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Free Dental Clinic

OUR WORLD  —  On September 24th and 25th this year, there will be a free Dental Clinic hosted by the Colorado Mission of Mercy at the Harrison K-8 School at 920 Field Avenue in Cañon City, 81212

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Scholarship drawing for vaccinated students

OUR WORLD  —  The Colorado Community College System (CCCS), in partnership with Amazon, has announced the “Shot at a Scholarship” program. The Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges will award two full-tuition scholarships of $5,000 along with five $1,000 scholarships at each of the System’s 13 colleges to students who are enrolled and attest to being fully vaccinated by mid-September. In total, CCCS and Amazon will award 67 scholarships to community college students.  This includes Trinidad State.
Scholarships will be awarded via a drawing and recipients will be recognized as Amazon Scholars. Students may register for the drawing anytime between July 21, 2021 and September 15, 2021, at cccs.edu/shot-at-a-scholarship/. All students who register by the deadline and are enrolled as of September 15th will be entered in the drawing and will be notified by September 20th if they receive a scholarship.

Stonewall Century Ride

OUR WORLD  —  Register for the 18th Annual Stonewall Century Ride, Saturday, August 14. The Stonewall Century is a challenging 102-mile out-and-back road bike ride along Highway 12, the scenic Highway of Legends, from La Veta to Segundo and back. Turn around wherever you like. For more info, see www.spcycling.org.

HUERFANO

Fox Walsenburg weekend movie

WALSENBURG – This weekend at the Fox in Walsenburg, Black Widow will be playing again, but there will also be a free special presentation of the classic horror film Scream on the inflatable screen at the Golf Course on Saturday at 9 p.m.
Black Widow  is rated PG-13, Action, Adventure, and Sci Fi, and it will play on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. There will be no Saturday showing at the Fox, since everyone will be preparing for the outdoor screening of Scream. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for children aged 5-12.

Help out the youth of our community!

HUERFANO COUNTY — This year, SCCY has an abundance of kids attending programming, and we could use your help to continue to promote positive youth development throughout our community.
By sponsoring one youth for
$50.00, you can ensure that that child will be able to attend field trips, continue to learn positive life skills, and be able to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks.
For more information on how to sponsor a child in our community, please do not hesitate to contact Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth at 719-738-1573. You can send your sponsorship donation to 505 Main St., Walsenburg, CO 81089.
Thank you for supporting the youth of our county so they may continue to realize their dreams!

Youth Sports League Soccer Sign-ups

HUERFANO COUNTY —  For Ages 4-12. Register August 2-August 30 at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St in La Veta, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
Practice begins the week of September 13, with games starting the week of September 27.
Evening registration also available August 17 & 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness in La Veta and SCCY in Walsenburg.
Cost $35-$40 based on age; discounts available for families registering more than one child. Scholarships available.
For more information, call Two Peaks Fitness at 719-742-3555 or visit www.twopeaksfitness.org/youth-sports-leagues.

School supply drive at Lathrop State Park

HUERFANO COUNTY — Lathrop State Park is sponsoring a “Back to School Supply Drive” from July 19th to August 15th. You can donate notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, color pencils, backpacks, dry erase markers, folders, clorox wipes, boxes of tissues, etcetera.
There are three drop off locations:
Lathrop State Park at 70 County Road 502 in Walsenburg.
SPRHC / Hospital at 23500 US 160 in Walsenburg.
JM Tire at 928 Main Street in Walsenburg.
All donations will go to Walsenburg, Gardner and La Veta Schools. Fore more information, call Danette Barela at 719-738-2376 x 7 or email danette.barela@state.co.us

Fun Fridays Field Trips

HUERFANO COUNTY — Field Trips for kids on Fridays. All kids are welcome to join; maximum of 15 kids/activity.
Cost: $10 for children of gym members, $15 for non-members.
Registration must be completed the Wednesday prior to each activity for logistics planning.
Drop-offs at Two Peaks Fitness at 8:45 a.m. the morning of each activity.
Scholarships available!
Our Activities:
August 6- Altitude Trampoline Park in Pueblo 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
August 20- Cuchara Mountain Park Mini Golf and Frisbee Golf 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Super Hero Vacation Bible School

LA VETA — Calling all Super Heroes! the Spanish Peaks Church is hosting Vacation Bible School on July 28th, 29th, 30th from 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.

Help Create an Age-Friendly Huerfano

HUERFANO COUNTY —  Join Design Age Friendly and The Mindful Aging Project in helping to make Huerfano County more Age Friendly by attending this free workshop on Thursday July 29, from 11 to 1 p.m. at the Museum of Friends – 600 Main St, Walsenburg, CO 81089
These free intergenerational workshops are an opportunity for people of all ages (and we mean ALL ages so if you’re preggos, bring that baby down), to roll up their sleeves and have fun while chiming in on what makes Huerfano an Age Friendly Community.
Register in advance by calling Ken at Design Age Friendly, 719-481-6669

Free Jake and Mario Concert at Miners Plaza Thursday

WALSENBURG – Rock the FOX presents Nuevo-Flamenco musicians Mario Aleman and Jake Cortez, who will be performing at Miners Plaza in Walsenburg on Thursday, July 29th at 7 p.m.

Grand Finales of Fridays in Huerfano

HUERFANO COUNTY — Celebrate the end of the Fridays in Huerfano program with us July 30 from 4 to 8 p.m.! At Miner’s Plaza in Walsenburg we will have a beer garden, live painting, live music, a tiny home exhibit, art cars, live music, and a vaccine clinic! Dynamix will go on at 6 p.m.! In La Veta we will have two stages of music and live painting! Graham Davis will be on the Deerprint stage and Ted Dirks will be on the Casa De Pajaros patio starting at 6!

Lathrop State Park Events

HUERFANO COUNTY — In addition to the Navajo storytelling and silversmithing events that are detailed in the event listing below, there will be a few Junior Ranger Programs this weekend, as well as a performance of celtic music by local legends Willson & McKee at the amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. , Saturday, July 31.
The Junior Ranger activities will take place between Thursday July 29 and Saturday, July 31. On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. there will be a Nature Scavenger Hunt starting at the amphitheater. On Friday at 1:30 p.m. there will be a wildflower hike and drawing event starting at the swim beach. On Saturday, there will be junior silversmithing at 1:30 p.m. at the visitors center with Special Guest Ravis Henry.

Navajo/Diné Storytelling and Navajo Silversmithing

HUERFANO COUNTY — Join Special Guest Ravis Henry at Lathrop State Park on July 30  and 31 for a weekend of passing on of traditional knowledge. Ravis Henry is a member of the Diné/Navajo Tribe belonging to the Towering House Clan, born for the Coyote Pass Jemez Clan. His maternal grandfathers are of the the Salt People Clan and his paternal grandfathers of the Tangle People Clan. Ravis has generational roots in the beautiful Canyon de Chelly.
Over the course of the weekend, Ravis will introduce visitors to the Diné/Navajo Worldview of Balance and Harmony, Hózhó Naashá.
In Beauty I Walk – July 30th at 7:00p.m. at the Ampitheater
Navajo Silversmithing – July 31st from 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. at the visitors’ center.

LVFPD Taco Fundraiser

LA VETA — Let’s Taco ‘bout our fire district. Join us for a taco dinner fundraiser in support of the La Veta Fire Protection District on Saturday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile at 1120 Panadero Avenue, Cuchara CO 81055.
There will be a taco bar dinner, live music by Kurt Corsair, nachos, drinks, and prizes. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for children, and are free for kids aged 5 and under. All proceeds will benefit the LVFPD.

Los Huerfanos Animal Vaccination Clinic

WALSENBURG — Los Huerfanos Animal Welfare is offering an animal vaccination clinic on July 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 306 Ray Sandoval Blvd. in Walsenburg. For more information, call 719-890-2777.

Flood preparation planning

LA VETA — If you are a La Veta resident with a home west of Birch St. you need to have a plan. The Personal Emergency Preparedness Workbook will guide you in developing your plan.
Workbooks are available at Town Hall and the La Veta Public Library. Supplies are limited. They are intended for La Veta residents living in the flood zones west of Birch St. Please take one workbook per household.
Questions? Town Trustee, Tim Tady, will be at the La Veta Library Saturday, 31, July from 10 to 11 a.m. to answer any questions.

Registration for JMHS

WALSENBURG – Registration for John Mall High School will take place on Tuesday, August 3rd and Wednesday, August 4th this year. Be sure to come in between 9:00a.m – 12:00p.m. or between 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Apes, Anthropology at La Veta Public Library

LA VETA — The La Veta Library will proudly host Sam Struters on August 5th at 1 p.m. (please note the new time) in the upstairs meeting room. Sam has a Ph.D in anthropology,has worked in occupational therapy and has a decade of experience working with apes in captivity at a Primate Research Center where she was the Director of Behavioral Sciences.
Her highly acclaimed book, Chimpanzee Voices: A Stranger in a Culture of Chimpanzees, from which she will read excerpts, is a memoir, analysis and critique of our dealings with others-human or not. She will relay the stories of individual chimpanzees who were used in research and examine the ethics of animal research from a very personal level. She will also discuss how this research enabled us to find a vaccine for COVID so rapidly.    This guaranteed to be an interesting, thought provoking program that you will not want to miss.  For more info call LVPL 719-742-5278.

Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce Meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will be holding their monthly meeting Thursday, August 5, 2021, 6 p.m. via Zoom and also at the Huerfano County Community Center – 928 Russell Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089.  Meetings are open to the public.  Please email info@spanishpeakschamber.com with any questions.  If you would like to be added to our agenda please email us at least 7 days prior to the meeting.
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Grand Opening of New Huerfano Judicial Center

WALSENBURG  — The grand opening of the new Huerfano County Judicial Center will take place on Friday, August 6th at 1:30p.m. Refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony.
The new building is at 200 West 5th Street in Walsenburg. For more information, contact bob.kreiman@judicial.state.co.us

Huerfano Mining Museum

HUERFANO COUNTY — Free admission to the Walsenburg Mining Museum will be part of the Judicial Center’s dedication Aug. 6 on West Fifth Street, Walsenburg.  The Museum is next door to the Center, in the old 1896 county jail.  In contrast to the old cells and bullpen, the 2021 visitors are more up-to-date and finding the Museum by using their smart phones and searching for Walsenburg attractions.
Limited open hours this summer are Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Unfortunately the mountain rains have made the roads for the Taos Trail Tour, scheduled for Aug. 28, impossible to navigate.  Instead, a walking tour of Walsenburg’s South Main Street area will be scheduled for Aug. 28.  This tour will involve about six blocks and two to three hours with reenactors at each historic site.  Cost will be $15 adults, children 12 and under free. Handouts will be available.  More details will be announced later.  Or phone Carolyn Newman 719-738-2840.  No reservations are needed.

Open House & BBQ at Gardner Fire Station

UPPER HUERFANO — On Saturday, August 7th from 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., the Upper Huerfano Fire Protection District in connection with the Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection will hold an open house and BBQ at the Gardner Fire Protection District. This is an open invitation to all residents of the Upper Huerfano Fire Protection District!

Dog Days of Cuchara

CUCHARA — The Dog Days of Cuchara event will take place on August 7th from 11 a.m to 3 p.m followed by a Corn Hole Tournament at the Dog Bar & Grill.
Join us for an all day doggy street party on Main Street in Cuchara! Enjoy big dog and little dog races, an obstacle course, scavenger hunts, yard games, vendor booths, music and more. New additions this year include: a bake sale fundraiser for Los Huerfanos Animal Welfare Association, dunk tank benefiting the La Veta Fire Auxiliary, dog adoptions through From Forgotten to Forever, and doggy vaccines available through Dr. Hecht on site! Don’t forget the Corn Hole Tournament at the Dog Bar and Grill after the street party. See you for a dog-gone good time!

JMHS Volleyball 4 on 4 Tournament

WALSENBURG – On Saturday, August 7th, there will be a 4 on 4 volleyball tournament taking place at John Mall High School. There is a women’s division and a co-ed division with a maximum number of 5 per team. The cost of entry is $100 per team and all proceeds will benefit the JMHS Volleyball team. Contact Jen Vialpando to register at (719) 214-2042

Free Legal Help Clinic

HUERFANO COUNTY — Despite the COVID-19 closures of libraries across Colorado, the Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) clinics will still be held as scheduled.  As a work-around, instead of clinic patrons coming in-person to your local public library (which may have limited access), the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron’s telephone directly, during the clinic hours, using the phone number provided.
The event will take place on Tuesday, August 10th from 2:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. To be added to the sign-up sheet, please contact your Spanish Peaks Library at  (719) 738-2774 to be added to the sign-up sheet.   Space is limited.

Sean Harrison performance at Deerprint Wine Bistro

LA VETA — Sean Harrison’s Arkansas roots, literary upbringing and well-travelled life combine to create an intriguing mix of Country, Americana and Folk/Rock music that defies genre restrictions. As a singer/songwriter he brings wit and wisdom to a 12-track world view with his debut CD, HALFWAY FROM NASHVILLE (Arky Blue Productions). This is Southern storytelling in its unbound glory: forthright, happy, sad, inspired, shaken and stirred.
Catch his show on Friday August 13th at 7:00p.m. at the Deerprint Wine Bistro at 106 E Francisco St in La Veta. Tickets will be $12 apiece.

Collaboration, Tangents, Confluence – 30 Years of Art

WALSENBURG – The Museum of Friends is honored to present artists Joe Slusky and Katie Hawkinson who have worked together in collaboration since 1991. For this project, MoF recreates in the main gallery a 25 x 8-foot California book store construction facade on which both artists created the painting on exhibit. This major work will be embellished by other projects both joint and singular in which each artist is showcased. Opening Friday, August 13th, all are invited, please come meet the artists who will be present to answer any questions. Joe and Katie will also give a public lecture the following day, Saturday, August 14th. For more specific information please contact MoF at 719 738 2858, hours, TueSat, 10 to 5 p.m.

Huerfano area AA and NA meetings

HUERFANO COUNTY — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

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Vendors wanted for ArtoCade 2021

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — Calling all former and possible new vendors! ArtoCade 2021 is happening this year on Saturday, September 11th and it will be a great opportunity to sell your goods or get the word about something important you care about.
Setup is at 8:00a.m., the parade is at noon, and teardown will take place at 4:00 or 5:00p.m., depending on the crowds, so there will be ample opportunity for folks to see your booth.
If you are interested in having a booth at ArtoCade this year, contact Vendor Coordinator Susan Palmer before September 1st at susanpalmer49@yahoo.com or (805) 603-6181.

Community Health Needs Assessment

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — Mt. San Rafael is working to complete their Community Health Needs Assessment; an important tool, completed every three years, that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis.
A Community Health Needs Assessment gives organizations, like Mt. San Rafael Hospital, comprehensive information about the community’s current health status, needs, and issues. This information helps develop a community health improvement plan by justifying how and where resources should be allocated to best meet community needs.
To assist with this process is a community survey.  The survey asks about health, current health practices, and impressions of the overall health of the Trinidad community.  The survey is available in both English and Spanish and in paper form or electronic. To complete the survey electronically, use the links below.
English: https://www.questionpro.com/t/AQbQMZmsbj
Spanish: https://www.questionpro.com/t/AQbQMZnK6L

First National Bank School Supply Drive

TRINIDAD — Our students need your help! Every year First National Bank gives the community an opportunity to support the youth in our community by holding an annual school supply drive. This year they are asking for cash donations to purchase supplies for Back to School. First National Bank will match the first $1000 in donations. Please consider making a donation for the betterment of the children of our community. In order to do so, drop off or mail your donations to any branch location by July 31.
Locations:
Main Bank – 100 E. Main St.
Motor Bank – 122 E. First St.
Wal-Mart Branch – 2921 Toupal Dr.

Aguilar Street Festival & Car Show

AGUILAR — On August 7th from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. there will be a whole host of activities taking place in Aguilar. The day will kick off with a Parade and Car Show at 10:00a.m. (for which you can register “day of’ at 9:30a.m.) with Trophies and Awards at 2:00p.m. There will be face painting, a bouncy house, piñatas, game booths, prizes, live music, Craft and Food Vendor booths, a beer garden, and the Grand Opening of the Aguilar Mercantile. The event is rain or shine.

Aguilar Library Celebrates Aguilar Days

AGUILAR — On Saturday, August 7, from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., the Aguilar Public Library will be hosting a set of events in celebration of Aguilar Days.
Activities will include face painting and the popular “Bag of Books” event, during which you can fill a bag with books, recipes, crafts, DVDs, etcetera for only $5. Bag of Books will continue until August 31st!

COLFAX

Services at Little Rock Church on Johnson Mesa

COLFAX COUNTY— Services will continue at the Little Rock Church on Johnson Mesa! There will be further services starting at 2:30 p.m. on August 1st and August 8th.
On August 1st, Pastor Bob Clevenger from the Assembly of God Church in Springer will deliver the message.
On August 8th, the message will be delivered by the Associate Pastor/Youth Leader Ben Campbell from the First Baptist Church in Raton.

