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Briefs for october 08, 2009

Scott McInnis "It′s About Colorado" Tour

WALSENBURG- Scott McInnis, the Republican front-runner for Governor, announced that he will be visiting Walsenburg on Oct. 8 at 11-1 pm at Heritage Park on Walsen Avenue.

    "We′re hitting the road visiting communities in every part of Colorado, talking with families, workers and business owners about how, together, we will put Colorado back on track," McInnis said.  “We′ll visit with residents of Huerfano County to talk about how we will work to create quality jobs and expand opportunities throughout our state."

    McInnis said.  "Wherever I go in the state, I hear the message loud and clear that Coloradans are eager to return vision, experience and the skills to deliver common-sense results back to the Governor′s Office."


Aquatic nuisance species

PUEBLO- The Southern Colorado Greenback Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be hosting its Thurs. Oct. 8 meeting at 119 W. 6th Street in Pueblo.

    The program speaker, Lake Pueblo State Park Ranger Michael Cooper, will cover the life cycles of the New Zealand Mud Snail and Zebra Mussel and explain why these and other exotic species affect not only fishes, but also water pipes and other human constructions. State Parks is currently inspecting boats and encouraging fishermen to help by not inadvertently transporting these species to other public waters in Colorado. This topic should interest every sportsperson of any age.

    The meeting is free, open to the public and begins at 7 pm. Refreshments will be provided.  For further information, please call 719-566-6834.

Tourism Board to meet

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Tourism Board will meet at noon Fri. Oct. 9, in the commissioners’ room in the courthouse.  On the agenda is an update on the internet marketing plan, the five-county Heritage Area′s activities,  artwork review for the ad in the 2010 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, discussion of the "Dickens of a Christmas" on the train and other holiday events, and visit with the presidents of the two Chambers of Commerce on their needs.

Concert to benefit SPACe expansion

LA VETA- Acclaimed singer, songwriter, acoustic guitarist Nancy Cook will perform a benefit concert on Fri. Oct. 9 at 7 pm at the historic La Veta Inn, 103 West Ryus Avenue.  Your suggested $15 donation at the door will benefit the Spanish Peaks Arts Council’s building expansion project.   Cook has opened for Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett and the late great Warren Zevon.  This concert will feature songs from her 5th CD, Focus.  Enjoy a great night of music and help SPACe build art in La Veta.

    For more information about this event you can visit the Spanish Peaks Arts Council at

Grant application deadline

TRINIDAD- The Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund is accepting grant proposals from both previous as well as new applicants. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday October 9, 2009.

    Grants may be awarded in the areas of education, youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services and civic or public benefit.  Grant awards will be made to 501c3, non-profit organizations in the Purgatory Valley with projects that serve to inspire awareness, expand horizons, create independence and foster personal growth.  For a proposal packet, please contact Tom Perry at 719 846-8380 or   Please submit electronically to this email address.  

Volunteers for Change for fire safety

RYE- Now is the time to take steps to keep your home and property fire safe by clearing dry vegetation. You can bring your dry organic materials to the Mountain Shadows gravel pit, off Greenhorn Road, 9-4 pm on Sat. Oct. 10. Volunteers for Change members will be there to direct you. There is a $5 suggested donation per pickup load, part of which will go to the Rye Fire Department.  For information on any of these activities, call (719) 676-4493 or (719) 676-4493.

Creative Writing Workshop at the La Veta Public Library

LA VETA- Westcliffe author Annie Dawid will present a creative writing workshop at the La Veta Public Library on Sat. Oct.10, from 1-3 pm.  This program is the first of the Library’s new “Seminars on Saturday” series.  Annie Dawid was an English professor and director of creative writing for fifteen years at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  She then left teaching to become a full-time writer, which she pursues from her home in Westcliffe.  Her  book, “And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family,” won the 2007 Litchfield Award for Short Fiction.

    At the Library workshop, Annie will read from her book, and discuss character development in the short story.  Attendees will have the opportunity to sharpen their own writing skills under Annie’s tutelage.  Annie will also be selling and signing copies of her books. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop your writing skills under the direction of an accomplished author. Even if you’re not a writer, you’ll enjoy the book discussion about how characters are developed in fictional work.   Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors to the La Veta Library meeting room will open at 12:30 pm. for this free special event, made possible by the Friends of the La Veta Library.

Invasive tree removal

LATHROP- Volunteers are welcome to participate in an invasive tree removal project on Sat. Oct 10 from 8:30-12 pm at Lathrop State Park.  Help is needed from volunteers to use chainsaws to cut Russian Olive trees or haul branches from the work site.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:15 am.  Lunch and beverages will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to wear long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and bring their own gloves if they have them.

