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Briefs for Sept. 10 2009

Flu Shots Friday

WALSENBURG-  Flu Shot Clinic Fri. Sept. 11, 9-3 pm for people over 65 or a chronic health problem.  $25, 18 and over; $10 under 18; Medicare and Medicaid accepted.  Huerfano Community Center.

Tourism Meets

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Tourism Board will meet at noon, Fri., Sept. 11, in the county commissioner room of the courthouse.  On the agenda are the 2010 budget, bids submitted for the internet marketing, the 2010 Colorado Vacation Guide, billboards, the Governor′s Conference on Tourism, the five-county heritage map project and such other business which may come before the board.

Aguilar celebration

by William J. Bechaver

AGUILAR- Saint Anthony Of Padua Catholic Church in Aguilar will host its annual celebration to commemorate Our Lady’s Feast Days, this Fri. Sept. 11.  Mass will be celebrated in the Church at 6 pm, followed by a potluck dinner in The Parish Hall. The celebration honors The Nativity Of Our Lady and The Most Holy Name Of The Blessed Virgin Mother.  All from the surrounding communities are invited to come and join in the festivities, with food, fellowship, and fun.

Health Forum

PUEBLO- The Forum is sponsored by Action 22’s Health Issues Committee

On Fri. Sept. 11 from 8-11 am at the Pueblo County Conference Room, 1001 N. Santa Fe Avenue.

    At 8:30 am, Cathy Garcia of Southern Colorado Collaborative will speak giving an Access to Health Update.  At 8:45 am, Iris Clark, Executive Director, SECAHEC will give talk,  “Colorado Conversations – Your Opinion on Health Care Priorities.”  (The session will use an electronic polling system that protects individual privacy and is sponsored by SECAHEC, Colorado AHEC System Office and Colorado Trust.)

    At 9:45 am, A panel will discuss  Health Care Reform.  The Pro speakers are Anne Courtright and Theresa Trujillo of Colorado Progressive Coalition.  The Con speakers are David Golenda, Golenda Insurance and Sheldon Bloedorn, Southern Colorado Tea Party

    No charge to attend, but reservations are required.   719-560-9897 or 1.888-799-1799

Great book sale!

WALSENBURG- Friends of the Library announces their great book sale on Sat. Sept. 12 on the patio at the new library,  8–3 pm.  Great deals! All hardbacks are $1 and then get “one free”; paperbacks are 50¢ and get “one free.”

    We have a wonderful variety of over 2,000 books to choose from.  Come by and see our selection and help your local library.  Any questions, call the library at 719-738-2774, Jerry at 719-738-2426, or Dorothy at 719-738-2181.

Lathrop Park:Mission: Wolf

LATHROP- This Sat. Sept. 12 at 6 pm Lathrop State Park is pleased to be welcoming back Mission: Wolf.  Mission: Wolf is a wolf sanctuary which takes in abandoned wolves and wolf hybrids that people are no longer willing to take care of.  Mission: Wolf is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and education of wolves.  This is your chance to learn about these amazing animals in a safe and friendly environment.  Mission: Wolf will be bringing with them, a few of their wolves for a hands on, up close education. You will certainly not want to miss this program!  This program will be held at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater.

New SPACe show

LA VETA- Artists throughout the Spanish Peaks region are invited to enter the new show, "Transitions" sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) in La Veta. Bring artwork this Sun. Sept. 13 between 12 and 2 pm to the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus.

    All media will be accepted, but artists are encouraged to enter works 16" x 20" or smaller. Entry fees are $10 for the first entry, $5 for additional entries, with a limit of 4 per artist. Only original artwork will be accepted, no reproductions, and they must be appropriately framed, if two dimensional, with a wire on the back. Three dimensional artwork must be sturdy and easily moved. Larger pieces may be accepted at the discretion of the Gallery staff. Show dates are Sept. 15 – Oct. 10. For more information or to obtain an entry form in advance, visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719 742-3074.

Italian Club picnic

TRINIDAD- The Trinidad Italian Club invites everyone to their Third Annual Picnic, Bocce Games, and Membership Drive on Sun. Sept. 13 at 12:30 pm at Cimino Park.

    For an afternoon of good food, fun and conversation, bring a covered dish of your choice to share with others.  The club will provide beverages and grilled hotdogs and hamburgers.  In lieu of a covered dish, the fee is $5 per person.

