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Briefs for October 15, 2009

First H1N1 Vaccination Clinic

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS- The Las Animas – Huerfano District Health Department has received the first shipment of H1N1 vaccination and flu mist.  The first available vaccine is for the following target groups:  pregnant women and  household and caregiver contacts of children younger than 6 months of age (an example would be parents, siblings, and daycare providers).

    There will be an H1N1 Flu Clinic for the first two target groups on Thurs. Oct. 15 at the Health Department Building from 9-4 p.m.

    Once the Health Department meets the demand for vaccine among persons in the first two initial target groups, vaccination for the remaining three target groups will begin.

    Please, we will distribute H1N1 vaccination as it becomes available to us, however, we are obligated to meet the demand among younger age groups first, and then continue to follow CDC guidelines for the remaining three target groups.

    For more information about H1N1 visit

All Candidates Forum

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate’s forum this Fri. Oct. 16 at 7 pm at the Spanish Peaks Library.  Candidates vying for Mayor, Walsenburg City Council and Re-1 School Board seats will all have a chance to speak.  Come and hear what candidates have to say!

Halls of Horrors celebrates six years!

PUEBLO- Southern Colorado’s biggest and best haunted house is back for its sixth year. Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 from 6-11 pm 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 through 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. 

Shooting sports program for youth

WALSENBURG- Clifford Boxley, the Commander and District Service Officer of American Legion District #1, is offering a shooting sports program for area youth once per month.  It is in conjunction with the Journey Home Horse Powered Learning Center.  The program  uses air-rifles and air-pistols and takes place at a small shooting range located at the Adventure Trail building on West 7th Street in Walsenburg.  

    Shooters from the Pueblo American Legion Post will be coming to Walsenburg for a fun shoot with the students on Sat. Nov. 17, weather permitting.  There will also be inhouse tournaments for the kids where they can win awards and certificates.

    If any area 4-H kids would also like to take part in the shooting sports program, that can be arranged, as Boxley is a certified rifle instructor for the Colorado 4-H shooting sports program.   4-H kids who would like to take part in the shooting sports program should contact Deb Williams, at Adventure Trail at 738-6400 to arrange a meeting time for them and their parents and to go over the paperwork required of 4-H members.  

    The shooting sports program would gladly accept any support from local merchants, especially those involved in shooting.  Currently Boxley is supplying all of the equipment for the Journey Home kids.

    The dates are as follows: Oct. 17, Nov. 14,  and Dec. 12.  For more information and to get scheduled in for a time slot, call Deb at 738-6400.  

Beekeepers meet

WALSENBURG- The Spanish Peaks Beekeepers Association will meet Sat. Oct. 17 at 10 am at the Spanish Peaks Library.  Everyone is welcome!


LA VETA- The Spanish Peaks Arts Council announces the opening of FIBER 2! Sat. Oct. 17 from 5-7 pm.  Refreshments will be provided and there is no admission fee.  Items in the show include handmade, original designs of apparel, as well as wall hangings and other unique creations by area artists.  The show is on display until Nov. 7.

    For additional information visit or call 719 742-3074.  Gallery hours are Tues. Thurs. and Sat. 10-3 pm and noon-3 pm on Sun.  The SPACe Gallery is located in the La Veta Town Park at 132 W. Ryus.

Re-2 teacher conferences

LA VETA- La Veta Junior / Senior High School will be holding parent teacher conferences for students in grades 7 – 12 next Monday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 21 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. each day.  For convenience, teachers will be prepared to discuss students with last names beginning with the letters A – L on Monday and M – Z on Wednesday.  Parents who are unable to attend during these times are welcome to arrange alternate parent teacher conferences dates by contacting the school at 719-742-3662. 

School 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. 

Art for kids

WALSENBURG- An Art Workshop for children in grades K-7 will be held at Spanish Peaks Library, Tues. Oct. 20 from 4:30-6 pm. This is an opportunity to wear clothes that can get messed up and paint a pumpkin still life with Dianne Hanisch.  Materials will be provided.  Please sign up for the event at the library. There will not be a charge for the session.  For further information please call 738-2774.

Trash Trouble

WALSENBURG- Because many citizens of Huerfano County have experienced large, and in some cases unaffordable, increases in their household waste disposal fees, the Executive Committee of the Huerfano County Democratic Party is sponsoring a community outreach meeting on Tues. Oct. 20 at 6 pm in the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell, to solicit your ideas for possible solutions. 

    The Huerfano County Democratic Party Executive Committee consists of your locally elected Democratic officials: County Commissioners and City Council members as well as the Sheriff, County Clerk, Treasurer, Coroner and District Attorney.  Many will be in attendance to listen to your concerns. Upcoming ballot issues will also be discussed. Take this opportunity to speak directly to your elected representatives.  Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.    

Helping Hometown Heroes

HUERFANO- Huerfano Hometown Heroes needs YOUR help!  We plan to send all deployed troops from this area a box of goodies this Christmas to show our support and appreciation for all they do for us.  Join us Tues. Oct. 20, 6 pm at Journey Home/Adventure Trails Gift Shop, 1018 W 7th Street, Walsenburg.  We will have a list of items you can donate to deployed troops and we′ll set a time to assemble packages to our deployed Hometown Heroes.  We don′t want to leave anyone out!  Let us know if you have a friend or loved one that will be deployed this Christmas.  See our website or call 742-3235 

 National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.  Please light a candle at 7 pm in honor of those lost children.

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,   email her at or  go to the website

Visiting Tai Chi teachers from Seattle

LA VETA- Everyone is invited to participate in the Saturday and Sunday afternoon Push Hands sessions held at The La Veta School of the Arts Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 from 1:30-4 pm.  Visiting Seattle teachers Pat Ekelund and Ken Hall will be leading the classes which will emphasize T’ai Chi principles of softness.  Morning sessions  from 9:30 to noon will focus on ancient Waterform postures.  Only those with some T’ai Chi experience will be encouraged to participate in the mornings.  Each session $25 or all 4 for $75. 

    For information, e-mail or call 719-742-5193 or 719-742-3421. 

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