    Lathrop has been hosting ongoing Russian Olive removal projects every month since April to continue to eradicate this invasive tree from the park and to open more shoreline access for fishing.  Volunteers who would like to participate can sign up by calling Stacey Lewis at 738-2376 ext 101 or email  Volunteers who work 48 hours or more at state parks are eligible to receive a free annual state parks pass.

Fiber 2 at SPACe

LA VETA– Fiber artists are invited to enter the upcoming FIBER 2 show at the SPACe Gallery in La Veta. Artwork must be made of fiber. No factory-made patterns or kitwork will be accepted, and the pieces must be the artist′s original concept and design.  Bring artwork to the gallery, 132 W. Ryus between noon and 2 pm this Sun. Oct. 11. Entry fees are $10 for the first entry and $5 for additional entries, with a limit of 4 entries per artist. Hanging work must have a wire securely fastened to the back. Free-standing pieces must be sturdy and easily moved. For an entry form in advance visit the SPACe website,

Conservative Citizens

LA VETA- The Conservative Citizens Coalition will meet Oct. 12 at 7 pm at La Veta Community Center.   Open to all.

4-H club enrollment open now

LA VETA- Snowy Range 4-H club is holding an open house on Tues. Oct. 13,  from 6-8 pm at the 4-H barn in La Veta.   Anyone interested in enrolling in 4-H is welcome.  For questions call Charlene Anselmo at 738-3329, Terri Kimbrel at 742-5436, Cindy Jameson at 742-3851 or the extension office in Walsenburg 738-2170.

2010 Cancer Relay for Life organizing now

 WALSENBURG- There will be an organizational meeting for the 2009-2010 American Cancer Society Relay for Life event on Tues. Oct. 13 at 5:30 pm at 220 E. Cedar Street. Contact Juan Martinez at 738-3361 for more information.

Huerfano Tobacco Coalition meets

WALSENBURG- The HTC will meet next Wed. Oct 14 in room 114 at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, from 2 to 3 pm.

Conservation Board to meet

WALSENBURG– The Board of Supervisors of the Upper Huerfano Conservation District will meet at 5:30 pm on Thurs. Oct. 15 at 711 Walsen Avenue, Suite A.  The meeting is open to the public.

Halls of Horrors celebrates six years!

PUEBLO– Southern Colorado’s biggest and best haunted house is back for its sixth year. October 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 from 6-11pm the night comes alive on the grounds of the Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture in Pueblo.

    This fun fundraising event for the Steelworks Museum continues to build on its reputation as the best haunted house as voted by its victims. The first and second floors of the old Main CF&I Administration Building, built in 1901 and located at the corner of Canal Street and Abriendo Avenue in Pueblo (I-25 exit 97-A), will be the scene for the “scares,” using students from Colorado State University-Pueblo, area high schools, and local volunteers. As before, no one under the age of 8 will be allowed in.

    Several new elements are being added to this year’s event, promising those that have been though it in years past a new experience.

    Small tour groups will enhance the experience. Ticket prices are $6 for ages 8-11 and $9 for 12 and above, the same prices for the past 4 years!  Visit for discount coupons. There will also be food and beverages available, as well as a variety of merchandise. For other information, call 564-9086.

Beekeepers meet

WALSENBURG- The Spanish Peaks Beekeepers Association will meet Sat. Oct. 18 at 10 am at the Spanish Peaks Library.  Everyone is welcome!

Candidates’ Forum

LA VETA- Meet the candidates for La Veta Re-2 School Board and learn about the two ballot questions on Oct. 19 at 7 pm at the Community Center.  The forum is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

New T’ai Chi classes at LVSA

LA VETA- Often referred to as “the gentle art of yielding”, the ancient, slow moving Chinese practice of T’ai Chi Chuan is also healing in many ways.  New, beginning classes will be held the last two weeks of October and the first two weeks of November at The La Veta School of the Arts – 105 W Ryus – across from the town park.  Classes will be held Saturday mornings from 9-10  and Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30.  The cost is $5 per class or $20 for a month of classes.  For information, phone Peggy Zehring at 719-742-5193 or   email her at or  go to the website

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WALSENBURG- The 2nd annual Bowl for Boobies will be held Sat, Oct 24 at 6 pm at the Crown Lanes in Walsenburg.  The cost to bowl is only $10. Spots will fill up fast and the first 40 people to sign up will be able to bowl.  You will bowl three games and there will be prizes and raffles.  All proceeds will go towards Pam and Brandi’s goal to walk in the Avon Two-day Walk for Breast Cancer. Any donations of prizes or money will be greatly appreciated.

    To sign up or for information contact Pam Martinez at 369-5187 or Brandi Williams 671-5786.