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Briefs for October 29, 2009

Daylight savings ends

    Set your clocks back one hour Halloween night.  Daylight Savings Time reverts to standard time in the wee witching hours soon after Halloween night ends- at 2 am, Sun. Nov. 1

Halloween in Gardner

GARDNER– The Upper Huerfano Fire Protection District (UHFPD) is sponsoring a Halloween party for all ages on Sat. night from 5 to 7 pm.  Come on down for hot dogs, activities, prizes and trunk ‘n treat:  if you live far from the action, bring some treats and hand them out from the parking lot by Gunny’s or by the fire station.  The party is free, but donations are appreciated!

Harvest Festival on Oct. 31

LA VETA- Join us for a fun and warm evening of carnival games, food, fellowship and candy.  Come to Mt. View Baptist Church on Cascade and Main St. in La Veta from 5:30-8:30.  Costumes are welcome, but nothing gory please. Call 742-6777 with questions.

Scary Library Halloween party

WALSENBURG- The Spanish Peaks Library is planning a community Halloween party at the Library, 415 Walsen Ave. Walsenburg, on October 31, 2009, from noon to 4 pm.  Several activities are planned, including a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest, movies, treats, and games.

Halloween bash

CUCHARA- The Dog Bar will have a Halloween bash starting at 8 pm Oct. 31. The party will feature a costume contest, drink specials, $2 pizza slices and live music by Family Juls.

And a Monster bash in La Veta

LA VETA- The La Veta Inn will host a bash with music by Munch, Watson, and Cardenas from 8 to  midnight.  There will be a costume contest with cash prizes.

Recreational volleyball

WALSENBURG- Walsenburg Adult Recreation volleyball leagues for women’s, men’s, and co-ed will meet Sun. Nov. 1 at 6:30 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center.

Spay-neuter program for cats

SOUTHERN COLO- Cat Care Network of Colorado and New Mexico is pleased to announce the introduction of a low-cost, spay-neuter program for cats and kittens in low-income families in rural and remote areas of southeast Colorado.

    The low-cost program is a first for the area and is funded by a generous grant from Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund.  Low-income families can spay their female cats for $20 and neuter their male cats for $10.  A rabies vaccination costs an additional $10.

    The participating veterinary clinics are High Horse Ranch Vet Clinic in Gardner,  and Trinidad Animal Clinic in Trinidad,.  The new program starts Nov. 1, 2009 and ends Oct. 31, 2010.  To make an appointment, call: Sharon Schilling in Aguilar at 719-680-2974, or High Horse Ranch Vet Clinic at 719-746-2023.

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:

Ag Groups Will Hold Annual Meeting

    The Huerfano Basin Stockgrowers, the Huerfano County Farm Bureau and the Upper Huerfano Conservation District will hold a joint annual meeting/luncheon on Sat. Nov. 7.  Invitations have been mailed to members, and RSVPs are due to Jennifer Vargas, 738-1171.  If you are a member of one of these organizations and have not received your invitation, please contact Ms. Vargas as soon as possible.  The meeting will include speakers, election of Farm Bureau Board members, and entertainment by Kurt Corsair.

Help send Christmas boxes to our 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:  

Public hearing on SOCO transmission line

WALSENBURG- The Public Utilities Commission will be taking public comments on the Southern Colorado Transmission Line proposed by Tri-State and Xcel Energy on Mon. Nov. 9 at the Huerfano County (Walsenburg) Community Center – 928 Russell Ave. in Walsenburg at 6 pm.

    The PUC will be involved in decisions about the route. 

UHFPD report

by Harlene Michaels

GARDNER- The Upper Huerfano Fire Protection District recently took delivery of a new $295,000 pumper.  Thanks to Steve Hodges, Chairman, and the rest of the board, the district applied for and received a $190,000 DOLA grant.  This is a grant that must be matched by $245,000 from reserves and leases on additional equipment.   

    The department has purchased a used tanker/tender for $64,000 and will be taking delivery on a new brush truck by the end of the year.  Plans for 2010 call for the purchase of another new brush truck.  These will replace old equipment that has been expensive and difficult to keep in useful condition.  Thanks to the willingness of firefighters and board members to forego previously paid positions and compensation, the department has become a 100% volunteer department.  As a result, working capital has been freed up to enable the purchase and lease of the new equipment.

    The board and firefighters have been working to improve all aspects of the department, including an ongoing effort to paint and spruce up the buildings.  All firefighting equipment, including SCBA equipment, wild land gear and bunker gear (structure fire clothing) is being examined and replaced with new or additional gear as needed.  It is the continuing goal to have the best equipment our budget will allow and to have a professional and adequately trained cadre of volunteers to protect the community.

    Now that the equipment is being upgraded and the department is moving in a positive direction, there is a need for more volunteer firefighters, drivers and engineers.  You must be at least  18 years of age with a valid driver’s license and be available 2-3 evenings a month for training.  For  information, contact Buzz Deardorff at 746-2026 or Steve Hodges at (719) 680-6931.

JMHS Honor Society to do Empty Bowls

WALSENBURG- John Mall High School National Honor Society  night will be December 10 from 5-7 pm in the JMHS cafeteria.