Sugarite Canyon State Park Events
COLFAX COUNTY— This weekend, travel back in time and beyond the furthest reaches of our solar system with the wonderful programming provided for you at the Sugarite Canyon State Park.
On Friday, July 30th at 7:00p.m. at the Soda Pocket Amphitheater, join Jared Chatterly for ‘Gunfighters and Ghosts,’ a rip-roaring, spine tinging night of unforgettable stories from the Old West.
On Saturday, July 31st, there are three different events. At 9:00a.m., you can have Coffee with a Ranger at the Lake Alice Campground. Free coffee, doughnuts, and conversation.
Later, at 8:00p.m., rocket from Earth to the edge of the Universe with Ranger Ricks at the Soda Pocket Amphitheater in ‘Peanuts to Space…the Milky Way and Beyond.’

Annual Picnic Johnson Mesa Church

COLFAX COUNTY— The Annual Picnic will be Sunday, August 15th starting at noon and followed by a worship service with the message by Monte McGowen, Pastor of the Lighthouse Church in Raton.

Raton AA meeting

RATON — AA meetings are every Sunday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Friday night, at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 4th and Tiger Drive in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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Hybrid Art Exhibition Showcases Unique Pastel Works

OUR WORLD  —  Through August 31, the Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM), an association of international members, will exhibit its 29th National Pastel Painting Exhibition both at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM and simultaneously in an interactive virtual online gallery. These paintings include enticing imagery of
geometric power lines, reflective river rocks, and hard-edge landscapes, among portraits, still-lifes, florals, and place-based scenes.
To visit the virtual gallery go to https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/6543545/pastel-society-of-new-mexico-29th-national-pastel-painting-exhibition#

Stonewall Century Ride

OUR WORLD  —  Register for the 18th Annual Stonewall Century Ride, Saturday August 14th. The Stonewall Century is a challenging 102-mile out-and-back road bike ride along Highway 12, the scenic Highway of Legends, from La Veta to Segundo and back. Turn around wherever you like. For more info, see www.spcycling.org.

HUERFANO

Fox Walsenburg Weekend Movie

WALSENBURG – This weekend at the Fox in Walsenburg, Black Widow will be playing.
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy, and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
The film is rated PG-13, Action, Adventure, and Sci Fi, and it will play on Friday at 7:30p.m., Saturday at 7:30p.m., and Sunday at 3:00p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for children aged 5-12.

School Supply Drive at Lathrop State Park

HUERFANO COUNTY — Lathrop State Park is sponsoring a “Back to School Supply Drive” from July 19th to August 15th. You can donate notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, color pencils, backpacks, dry erase markers, folders, clorox wipes, boxes of tissues, etcetera.
There are three drop off locations:
Lathrop State Park at 70 County Road 502 in Walsenburg.
SPRHC / Hospital at 23500 US 160 in Walsenburg.
JM Tire at 928 Main Street in Walsenburg.
All donations will go to Walsenburg, Gardner and La Veta Schools. Fore more information, call Danette Barela at 719-738-2376 x 7 or email danette.barela@state.co.us

Fun Fridays Field Trips

HUERFANO COUNTY — Field Trips for kids on Fridays. All kids are welcome to join; maximum of 15 kids/activity.
Cost: $10 for children of gym members, $15 for non-members.
Registration must be completed the Wednesday prior to each activity for logistics planning.
Drop-offs at Two Peaks Fitness at 8:45a.m. the morning of each activity.
Scholarships available!
Our Activities:
July 23rd – Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center Pool 9am-1pm
August 6th- Altitude Trampoline Park in Pueblo 9am-2pm
August 20th- Cuchara Mountain Park Mini Golf and Frisbee Golf 9am-1pm

Lathrop State Park Events

HUERFANO COUNTY — There are a whole host of fun activities taking place at Lathrop State Park this weekend.
On Friday, July 23rd at 7:30p.m. at the Amphitheater there will be an evening of campfire ghost stories! Bring snacks, flashlights, and your imagination.!
On Saturday, July 24th at 7:00p.m. at the Amphitheater, Diane Miller of the Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo will present on raptors!
There will also be Junior Ranger Activities. At 12:00p.m. on Thursday, July 22nd at the visitors’ center, there will be a workshop in which you can make a nesting doll to take home to help understand food chain animals.
At 1:30p.m. on Friday July 23rd at the visitors’ center, you can make a wood slice necklace while learning about tree rings and climate1
Finally, at 10:30a.m. on Saturday July 24th at the visitors’ center, you can make cardboard binoculars for bird watching! Then head out to the Wetlands Trail to look for Red Winged Blackbirds and Herons!

Walsenburg Women’s Small Business Expo

HUERFANO COUNTY — Do you have a “side hustle” or home business you’d like to promote? Is it jewelry, makeup, crafts, sewing, cleaning, handy (wo)man work, or dog sitting? Whatever it is, bring your table, chair, product, and signage to Walsenburg’s no-cost Women’s Small Business Expo, Friday, July 23 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Walsenburg’s Main Street between 5th and 7th.
Come in to My One Hour Office, 523 Main, after 7:00p.m. for a glass of sangria and network time with other small business owners. For more information, call Mary Jo at 719-249-5766. Let’s grow business together!

Ribbon Cutting for H’s Place Gallery & More

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance are pleased to announce a ribbon-cutting celebration for H’s Place Gallery & More, a new business located at 213 S Main St., La Veta. The celebration will take place July 23rd at 5:30 pm.
Gallery owner Heather Curtis has had a lifelong dream of owning her own gallery. H’s Place showcases Curtis’s photography on postcards, notecards, journals, and wall art. Curtis has also created a humorous sticker line, celebrating the National Headquarters for the Land of the Great Dikes! Curtis will be offering cell phone photo classes and eventually adding welded yard art from found objects.
The celebration will begin at 5:30pm July 23rd and include snacks and bubbles. H’s Place is open Wednesday through Monday 11-6pm.

Dark Waters Project Concert at Miner’s Plaza

WALSENBURG — This Friday at Miner’s Plaza enjoy the Dark Waters Project from 6:00-8:00p.m.  The Dark Waters Project is a Nashville based band that plays what they like to call, Darkgrass. Their music is a blend of multiple genre’s but is greatly influenced by Bluegrass and Alternative Rock. While you listen,  enjoy the Women’s Small Business Expo throughout Main St!

Fun Fridays Field Trips

LA VETA — Field Trips for kids on Fridays. All kids are welcome to join; maximum of 15 kids/activity.
Cost: $10 for children of gym members, $15 for non-members.
Registration must be completed the Wednesday prior to each activity for logistics planning.
Drop-offs at Two Peaks Fitness at 8:45  a.m. the morning of each activity.
Scholarships available!
Our Activities:
July 23 – Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center Pool 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
August 6- Altitude Trampoline Park in Pueblo 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
August 20- Cuchara Mountain Park Mini Golf and Frisbee Golf 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Spanish Peaks Library Summer Program

WALSENBURG — We have two more weeks of our Summer Reading Program left. The next program will be “Who Pooped at the Zoo?” on Friday, July 23rd. The program will be from 10:00a.m. until 11:30a.m. in the community room. We will be learning how to identify animal scat and will have a fun activity to learn about it that involves chocolate. The last one will be our final party on Friday, July 30th from 10:30a.m. until 11:30a.m. in the community room.

Christ the King Rummage Sale Fundraiser

LA VETA — St. Anne’s Guild at Christ the King Catholic Church in La Veta will be hosting an indoor/outdoor Summer Rummage Sale Fundraising event on Friday, July 23rd & Saturday, July 24th from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There will be a lot of new & used items.  Please check it out & support our local community
\— On Saturday, July 24th at 7:00p.m., singer /songwriter and Cowboy Poet Gary McMahan and friends will be performing at Peggy Hoobler’s open outdoor concert venue at 707 E. Virginia St. in La Veta.  Tickets are $20.00/person. Bring your lawn chairs, drinks, friends. Call 719-989-1530 for more information. No reservations required.

Moving Vietnam Wall Thank You Dinner

WALSENBURG — We are calling upon all the Volunteers and helpers who assisted us at the Moving Vietnam Wall Memorial between June 17-21 to attend a “Thank You” Dinner. This will be held at the Walsenburg Community Center, 928 Russell St. in Walsenburg on Saturday, July 24th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Check-in at 4:00 PM and dinner at 5:00 PM. This is a special Thank You to all the volunteer workers, donors and helpers that assisted in making a historic presentation of the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial in Huerfano County. This includes everyone who helped with set-up/take-down, site preparation, food service, escorts to the Wall, check-in and other general duties. For more information or to RSVP, call Dave Rogers at 719-738-9965.

Reggae with Local Extract at Second Street Bar & Grill

WALSENBURG – Come on out to Second Street Bar & Grill on Saturday, July 24th at 8:00p.m. for live music by Local Extract, a reggae band with heavy sounds out of Trinidad. There is a $5 cover at the door. For more information, call (719) 738-2730.

Gardening 101 at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG  — This month’s gardening program will center around our townie deer and how to keep them from devouring your hard earned landscape.   We’ll discuss mechanical, cultural and deterrent methods to help save you from dreams of making Bambi a steak on your grill.  Delicious but not recommended in town!  Class begins at 1pm on Sunday, July 25th in the library Meeting Room.  For any questions, please call Ann at 719-738-2774.

Open Mic Night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — On July 27th at 7:00p.m. there will be an open mic night at the La Veta Mercantile hosted by Comedian Jay Patterson, a former La Veta resident.
Call 719-742-3387 or stop by the Mercantile to sign up.

Help Create an Age-Friendly Huerfano

HUERFANO COUNTY —  Join Design Age Friendly and The Mindful Aging Project in helping to make Huerfano County more Age Friendly by attending one of these two free workshops.
Tuesday July 27th 1-3pm Laveta Public Library – 320 South Main St La Veta, Co 81055
Thursday July 29th 11-1pm Museum of Friends – 600 Main St, Walsenburg, CO 81089
These free intergenerational workshops are an opportunity for people of all ages (and we mean ALL ages so if you’re preggos bring that baby down), to roll up their sleeves and have fun while chiming in on what makes Huerfano an Age Friendly Community.
Register in advance by calling Ken at Design Age Friendly 719-481-6669

Free Jake and Mario Concert at Miners Plaza

WALSENBURG – Rock the FOX presents Nuevo-Flamenco musicians Mario Aleman and Jake Cortez, who will be performing at Miners Plaza in Walsenburg on Thursday, July 29th at 7:00p.m.

Navajo/Diné Storytelling and Navajo Silversmithing

HUERFANO COUNTY — Join Special Guest Ravis Henry at Lathrop State Park on July 30th & 31st for a weekend of passing on of traditional knowledge. Ravis Henry is a member of the Diné/Navajo Tribe belonging to the Towering House Clan, born for the Coyote Pass Jemez Clan. His maternal grandfathers are of the Salt People Clan and his paternal grandfathers of the Tangle People Clan. Ravis has generational roots in the beautiful Canyon de Chelly.
Over the course of the weekend, Ravis will introduce visitors to the Diné/Navajo Worldview of Balance and Harmony, Hózhó Naashá.
In Beauty I Walk – July 30th at 7:00p.m. at the Ampitheater
Navajo Silversmithing – July 31st from 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. at the visitors’ center.

LVFPD Taco Fundraiser

LA VETA — Let’s Taco ‘bout our fire district. Join us for a taco dinner fundraiser in support of the La Veta Fire Protection District on Saturday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile at 1120 Panadero Avenue, Cuchara CO 81055.
There will be a taco bar dinner, live music by Kurt Corsair, nachos, drinks, and prizes. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for children, and are free for kids aged 5 and under. All proceeds will benefit the LVFPD.

Los Huerfanos Animal Vaccination Clinic

WALSENBURG — Los Huerfanos Animal Welfare is offering an animal vaccination clinic on July 31st from 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. at 306 Ray Sandoval Blvd. in Walsenburg. For more information, call 719-890-2777.

Eagles Community Brunch

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Eagles Ladies Auxilliary 1187 invites the community again to come join us for a breakfast brunch on Sunday, August 1 at the Eagles Hall at 614 Main St. in Walsenburg from 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. We will be serving pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, and coffee or juice. The price is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. Hope to see you all there! Your continued support is very much appreciated and all the proceeds from this breakfast brunch will go back into the community.

Grand Opening of New Huerfano Judicial Center

WALSENBURG  — The grand opening of the new Huerfano County Judicial Center will take place on Friday, August 6th at 1:30p.m. Refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony.
The new building is at 200 West 5th Street in Walsenburg. For more information, contact bob.kreiman@judicial.state.co.us

Open House & BBQ at Gardner Fire Station

UPPER HUERFANO — On Saturday, August 7th from 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., the Upper Huerfano Fire Protection District in connection with the Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection will hold an open house and BBQ at the Gardner Fire Protection District. This is an open invitation to all residents of the Upper Huerfano Fire Protection District!

Dog Days of Cuchara

CUCHARA — The Dog Days of Cuchara event will take place on August 7th from 11:00a.m – 3:00p.m followed by a Corn Hole Tournament at the Dog Bar & Grill.
Join us for an all day doggy street party on Main Street in Cuchara! Enjoy big dog and little dog races, an obstacle course, scavenger hunts, yard games, vendor booths, music and more. New additions this year include: a bake sale fundraiser for Los Huerfanos Animal Welfare Association, dunk tank benefiting the La Veta Fire Auxiliary, dog adoptions through From Forgotten to Forever, and doggy vaccines available through Dr. Hecht on site! Don’t forget the Corn Hole Tournament at the Dog Bar and Grill after the street party. See you for a dog-gone good time!

Huerfano area AA and NA meetings

HUERFANO COUNTY — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

LAS ANIMAS

Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles Race

AGUILAR — The Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles is a new five mile race course at the base of the East Peak of the twin Spanish Peaks (Wahatoya) in the Las Animas/Huerfano County border area of Southern Colorado. Access is made easy from I-25, with a pre-race assembly point in the town of Aguilar – at 146 West Main Street (Park site near the Library and Fire Station) – in preparation for a pleasant 15 minute caravan to the “backroads” location.
Packet pickup and pre-race instructions will take place at the 146 West Main location in Aguilar between 7:30 and 8 a.m., Saturday, July 24th.  Online registration ($25) is strongly encouraged, however, late registration ($30) is permitted for those arriving no later than 7:45 a.m. Race officials/hosts will lead the participants by vehicular caravan from the packet pickup location to the starting point for the race at the intersection of Las Animas County Roads 54.2 and 41.4.   To register or for more info, visit rabacinco.co

Car & Bike Show/War Dog Memorial Fundraiser

TRINIDAD — On Saturday, July 24th there will be a Car and Bike show at Phil Long Toyota at 105 W Cedar Street to benefit War Dog Memorial Colorado, which is a group working to recognize and honor the many sacrifices that canines have made in times of war with a memorial in Colorado Springs..
There are six car classes – Pre ‘49, ‘50-’69,’70-’89,’90-Present, Custom, and 4×4’s. There are also four bike classes – ‘69 and under, ‘70-2000, 2001-Present, and Custom.
All classes qualify for Best of Show and Best Paint.
The show will start at 12:00p.m. but registration is from 8:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. Awards will be announced at 4:00p.m. Pre-registration is recommended as there will be limited space. Registration cost is $25 or $30 day of event.
For more information, email purgatoryrivercarbikeshow@outlook.com

Visual Journaling for the Soul Workshop at Mt. Carmel

TRINIDAD — The workshop ‘Visual Journaling for the Soul’ will take place on Saturday July 24th from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. at Mt. Carmel in the Garden Room.
Lori Holdread of Trinidad will be sharing her talents and expertise in starting participants on a beginning journey to the wonderful world of art journaling. Lori has been leading this type of workshop for many years. The workshop is free and all materials will be supplied.
An art journal is the same as a written journal, except that it incorporates colors, images, patterns, and other materials. Some art journals have a lot of writing, while others are purely filled with images. It’s a form of creative self-care.  Regardless of whether or not you have any art “talent” or training, all you need to art journal is some simple art materials and a willingness to play with the art materials. It’s the play that’s healing!
This workshop brought to you by the HeART Works Outreach Program of Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice and Huajatolla Heritage Foundation.  Call or text Sandy Dolak 719-251-1271 or sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com to register.