    Games of bocce, or lawn bowling, will be played in teams and are for people of all ages and skill levels, including first-time players. Chairs and tables will be set up under tents, so the picnic will take place rain or shine.

    You do not have to be of Italian ancestry to attend the picnic or become a club member.  Membership fees are modest and support a variety of club activities. There will be a drawing at the picnic for a gift basket from Nana and Nano’s Pasta House for members only.

Conservative citizens coalition

LA VETA- The Coalition meets Mon. Sept. 14 at the La Veta Community Center at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Navajo Ranch Ladies luncheon

LA VETA- The September Luncheon for the Navajo Ranch Ladies will be held at The Blue Rooster in La Veta on Wed. Sept. 16 at 12:30 pm.   Guests are welcome.  Charlene Baldwin is again spearheading  efforts to gather gifts to send to our troops in Afghanistan, such as individually packed protein bars, tuna, drink mixes, flavor packets for the local water, new DVD’s and good coffee.  Please be generous, bring your gifts or a monetary donation for postage costs and call Charlene at 738-2801 if you want more information.  RSVP to Cathy McKaige at 738-1319 by Mon. Sept. 14 with your reservation and to request a ride.

Let your soul sing

WALSENBURG- Remember to let your soul sing every day but especially on the 4th Wed. of eachmonth at our brand new (from the old) Spanish Peaks (the Huajatollas) library.  Come from 5-8 pm on Sept. 23 with stories, poems, songs, and madly quiet sharing.  There is a five-minute limit per performance.  

Supervisors meet

WALSENBURG- The Board of Supervisors of the Upper Huerfano Conservation District will meet at 5:30 pm on Thurs. Sept. 17 at 711 Walsen Ave.Suite A, Walsenburg.  The meeting is open to the public. 

Celtic jewelry class

LA VETA- In collaboration with the well known, local Celtic Festival, La Veta School of the Arts is offering this Celtic photo etching on bronze workshop taught by Linda Hickman Sept 24 and 25.  Piercing techniques, patinas, sanding, polishing and chain making will be taught.  A supply list will be sent when you register. The cost is $150 plus a lab fee of $30.

    Class will be held at the La Veta School of the Arts-across from the town park on Ryus Ave.  For more information or to register, call 719-989-8238 or 719- 742-3421, e-mail LVArtSchool@yahoo.com or check our website www.the LVSA.org.

Beekeepers meet

WALSENBURG- The Spanish Peaks Beekeepers Association is meeting on Oct. 17 at 10 am at the Spanish Peaks Public Library.  Everyone is welcome.

Bessemer Historical Society receives $181,000 grant

PUEBLO- The Bessemer Historical Society has been awarded a grant for $181,112 for completion of architectural renderings, plans and schematics for the main office building in the Minnequa Steelworks Office Complex from the Colorado State Historic Fund.

    The architectural drawings, the first in a multi-step process, will facilitate the Society in securing funding to restore the interior of the building for use as a museum and interpretive center relating to the CF&I steel mill, mines, camps and the surrounding Bessemer neighborhood. The adjoining Annex building will continue to be used as the CF&I Archival Research Center. The architect selected for the project is Andrews and Anderson Architects, PC of Golden, CO.

    The building complex, located at 225 Canal Street, served as the CF&I main office from 1901 until 1993. The building once served as workspace for departments such as engineering, drafting, payroll, shipping, receiving, and finance. The company’s presidential suite of offices was once housed in this building.

In 2001 and 2002, the Bessemer Historical Society purchased the former administrative complex including four buildings and 5.7 acres of surrounding land from then Oregon Steel Mills (now Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel) with the mission to preserve the buildings, archival and artifact collection created by CF&I for public use. A much smaller and less expensive project, the medical dispensary building located next door to the office complex was renovated in 2006 and is currently used as the first phase of the Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture.

    The State Historical Fund is a nationally recognized program that awards grants to public and non-profit organizations to preserve and interpret Colorado’s architectural and archaeological treasures. Each year, the program receives a portion of the total state tax revenues generated by limited-stakes gaming in the towns of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. These funds are then redistributed for historic preservation projects in communities throughout Colorado.

    The CF&I office site was listed at the state level of significance on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and was amended to the National Level of Significance in 2008.