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Briefs for October 23, 2008

Parent/Teacher Conferences and a Chili Dinner

WALSENBURG- Parent/ Teacher Conferences for Huerfano School District Re-1 are scheduled for Thurs. Oct. 23rd.  School will be dismissed at 2 pm.  •Gardner School:  parent/ teacher conferences are scheduled from 2:30 pm -8:30 pm by appointment.  •Peakview School:   parent/ teacher conferences are scheduled from 2 pm – 7 pm or until we complete the task.  Appointments have been scheduled.  

•John Mall Junior/Senior High School:  parent/ teacher conferences are scheduled from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm.   PRIDE will be providing a chili dinner for the parents. 

•Opportunity and Enrichment School:  Parents are requested to contact the school if they have any concerns or questions.

St. Mary’s Fall Festival

WALSENBURG- St. Mary’s Church in Walsenburg will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 25, 2008 at the Huerfano County Community Center at 10th and Russell in Walsenburg.  Mass will be at 4 pm with activities following.  Dinner is $10 for adults, or $5 for children, with a choice of chicken or barbecue ribs. There will be booths, games, bingo, dancing, a raffle and a silent auction.

Sierra Club

PUEBLO- There is a meeting of the Sierra Club tonight, Thurs Oct. 23 from  6:30 pm- 8 pm at the Rawlings Library (100 Abriendo Ave.), in Pueblo, CO.

    Sierra Club meetings are open to the public. Environmental topics for Southeastern Colorado are discussed including water quality issues, mining, and air pollution.

    For more information, contact: Jenny Kedward 719-582-0249,

Where Church Meets Life

LA VETA- You can get a religious experience anywhere. At TheJOURNEYChurch, they focus on relationships – a relationship with God and with each other.  Many people have had a bad church experience or they have a poor perception of church. TheJOURNEY is not your typical church.  It′s about people just like you reaching out and connecting with God.  You don′t have to dress up.  You don′t have to be any particular age.  They couldn′t care less who you voted for in the last election.  TheJOURNEY focuses on a simple message of loving God and loving others.  Each week includes relevant teaching, modern music, drama, video, or someone′s personal story.  You can have fun, connect with God, and experience something life-changing!  There will be an informational meeting at the La Veta Community Center, Sun. Oct. 26 @ 6:30 pm.  Questions?  Call 742-6688 or email:

New Hope For Beating Cancer in Huerfano County

HUERFANO- Come celebrate breast cancer awareness month.  When you’re in the know, you’re in control.  The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center’s Outreach Clinic at 129 Kansas would like to invite you to a free evening program with entertainment and refreshments on Oct. 30, 2008, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  This program will be at the La Plaza Inn Bistro located at 118 W. Sixth St. in Walsenburg.  A talented local musician will present the story of her cancer journey with words and music.  The program is dedicated to discussion and sharing of how 96% of women who are screened learn they’re cancer free, and 4% learn how they can be helped to become cancer free.   98% of women survive breast cancer when it’s found early through routine screening.  At the end of the program (and weather permitting), we will have a candle light memorial walk from La Plaza to the Courthouse in remembrance of those that have lost there courageous battle with a devastating disease. 

    As an “added value”  in “caring for the community”, before the program begins, attendees and the public-at-large will have the opportunity to get their Flu Shot, beginning at 5:30, also at the La Plaza Inn Bistro.  The cost for a Flu Shot is $15. 

    Huerfano County’s Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center (SPRHC) along with funding from the CO Dept. of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are sponsors of this unique Women’s Wellness Connection program.

    Please call Annajo Sánchez at 719-738-2718 to RSVP your attendance to the Cancer Awareness Program and/or advise if you want a Flu Shot. 

Haunted House in Town?

WALSENBURG- Walsenburg Care Center will be holding a haunted house, Frid. Oct. 31, 2008, between 4 – 7 pm, on the back patio.  Free admission, open to the public.

Chamber’s Holiday Bazaar

The Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar on November 28th and 29th at the Walsenburg Community Center. The bazaar is open on Friday from 9am till 5pm, and on Saturday from 9am till 6pm.  The bazaar is open to the public. If you would like to have a booth, please contact Nancy Lave at 738-2005 or Marianne Smithey at 738-2393.

Hazards Survey

HUERFANO- Huerfano County, the City of Walsenburg, the towns of La Veta and Gardner are participating in a federally funded effort to develop a pre-disaster mitigation plan. The plans are designed to identify natural and human-caused hazards, including those concerning flooding issues, which threaten our communities.  Identifying the likelihood of such hazards is the first step in reducing the risks posed by them.  The input of all County residents is sought through this public survey. The survey will be available electronically through a link you can find on the Huerfano County website ( and it also will be available in paper form in the Spanish Peaks Public Library, the La Veta Library and the County Courthouse in Walsenburg.

Trustee resigns position

Town now accepting letters of interest for vacancy by E.E.Mullens LA VETA — Citing an upcoming medical procedure and the subsequent recuperation period, La Veta

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