Community Health Needs Assessment

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — Mt. San Rafael is working to complete their Community Health Needs Assessment; an important tool, completed every three years, that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis.
A Community Health Needs Assessment gives organizations, like Mt. San Rafael Hospital, comprehensive information about the community’s current health status, needs, and issues. This information helps develop a community health improvement plan by justifying how and where resources should be allocated to best meet community needs.
To assist with this process is a community survey.  The survey asks about health, current health practices, and impressions of the overall health of the Trinidad community.  The survey is available in both English and Spanish and in paper form or electronic. To complete the survey electronically, use the links below.
English: https://www.questionpro.com/t/AQbQMZmsbj
Spanish: https://www.questionpro.com/t/AQbQMZnK6L

First National Bank School Supply Drive

TRINIDAD — Our students need your help! Every year First National Bank gives the community an opportunity to support the youth in our community by holding an annual school supply drive. This year they are asking for cash donations to purchase supplies for Back to School. First National Bank will match the first $1000 in donations. Please consider making a donation for the betterment of the children of our community. In order to do so, drop off or mail your donations to any branch location by July 31.
Locations:
Main Bank – 100 E. Main St.
Motor Bank – 122 E. First St.
Wal-Mart Branch – 2921 Toupal Dr.

Aguilar Library Summer Reading

AGUILAR — Due to inclement weather, the Aguilar Public Library  rescheduled the Summer Reading Program for 2021  themed “Tails and Tales” for Wednesday, July 28.
Activities will include crafts, workshops on juggling and making balloon animals.
Weather permitting, there will also be a foam party at the Aguilar School football field at 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
If weather doesn’t cooperate, there will be a Magic show at the community center starting at 12:30 instead.
For more information, please call (719) 941 -4426 Tuesday through Friday between 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

Aguilar Street Festival & Car Show

AGUILAR — On August 7th from 10:00a.m. – 6:30p.m. there will be a whole host of activities taking place in Aguilar. The day will kick off with a Parade and Car Show at 10:00a.m. (for which you can register “day of’ at 9:30a.m.) with Trophies and Awards at 2:00p.m. There will be face painting, a bouncy house, piñatas, game booths, prizes, live music, Craft and Food Vendor booths, a beer garden, and the Grand Opening of the Aguilar Mercantile. The event is rain or shine.

Aguilar Library Celebrates Aguilar Days

AGUILAR — On Saturday, August 7, from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., the Aguilar Public Library will be hosting a set of events in celebration of Aguilar Days.
Activities will include face painting and the popular “Bag of Books” event, during which you can fill a bag with books, recipes, crafts, DVDs, etcetera for only $5. Bag of Books will continue until August 31st!

COLFAX

Services at Little Rock Church on Johnson Mesa

COLFAX COUNTY— Services will continue at the Little Rock Church on Johnson Mesa! There will be further services starting at 2:30p.m. on July 25th, August 1st, and August 8th.
On July 25th, Pastor “Chuck” Wiggins from the Methodist Church in Springer will deliver the message.
On August 1st, Pastor Bob Clevenger from the Assembly of God Church in Springer will deliver the message.
On August 8th, the message will be delivered by the Associate Pastor/Youth Leader Ben Campbell from the First Baptist Church in Raton.

Raton AA meeting

RATON — AA meetings are every Sunday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Friday night, at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 4th and Tiger Drive in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Events for July 15, 2021

throughout our world

Hybrid Art Exhibition Showcases Unique Pastel Works

OUR WORLD  —  Through August 31, the Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM), an association of international members, will exhibit its 29th National Pastel Painting Exhibition both at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM and simultaneously in an interactive virtual online gallery. These paintings include enticing imagery of
geometric power lines, reflective river rocks, and hard-edge landscapes, among portraits, still-lifes, florals, and place-based scenes.
To visit the virtual gallery go to https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/6543545/pastel-society-of-new-mexico-29th-national-pastel-painting-exhibition#

throughout our world

Virtual Roundtable on Colorado Agriculture

OUR WORLD  —  On Wed., July 21 from noon to 1 p.m.,  Colorado Proud will be hosting a virtual roundtable with Colorado ag-based experts discussing physical, operational, and cultural growth after a complex year, sharing lessons to help guide farmers, ranchers, ag professionals and communities.
This will be a virtual meeting on Zoom with “check-in” starting at 11:45 a.m. and with discussion starting at noon. You will receive the link and password to the call, as well as a phone number if you would like to dial in, after you register for the seminar at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZbJfDPk3SAGIjmICR321mw

HUERFANO

Lathrop State Park Events

HUERFANO COUNTY — Please join us for a week of bees and flowers at Lathrop State Park. There will be some ghost hunting thrown in for good measure.
On Friday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater, Ryan Bartlett will give a presentation on bees, pollination, and the importance of bees to the web of life in our park.
On Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater,  Southern Colorado Ghost Research will present on local paranormal activity and hauntings in the area.
At 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 18, outdoorsman Bob Kennemer will lead an “Edible and Medicinal Plants” hike starting at the swim beach.
There will also be Junior Ranger programs. On Thursday the 15th at 10:30 a.m. there will be “Birds and Riparian Areas” at the Wetlands Trailhead.
On Friday the 16th, there will be an owl pellet dissection activity at the visitor’s center at 1:30 p.m.
Finally, on Saturday the 17th at 9 a.m., Ryan Bartlett will present on bees again at the Amphitheater.

Dance Party at Miner’s Plaza

WALSENBURG  — Practice your Single Ladies dance routine and join us for a 2000s themed dance party at Miner’s Plaza Friday, July 16th starting at 6 p.m. to celebrate Fridays in Huerfano. Visit us on facebook to see our participating businesses.

Graham Davis at Casa de Pajaros

LA VETA  — Come enjoy the music of Graham Davis on the Casa de Pajaros patio (213 S. Main St., La Veta, CO) this Friday July 16,  starting at 6pm.

Visual Journaling for the Soul

HUERFANO COUNTY —On July 17th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cuchara Mountain Park, Lori Holdread of Trinidad will be sharing her talents and expertise in starting participants on a beginning journey to art journaling in the inspirational setting of Cuchara Mountain Park. Lori has been leading this type of workshop for many years. The workshop is free and all materials will be supplied.
This workshop brought to you by the HeART Works Outreach Program of Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice and Huajatolla Heritage Foundation.  Call or text Sandy Dolak 719-251-1271 or sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com to register.

Chris Arellano in La Veta

LA VETA — Chris Arellano’s deeply personal Americana weaves together the Norteno music of his northern New Mexico upbringing with Alternative  Country and Blues influences-for a signature style that he calls Nuevo Americana. Fused with song and story, Spanish and English, his transcendent lyrics move listeners with emotion and passion. Chris’ ability to play multiple stringed instruments has kept him busy as a Nashville session musician and producer.
Come check him out on July 17, at 7 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile. Tickets are $18 if purchased in advance and $20 day of show. Purchase tickets at lavetamercantile.simpletix.com

Water Conservancy District Board Meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Water
Conservancy District will be held in person at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activities room, 220 Russell
Ave, Walsenburg, CO, on Monday, July 19  at 6:00p.m.
To join the meeting remotely by Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84554788910?pwd=Z0dBYjhZSU
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Meeting ID: 845 5478 8910
Passcode: 642023
By phone: (346) 248-7799

Church of Christ Vacation Bible School

WALSENBURG  — The Walsenburg Church of Christ will be presenting God’s Word Digging for Answers Vacation Bible School from July 19-22.  It will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Monday thru Thursday.  The church is located at 416 Walsen Ave. across the street from the library.  Please come join us for singing, Bible stories, games and snacks.  For information call Addy at 719-568-5513 or Paul 719-225-0695

Spanish Peaks Library Trivia Night at Second Street Bar

HUERFANO COUNTY — Join the Spanish Peaks Library for trivia at the Second Street Bar & Grill!
We will be hosting Trivia once again this month on July 21st at 6 pm at the Second Street Bar & Grill located in the Walsenburg Golf Course Clubhouse at beautiful Lathrop State Park.
Access from Walsenburg is west on Second Street right up to the Clubhouse or by driving through the Park; no state pass required.  Categories this month are Native American Facts, Classic 1940’s-60’s Movies, Philosophy, Monty Python & WWII Battles.  If you are the one to have suggested one of these categories, be sure to come and claim your prize!  Hope to see you all then!

La Veta  Public Library Summer Program

LA VETA — Our final program this year will be learning about sea creatures and doing fun water activities. Expect to get wet! This is a “drop by” program and will be held outside on the La Veta Library’s lawn. Come by Wednesday, July 21, 10 a.m. for story time and anytime between 10:30 a.m. & 12 p.m. for activity. For more info visit our website www.lvpl.org or call 719-742-3572.

Huerfano Area Job Fair

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance and Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce are happy to sponsor a job fair for Huerfano County and surrounding area jobs. The fair will be held in the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg from 10-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21st. Participating employers include, City of Walsenburg, Huerfano County, New Elk Coal Company; Weston, Dog Bar & Grill; Cuchara, Chae Manufacturing; Walsenburg, and more. Please bring your resume to share with employers. My One Hour Office is offering 50% off printing up to 8 resumes if you mention this notice!

Jon Chandler plays in La Veta

LA VETA — Jon Chandler is a three time winner of the prestigious Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Linwood, his moody examination of Doc Holliday’s life won the Spur for Best Song in 2009, while his tribute to Wyoming’s Hole in the Wall country, Morning Star Moon, received the award in 2012.  His novel The Spanish Peaks received the WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award (Spur Award) for Best First Novel, and he was named True West Magazine’s Best Western Musician.  Wyoming Wind, A Novel of Tom Horn, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award.
A seventh-generation Coloradan, Jon’s music and stories reflect his heritage, and his eight CDs, two novels, two non-fiction works and myriad short stories and nonfiction articles are collected by western lifestyle aficionados worldwide.  He hosts the iconic monthly concert series America’s Soul Live at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor in Arvada, Colorado.  Homage, his new recording of cover songs that have influenced his writing and singing, will be released in Summer 2019
Come check him out on July 23rd at 7:00p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile. Tickets are $17 if purchased in advance and $18 day of show. Purchase tickets at lavetamercantile.simpletix.com

Walsenburg Women’s Small Business Expo

HUERFANO COUNTY — Do you have a “side hustle” or home business you’d like to promote? Is it jewelry, makeup, crafts, sewing, cleaning, handy (wo)man work, or dog sitting? Whatever it is, bring your table, chair, product, and signage to Walsenburg’s no-cost Women’s Small Business Expo, Friday, July 23 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Walsenburg’s Main Street between 5th and 7th.
Find a free piece of sidewalk, set up, and share your business with the community.  Bring your business license, if applicable. Dark Waters Project will be providing music on the Plaza for Fridays in Huerfano, so come join the party. Come in to My One Hour Office, 523 Main, after 7 pm for a glass of sangria and network time with other small business owners. For more information, call Mary Jo at 719-249-5766. Let’s grow business together!

Ribbon Cutting for H’s Place Gallery & More

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance are pleased to announce a ribbon-cutting celebration for H’s Place Gallery & More, a new business located at 213 S Main St., La Veta. The celebration will take place July 23rd at 5:30 pm.
Gallery owner Heather Curtis has had a lifelong dream of owning her own gallery. H’s Place showcases Curtis’s photography on postcards, notecards, journals, and wall art. Curtis has also created a humorous sticker line, celebrating the National Headquarters for the Land of the Great Dikes! Curtis will be offering cell phone photo classes and eventually adding welded yard art from found objects.
The celebration will begin at 5:30pm July 23rd and include snacks and bubbles. H’s Place is open Wednesday through Monday 11-6pm.

Fun Fridays Field Trips

LA VETA — Field Trips for kids on Fridays. All kids are welcome to join; maximum of 15 kids/activity.
Cost: $10 for children of gym members, $15 for non-members.
Registration must be completed the Wednesday prior to each activity for logistics planning.
Drop-offs at Two Peaks Fitness at 8:45  a.m. the morning of each activity.
Scholarships available!
Our Activities:
July 23 – Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center Pool 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
August 6- Altitude Trampoline Park in Pueblo 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
August 20- Cuchara Mountain Park Mini Golf and Frisbee Golf 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Gary McMahan and friends perform at Jim and Peggy Hoobler’s Venue

LA VETA — On Saturday, July 24th at 7:00p.m., singer /songwriter and Cowboy Poet Gary McMahan and friends will be performing at Peggy Hoobler’s open outdoor concert venue at 707 E. Virginia St. in La Veta.  Tickets are $20.00/person. Bring your lawn chairs, drinks, friends. Call 719-989-1530 for more information. No reservations required.

Gardening 101 at the Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG  — This month’s gardening program will center around our townie deer and how to keep them from devouring your hard earned landscape.   We’ll discuss mechanical, cultural and deterrent methods to help save you from dreams of making Bambi a steak on your grill.  Delicious but not recommended in town!  Class begins at 1pm on Sunday, July 25th in the library Meeting Room.  For any questions, please call Ann at 719-738-2774.

Animal Vaccination Clinic

LA VETA — La Veta Pass Kennels is offering an animal vaccination clinic on July 31, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, please call (719) 470-9079.

LVFPD Taco Fundraiser

LA VETA — Let’s Taco ‘bout our fire district. Join us for a taco dinner fundraiser in support of the La Veta Fire Protection District on Saturday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile at 1120 Panadero Avenue, Cuchara CO 81055.
There will be a taco bar dinner, live music by Kurt Corsair, nachos, drinks, and prizes. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for children, and are free for kids aged 5 and under. All proceeds will benefit the LVFPD.

Huerfano area AA and NA meetings

HUERFANO COUNTY — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

LAS ANIMAS

Community Health Needs Assessment

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — Mt. San Rafael is working to complete their Community Health Needs Assessment; an important tool, completed every three years, that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis.
A Community Health Needs Assessment gives organizations, like Mt. San Rafael Hospital, comprehensive information about the community’s current health status, needs, and issues. This information helps develop a community health improvement plan by justifying how and where resources should be allocated to best meet community needs.
To assist with this process is a community survey.  The survey asks about health, current health practices, and impressions of the overall health of the Trinidad community.  The survey is available in both English and Spanish and in paper form or electronic. To complete the survey electronically, use the links below.
English: https://www.questionpro.com/t/AQbQMZmsbj
Spanish: https://www.questionpro.com/t/AQbQMZnK6L

Grand Opening of Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens

TRINIDAD — The Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center has done it again! They’ve implemented yet another beneficial service for this community in the effort to increase health and wellness in one of the most medically underserved counties in the state of Colorado. On Sunday, July 18th, there will be a grand opening for the Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens located right in the heart of downtown Trinidad.
These gardens feature scenic walks, exercise stations, calming water features, and more. They will serve as a site for wellness classes.
The grand opening will take place on Sunday, July 18 with events taking place between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Please RSVP for this event at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe7v5uOiH9xtWpvFPqmq8FSdeYh2hdLgE9yQtp8PpAWwmg_hg/viewform

First National Bank School Supply Drive

TRINIDAD — Our students need your help! Every year First National Bank gives the community an opportunity to support the youth in our community by holding an annual school supply drive. This year they are asking for cash donations to purchase supplies for Back to School. First National Bank will match the first $1000 in donations. Please consider making a donation for the betterment of the children of our community. In order to do so, drop off or mail your donations to any branch location by July 31.
Locations:
Main Bank – 100 E. Main St.
Motor Bank – 122 E. First St.
Wal-Mart Branch – 2921 Toupal Dr.

Aguilar Library Summer Reading

AGUILAR — Due to inclement weather, the Aguilar Public Library  rescheduled the Summer Reading Program for 2021  themed “Tails and Tales” for Wednesday, July 28.
Activities will include crafts, workshops on juggling and making balloon animals.
Weather permitting, there will also be a foam party at the Aguilar School football field at 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
If weather doesn’t cooperate, there will be a Magic show at the community center starting at 12:30 instead.
For more information, please call (719) 941 -4426 Tuesday through Friday between 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

Aguilar Days

AGUILAR — On Saturday, August 7, from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., the Aguilar Public Library will be hosting a set of events in celebration of Aguilar Days.
Activities will include face painting and the popular “Bag of Books” event, during which you can fill a bag with books, recipes, crafts, DVDs, etcetera for only $5. Bag of Books will continue until August 31st!

COLFAX

Student and staff vaccination clinic

COLFAX COUNTY— On July 15th from 3 to 6 DOH/FEMA will be doing a Covid vaccination clinic at the high school  for students age 12-18 and any staff member that hasn’t been vaccinated that would like to be.  The Pfizer vaccine will be used.
You must use the following link to register and use the event code SPMSNM.  You can also register on site as they will be taking walk ins.
https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/my-registration.html
We are inviting students from our neighboring districts as well.
This information will be sent out via mail in the next couple of days and will be posted at various places around town.
Please feel free to share this information and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at juliecrum@springerschools.org or 575-483-3434.

Raton High School 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

RATON — Raton High School is holding a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Friday and Saturday July 17 – 18 at the high school gym.  Registration is Saturday morning at 8 a.m. for teams of four or five, $100 per team.
The divisions are middle school, high school/ men’s open, and high school/ women’s open.
For more information, call Vanessa Gonzales (719) 680-2720, Brylee Medina (575) 707-2551, Lynn Liles, (575) 707-0694, or Ted Kamp (575) 447-4381.

