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Briefs for October 22, 2009

Meet and greet Senator Josh Penry

WALSENBURG- Senator Penry will be here in Walsenburg, Fri. Oct. 23 from 11-12 at the La Plaza Inn, 118 W. Sixth Street. Penry is a Republican candidate for governor running againt Scott McInnis.

Russion Olives removal rescheduled

WALSENBURG- The Russian Olive Removal project originally scheduled for Oct. 10 at Lathrop State Park has been rescheduled for this Sat. Oct. 24 .  This will be the last project day of the season, and volunteers are welcome. The project runs from  8:30 am to 12 pm.  Help is needed to use chainsaws to cut trees or to 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. 

    Dedicated volunteers have gathered once a month at Lathrop State Park this summer to eradicate the invasive Russian Olive tree from the park and to open more shoreline access for fishing.  Volunteers have primarily worked on the south sides of Martin and Horseshoe Lakes where much more shoreline is now accessible.  Volunteers who would like to participate can sign up by calling Stacey Lewis at 738-2376 ext. 101 or e-mail  Volunteers who work 48 hours or more at state parks are eligible to receive a free annual state parks pass.  

Come join in the fun

WALSENBURG- St. Mary Catholic Church in Walsenburg invites everyone to attend their annual Fall Festival this Sat. Oct. 24, from 5 pm to 10 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell. A slow-roasted pork loin dinner will be served, along with a variety of homemade desserts.

    Lots of fun is planned, including games for the kids, an old-fashioned cake walk,  one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities at the Christmas Country Store and a Silent Auction. Music for listening and dancing will be provided by Sam Bachicha.

    Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under and may be purchased at the St. Mary Parish office, 121 East Seventh, or at the door on the evening of the event. To arrange for home delivery of a meal in Walsenburg or a ride to the event, call Maryann at 738-1204. For this evening only, Saturday Mass will be celebrated at 4 pm to accommodate those attending the festival.

Water Board meets

WALSENBURG- The Board of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet at 6 pm on Mon. Oct. 26 at City Hall, 525 S. Albert Avenue, Walsenburg. The meeting is open to the public.  

Water Enterprise meets

WALSENBURG- The Water Enterprise of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet immediately after the HCWCD regular meeting, approximately 6:45 pm on Mon. Oct. 26 at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.


Free computer classes

WALSENBURG- Lobo Savvy Technologies is offering a series of free basic computer classes.  These classes are being held in conjunction with the Spanish Peaks Library.  Each class will be two hours long.  Sign up for the classes will be at the Library.  Seating is limited, so sign up now.  Classes available are these: General Computer 101, word processing, spreed sheets, entertainment, and the Internet.

    Don′t know a jpg from an mp3?  Tired of playing Solitaire?  Do you want to write that novel?  Wondering what Facebook or MySpace are all about?  Are you frustrated because you can′t track your money from payday to payday?  Or, would you just like to reply to an email without feeling like you need a 10 year old at your elbow? Come to computer classes at the Spanish Peaks Library.  LoboSavvy Technologies is holding free classes.   Sign up today! 

Create a centerpiece or wreath

TRINIDAD- Create a fabulous, fresh floral centerpiece and wreath for your holiday entertaining in these special workshops with museum horticulturist and educator, Susan Ferguson, on Nov. 6 and 7 at History Colorado’s Trinidad History Museum, 312 E. Main Street.

    Autumn Harvest Centerpieces: Friday, Nov. 6, 9 – noon. Cost: $55.

    Classic and Southwestern Wreaths: Sat. Nov. 7, 9 – 3 pm. Cost: $75 with lunch.

     The workshops will be held in the Trinidad History Museum Education Center, above the bookstore.  Each class is limited to 20 participants. Registration and payment are required by October 28.  Stop by the Museum Bookstore on Wed.-Sat. 10 – 4 or call 719/846-7217 to register.  Credit cards are accepted.

Trinidad History Museum winter schedule

TRINIDAD- The  Trinidad history museums’ winter season is Oct. 1 – April 30, 2010.  Because of repair and maintenance projects, the Baca and Bloom houses are closed until further notice.  Only the Santa Fe Trail Museum will be available for tours of 12 or more people with reservations.  The Baca-Bloom Heritage Gardens are open for self-guided tours Mon. – Sat.  10 to 4. The Bookstore, Gallery, and Tourist center are open from Oct. 1 through Nov. 25, Wed.- Sat., 10 – 4; and from Dec. 1 through 23, Mon.-Sat., 10 -4.

H1N1 Vaccine Doses This Week

DENVER- State health officials today reported the amount of H1N1 vaccine received this week, 50,000 doses, is well below the 183,300 doses that were expected. They advised local health departments and hospitals to continue to provide available vaccine to health care workers who provide direct patient care and to other high-risk groups as vaccine supplies in individual locations allow.

    The following individuals who are in the high-risk group for experiencing complications from H1N1 were advised to be the first in line to receive an H1N1 vaccine:  preschool children ages 6 months to 4 years; school age children and young adults ages 5 to 18 with chronic health conditions; health care workers with direct patient contact; pregnant women; parents/caretakers for children younger than 6 months.

    Ned Calonge, the state’s chief medical officer, said, “This is frustrating, especially for those individuals who know they have an increased risk and are anxious to get the vaccine. It is also proving difficult for local health departments and others who have set up flu clinics and now may not have enough vaccine this week to conduct them. However, we continue to be assured by our federal partners that we will receive the vaccine we need to provide immunizations for those Coloradans who need them, though later than originally anticipated.”

    In the meantime, Calonge advised people to prevent the flu by practicing good hygiene, staying home when sick and avoiding others who are ill.

    Calonge said, “As soon as we have the vaccine needed to support community clinics, we will update our flu clinic finder at www.immunizecolorado.


    Two resources to assist the public during H1N1 flu season are available online, including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Home Care Guide about caring for sick individuals at home and a link to CDC’s Web-based H1N1 flu self-evaluator, an online tool that will help people decide if they need to see a doctor for symptoms that might be caused by the flu. The Home Care Guide is available in English and Spanish at and CDC’s Flu Self-Evaluation is at

Flu Hotline Number in Pueblo

PUEBLO- There is a phone number staffed now from 10 – 4 pm each day with nurses/health educators available to answer flu questions.  The number is 719-583-4440, and is a free call from Walsenburg.

    If local groups would like the Pueblo staff to direct people in our area to a specific vaccination clinic please call the hotline with times and locations. 

Bertha Trujillo

  Bertha Trujillo, 97, from Gardner, Colo., entered her eternal home on Feb. 12, 2024. She was born in Gardner, Colo., on Sept. 30, 1926,

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