.50, and pie with coffee for only $1.  The show area is handicap accessible and admission is free. Come get started on your Christmas shopping !

 Drawing class by Ann Gethen

LA VETA- La Veta artist Ann Gethen will present a drawing workshop at the La Veta Public Library on Sat. Nov. 7, from 1-3 pm.  Part of the Library’s Seminars on Saturdays series of programs, this workshop will focus on drawing flowers using colored pencils.

    Gethen will discuss her illustrations in her book Rocky Mountain Wildflowers: An Artist’s Collection and then give participants instruction on how to draw flowers that will be on display in the meeting room.  Participants may bring their own colored pencils (or watercolors), or the Library also will have a limited supply of colored pencils and drawing paper on hand.  Gethen will also autograph copies of her book, which would make a splendid gift for the upcoming holiday season.  This event is free and made possible by the Friends of the La Veta Library. For more information, contact the La Veta Library at 742-3572.

Veterans Day celebration

WALSENBURG- The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center and Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home will be holding their annual  Veterans Day Celebration this coming Sat. Nov 7 instead of the official holiday Nov. 1.  We want families and friends of our residents to attend and Saturday gives people more flexibility.

    The Knights of Columbus Assembly 90 (in full regalia) are coming to place the colors for the event.  Entertainment, coffee and treats await our visitors.

New location for Ag meeting

LA VETA- The Huerfano Basin Stockgrowers, the Huerfano County Farm Bureau and the Upper Huerfano Conservation District will hold a joint annual meeting/luncheon at 11:45 am on Sat. Nov. 7.  The location has been changed to Sammie’s in La Veta. The meeting will include speakers, election of Farm Bureau Board members, and entertainment by Kurt Corsair.

VFW meeting

WALSENBURG- Local VFW is hosting a district meeting, Sunday, Nov 8, at VFW Hall.  Lunch at 12 noon, meeting at 1pm.

    All post and auxiliary members please try to attend.

Candlelight Service

WALSENBURG– A Sunday evening candlelight service in honor of service men and women will start at 6:30 pm Sun. Nov. 8, in front of the United Church of Walsenburg (Main and Kansas) with music and  prayers.  The service is to show the community and military families that this community cares about its veterans and all who are serving now.  All churches and area residents are invited to join in the service and then to meet in the church basement for cocoa, coffee, cookies, lemonade and fellowship.


PUC taking public comment on new transmission line

WALSENBURG-  A Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) administrative law judge will take public comment Nov. 9 in Walsenburg and Nov. 10 in Alamosa on proposals by Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Xcel Energy to jointly construct major new electric transmission facilities in southern Colorado.

    Tri-State and Xcel are seeking certificates of public convenience and necessity (CPCNs) to build the San Luis Valley-Calumet-Comanche Transmission Project, a proposed 150-mile transmission line and new substation to accommodate expected new solar and wind generation in southeastern and south-central Colorado.

    Public hearings are scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Ave., in Walsenburg; and from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Family Recreation Center, 2222 Old Sanford Rd., in Alamosa.

    Utilities are required by law to seek PUC authority to build and own certain major electricity infrastructure projects in Colorado. The PUC determines whether there is a need for the project and whether the application is in the public interest. The proceeding before the PUC will not determine the routing of the line.

    Along with authority to construct the project, the companies are asking the PUC for specific findings that the expected noise and electro-magnetic field (EMF) levels associated with the project as designed and quantified in the application would be reasonable. The two companies also seek approval to transfer ownership interest as needed when the project is completed.

    Formal evidentiary hearings on the proposals are scheduled for Dec. 14-18 and Dec. 21 in Denver. A decision on the applications is not expected until early next year.

    Depending on the number of people who sign up to speak at the public hearings, each oral statement may be limited to a certain number of minutes. Those unable to attend the public hearings may submit written comments on the proposal. Comments should be sent to the PUC, 1560 Broadway, Suite 250, Denver, CO 80202, or electronically via the PUC website. Comments should be addressed to Docket No. 09A-324E and should be received by Dec. 11.

Trinidad Italian Club meeting

TRINIDAD-The Trinidad Italian Club invites everyone to the monthly board meeting on Mon. Nov. 9, at 7 pm, at 312 E. Main above the Trinidad History Museum Bookstore. For information, call 719-846-7217.

Conservative Citizens Coalition meets

LA VETA– CCC meets Mon. Nov. 9 at 7 pm at the La Veta Community Center.

Huerfano Republicans

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Republican Central Committee will be meeting on Tues. Nov. 10 at 5:30 pm in the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg. All Huerfano County republicans are encouraged to attend. Republican Candidate for Colorado State Treasurer Mr. J.J. Ament will be speaking to the group and telling us of his ideas for the State Treasury. We will also be discussing our upcoming plans for the remainder of 2009 and then on into 2010 for the elections. Come join us and support the conservative side of Huerfano County. For information, contact Dick Chenault at 252-1752.