Raton AA meeting

RATON — AA meetings are every Sunday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Friday night, at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 4th and Tiger Drive in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Events for July 8th, 2021

throughout our world

Stonewall Century Ride

OUR WORLD  —  Register for the 18th Annual Stonewall Century Ride, Saturday August 14th. The Stonewall Century is a challenging 102-mile out-and-back road bike ride along Highway 12, the scenic Highway of Legends, from La Veta to Segundo and back. Turn around wherever you like. For more info, see www.spcycling.org.

Philosophy Café

OUR WORLD  —  The Trinidad Library is once again hosting the Philosophy Café. This month, the topic is “Ontology in the Digital Age.”
Ontology is the branch of Philosophy that studies concepts such as existence, being, becoming, and reality. It is sometimes referred to as the science of being and belongs to the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics.
Philosopher and metaphysician Rene Descartes is noted for the expression “Cogito Ergo Sum,” which is commonly translated as “I think, therefore I am.” In the era of social media, we might rephrase that sentiment as: “I tweet, therefore I am, or I am viral therefore I exist.” Lots of food for thought here.
So log onto your computer from 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. on Monday, July 12th and participate in some lively discussion. This is a Zoom meeting and you must register to attend, so if you are interested, email Tom Potter at tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov to receive a  link to the registration site.

HUERFANO

MoF hosts two art exhibitions dealing with conflict

WALSENBURG  — The Museum of Friends is hosting two unique art exhibitions until July 24.  Talking it Out Coming to An Agreement & Contemporary Artists Dealing with Conflict. The works on view are not decorative nor depict light subject matter and as such it is recommended that children who visit are accompanied by a parent or care-giver. This content is highly recommended for middle and high-school aged children. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm or by special appointment.

Walsenburg Mining Museum and Huerfano Heritage Center opening

WALSENBURG —  The Walsenburg Mining Museum is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. Phone:  719-738-1992        Website:    huerfanohistory.org/mining-museum.html
The Huerfano Heritage Center will also be open for historical and family information, historical archives, newspapers back to 1898, historical photos and more year-round. The hours are:  Wednesday 2 to 5p.m., Thursday 11 to 3 p.m. and Friday 2 p.m to 5 p.m.  Phone:   719-738-2346 , E-mail:  huerfanoheritagecenter@outlook.com,     Facebook:    The Huerfano Heritage Center-Home/Facebook.
Tours are back! To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, the Huerfano County Historical Society will offer a tour of the Taos Trail, which was an important branch of the Santa Fe Trail, on Saturday, August 28. Historical re-enactors will be at each stop. There will be further details as they are finalized.  For reservations or more info call or leave message at 719-738-2346.

Fun Fridays!

HUERFANO COUNTY — Field Trips for kids on Fridays. All kids are welcome to join; maximum of 15 kids/activity. Cost: $10 for children of gym members, $15 for non-members.
Registration must be completed the Wednesday prior to each activity for logistics planning.
Drop-offs at Two Peaks Fitness at 8:45 am the morning of each activity.
Our Activities:
• July 9- Colorado Reptile/Gator Farm 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• July 23 – Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center Pool 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Aug. 6- Rock Climbing in Stonewall 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Aug. 20- Cuchara Mountain Park Mini Golf and Frisbee Golf 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fox Walsenburg Weekend Movie

WALSENBURG – This weekend at the Fox in Walsenburg, the documentary Summer of Soul will be playing. The film is rated PG-13, has a run-time of 1 hour 57 minutes, and will play on Friday at 7:30p.m., Saturday at 7:30p.m., and Sunday at 3:00p.m.

Building Blocks Playgroup

HUERFANO COUNTY — Please come join our weekly community Playgroup on Tuesdays from 9:30a.m.-11:00a.m. We resumed meeting on July 6th. This summer we will be holding Playgroup at Fiesta Park (next to the Huerfano Community Center in Walsenburg) with COVID-19 precautions in place.
If there is inclement weather, Playgroup will return to the Family Resource Center at 615 Russell Avenue.
The group age range is between birth and four years old.

2021 Western Rendezvous Art Show at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Art Council proudly presents the Western Rendezvous art show which will be on display until July 31st. The opening reception will take place on Friday, June 25th from :p.m.-:p.m. Images of the artists’ works can be seen on the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org, A YouTube video is also available from the website
The SPACe gallery is located at 132 W. Ryus in La Veta and is open Tuesdays and Thursday – Saturdays from 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
There is no admission fee to SPACe, but donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be provided at the reception. Call 719 742-3074 for information.

La Veta Youth art workshop

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta is holding an art workshop for young people ages 9 – 14 in the La Veta Town Park July 5 – 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sign your girls and boys up to be trekkers, exploring the arts of the desert Southwest. Cochiti storytellers from clay, Zuni charms or Anasazi bowls, and Navajo painted rug designs with drawings of elk skulls are among the possibilities. All materials are provided for a fee of $25 per child.
Upon attending all 5 days of the workshop, the fee will be refunded, thanks to a generous grant from the Bar NI Community Service Fund. Register online through the SPACe website or come in to SPACe to sign up. You can also print the registration form and mail it with a check. www.spanishpeaksarts.org. Call Becky at 719-964-0451 for more information.

Summer Activities at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG – Next Friday, July 9 join our special guest presenter, Sharona Whitley.  She will be doing a chameleon program at 10:30 am in the community room.  Kyle Groves will be presenting a magic show on Tuesday, July 13 at 1:00 pm.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at 719-738-2774 or sherry@spld.org.

Improv Show in La Veta

LA VETA — “Excuse me…is this your line? Or mine?” Join us on Friday July 9th and Saturday, July 10th at 6:30p.m. for an improv show at the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts.  Doors open at 6:30pm and the show is at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10, available starting July 1st at the La Veta Mercantile and at the door the night of the show.

Gardner Chuckwagon Supper Canceled

GARDNER — The Gardner Chuckwagon Supper, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday of August, will sadly not be held this year.

La Veta Trails Volunteer Activities

LA VETA — There are some upcoming events and volunteer opportunities with La Veta Trails. Mark your calendars!
Friday, July 8th, 8:00 a.m. – Noon. School Nature Trail. Meet at the corner of Birch and E. Garland Streets, La Veta.
Vandals have been at it again! We will replace the broken plexiglass in the kiosk and remove graffiti. We will also finish setting up the new drip system for the trees and shrubs planted in 2020.
Monday, July 12th, 8:00 a.m. -Noon. Wahatoya State Wildlife Area. Meet at the Daigre Reservoir Trail parking lot on CR 358.  The trails are getting overgrown, thanks to the recent rain. We will prune willows using loppers, weed whack the trails, and pick up litter.                                                                                                                                 If you are interested in working on the wilderness trails, please sign up with La Veta Trails. Dates have yet to be determined, but in 2021, we will perform annual basic maintenance on the West Peak, Vista, and Apishapa trails. Our big project this summer will be the backlog of maintenance issues on the Schafer trail. We will need lots of volunteers with loppers and hand saws to clear the brush.

Lathrop State Park Events

HUERFANO COUNTY — Come on out to Lathrop State Park this weekend for a bunch of fun activities.
On Friday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a boat safety clinic with Ranger Spencer Gerk in the amphitheatre parking lot.
On Saturday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. special guest Jaquie Gipson will play music at the Park Amphitheatre. Nature, music, and you: a perfect evening at the park.
There will also be Junior Ranger activities taking place across the weekend. On Thursday, July 8th at 10:30a.m. there will be an animal science seminar  focused on wildlife skull identification. On Friday, July 9, you can build a birdhouse at the visitors’ center with Children’s Librarian Stephanie Masinton from the La Veta Public Library.
On Saturday, July 10 at 9:00 a.m. there will be a junior survival skills course with Officer travis Sauder at the amphitheatre.

New Moon Celebration

WALSENBURG – Fridays in Huerfano presents NEW MOON FEST at Miner’s Plaza this Friday July 9th! Come out on the new moon to enjoy some beginners yoga flow and a drum circle jam! Bring your yoga mat, flow props and musical instruments! Yoga begins at 6:00p.m and a New Moon Drum Circle begins at 7:00p.m. Participating businesses will remain open till 7:00p.m!

Rick Vaught plays in La Veta
LA VETA — Rick Vaught is a solo acoustic artist based in Elbert County, Colorado, just southeast of the Denver metro area. He has been performing professionally over 35 years in a wide variety of styles. His covers include a mixture of classic rock, folk and country from the last 7 decades. See him on the Casa de Pajaros patio starting at 6:00pm this Friday July 9th!

Ribbon Cutting for C1B True Organics

WALSENBURG – Spanish Peaks Business Alliance and Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce are happy to announce a ribbon cutting for C1B True Organics (601 Hwy 85 87, Walsenburg CO 81089) to celebrate their grand opening and new ownership, on Saturday, July 10th at 4pm.
C1B True Organics LLC, is a boutique cannabis shop; where we take time to research the products we sell before they ever go on the shelves. C1B True Organics LLC, carries some of the best brands in Colorado and can be suited for any budget.
Join us July 10, at 4 p.m. for the official ribbon cutting and announcement of new ownership! There will be vendors, special 710 sales, What’s Cookin’ Food Truck, Giveaways, Games, and a DJ!

Ranch Rodeos

LA VETA — Rodeos are back in Huerfano County.  There will be a woman’s ranch rodeo and an open ranch rodeo at the La Veta Fairgrounds on July 10, 2021. Gates will open at 10 am, first performance at 11 am followed by kids mutton bustin, then the second performance at 4 pm.  Kurt Corsair’s cowboy music will begin at 6 pm.  Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 6 – 18 and under 5 is free.   Food venders will be onsite.

Mud Fest

LA VETA — The Huerfano County 4-H Fair Board is having their 17th  annual mud fest at the La Veta Fairgrounds on July 11th.  Spectator gate opens at 8am and the race begins at noon.  Classes in open, super stock, woman’s, street stock, pro stock, stock, and modified. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 13, under 5 is free.  Food vender will be onsite.

La Veta Public Library Tails and Tales Summer Program

LA VETA — Next week we will be taking a tour of the Francisco Fort Museum. Come by Wednesday, July
14th at 10:00a.m. for story time (outside on the library lawn) and 10:30 for the museum tour. For more info visit our website www.lvpl.org or call 719-742-3572.

Cuchara Community Potluck

LA VETA — Please join us on Thursday, July 15th at 6:00p.m. for a Cuchara Community Pot Luck at the Community Center! Meat, drinks, and tableware will be provided. Everyone is welcome! All we ask is to please bring your favorite dish and enjoy the fresh mountain air!

Visual Journaling for the Soul

HUERFANO COUNTY —On July 17th from 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. at Cuchara Mountain Park, Lori Holdread of Trinidad will be sharing her talents and expertise in starting participants on a beginning journey to art journaling in the inspirational setting of Cuchara Mountain Park. Lori has been leading this type of workshop for many years. The workshop is free and all materials will be supplied.
An art journal is the same as a written journal, except that it incorporates colors, images, patterns, and other materials. Some art journals have a lot of writing, while others are purely filled with images. It’s a form of creative self-care.  Regardless of whether or not you have any art “talent” or training, all you need to art journal is some simple art materials and a willingness to play with the art materials. It’s the play that’s healing!
This workshop brought to you by the HeART Works Outreach Program of Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice and Huajatolla Heritage Foundation.  Call or text Sandy Dolak 719-251-1271 or sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com to register.

Chris Arellano plays in La Veta

LA VETA — Chris Arellano’s deeply personal Americana weaves together the Norteno music of his Northern New Mexico upbringing with Alternative  Country and Blues influences-for a signature style that he calls Nuevo Americana. Fused with song and story, Spanish and English, his transcendent lyrics move listeners with emotion and passion. Chris’ ability to play multiple stringed instruments has kept him busy as a Nashville session musician and Producer.
Come check him out on July 17th at 7:00p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile. Tickets are $18 if purchased in advance and $20 day of show. Purchase tickets at lavetamercantile.simpletix.com

Jon Chandler plays in La Veta

LA VETA — Jon Chandler is a three time winner of the prestigious Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Linwood, his moody examination of Doc Holliday’s life won the Spur for Best Song in 2009, while his tribute to Wyoming’s Hole in the Wall country, Morning Star Moon, received the award in 2012.  His novel The Spanish Peaks received the WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award (Spur Award) for Best First Novel, and he was named True West Magazine’s Best Western Musician.  Wyoming Wind, A Novel of Tom Horn, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award.
A seventh-generation Coloradan, Jon’s music and stories reflect his heritage, and his eight CDs, two novels, two non-fiction works and myriad short stories and nonfiction articles are collected by western lifestyle aficionados worldwide.  He hosts the iconic monthly concert series America’s Soul Live at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor in Arvada, Colorado.  Homage, his new recording of cover songs that have influenced his writing and singing, will be released in Summer 2019
Come check him out on July 23rd at 7:00p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile. Tickets are $17 if purchased in advance and $18 day of show. Purchase tickets at lavetamercantile.simpletix.com

Peaches Peaches Peaches

LA VETA — There is still time to order your supply of delicious, #1 Palisade peaches through LA VETA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. We are currently receiving orders and your order will be ready for pickup on Sunday, August 22, 2021 between 10:30a.m. – 2:30p.m. Order forms are available throughout town—including blank forms at the door of La Veta United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Virginia. When filling out your form, please make sure to include your name, phone and email address so we may send you a reminder for pickup. All orders must be accompanied by cash or check. Should you have any questions, visit our website at www.lavetaumc.org.

Spanish Peaks Half Marathon

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks 3rd Annual Half Marathon is an out and back run on Highway 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends, designated a National Scenic Byway in February 2021. This year on Sunday September 19, the course includes a gradual outbound ascent totaling 756 feet of elevation gain and a smooth, even downhill cruise when the first half’s work is done. The turning point is arguably at one of the most scenic areas of the Highway of Legends with the stone dike formations looming to the east.
The Half Marathon is a Raba Cinco event.
New this year is the 2-person Half Marathon Relay. Also available is a Fun Run option.
The Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay begin at 8:30 am, with the Fun Run at 9:00.
All runs begin and end at the La Veta Town Park.
Information at www.twopeaksfitness.org/running-events. Registration at www.active.com.
Scholarships for the half marathon and relay available for teens; contact info@twopeaksfitness.org to register.

Huerfano area AA and NA meetings

HUERFANO COUNTY — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

LAS ANIMAS

Community Health Needs Assessment

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — Mt. San Rafael is working to complete their Community Health Needs Assessment; an important tool, completed every three years, that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis.
A Community Health Needs Assessment gives organizations, like Mt. San Rafael Hospital, comprehensive information about the community’s current health status, needs, and issues. This information helps develop a community health improvement plan by justifying how and where resources should be allocated to best meet community needs.
To assist with this process is a community survey.  The survey asks about health, current health practices, and impressions of the overall health of the Trinidad community.  The survey is available in both English and Spanish and in paper form or electronic. To complete the survey electronically, use the links below.
English: https://www.questionpro.com/t/AQbQMZmsbj
Spanish: https://www.questionpro.com/t/AQbQMZnK6L

CPW loaning backpacks & park passes

AGUILAR — Colorado State Parks & Wildlife offers backpacks containing a free pass to entrances into Colorado State Parks that can be checked out for 1 week. Must be 21yrs & present current drivers licenses upon check out. Ask about reserving your free State Parks Pass and Backpack @ Aguilar Public Library 719-941-4426 or just drop in @ 146 W Main St, Aguilar CO 81020, during business hours – Sun & Mon CLOSED,Tues,Thurs,Fri,Sat 10:00am – 2:00p.m., Wed 12:30-4:30.

First National Bank School Supply Drive

TRINIDAD — Our students need your help! Every year First National Bank gives the community an opportunity to support the youth in our community by holding an annual School Supply drive. This year they are asking for cash donations to purchase supplies for Back to School! First National Bank will match the first $1000 in donations. Please consider making a donation for the betterment of the children of our community. In order to do so, drop off or mail your donations to any branch location by July 31st.
Locations:
Main Bank – 100 E. Main St.
Motor Bank – 122 E. First St.
Wal-Mart Branch – 2921 Toupal Dr.

Dirty Deeds at the Depot

TRINIDAD — “Dirty Deeds at the Depot” an old West melodrama opens Friday July 9 for two weekends at Main Street LIVE in Trinidad.  Shows are at 7:00p.m. on  Friday & Saturday and 2:00p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are available online and at the door.   www.mainstreetlive.org   719 846 4765 for info.

Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles Race

AGUILAR — The Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles is a new five mile race course at the base of the East Peak of the twin Spanish Peaks (Wahatoya) in the Las Animas/Huerfano County border area of Southern Colorado. Access is made easy from I-25, with a pre-race assembly point in the town of Aguilar – at 146 West Main Street (Park site near the Library and Fire Station) – in preparation for a pleasant 15 minute caravan to the “backroads” location.
Packet pickup and pre-race instructions will take place at the 146 West Main location in Aguilar between 7:30 and 8 a.m., Saturday, July 24th.  Online registration ($25) is strongly encouraged, however, late registration ($30) is permitted for those arriving no later than 7:45 a.m. Race officials/hosts will lead the participants by vehicular caravan from the packet pickup location to the starting point for the race at the intersection of Las Animas County Roads 54.2 and 41.4.   To register or for more info, visit rabacinco.com

Aguilar Public Library Summer Reading Program

AGUILAR — Due to inclement weather, the Aguilar Public Library  rescheduled the Summer Reading Program for 2021  themed “Tails and Tales” for Wednesday, July 28th
Activities will include crafts, workshops on juggling and making balloon animals, and a puppet show.
Weather permitting, there will also be a foam party at the Aguilar School Football Field at 12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.
If weather doesn’t cooperate, there will be a Magic show at the Community Center starting at 12:30 instead.
For more information, please call (719) 941 -4426 Tuesday through Friday between 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

COLFAX

Student and Staff Vaccination Clinic

COLFAX COUNTY— On July 15th from 3:00-6:00 DOH/FEMA will be doing a Covid vaccination clinic at the high school  for students age 12-18 and any staff member that hasn’t been vaccinated that would like to be.  The Pfizer vaccine will be used.
You must use the following link to register and use the event code SPMSNM.  You can also register on site as they will be taking walk ins.
https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/my-registration.html
We are inviting students from our neighboring districts as well.
This information will be sent out via mail in the next couple of days and will be posted at various places around town.
Please feel free to share this information and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at juliecrum@springerschools.org or 575-483-3434.

Services at Little Rock Church on Johnson Mesa

COLFAX COUNTY— On July 11th, and July 18th, services will be held starting at 2:30p.m. at the little rock church  on top of Johnson Mesa.
On July 11th, there will be a message by Ernie Vineyard, the Clovis Distr. Supt., NwTX Conf, from the United Methodist Church.
On July 18th, the message will be delivered by Ned Ortiz, the Ret. Salvation Army Minister from the Lay Speaker-Methodist Church in Raton.

Raton Methodist Women’s Bazaar

RATON — Raton’s Methodist Women are having an Outdoor Bazaar,  Saturday,  July 10th, 2021 from 9 am to 1 pm behind the church at 4th and Tiger Drive.
Come and get some crafts and homemade baked goods!

Raton AA meeting

RATON — AA meetings are every Sunday and Wednesday at 6:00p.m. and Friday night, at 7:30p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 4th and Tiger Drive in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Upcoming Events for February 4, 2021

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out of our world

New exhibits, right on time: Three shows at History Colorado Center

OUT OF OUR WORLD — The History Colorado Center in downtown Denver is opening three new shows in the coming weeks, so if you’re looking for a bit of a vacation and want to go someplace that values safety in the time of COVID, you might consider checking these out.
Presented in English and Spanish, Borderlands of Southern Colorado explores the shifting geopolitical history of an area known for unique and resilient forms of cultural connection. This exhibit opens Feb. 2 on the 173rd anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Centering Chicano, Indigenous, and Mestizo perspectives, Borderlands reflects more than seven years of research and collaboration and evolves from two ongoing sister exhibits in Pueblo and Trinidad.
E Pluribus Unum features one of History Colorado’s most treasured artifacts, the priceless and rarely seen Appomattox Inkwell. This Inkwell was used to write an end to the Civil War. As Americans approach inauguration day, E Pluribus Unum is available for viewing now through Jan. 20th.
Apron Chronicles is a traveling exhibition that will complete its remarkable sixteen-year journey as a cultural phenomenon with its final showing at History Colorado. The exhibition features photography, personal narratives, and one-of-a-kind aprons that hold histories from the kitchen and far beyond. Told from the healing perspective of connectivity, Apron Chronicles explores humanity through aprons of hope, survival, achievement, regret, and liberation from Jan. 23 through May 9.
throughout our world

Virtual Philosophy Café

OUR WORLD — The Trinidad Carnegie Public Library has been hosting a series of monthly philosophy discussions on Zoom over the course of this pandemic and this month’s discussion topic is as timely as they come. The topic is ‘trust,’ though it may be whittled down to be a bit more specific in time for the meeting, which will take place on Mon. Feb. 8th at 5:00 p.m.
The discussion is free, but you do need to register in advance by heading to http://bit.ly/3abOdIT   after which you will receive an email with instructions on joining the meeting.

Sharpen your thinking with the  philosopher’s toolkit

OUR WORLD — TSJC’s Susanne van der Meer, one of the driving forces behind the Philosophy Cafe is presenting a series of four workshop from Feb. 5 – March 5 (no class on Feb. 26) that are designed to deepen your knowledge of thought and sharpen your analytical skills. Topics include an introduction to ‘how we think,’ tools for conceptual distinctions and critique, tools of historical schools: phenomenological and hermeneutical methods, and thought experiments.
The workshop is open to community members, students, and faculty of TSJC, and no background in philosophy is required, but you should enjoy working with abstract terms and concepts. Courses build on each other, so attending all four workshops is recommended. There is no cost for the series, but if you would like to participate, you will need to register in order to have access to the WebEx online service by calling Donna at (719) 846 -5724

Focus group participants needed for Tech-Learning ideas

OUR WORLD — The Southeast Colorado Small Business Incubator is extending an open invitation to professionals from Southeast Colorado to participate in a focus-group on Feb. 11 from 5-7  p.m. that will discuss advanced learning opportunities available through CU-Denver’s data science certification program, which will be hosted at SECO SBI in Bent County, CO. For more information, email seco.sbi@gmail.com or call (719) 456-0452

Free well-being support line for teachers and educators

OUR WORLD — Stressed?  Virtual learning and changing plans wearing you down?  Want support from the COVID chaos?  Talk to a trained crisis counselor volunteer who can listen and support you, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week via telephone or text message to 303-724-2500. Free and immediate access to mental health services available as needed.  The well being support line is a free service for all educators and school employees including ECE, K-12 programs, and higher education.  The support line is available to any educator across the state including teachers, administrators, para-professionals, health care teams, and support staff. Brain Health For All, For Life sponsors this program in collaboration with the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry and CPHE Colorado Spirit’s crisis Counseling Program.

 SAT/ACT prep

OUR WORLD — The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and eKnowledge are sponsoring the PowerPrep SAT and ACT preparation course. Instructors are professional educators, with advanced degrees. Hundreds of videos and thousands of detailed explanations. The latest innovations in customized, cloud-based, distance learning programming with  diagnostics, tracking, push reports for parents, individual custom study plans, live teacher chat and more. The standard course has a $350 value and is available for only $19.99 and the premium course has a $750 value but is available now for only $39.99. Order your course prep now at eknowledge.com

HUERFANO

Regular Meeting of the Huerfano Parks and Recreation District

HUERFANO COUNTY  — The Huerfano Parks and Recreation District Board of Directors will hold a Regular Zoom Meeting on Thursday, February 10, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be to conduct the business of the Huerfano Parks and Recreation District. For more information about the Zoom meeting and how to connect, contact Marilyn Russell,
Chair, Huerfano Parks and Recreation District, at    russellm9999@gmail.com.

The Book Nook at the La Veta Library is open again!

LA VETA — For the next three weeks La Veta’s Book Nook will accept appointments to shop our book store on Tuesdays only.  Appointments may be made via the Book Nook’s facebook page (laveta book nook) or by calling La Veta Library (719-742-5152).
Starting the week of February 23, you can shop the Book Nook on Tuesdays by appointment only, and on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 am to 3pm by following COVID-19 regulations.

La Veta Mercantile and Francisco Fort Museum

LA VETA — The Francisco Fort Museum had a great response to the merchandise that was featured at the La Veta Mercantile this holiday season. Thank you!  As of January 2021, La Veta Mercantile merchandise will be available online only.  You can shop virtually at https://la-veta-mercantile.square.site/  Shipping and curbside pick up is available. You can message the La Veta Mercantile on their Facebook page as well; https://www.facebook.com/lavetamercantile . Your purchase of Francisco Fort merchandise supports the continuing work of the Francisco Fort History Museum. It doesn’t get more local than this.

The La Veta Gallery on Main is now open on Saturdays

LA VETA — It is now open on Saturdays from noon until 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website at lavetagalleryonmain.com

Addiction treatment

WALSENBURG — Front Range Clinic is offering confidential, safe, access to medications for addiction treatment at two locations in Walsenburg.  Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m the mobile unit will be at 1818 E. Kansas Avenue.  Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the clinic will be held at 129 Kansas Avenue.  For more information call 1-866-MAT-STAT or visit www.frontrangemd.com

Free COVID-19 testing at health dept.

WALSENBURG — The Health Department has expanded FREE COVID-19 testing in Huerfano County.  This free COVID-19 test  is available to all members of the public, regardless of symptoms.  No Insurance Required
Please call for an appointment.  Testing will be available on:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Appointments are required for testing, call 719-738-2650 for an appointment.  The Las Animas/Huerfano Health Department office address is:  119 E. 5th Street.

Walsenburg area AA and NA meetings

WALSENBURG — AA meets Tuesday and Friday, 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.  NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano County Community Center.

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

WALSENBURG — Join the mayor at Heritage Park every Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for community oriented improvement projects.  There are countless little things we can do to make things better and the mayor is confident that one of them has your name on it!  Come have fun and become part of the solution!

La Veta Village food services

LA VETA —  La Veta Village Food Services are no longer be taking reservations or making calls.  Food boxes will be distributed on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis.  Boxes will be distributed on the FIRST and THIRD Saturday of each month as follows:  Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 6, March 20.
Boxes will be distributed between 10a.m. and 11a.m. at the La Veta Fire House, 100 Birch Street
● Participants will wear a mask at all times
● Participants are not to exit their vehicles
● New participants will be required to sign up with the LVV Food Service Program during check in

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will be having their monthly meeting Thursday, February 4th at 4p.m. at the La Veta fire station. You can also attend virtually on zoom, Meeting ID is 672 333 6437. Our membership drive is still going on so don’t forget to fill out your application. If you wish to be on the agenda or have any questions please contact us in advance at info@spanishpeakschamber.com.

Visit Spanish Peaks County website for new walking tours!

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Huerfano County Tourism board has put together walking and driving tours of Walsenburg, La Veta, Cuchara, and the Scenic Highway of Legends.  Download the app by visiting either of these links:  https://spanishpeakscountry.com/ or https://spanishpeakscountry.com/audio-tours/to explore our county via the Travel Storys app.  The TravelStorys available now are:
Historic La Veta-From Western Outpost to Cultural Oasis; Historic Downtown Walsenburg-A City Built on Coal; Highway of Legends-Wonder and History, Millions of Years in the Making; Walk Cuchara- Step Back Into The Past

LAS ANIMAS

Grief support circle for those who have suffered loss

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice and Mt. Carmel Wellness Center are partnering to bring much needed services to our communities. In these unprecedented times, so many in our area have suffered profound losses. We arevoffering two free programs to address these needs. The programs are open to anyone in the community that has suffered a loss and feels they could be supported through a grief and bereavement support circle. These will be held Thurs. Feb. 18th and Thurs. March 11. either virtually or in person. Sessions will start promptly at 1PM.
Kayleen Dowell, a trained facilitator will be offering a judgment-free, safe space in which your feelings of loss and grief are validated by connecting with others who have shared similar experiences and are present to sit with those feelings.
You can register for the Zoom sessions by contacting Laura Jordan at Mt Carmel Wellness Center at 719-845-4800 or ljordan@mtcarmelcenter.org. If you wish to attend in person with appropriate screening and social distancing contact Sandy Dolak, at (719) 251-1271 or sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com.

Senior Day at Books & More Bookstore

TRINIDAD — Friday, Feb. 5 is Senior Day at Books & More at 132 N. Commercial St. in Trinidad. Most items are 50% off and the store is open from 11-4 p.m.

Curbside service at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — These curbside services are available at the Carnegie Library:
Books and DVDs:
 Visit the online catalog: https://carnegie.catalog.aspencat.info/ to place items on hold.
 Then call or email us & arrange to pick up the items outside.
 Return items to the book drop outside the front entrance.
Printouts faxes and document scanning:
 Fees—
Copies are 10 cents per page for black and white, 50 cents per page for color. Outgoing Faxes are 1 dollar per page. We will give you a confirmation page after the fax is sent.
Incoming Faxes are 50 cents per page. Call to let us know you’re expecting a fax. Scans to email are free.
 For digital documents—you can attach the document to an email and send it with instructions to trinidadpubliclibrary@gmail.com. For printouts, let us know how many copies of each document you want and any special requests.
For faxes, we need the fax number you are sending to. If you want to also send a cover sheet, you can use one of
our blank coversheet templates. Cover sheets count as a sheet and add $1.00 to the charge.
 For hard-copy documents—Call us when you arrive outside the Library. We’ll meet you and get your documents and can usually process them (scan, fax, printout) in a few minutes.

COLFAX

Youth Heartline CASA recruiting

RATON — Youth Heartline is currently recruiting Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers. CASA works within New Mexico’s 8th Judicial District to support children as they navigate the legal system. CASA volunteers are needed throughout Colfax County to advocate for children’s best interests. Volunteers must be 21 or older and online training is provided.  All training is provided and there is a monthly commitment of 10 hours expected.  In light of the current global circumstances, it is more important than ever to have as many as possible looking out for foster children in our community.
To get involved, please contact Sofia Ortiz, the outreach coordinator at 575-999-5755 (cell) or 575-445-2400. You may also email her at ratonoutreat@youthheartline.org.

Hungry Hearts lunch Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will is serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St.  Free lunches are served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served).  Walk-up guests are served as well.  All guests, whether drive up or walk up, should wear masks.  As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome.  Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

Raton AA meeting

RATON — AA meetings are every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday night, at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 4th and Tiger Drive  in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Al-Anon meeting

RATON — Al-Anon comes to Raton thanks to support from the World Journal and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton.  Meetings are every Thursday at 6 p.m. at 240 Rio Grande.  Al-Anon is a self-supporting group that seeks to assist the family and friends of people who are abusing alcohol or other substances.  Come and give support, come, and be supported.  Questions?  970-568-6969.

Free transportation for veterans for medical appointments

NE NEW MEXICO —  The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services is partnering with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to launch a pilot program to provide free transportation for veterans for VA or VA-approved non-VA medical appointments.   The first phase of this innovative program will serve military veterans in the following counties:  Cibola, Colfax, Guadalupe & Socorro.
Veterans must make reservations three days in advance for these free round trips by calling the DAV at 505-582-4544.  If you are interested in volunteering as a driver, call the DAV for details.

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The total up-to-date number of cases in Colorado, New Mexico, and nationwide are also listed in the COVID-19 page, as well as health tips to keep yourself and your family safe, and updates from state and Federal Health Organizations. The full listing of events still happening, are listed on www.worldjournalnewspaper.com under Upcoming Events in the toolbar.

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Public input/information sessions for Fishers Peak State Park

OUR WORLD — When Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced the purchase of Fishers Peak and the plan to turn it into our 42nd state park, we promised to get the public on the property as soon as possible to hunt, hike and generally enjoy this special place. We also promised to include the public in the planning process and to be as transparent as possible in our progress.
The next big opportunity to learn about this project, to ask questions and to be heard is coming:
Monday, Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., we will offer a virtual, online Fishers Peak State Park Community Information Session with planners, partners and staff.  Link:   https://bit.ly/3lBoz4i
Thursday, Dec. 17, 6-7 p.m., the public can attend a virtual, on-line Fishers Peak State Park Question-and-Answer Session with planners, partners and staff. Link:   https://bit.ly/33DraEu

CSU Extension offers online Certified Gardener Program

OUR WORLD — New for 2021! CSU Extension will be offering our Certified Colorado Gardener Program completely online! Also new this year, we will have a FULL COURSE option and multiple SHORT COURSE options to meet anyone’s needs. All classes will be online, are self-paced, and can be done in your free time.  Regardless of the course, you’ll receive in-depth horticulture training provided by CSU faculty, staff, and specialists.
There is NO volunteer commitment with the Certified Program.  Registration deadline is December 31, 2020.  For more information including fees, course descriptions and to register visit:  https://cmg.extension.colostate.edu/certified-colorado-gardener/.

HUERFANO

La Veta Merc. discounts for health care workers

LA VETA — La Veta Mercantile is offering a 20% discount for health care workers with a badge as a huge thank you for all you are doing right now.  Bring in your badge and we’ll treat you to the discount on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main, La Veta.  719-742-3387.

