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Briefs for October 9, 2008

Artists Saving Pinon Canyon

LA JUNTA- Come to La Junta on Oct. 11 and enjoy a day of viewing masterpieces and visiting with artists that are involved in stopping the expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver site. 

    There will be Art Shows, an Art Walk and Featured Artists highlighting the Pinon Canyon region.

Art Events Schedule

Art Walk – 9 am to 4 pm

At the Kiva:

Artists′ Reception- 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm -There will be an artist′s reception for the October featured artist Doug Holdread.

Featured Artist Presentation- 1:30 pm – Doug will show a video and give a presentation on Pinon Canyon related issues and art projects.

One Square Inch Land Association-  12:30 to 4:30 pm  Cathy Mullens will also be at the Kiva with Doug and will be selling those valuable squares to benefit PCEOC.  She will be printing the deeds as they are sold too!  No need to wait!

Open Houses- 10 am to 1:30 pm – Three local artists, Joy Wooten, Jan Mapes, and Jeremy Manyik will be displaying their works at open houses.   Go by the art show at 5th and San Juan to get addresses and locations of these homes and artists′ locations.

    For more information on the PCEOC, go to

Hunter Education

PUEBLO- A weekend Hunter Education course will be given on Oct. 11-12;  from 8 am to 3 pm, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1601 Bonforte Blvd, in Pueblo.  Pre-registration is required, and the minimum age for enrollment is 10 years old.  For more information, call Jose Alvarado at 719-544-1922.

    Additional classes will be held on October 18-19, and October 25-26.

    All persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1949 must sucessfully complete a hunter education course before purchasing or applying for any hunting or trapping license in Colorado.


Parenting Classes

WALSENBURG- Nurturing Parenting Classes will be held   Oct. 13 through 15  in Walsenburg. The classes will be taught by Lynne Lucier, a recognized national trainer/consultant for the Nurturing Parenting Programs.  The 3-day workshop will be held at the Housing Authority conference room on Russell Avenue.  The goal of these classes is to have local people trained to facilitate the classes for other parents.  Through collaborative grant funding, we are able to offer this class for $10 (The usual tuition is $250!) Please call the Outreach Clinic (738-2718) to reserve your space.

V.F.W. Auxillary

WALSENBURG- The V.F.W. Auxillary meeting will be Oct. 14, 2008, at 1:30 pm.  It was changed because District President Rita Kindall was unable to attend the September meeting.

Democratic Party Party

LA VETA- On Sun. Oct. 19 the Huerfano County Democratic Party will hold a pre-Victory GET OUT THE VOTE PARTY from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Parkside Gallery on Ryus in La Veta.  There will be a silent auction of fine art by well known, and soon to be well known, area artists including some really unique hand painted wooden goose eggs.  There will be a delicious pot-luck luncheon and Colorado House District 64 Representative Wes McKinley will be flipping his famous "home grown" hamburgers.  There will be live music provided by Wes, Dave and Annie Enke, Ken Saydak and Mark Craddock, Brent and Babs and more local greats.  Everyone is invited. Bring a side dish. Politics can be fun and winning is even more fun.

Senior Party

WALSENBURG- “Stories, Songs, and Snacks:  A Time to Remember.” Tuesday, October 21, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.  Free tickets available at Senior Lunch Site and Huerfano Journal.  Music, entertainment, stories, door prizes, refreshments. For further information or if you would like to tell a story at this event, call Ruth at 989-0272.  

American Cancer Society Working in Huerfano

WALSENBURG- The American Cancer Society – Huerfano Relay For Life will be holding a community informational meeting on Oct. 22, 2008 at John Mall High School at 6 pm in the cafeteria.  Please join them to learn more about the Relay For Life, the services they provide in Huerfano county and recent research advances through the American Cancer Society.  For further information please contact Juan Martinez at 738-3361 or Deb Idleman at 719-630-4971. Refreshments will be provided.

Visiting Tai Chi Teachers Seattle at LVSA

LA VETA- Renowned T’ai Chi guest instructors Pat Ekelund and Ken Hall from Seattle will teach  classes at the La Veta School of the Arts Sat. Oct. 25 and Sun. Oct. 26, 2008.    Morning sessions both days will be from 9:30 to noon and will focus on Beginning Water Form postures.  Participants need to have some experience with forms.   Afternoon sessions from 1:30 to 4 both days will concentrate on Push Hands.  No experience is necessary for the afternoon sessions.  The cost is $25 per session or all 4 sessions for $75.  For more information, call Peggy Zehring 719-742-5193 or e-mail

 Power Line

Public Hearing

HUERFANO- County Commissioner candidate Steve Perkins is urging citizens to participate in a public hearing on Oct. 21 that will impact much of Huerfano County.

    Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, who is the power supplier for San Isabel Electric Association and other electric cooperatives, is proposing a large power line (double-circuit, 230-kilovolt line- ‘H’ or ‘Y’ shaped large poles) that would run from a substation near Walsenburg to another near Mosca, Colorado, crossing much of western Huerfano County.

    Tri-State is proposing the line as a way to stabilize electricity delivery in the San Luis Valley and export any future solar power that is generated in the valley.  It was estimated in 2007 that the cost of the lines to be $50 million.

    The route the line will actually take between those two points will be part of process that will start with meetings in Walsenburg and Alamosa.  Tri-State will be the principal participant in the meeting though the announcement states that a representative from Xcel Energy will be on hand for the Oct. 21 meetings, Xcel′s role in the development of the double-circuit, 230-kilovolt line has yet to be finalized.

    The forum is scheduled for Oct. 21 at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Ave. in Walsenburg from 4  to 7 pm.  Tri-State and a representative from Xcel energy will be present although Xcel’s role is undefined.  Citizens from the county and especially those west of Walsenburg should attend as this is of great interest to those living in that region as a route has not yet been finalized.

    Tri-State will have to conduct other future public

meetings as part of its compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act  (NEPA), but this meeting is one where citizens can become informed about the issues.  Perkins stated, “The future meeting to fulfill NEPA will likely be after a route is established.”

    Perkins continues, “I believe that we must protect our major asset of natural beauty of the region.  Placement of towers, transmission lines, pipelines and other projects must be done with the protection of our beautiful vistas in mind and ensure that alternatives are explored. We also need to ensure things that get placed on our landscape are removed when unused and not just abandoned.”

Girl Scout


WALSENBURG- There will be a Halloween carnival sponsored by local Girl Scouts from 4:30 pm -7:30 pm on Oct. 31st. It will be for kids ages 4-13, and is being held at the Housing Authority Building in Walsenburg.

Community Thanksgiving

Dinner Volunteers Needed

WALSENBURG- Please contact Peg Clymore at 738-3251 to find out how to help put it together. 

Case Still Under Investigation

WALSENBURG- According to Sheriff Bruce Newman, the case of the woman assaulted and left by the new high school track is still under investigation and awaiting test results.  No arrests have been made at this time.

Citizens on Patrol Program (COP)

WALSENBURG- The Walsenburg Police Department is seeking qualified individuals to join us in a Partnership of fighting crime. The volunteer program is called Citizens on Patrol (COP), and is a unique opportunity for citizens to actively assist Walsenburg police officers perform a variety of tasks in patrol.

    The Citizens Patrol Program is designed to utilize the valuable resources of citizen’s eyes and ears to patrol the businesses and neighborhoods of our community in a non-confrontational manner. This program emphasizes the principle of “Preventive Patrol” by utilizing patrol techniques designed to deter crime and report suspicious activity by police radio. The Citizens on Patrol do not arrest and are prohibited from engaging in confrontations.


       1. Complete volunteer application.

       2. Must be resident of Huerfano County.

       3. Age 21 or older.

       4. Valid driver license.

       5. No misdemeanor or felony convictions.

       6. Must successfully complete background investigation.

    If you have an interest in doing this program to help the Walsenburg Police Department in a Partnership with crime prevention in our community and meet the  above qualifications, please contact the Walsenburg Police Department at 738-1044.

4-H Report

by Rachael Schneider

HUERFANO- The Snowy Range 4-H club had their second meeting of the 4-H year on Oct. 6.  The meeting was also an open house and several new members attended. 4-H week started on the 6th and the theme this year is “Keeping it Green!”  Thank you to the Candy Bean who let us use their window to decorate. The 4-H Banquet will be held on Sun. Oct. 12 at the 4-H Barn at 6 pm. Hallie Homerding and Adam Kimbrel will talk about their FOCUS trips to Washington D.C. at the banquet.  The parade of lights will be held the day after Thanksgiving, and a reminder to 4-H members to bring canned items to the next meeting on Nov. 3 for La Veta School’s food drive.

Fire Safety Tips for Kids

    This is National Fire Prevention Week, and now is an ideal time to talk to kids about how to avoid causing fires, as well as how to keep safe should a fire occur.  The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) offers these tips:

• Never touch matches, candles or lighters.  Make sure you tell an adult immediately if you see matches or a lighter in a room.

• Don’t cook alone.

• Remind your parents to turn pot handles toward the center of the stove.

• Never stick anything in an electric socket.

• Never hang anything on a lamp, heater, or radiator.

• Always let an adult know if there is any kind of smoke or fire in your house.

• If there is a fire, get out fast.

• Once you are out of the house, call 9-1-1 immediately.

• In case of fire, develop an escape plan with your parents.  Plan for two possible escape routes out of your house.  Practice your escape plan with your parents several times a year.

• Stay low to the floor when escaping a fire, as smoke rises and makes it difficult to see.

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