Silver Mountain Wind Farm open house

WALSENBURG- Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) invites the communities of La Veta, Walsenburg, and Huerfano County to an open house for the Silver Mountain Wind Project Mon. Nov. 16, 4 to 7 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center, Walsenburg, CO

Wind farm public hearing

WALSENBURG- Planning and Zoning Commission is holding a public hearing on the RES/Silver Mountain Wind Farm at the Walsenburg Community Center on Tues. Nov. 17 at 2 pm.  Public comments may also be sent in writing until then.

Bazaar/winter clothing/bake sale

LA VETA- The La Veta United Methodist Women will hold a Bazaar/Winter Clothing Sale/and Bake Sale on Sat. Nov. 21 from 10 am until 2 pm at the church in La Veta.

    This event will be featuring beautiful crafts and gifts, gently worn winter clothing, and delicious baked goods and gourmet foods. Benefits raised will go towards the various mission projects the UMW supports.

    In conjunction with the bazaar, the church is sponsoring a sealed bid auction to help raise funds and awareness of their 2009 -2010 "Courage Fund".

    Please mark your calendars and don′t miss this fun event!

Help send Christmas boxes to troops!

HUERFANO- Huerfano Hometown Heroes needs your help!  We will be sending Christmas boxes to our deployed soldiers and collecting snack items for them through November 20.  Is it in your heart to let our servicemen and women know we appreciate all they are doing for us especially at Christmas?  You can help by donating these SEALED snack items:  jerky, nuts & seeds (shelled), candy (including chocolate!), all types of crackers, gum, fruit roll-ups.  Drop off items at Adventure Trails Gift Shop, 1018 W. 7th, Walsenburg or in La Veta at Community Banks or Country Store.

    We are planning on assembling & packaging boxes on Nov 21 (third Sat. of the month is our new meeting date, 1 pm) & EVERYONE in the community is welcome.

    If you have a friend or family member who will be deployed this Christmas, we want to include them!  Call 742-3235 or see our website:

Holiday art feast-Italian style!

LA VETA- For the second year in a row, kick off the holiday season with a festive progressive dinner that takes you to three outstanding galleries in La Veta. From 5:30-7:30 on Dec. 5, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council again sponsors the “Holiday ART Feast”, this year with an Italian theme. Tickets are limited and are $20 each.  Take in the annual tree lighting and carols then, beginning at 5:30, guests may embark on their feast at Pinon Hill Pottery, 221 N. Main, with scrumptious appetizers plus a drawing for locally handcrafted ceramics.

    After 6 pm they can move on to the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus (in the Town Park) for the main course—a fabulous selection of Italian style cuisine, and more drawings for locally created artwork.

    Beginning at 6:30, delightful desserts and confections will be served at the La Veta Fine Art Gallery, 210 S. Main, where more artwork will be awarded to winners of a drawing there. Tickets may be purchased in advance at each of the 3 galleries, as well as at Charlie’s Market and La Veta True Value.

    Proceeds raised by the dinner will go to the SPACe Building Expansion Fund and will be matched by the Gates Challenge grant. This is an opportunity to donate to the building project and to enjoy an artful evening in La Veta.

    The Spanish Peaks Arts Council is a nonprofit, volunteer 501(c)(3) organization supporting the arts and art education in the Spanish Peaks region. The original gallery building was built by community volunteers on land generously leased to the organization (Friends of the Arts Guild) by the Town of La Veta in 1981.  Since then the organization has grown and needs more room.

    The expansion will retain the original building, adding two stories to the east of the existing building and a storage area to the north, retaining the southwest appearance. There will be room for workshops, meetings, studio work, more gallery space, a better restroom and kitchen area, an entrance directly into the Town Park, and other upgrades. Donations to the fund are tax deductible and will help to sustain the arts in the community. Contact Kathy Hill, 742-5756 for more information.

Music at Fox on the Rocks

WALSENBURG– Acoustic music by three of the top songwriters in their field:  Tommy Tutone, Fred James, and Mary-Ann Brandon.  The show is at 7:30 pm at the Fox Theater on Sat. Dec. 5. Tickets are $20.  Ticket purchases can be made in advance at or by calling 719-742-3069.

JMHS Honor Society to do Empty Bowls

WALSENBURG- John Mall High School, National Honor Society′s annual fundraiser for local charities will be held on Thurs. evening, Dec. 10 at the John Mall Cafe, from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm.  Please join us for this fantastic event.  Enjoy some yummy soup for a ten dollar donation, and take home a beautiful hand-made bowl.