Walsenburg COVID-19 Electronic Town Hall Fri., Dec. 11

WALSENBURG — Please attend a Walsenburg COVID-19 Electronic Town Hall meeting Friday, Dec. 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m..  The town hall is sponsored by the World Journal and the City of Walsenburg.
The meeting will feature the Las Animas Huerfano County Public Health Department, Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, South Central Council of Governments, Huerfano RE-1 School District, Health Solutions, and Huerfano County Emergency Management
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Free COVID-19 testing at health dept.

WALSENBURG — The Health Department has expanded FREE COVID-19 testing in Huerfano County.  This free COVID-19 test  is available to all members of the public, regardless of symptoms.  No Insurance Required
Please call for an appointment.  Testing will be available on:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Appointments are required for testing, call 719-738-2650 for an appointment.  The Las Animas/Huerfano Health Department office address is:  119 E. 5th Street.

Spanish Peaks Chamber Board election

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce membership drive is now in progress.  Apply now at www.spanishpeakschamber.com!  Join today and become part of an expanding team of businesses and individuals living in Huerfano County.
Become a leader in the Chamber by getting involved with the board; elections will be held Thursday, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m.. All board positions are up for election.
For more information give us a call at (719)742-3676, or email us at info@spanishpeakschamber.com.
Why be a board member?  Volunteers create a functional community.  Town Boards, School Boards, Library Boards, Tourism Boards, Church Boards, Chamber of Commerce Boards, County Fair Boards, and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance Board, just to name a few make up many of the important functions of our community.  Be a board member and make a difference in your community.  The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce is looking for active working board members.  We welcome diversity.
Most recently, the Chamber has become involved in fundraising to support La Veta Trails’ La Veta Master Plan project, and has supported La Veta businesses to obtain La Veta CARES act funding.
Chamber meetings are the first Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. via zoom or at the La Veta Fire Department. If you are interested contact us @ info@spanishpeakschamber.com.

Kids winter gear donation box at Bachman & Associates office

LA VETA — Now accepting new or “near new” kids sized winter clothing.  Donations will be frequently collected.  We will sanitize and distribute items at La Veta School.  Donations are accepted from Nov. 30th through Dec. 11th.  Monetary donations can also be accepted at La Veta School.  Thank you for your generosity!

Shop local raffle—  shop and enter!

WALSENBURG — Spend $15 (or more!) at participating businesses listed below now to Friday, Dec. 18 for a chance to win a huge gift basket full of goodies from those businesses! Second drawing will win a gorgeous floral arrangement from Forget Me Not Florist!
The shop to win ends Friday, December 18 with winners announced on Saturday, Dec. 19.  Must be local or able to pick up the prize, as we wil not ship.  Spread cheer and shop local!
• Coco’s Apocalypse Kitchen
• Crafty Canary Brewery
• George’s Diner
• T.C.’s Diner
• La Plaza Restaurant
• Alpine Rose Cafe
• Kay’s Liquor
• H&H Cafe
• Serendipity Coffee
• Rollin’ Smoke Garage BBQ
• Legends Flooring & Interior
• Huerfano Nursery
• Bear Spot
• Vigil Family Chiropractic
• Main St. Antiques (corner of 6th and Main)
• Antique Avenue (600 block of Main Street)
• Museum of Friends
• The Soap Box
• Armida’s Boutique
• SilkWorm
• Green Elephant
• Fox Trot Emporium

Santa Claus cruises La Veta

HUERFANO COUNTY — Due to the COVID-19 red status of the county the Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will not be hosting the Santa Claus photo opportunity in front of Crafted in Colorado, downtown La Veta or in Walsenburg this season.
On Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12 as well as December 18 and 19, Santa and Mrs. Claus and possibly some elves from his workshop up north will be cruising his sleigh in the downtown area of La Veta weather permitting.  Cruising will take place from 10:00 – 11:30 and 1:00 – 2:30 Friday and Saturday.  Social distancing will be enforced.
Have a great holiday season and remember to support our local county businesses.  It’s these businesses that make our community special.  Your support will help them to stay open during this pandemic.  The shop local and Santa cruise is hosted by the Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce.

Water Conservancy District budget hearing and board meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The 2021 budget hearing and December board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held remotely by GoTo Meeting on Friday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m..  A draft agenda and login information for the meeting are available on the HCWCD website at:  www.hcwcd.net .
The public is welcome to join as follows:
Join from computer, tablet or smartphone at  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/111299285 or dial in using your phone: (646) 749-3122, Access Code: 111-299-285

New Hope Community Church in person services canceled for now

WALSENBURG — In person services for New Hope Community Church, 801 Pennsylvania Ave., are suspended for the month of December.  Services will resume January 3rd, 2021 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m Wednesday evening.  The Sunday sermon may be heard at https://www.facebook.com/newhopeofwalsenburg or on KSPK at 10 a.m. every Sunday.

Support Francisco Fort  Museum shop local now!

LA VETA — The Francisco Fort Museum Book and Gift Shop is now on display and online at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 South Main Street.  Shop in-store or peruse their online catalog https://la-veta-mercantile.square.site/ from the safety of your own home.  Shipping and curbside pick up available.  Lots of great local history books!  Your purchase supports the continuing work of the Francisco Fort History Museum.  It doesn’t get more local than this.

Addiction treatment

WALSENBURG — Front Range Clinic is offering confidential, safe, access to medications for addiction treatment at two locations in Walsenburg.  Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m the mobile unit will be at 1818 E. Kansas Avenue.  Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the clinic will be held at 129 Kansas Avenue.  For more information call 1-866-MAT-STAT or visit www.frontrangemd.com

Walsenburg area AA and NA meetings

WALSENBURG — AA meets Tuesday and Friday, 7 pm at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.  NA meetings are virtual.  For more info call 719-890-4567.

Discussion pods at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Discussion pods alternate each Thursday at 2 p.m. between book and movie discussions.  Come talk about what you are reading/watching or your favorite recommendation!  Sign-up opens each Monday for that Thursday’s Discussion Pod.  Stop by the front desk or call 742-3572 to reserve your space!

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

WALSENBURG — Join the Mayor at Heritage Park every Friday 11 am – 1 pm for community oriented improvement projects.  There are countless little things we can do to make things better and the Mayor is confident that one of them has your name on it!  Come have fun and become part of the solution!

Talks on Divine Light via Zoom

HUERFANO — Join spiritual mentor, mystic & student of Jesus, Laura Bedford to experientially explore why it makes all the difference to trust the Divine Light on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 5 p.m.  Just what is Divine Light & how does it work? Exploration of this nature is needed more than ever.
Join her  Zoom meeting at:    https://zoom.us/j/93029560738?pwd=NovabSs40GpHVnBpanFtcnFKSjhNdz09
Meeting ID: 930 2956 0738Passcode: 143809

Plant a book at La Veta Library

LA VETA — This holiday season make a reader’s Christmas bright and help grow the La Veta Library’s children’s book collection.  Planting a book in the Library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative.  A dedication bookplate will be placed inside one of our pre-selected books and we will give you a personalized card for your special person.  Plant-A-Book begins Tuesday, Dec. 1.  All dedications cost $15.  Contact us at 742-3572 for more information.  You can view the books on our website lvpl.org and use the PayPal option to purchase or come in to the library.

La Veta Village Food Services boxes

LA VETA — We offer a grocery shopping service: (719) 357-7633.  If you or someone you know is a 60+ year old senior, or have a preexisting condition that puts you at high risk and you live in the 81055 zip code and are in need of transporting groceries from Charlie’s to your home, please contact us at (719) 357-7633 or email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com. Orders are taken Mondays and Thursdays.  Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fridays.– lavetavillage.org. To volunteer, call 719-247-1393

Community Holiday blessing

HUERFANO COUNTY — Let’s ring out the old and ring in the new in La Veta, Walsenburg and all over Huerfano County and beyond Sunday, Dec. 20, 4 p.m..  Begin walking from your home ringing bells, or chimes, or making sound on your favorite instrument, or ring from your porch beginning at 4 p.m..  The sound of a bell welcomes peace, happiness and wisdom.  If you like, wear your most festive or vintage clothes and celebrate miracles.  Everyone is welcome.  Elves and angels too!  Please wear masks and keep a significant distance, at the very least six feet.

Huerfano holiday decorating contest

HUERFANO COUNTY —Bachman & Associates, KSPK, and The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to bring you the Deck the Halls Holiday Contest!  We will be holding an old fashion home holiday lighting decoration contest throughout Huerfano County.
KSPK radio reaches communities as far as two hours away, lets light up Huerfano County and bring people to our community to shop local, spend the night, and enjoy our many delicious restaurants!
Make your home a showplace of holiday lights and decorations and you could win a $500 grand prize, $200 second place, or $100 third place prize from Bachman & Associates.  To register visit DiscoverBachman.com and click on the Deck the Halls Contest button by Sunday, Dec. 20 at midnight!  All homes will be listed in the voting poll on the website.  You may cast your vote (only one per person) through December 27 and the winners will be announced December 29 on 102.3 KSPK! There will be a map on this page of all the homes entered in the contest so visitors and locals can drive to see the lights!  Keep listening for contest details throughout November and December.

Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery

LA VETA — Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery is running now through Saturday, Jan. 2.  This is a La Veta favorite and promises to be better than ever, showing a nice selection of gift options created by local artists.  The Gallery is also presenting works from the Art Council of Trinidad in their Fuller Gallery which will delight.  The Gallery, 132 W. Ryus Ave. next to the park, is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call for more information:  719 742-3074 or visit:  www.spanishpeaksarts.com

Matching grant donations and  volunteers needed for the Fox Theatre!

WALSENBURG — Our historic building needs help!  We need to make a few repairs. We need a new roof.  We need brickwork. We need proper drainage around the foundation.  We need to secure the marquee to the building.
Our trusty volunteers are wore out! They save the day on a regular basis.  It’s time to give them a break and make much needed repairs.  We’ve experienced water lines exploding on Christmas, basement floods during community flood meetings, roof leaks, and cold movie screenings.  Our time to fix these occurences is now!
The Fox Theatre was awarded a $200,000 grant from DOLA.  We have to match those funds with another $200,000. We were awarded $50,000 from the State Historic Fund and $10,000 from the Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation.  We’ve requested another $100,000 from two other foundations.
We need cash to unlock the DOLA grant.  We received $25,000 from resident and philanthropist George Birrer to purchase the empty lot next to the theatre, but if needed, he has permitted us to move the funds into this project.  Our goal is $30,000 cash.  We have to raise these funds by July 2021, or we will lose the DOLA grant.  Any monetary donations help!
Our board members are committed and work well together.  However, they have all extended their time on the board.  Therefore, we are looking for fresh recruits.  Board service is minimal; however, we are trying to raise a lot of money, so folks who are connected and enjoy fundraising would be a perfect fit!
Please contact Mike at 719-890-4292 or email him at mike@foxtheatrewalsenburg.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

LAS ANIMAS

The Trial of Santa at Main Street LIVE

TRINIDAD — Join us for our first play as Main Street LIVE, (formerly SCRT) Friday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m..  This comedy was written by Don Zolidis and will be presented by the youth company.  The setting is in Judge Trudy’s court room.  Santa is accused of delivering the wrong present.  His lawyer is an elf.  The play is appropriate for all ages.  This production is a safe socially distanced event.  General admission. $10

Hunter education course

HOEHNE — There will be A Hunter Education Completion Course Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. at The Hoehne Community Center.   This course will satisfy the in-person course requirement for students under the age of 11. Individuals 11 and over can acquire their hunter education certification entirely online at this time.  All students will register online at https://my.register-ed.com
The major portion of this course uses the Internet to complete the mandatory homework.  The online portion of this course is $24.50 and is available at https://www.hunter-ed.com/colorado/. Students must show the certificate of completion for the online course to attend the classroom
Students will be awarded Hunter Education cards to upon successful completion of the course, which includes completing the approved online study program, attending  class session and passing a written test and live fire.  Rifles and ammunition for the live fire will be provided.  No personal firearms are allowed.
Students will not be accepted without a face mask.  Students are ask to wear long sleeves to class, and bring a jacket for the shooting test so we can minimize skin contact with the firearms.  They will be wiped down by the instructors after every use.  Students are asked to bring their personal eye and ear protection.   Students will remain distanced from each other and the instructors, except for family groups.  For more information call 846-7403

7th Annual Trinidad Fire Department Toy Drive

TRINIDAD — Bombshells Salon, 1115 East Main Street, will be having its 7th Annual Toy Drive to benefit the Trinidad Fire Department Sat., Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Drive thru and drop off a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation for the Trinidad Fire Department!  Roll down your windows and enjoy the sounds of live Christmas carols performed by Madison Cummings, but please stay in your vehicle.  Donation collectors will be wearing masks for your safety! It’s more important than ever to come together as a community to help our kids!!!

Relay for Life December Fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Be ready for a wonderfully tasty Christmas by ordering from our “Delicious December Fundraiser”.  We are offering homemade pumpkin rolls (regular or gluten free) or homemade mixed berry pie for the low price of $15.  Call today to reserve yours for Christmas delivery or pickup on Wednesday, Dec. 23.  Orders will also be taken for after Christmas.  Payment can be taken at time of delivery or you can pay at Corradino Auto Body, 124 N. Maple Street.  All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.  Contact Kendra Doherty at 719-680-0693 or 719-946-5510.

The chamber needs board members

TRINIDAD — The Board of Directors of the Chamber is looking for new board members, particularly in the cannabis and tourism industries.  Joining the board of directors would allow you to help shape the work the Chamber is doing for businesses in the county.  If you are interested, please contact the Chamber at 719-846-9285 or email Nicia Crosson at nicia.tlaccc@gmail.com.  Joining the Board of Directors is an opportunity to work with a great group of business leaders and help your fellow residents.

Curbside service at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — These curbside services are available at the Carnegie Library:
Books and DVDs:
 Visit the online catalog: https://carnegie.catalog.aspencat.info/
and place items on hold.
 Then call us, or email us and arrange to pick up the items outside.
 Return items to the book drop outside the front entrance.
Printouts faxes and document scanning:
 Fees—
Copies are 10 cents per page for black and white, 50 cents per page for color
Outgoing Faxes are 1 dollar per page. We will give you a confirmation page after the fax is sent.
Incoming Faxes are 50 cents per page. Call to let us know you’re expecting a fax.
Scans to email are free.
 For digital documents—you can attach the document to an email and send it with instructions to
trinidadpubliclibrary@gmail.com. For printouts, let us know how many copies of each document you want and
any special requests.
For faxes, we need the fax number you are sending to. If you want to also send a cover sheet, you can use one of
our blank coversheet templates. Cover sheets count as a sheet and add $1.00 to the charge.
 For hard-copy documents—Call us when you arrive outside the Library. We’ll meet you and get your
documents and can usually process them (scan, fax, printout) in a few minutes.

Philosophy Café online

TRINIDAD — The next Philosophy Cafe will be held online Monday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m..  Do you enjoy philosophizing with others about timeless questions?  Join us for a monthly facilitated conversation.  December’s Philosophy Café topic: Data and Knowledge. Technology, especially the internet, has made more and more data available to individuals, but has that availability improved the quality of their knowledge? To prepare for the discussion, we offer two short articles:
Phil Klay, “Human Experience Will Not Be Quantified”, 2020,  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/07/opinion/sunday/data-science-limits.html
L. J. Elkin, “Data Analysis, Models and Knowledge”, 2013, https://aphilosopherstake.com/2013/02/21/data-analysis-models-and-knowledge-applied-epistemology/
This will be a remote discussion using Zoom Meeting, and to join the discussion, please register—click the “Register” button below, then fill out the resulting registration form.  After you register, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to join the meeting.  You can also click this link to register: https://bit.ly/2JkGGhy or if you want to join us, go to our website (Carnegiepubliclibrary.org) and click the Virtual Programs button.  Scroll down until you find the article on Philosophy Café.  Just click the Register button to get detailed information on how to join.

Las Animas County emergency business and non-profit grant funding

LAS ANIMAS — As our community continues to confront the still-emerging health and economic implications of the COVID-19 crisis, small businesses and non-profits throughout Las Animas County have sought to meet our community’s sudden and emergency challenges.  To assist in meeting those challenges, Las Animas County announces an opportunity for small businesses (including ranchers and farmers) to apply for relief and receive funding to address the COVID-19 emergency.
To be eligible applicants must: have a physical location in Las Animas County; been operating continously since at least March 26, 2019 (unless forced to temporarily close to comply with state and local orders); are independently owned; be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and be  in good standing;  and be current with required Las Animas County Personal Property Taxes.  Businesses with more than one physical location in Las Animas County may apply for each location grant program.  Marijuana industry businesses are not eligible.  Applicants will be required to submit:  Profit and loss statement for 2019 and 2020 comparison and W-9.  To request an application email:  lacgrants@lasanimascounty.org or call 719-845-2562, 845-2564, 845-2566
Applications must be received by Las Animas County no later than 3 p.m. on January 29, 2021.  Only complete applications with W-9 and P & L will be accepted, and all submissions will become the property of Las Animas County.  Applications may be personally delivered to the Las Animas County Courthouse, 200 East 1st Street, Room 105, Trinidad, CO, 81082, mailed to the same address, or email lacgrants@lasanimascounty.org .
Application reviewers will determine eligibility and grant amount.  Awards will depend upon the number of applicants, availability of funds, and demonstrated need.  Once funding decisions are made, applicants will receive a grant award notification, wich will outline all terms and conditions of receiving the grant.  Las Animas County reserves the right to offer awards different from the specified amount requested.  Funds will be distributed via check after each qualifying reimbursement request is approved.  All funding decisions are final.

Network Council meetings going online

TRINIDAD — One of our group offered to set up a Zoom meeting, so we hope to do that for our Network Council meetings starting in January, 2021.  The first Thursday of January will be the 7th, so mark your calendar for an 8 am to 9 am virtual meeting of Network Council on that day.

TSJC continuing education registration and teaching opportunities

TRINIDAD — Registration for spring classes is now ongoing.  See the Spring Schedule at:  www.trinidadstate.edu/schedule.
Also we need instructors for workforce and community education classes.  Do you have knowledge, ideas, or passions that you would like to share with others?  Professional certification is not required to teach most workforce and community courses, just experience and the ability to effectively share your knowledge with others.  Classes or workshops can run anywhere from a few hours to an entire semester – or share your knowledge through a short presentation.  Contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724
For more information or to register, contact: Donna Haddow-Continuing Education Coordinator 719-846-5724 | or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu .

COLFAX

Hungry Hearts lunch Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St.  Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served).  Walk-up guests will be served as well.  We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks.  As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome.  Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

Colfax County Health Council meeting

RATON — Ashley Vigil is inviting you to a scheduled the Colfax County December Health Council Zoom meeting Friday,  Dec. 11, 11 a.m..  To join this Zoom Meeting go to:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78303481337?pwd=MmVhdVd3Q21jZ0pNUFNzcGNncGtWUT09
Meeting ID: 783 0348 1337
Passcode: 0wkkx2

Raton Cash Mob at Flowerland w/Raton MainStreet

RATON — Join us on our last night of Christmas shopping Thursday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m. on Facebook live!  Debbie will be bringing you some amazing holiday decor to spruce up your home!  The girls will be hosting an auction on 10 mystery boxes full of goodies donated from Raton Businesses as a fundraiser for Raton Mainstreet!!

Springer AA meeting

SPRINGER — AA meets every Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Springer, NM at 7 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

AA meeting

RATON — Meetings are every Wednesday night, 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.  There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Al-Anon meeting

RATON — Al-Anon comes to Raton thanks to support from the World Journal and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton.  Meetings are every Thursday, 6 p.m. at 240 Rio Grande.  Al-Anon is a self-supporting group that seeks to assist the family and friends of people who are abusing alcohol or other substances.  Come and give support, come, and be supported.  Questions?  970-568-6969.

Events for December 3, 2020

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The total up-to-date number of cases in Colorado, New Mexico, and nationwide are also listed in the COVID-19 page, as well as health tips to keep yourself and your family safe, and updates from state and Federal Health Organizations. The full listing of events still happening, are listed on www.worldjournalnewspaper.com under Upcoming Events in the toolbar.

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Expect CPW helicopter flights in December

OUR WORLD — Beginning Nov. 30, Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists will assess deer and elk populations by conducting low-altitude helicopter flights in southeast Colorado, west of Interstate 25.
Then, in mid- to late-December, biologists will launch similar helicopter flights in the southeastern plains of Colorado to the east of I-25.  Southeast Region residents can expect low-flying helicopters that spend a small amount of time in a specific area and then move on searching for more deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep.

The flights beginning Nov. 30 will target Park and Fremont counties before sweeping into El Paso and Teller counties, north of U.S. Highway 50, and then through Lake and Chaffee counties.  Then the biologists will fly south through Pueblo, Custer, Huerfano and Las Animas counties.

The eastern flight plan calls for helicopters to tour along the South Republican River drainage from Flagler to the Kansas state line. Then the helicopters will turn south into Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties followed by tours of Kiowa, Prowers and Baca counties.

The helicopter surveys will conclude with flights along the Arkansas River from the Kansas state line to Colorado Highway 71 and southwest along the Purgatoire River.

If the weather permits, CPW biologists hope to conclude their herd assessment flights by early January.  For more information on CPW’s wildlife population objectives, visit cpw.state.co.us/ThingsToDo/pages/HerdManagementPlans.aspx

CSU Extension offering Certified Gardener Program – online!

OUR WORLD — New for 2021! CSU Extension will be offering our Certified Colorado Gardener Program completely online! Also new this year, we will have a FULL COURSE option and multiple SHORT COURSE options to meet anyone’s needs. All classes will be online, are self-paced, and can be done in your free time.  Regardless of the course, you’ll receive in-depth horticulture training provided by CSU faculty, staff, and specialists.

There is NO volunteer commitment with the Certified Program.  Registration deadline is December 31, 2020.  For more information including fees, course descriptions and to register visit:  https://cmg.extension.colostate.edu/certified-colorado-gardener/.

HUERFANO

HCCC Zoom meeting today

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) is now sponsored by the Business Alliance. Our monthly meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 3, 12 p.m..  To receive an invitation to the meeting email: Bailee Harris at: bharris@huerfano.org.  Please let Bailee Harris know if you have anything you want discuss on the agenda.  Although we are on limited exposure, there’s a lot going on.

Drive thru COVID-19 test at the depot

WALSENBURG — We have free drive thru testing at the train depot/Heritage Park, 400 Main Street, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 4p.m.

Free COVID-19 testing at health dept.

WALSENBURG — The Health Department has expanded FREE COVID-19 testing in Huerfano County.  This free COVID-19 test  is available to all members of the public, regardless of symptoms.  No Insurance Required

Please call for an appointment.  Testing will be available on:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Appointments are required for testing, call 719-738-2650 for an appointment.  The Las Animas/Huerfano Health Department office address is:  119 E. 5th Street.

Support Francisco Fort Museum shop local now!

LA VETA — The Francisco Fort Museum Book and Gift Shop is now on display and online at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 South Main Street.  Shop in-store or peruse their online catalog https://la-veta-mercantile.square.site/ from the safety of your own home.  Shipping and curbside pick up available.  Lots of great local history books!  Your purchase supports the continuing work of the Francisco Fort History Museum.  It doesn’t get more local than this.

Addiction treatment

WALSENBURG — Front Range Clinic is offering confidential, safe, access to medications for addiction treatment at two locations in Walsenburg.  Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m the mobile unit will be at 1818 E. Kansas Avenue.  Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the clinic will be held at 129 Kansas Avenue.  For more information call 1-866-MAT-STAT or visit www.frontrangemd.com

Discussion pods at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Discussion pods alternate each Thursday at 2 p.m. between book and movie discussions.  Come talk about what you are reading/watching or your favorite recommendation!  Sign-up opens each Monday for that Thursday’s Discussion Pod.  Stop by the front desk or call 742-3572 to reserve your space!

Drive by Blessing

WALSENBURG — Do you miss church and the opportunity for communion?  We will be offering anyone who would like to be blessed to stop by Friday Dec 4, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for “drive by communion” in front of the United Church of Walsenburg.

Please do not block the main roads.  If you have allergies, we can still bless you even if you can not partake.  Sponsored by United Church of Walsenburg and New Life Ministries

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

WALSENBURG — Join the Mayor at Heritage Park every Friday 11 am – 1 pm for community oriented improvement projects.  There are countless little things we can do to make things better and the Mayor is confident that one of them has your name on it!  Come have fun and become part of the solution!

FNB calendar distribution

WALSENBURG — Although there will be no open house held at the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg or The Loan Production Office in Raton this year, residents are encouraged to stop by to pick up your calendar, which will be available starting Friday, December 4 at all branch locations in Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton.  The 2021 calendar is distributed as a free gift to the community while supplies last.

HPRD seeks new board members deadline 12/4

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Huerfano Parks and Recreation District is currently seeking letters of interest from individuals who are looking to serve on the Huerfano Parks and Recreation District Board.

The mission of the Huerfano Parks and Recreation Board is to provide a healthy environment in Huerfano County for all age groups by providing new, and improving existing parks, recreational activities and facilities.

Certain qualifications must be met in order to be appointed to the board:  Huerfano Parks and Recreation District Board candidates must be a registered voter in the State of Colorado and is also one of the following:  A resident of the district or the owner (or spouse/civil union partner of owner) of taxable real or personal property situated within the boundaries of the district. Spouse’s name, if property is in spouse’s name; or a person who is obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase taxable property within district.  Property that is owned by a legal entity such as a corporation, LLC, partnership, or trust does not qualify a person as an eligible candidate on the basis of property ownership.

Interested individuals need to submit a letter of interest, highlighting your interest in serving on the board.  Include any past board experience or why you feel you would be an asset to the board.  Submit all letters of intent to Board Chair Marilyn Russell at Huerfano Parks and Recreation District, P.O. Box 1201 Walsenburg, CO 81089; or email to russellm9999@gmail.com.  In subject line include Letter of Interest HPRD. Letters and email must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday,  December 4.
For more information contact Marilyn Russell at russellm9999@gmail.com or 719-890-4071

SPBA online Holiday Giving Celebration going virtual this year

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance will be hosting our 3rd Annual Holiday Giving Celebration virtually this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns.  The auction portion of the night will be hosted on our website https://www.spba.huerfano.org/holiday-giving-celebration starting Friday, Dec. 4.  Donors can learn what local nonprofits are working on this year, what they need help with, and conveniently donate straight from the website.  SPBA will send a receipt for tax purposes following the event.

Traditionally, we love seeing everyone in the same room supporting our nonprofits.  In an effort to capture that feeling we will be hosting a Virtual Holiday Mixer Monday, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m..  At the mixer we will highlight our participating nonprofits, solicit in kind donations, and we will be hosting an ugly sweater competition!  A prize will be awarded to the ugliest sweater.  You can register to attend the Mixer from the homepage of our website.  Please join us in supporting our local nonprofits and building community in such an unprecedented time.

Talks on Divine Light via Zoom

HUERFANO — Join spiritual mentor, mystic & student of Jesus, Laura Bedford to experientially explore why it makes all the difference to trust the Divine Light on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 5 p.m.  Just what is Divine Light & how does it work? Exploration of this nature is needed more than ever.
Join her  Zoom meeting at:    https://zoom.us/j/93029560738?pwd=NovabSs40GpHVnBpanFtcnFKSjhNdz09
Meeting ID: 930 2956 0738Passcode: 143809

Plant A Book at La Veta Library

LA VETA — This holiday season make a reader’s Christmas bright and help grow the La Veta Library’s children’s book collection.  Planting a book in the Library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative.  A dedication bookplate will be placed inside one of our pre-selected books and we will give you a personalized card for your special person.  Plant-A-Book begins Tuesday, Dec. 1.  All dedications cost $15.  Contact us at 742-3572 for more information.  You can view the books on our website lvpl.org and use the PayPal option to purchase or come in to the library.

Huerfano “shop local” promotion

HUERFANO COUNTY — During December the Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring “Shop Local” throughout Huerfano County.  Come join the fun, shop local, eat local, and support local businesses!  For more information contact the Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce.
Also, come join Santa Claus in downtown La Veta Saturdays, December 5, 12, and 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m..  Enjoy fun photo opportunities including frosty the snowman and Santa’s elves at 215 South Main Street under the covered porch outside Crafted in Colorado.  Social distancing and masks will be required.
Walsenburg will enjoy Santa and his helpers with hot Chocolate and photo opportunities also;  dates and times TBD!

Order Christmas wreaths & garlands now

LA VETA — If you love the smell of a fresh wreath and desire festive décor that will last throughout the holiday season, then we have the perfect opportunity for you!  Upon the Rock Christian Camp is selling fresh Douglas fir wreaths for the Christmas season, both decorated and undecorated! Wreaths range from smallest at 18″ to largest at 36″ and garland is 25 feet.  Please make your order via snail mail, phone, or our new website order form as soon as possible!

To order:  P.O. Box 1007 La Veta, Colorado 81055; TEL: 719-742-6777; upontherockcamp@gmail.com; office hours; 9 to 5:30.

Delivery begins Dec. 2 – 5.  The proceeds from this fundraiser help to keep the ministry of Upon The Rock moving forward, and we are always grateful for your support! For more information: www.uponthertock.com.

Free virtual legal clinic

WALSENBURG — Despite the COVID-19 closures of libraries across Colorado, the Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) clinics will still be held as scheduled.  The next clinic will be Tuesday, Dec. 8, 4 to 5 p.m.  As a work-around, instead of clinic patrons coming in-person to your local public library (which is closed), the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron’s telephone directly, during the clinic hours, using the phone number provided.  Please contact your Spanish Peaks Library at  (719) 738-2774 to be added to the sign-up sheet.  Space is limited.  Library staff will be checking messages, so leave a message.

Huerfano Republican meeting

WALSENBURG — **NOTICE LOCATION CHANGE**  The Huerfano County Republican Committee will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. at 527 Main Street, for its monthly meeting.
After our meeting, please join us for a no-host dinner at La Plaza Inn, 118 W 6th St. Come early at 5:30 pm for a meet and greet, and we will see you there.

La Veta Village Food Services boxes reserve by 12/9

LA VETA — La Veta Village Food Services – lavetavillage.org, will have their  next free food pick-up on Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 – 10 a.m. at 109 E. Francisco Street.  To reserve a box and schedule a pick-up, please email lvvillageinc@gmail.com or call (719) 247-1393 by Wednesday, December 9 before 5 p.m..  This service is for qualified individuals and families.

We also offer a grocery shopping service: (719) 357-7633.  If you or someone you know is a 60+ year old senior, or have a preexisting condition that puts you at high risk and you live in the 81055 zip code and are in need of transporting groceries from Charlie’s to your home, please contact us at (719) 357-7633 or email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com. Orders are taken Mondays and Thursdays.  Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fridays.– lavetavillage.org. To volunteer, call 719-247-1393

Spanish Peaks Chamber annual meeting and board election

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce membership drive is now in progress.  Apply now at www.spanishpeakschamber.com!  Join today and become part of an expanding team of businesses and individuals living in Huerfano County.

Become a leader in the Chamber by getting involved with the board; elections will be held Thursday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.. All board positions are up for election.

For more information give us a call at (719)742-3676, or email us at info@spanishpeakschamber.com.

Water Conservancy District budget hearing and board meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The 2021 budget hearing and December board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held remotely by GoTo Meeting on Friday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m..  A draft agenda and login information for the meeting are available on the HCWCD website at:  www.hcwcd.net.

The public is welcome to join as follows:
Join from computer, tablet or smartphone at  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/111299285 or dial in using your phone: (646) 749-3122, Access Code: 111-299-285

Huerfano holiday decorating contest

HUERFANO COUNTY —Bachman & Associates, KSPK, and The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to bring you the Deck the Halls Holiday Contest!  We will be holding an old fashion home holiday lighting decoration contest throughout Huerfano County.
KSPK radio reaches communities as far as two hours away, lets light up Huerfano County and bring people to our community to shop local, spend the night, and enjoy our many delicious restaurants!
Make your home a showplace of holiday lights and decorations and you could win a $500 grand prize, $200 second place, or $100 third place prize from Bachman & Associates.  To register visit DiscoverBachman.com and click on the Deck the Halls Contest button by Sunday, Dec. 20 at midnight!  All homes will be listed in the voting poll on the website.  You may cast your vote (only one per person) through December 27 and the winners will be announced December 29 on 102.3 KSPK! There will be a map on this page of all the homes entered in the contest so visitors and locals can drive to see the lights!  Keep listening for contest details throughout November and December.

Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery

LA VETA — Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery is running now through Saturday, Jan. 2.  This is a La Veta favorite and promises to be better than ever, showing a nice selection of gift options created by local artists.  The Gallery is also presenting works from the Art Council of Trinidad in their Fuller Gallery which will delight.  The Gallery, 132 W. Ryus Ave. next to the park, is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call for more information:  719 742-3074 or visit:  www.spanishpeaksarts.com

Waste transfer now taking electronics

WALSENBURG — The waste transfer station is now taking electronic waste (computers, phones, printers etc.) for a nominal fee.  Paint waste will soon be taken there as well! Stay tuned for updates!

LAS ANIMAS

Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — Sept. Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street, is Friday, Dec. 4,  Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11-4 p.m. (Note winter closing time).

Bank plans open house in Trinidad and 2021 calendar distribution in other branches

TRINIDAD — During this time of year, you can be certain that temperatures drop, leaves fall, days get shorter, and The First National Bank in Trinidad is busy making final preparations for its 35th annual open house and calendar distribution.  The 2021 Historic Collector’s Series Calendar will be available on a first come, first served basis at the open house set for Friday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. only at the main bank in Trinidad.  Plans will be a little different this year with the desire to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Only six people will be allowed at a time in the bank lobby to pick up calendars and a prepackaged plate of cookies.  Drinks will not be served, masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

Although there will be no open house held at the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg or The Loan Production Office in Raton this year, residents are encouraged to stop by to pick up your calendar, which will be available starting Friday, December 4 at all branch locations in Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton.  The 2021 calendar is distributed as a free gift to the community while supplies last.

Live music on Veterans Memorial Square, Fort Wootton

TRINIDAD — Every Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy live music on the green.  BYO blankets, chairs, and smile.  Food and drink are available for donations All proceeds go to the LACVC.

Curbside service at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — These curbside services are available at the Carnegie Library:
Books and DVDs:
 Visit the online catalog: https://carnegie.catalog.aspencat.info/
and place items on hold.
 Then call us, or email us and arrange to pick up the items outside.
 Return items to the book drop outside the front entrance.
Printouts faxes and document scanning:
 Fees—
Copies are 10 cents per page for black and white, 50 cents per page for color
Outgoing Faxes are 1 dollar per page. We will give you a confirmation page after the fax is sent.
Incoming Faxes are 50 cents per page. Call to let us know you’re expecting a fax.
Scans to email are free.
 For digital documents—you can attach the document to an email and send it with instructions to
trinidadpubliclibrary@gmail.com. For printouts, let us know how many copies of each document you want and
any special requests.
For faxes, we need the fax number you are sending to. If you want to also send a cover sheet, you can use one of
our blank coversheet templates. Cover sheets count as a sheet and add $1.00 to the charge.
 For hard-copy documents—Call us when you arrive outside the Library. We’ll meet you and get your
documents and can usually process them (scan, fax, printout) in a few minutes.

Virtual CRAFT MOB seeks crafters!

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Historic MainStreet is hosting a virtual CRAFT MOB on Monday Dec. 7, 6-8p.m..  Local crafters will be presenting their Christmas Crafts for sale.  The event will be broadcast live on Facebook Live and Youtube-Trinidad Times TV 71 and it will be rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 71.  Viewers can purchase items during the live broadcast or reach out to the crafters afterwards.  This event is being sponsored by TCHU Oxygen Bar.

Crafters wanted! Contact Karen Jo Agnello at 512-560-4180 or at CoTrinidadMainStreet@gmail.com

Free legal help at the Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD — While the library is open for curbside service only, you can still sign up for Free Legal Help on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 3 – 4 p.m.  Just call the library at 719-846-6841 to sign up.  On the date and time of the event, the attorney will call you during the hour.  Please call the library (846-6841) to reserve a time slot.

The Trial of Santa at Main Street LIVE

TRINIDAD — Join us for our first play as Main Street LIVE, (formerly SCRT) Friday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m..  This comedy was written by Don Zolidis and will be presented by the youth company.  The setting is in Judge Trudy’s court room.  Santa is accused of delivering the wrong present.  His lawyer is an elf.  The play is appropriate for all ages.  This production is a safe socially distanced event.  General admission. $10

Hunter education course

HOEHNE — There will be A Hunter Education Completion Course Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. at The Hoehne Community Center.   This course will satisfy the in-person course requirement for students under the age of 11. Individuals 11 and over can acquire their hunter education certification entirely online at this time.  All students will register online at https://my.register-ed.com

The major portion of this course uses the Internet to complete the mandatory homework.  The online portion of this course is $24.50 and is available at https://www.hunter-ed.com/colorado/. Students must show the certificate of completion for the online course to attend the classroom

Students will be awarded Hunter Education cards to upon successful completion of the course, which includes completing the approved online study program, attending  class session and passing a written test and live fire.  Rifles and ammunition for the live fire will be provided.  No personal firearms are allowed.

Students will not be accepted without a face mask.  Students are ask to wear long sleeves to class, and bring a jacket for the shooting test so we can minimize skin contact with the firearms.  They will be wiped down by the instructors after every use.  Students are asked to bring their personal eye and ear protection.   Students will remain distanced from each other and the instructors, except for family groups.  For more information call 846-7403

Philosophy Café online

TRINIDAD — The next Philosopy Cafe will be held online Monday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m..  Do you enjoy philosophizing with others about timeless questions?  Join us for a monthly facilitated conversation.  We will start with a brief introduction about an idea from the tradition of philosophy and a few questions to explore.  From there, the discussion takes on a life of its own.  During the pandemic, we’ve been hosting this meeting using Zoom Meeting.  If you want to join us, go to our website (Carnegiepubliclibrary.org) and click the Virtual Programs button.  Scroll down until you find the article on Philosophy Café.  Just click the Register button to get detailed information on how to join.

Las Animas County emergency business and non-profit grant funding

LAS ANIMAS — As our community continues to confront the still-emerging health and economic implications of the COVID-19 crisis, small businesses and non-profits throughout Las Animas County have sought to meet our community’s sudden and emergency challenges.  To assist in meeting those challenges, Las Animas County announces an opportunity for small businesses (including ranchers and farmers) to apply for relief and receive funding to address the COVID-19 emergency.

To be eligible applicants must: have a physical location in Las Animas County; been operating continously since at least March 26, 2019 (unless forced to temporarily close to comply with state and local orders); are independently owned; be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and be  in good standing;  and be current with required Las Animas County Personal Property Taxes.  Businesses with more than one physical location in Las Animas County may apply for each location grant program.  Marijuana industry businesses are not eligible.  Applicants will be required to submit:  Profit and loss statement for 2019 and 2020 comparison and W-9.  To request an application email:  lacgrants@lasanimascounty.org or call 719-845-2562, 845-2564, 845-2566

Applications must be received by Las Animas County no later than 3 p.m. on January 29, 2021.  Only complete applications with W-9 and P & L will be accepted, and all submissions will become the property of Las Animas County.  Applications may be personally delivered to the Las Animas County Courthouse, 200 East 1st Street, Room 105, Trinidad, CO, 81082, mailed to the same address, or email lacgrants@lasanimascounty.org .

Application reviewers will determine eligibility and grant amount.  Awards will depend upon the number of applicants, availability of funds, and demonstrated need.  Once funding decisions are made, applicants will receive a grant award notification, wich will outline all terms and conditions of receiving the grant.  Las Animas County reserves the right to offer awards different from the specified amount requested.  Funds will be distributed via check after each qualifying reimbursement request is approved.  All funding decisions are final.

TSJC continuing education registration and teaching opportunities

TRINIDAD — Registration for spring classes is now ongoing.  See the Spring Schedule at:  www.trinidadstate.edu/schedule.

Also we need instructors for workforce and community education classes.  Do you have knowledge, ideas, or passions that you would like to share with others?  Professional certification is not required to teach most workforce and community courses, just experience and the ability to effectively share your knowledge with others.  Classes or workshops can run anywhere from a few hours to an entire semester – or share your knowledge through a short presentation.  Contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724
For more information or to register, contact: Donna Haddow-Continuing Education Coordinator 719-846-5724 | or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu .

COLFAX

Raton Cash Mob at Solanos Western Wear

RATON — Round up your friends and join us for a cowboy good time for an online event at Solanos Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m..  They have all your Western wear needs for looking your best!  You can’t miss their store on Second Street in Raton… there’s a dummy in the window!!

FNB calendar distribution

RATON — Although there will be no open house held at the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg or The Loan Production Office in Raton this year, residents are encouraged to stop by to pick up your calendar, which will be available starting Friday, December 4 at all branch locations in Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton.  The 2021 calendar is distributed as a free gift to the community while supplies last.

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St.  Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served).  Walk-up guests will be served as well.  We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks.  As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome.  Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

Raton Recycling Center

RATON — The Raton Regional Recycling Hub Facility, Armex Building, 420 East 4th Ave. is currently limited to the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on an as-needed basis for large loads of materials (call 575-445-9181).  The Center will be open Saturday, Dec. 5.  Check back for information on additional hours. We are working on acquiring collection trailers, which are expected to be spread around the area and be available for daily deposits of materials.

Accepted Materials:  Corrugated cardboard and brown paper bags; mixed paper including junk mail, magazines, and newspapers; plastic #1 bottles with necks, caps, and labels like water and soda bottles or salad dressing; plastic #2 bottles like laundry detergent, milk, and juice jugs (no motor oil products); steel / tin cans clean soup, vegetable, pet food, and sauce containers; aluminum beverage cans, clean food containers, pie pans, and foil.  Visit the website:  http://www.ratonnm.gov/156/Recycling  for more information.

In Raton, there are non-governmental organizations where you can take selected recyclables.  Citizens for the Developmentally Disabled, 230 E 4th Avenue, will pay a variable rate for aluminum cans and some types of copper.  Call them at 575-445-5674 for collection days and times.

Raton Cash Mob at All Seasons Gift Shop

RATON — It’s Christmas Time and this shopping show is sure to help you cross off a few names on your Christmas List as Done!!  Invite your friends and enjoy a night of shopping and fun as the online Raton Cash Mob invades All Seasons Gift Shop Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m..

Springer AA meeting

SPRINGER — AA meets every Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Springer, NM at 7 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

AA meeting

RATON — Meetings are every Wednesday night, 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.  There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.

A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or Institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Al-Anon meeting

RATON — Al-Anon comes to Raton thanks to support from the World Journal and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton.  Meetings are every Thursday, 6 p.m. at 240 Rio Grande.  Al-Anon is a self-supporting group that seeks to assist the family and friends of people who are abusing alcohol or other substances.  Come and give support, come, and be supported.  Questions?  970-568-6969.

Upcoming Events from November 25th issue

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The total up-to-date number of cases in Colorado, New Mexico, and nationwide are also listed in the COVID-19 page, as well as health tips to keep yourself and your family safe, and updates from state and Federal Health Organizations. The full listing of events still happening, are listed on www.worldjournalnewspaper.com under Upcoming Events in the toolbar.

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Colorado Proud virtual symposium: “Iconic Times for Colorado Agriculture: 2020 Learnings and 2021 Futureproofing”

OUR WORLD — The agricultural symposium will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, 12 to 1:30 p.m.  online via Zoom.  The meeting password and phone number will be provided upon registration.  Register by going to the Colorado Proud website or following this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RfKHnh0oSeqPrfsSLSWgkw  11:45 a.m., online check-in; 12:00-1:00 p.m., keynote/panel; and 1:00-1:30 p.m., Q&A.  The goal of the symposium is to supply the agriculture industry with clear strategies to futureproof for agricultural success in every type of economic, environmental and cultural situation
The informative, educational Colorado Proud Iconic Times for Colorado Agriculture: 2020 Learnings and 2021 Futureproofing Virtual Symposium will feature a lively keynote, panel discussion and Q&A. Industry experts will discuss every angle of agriculture and predict what’s next for ranchers, producers, consumers, food businesses and retailers. Hosted by Colorado Proud, a program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the online symposium is available for media, Colorado Proud members, ag industry professionals and the general public. Questions for panelists can be submitted via “chat” in real time during the Q&A from 1:00-1:30 p.m.
A mix of U.S. and Colorado government leaders and agriculture experts will lead a complex conversation, sharing learnings from an unprecedented 2020 year of disruption, while revealing predictions, trends and strategies for 2021 and beyond.
Agriculture is an important economic driver in the state, consistently ranking as one of Colorado’s leading industries and is in the top-10 nationally for production of a variety of agricultural products. With more than 38,900 farms encompassing nearly 32 million acres, agriculture is a vital part of Colorado, supporting more than 195,000 jobs, contributing more than $47 billion to the state’s economy annually.

Expect CPW helicopter flights in  December

OUR WORLD — Beginning Nov. 30, Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists will assess deer and elk populations by conducting low-altitude helicopter flights in southeast Colorado, west of Interstate 25.
Then, in mid- to late-December, biologists will launch similar helicopter flights in the southeastern plains of Colorado to the east of I-25.  Southeast Region residents can expect low-flying helicopters that spend a small amount of time in a specific area and then move on searching for more deer, elk, moose and bighorn sheep.
The flights beginning Nov. 30 will target Park and Fremont counties before sweeping into El Paso and Teller counties, north of U.S. Highway 50, and then through Lake and Chaffee counties.  Then the biologists will fly south through Pueblo, Custer, Huerfano and Las Animas counties.
The eastern flight plan calls for helicopters to tour along the South Republican River drainage from Flagler to the Kansas state line. Then the helicopters will turn south into Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties followed by tours of Kiowa, Prowers and Baca counties.
The helicopter surveys will conclude with flights along the Arkansas River from the Kansas state line to Colorado Highway 71 and southwest along the Purgatoire River.
If the weather permits, CPW biologists hope to conclude their herd assessment flights by early January.  For more information on CPW’s wildlife population objectives, visit cpw.state.co.us/ThingsToDo/pages/HerdManagementPlans.aspx

CSU Extension offering Certified Gardener Program – online!

OUR WORLD — New for 2021! CSU Extension will be offering our Certified Colorado Gardener Program completely online! Also new this year, we will have a FULL COURSE option and multiple SHORT COURSE options to meet anyone’s needs. All classes will be online, are self-paced, and can be done in your free time.  Regardless of the course, you’ll receive in-depth horticulture training provided by CSU faculty, staff, and specialists.
There is NO volunteer commitment with the Certified Program.  Registration deadline is December 31, 2020.  For more information including fees, course descriptions and to register visit:  https://cmg.extension.colostate.edu/certified-colorado-gardener/.

HUERFANO

Free COVID-19 testing

WALSENBURG — The Health Department has expanded FREE COVID-19 testing in Huerfano County.  This free COVID-19 test  is available to all members of the public, regardless of symptoms.  No Insurance Required
Please call for an appointment.  Testing will be available on:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Appointments are required for testing, call 719-738-2650 for an appointment.  The Las Animas/Huerfano Health Department office address is:  119 E. 5th Street.

Support Francisco Fort Museum shop local now!

LA VETA — The Francisco Fort Museum Book and Gift Shop is now on display and online at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 South Main Street.  Shop in-store or peruse their online catalog https://la-veta-mercantile.square.site/ from the safety of your own home.  Shipping and curbside pick up available.  Lots of great local history books!  Your purchase supports the continuing work of the Francisco Fort History Museum.  It doesn’t get more local than this.

Addiction treatment

WALSENBURG — Front Range Clinic is offering confidential, safe, access to medications for addiction treatment at two locations in Walsenburg.  Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m the mobile unit will be at 1818 E. Kansas Avenue.  Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the clinic will be held at 129 Kansas Avenue.  For more information call 1-866-MAT-STAT or visit www.frontrangemd.com

Discussion pods at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Discussion pods alternate each Thursday at 2 p.m. between book and movie discussions.  Come talk about what you are reading/watching or your favorite recommendation!  Sign-up opens each Monday for that Thursday’s Discussion Pod.  Stop by the front desk or call 742-3572 to reserve your space!

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

WALSENBURG — Join the Mayor at Heritage Park every Friday 11 am – 1 pm for community oriented improvement projects.  There are countless little things we can do to make things better and the Mayor is confident that one of them has your name on it!  Come have fun and become part of the solution!

Holiday crafts sale and Cruise 4 Christmas  

WALSENBURG — Come start your Christmas shopping at a holiday craft event Friday, Nov. 27, starting at 10:30 a.m. at Legends Flooring, 726 Main Street.
Then, decorate any street legal vehicle and let’s cruise down Main Street, Friday, Nov. 27, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Talks on Divine Light via Zoom

HUERFANO COUNTY — Join spiritual mentor, mystic & student of Jesus, Laura Bedford to experientially explore why it makes all the difference to trust the Divine Light on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 5 p.m.  Just what is Divine Light & how does it work? Exploration of this nature is needed more than ever.
Join her  Zoom meeting at:    https://zoom.us/j/93029560738?pwd=NovabSs40GpHVnBpanFtcnFKSjhNdz09
Meeting ID: 930 2956 0738Passcode: 143809

La Veta Village Food Services boxes

LA VETA — For qualified individuals and families, please reserve a box and schedule a pick-up, email lvvillageinc@gmail.com or call (719) 247-1393.  NEXT FREE FOOD PICK-UP: Saturday, Nov. 28, 9 – 10 a.m. at 109 E. Francisco St.
We also offer a grocery shopping service: (719) 357-7633.  If you or someone you know is a 60+ year old senior, or have a preexisting condition that puts you at high risk and you live in the 81055 zip code and are in need of transporting groceries from Charlie’s to your home, please contact us at (719) 357-7633 or email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com. Orders are taken Mondays and Thursdays.  Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fridays.– lavetavillage.org. To volunteer, call 719-247-1393

Plant A Book at La Veta Library

LA VETA — This holiday season make a reader’s Christmas bright and help grow the La Veta Library’s children’s book collection.  Planting a book in the Library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative.  A dedication bookplate will be placed inside one of our pre-selected books and we will give you a personalized card for your special person.  Plant-A-Book begins Tuesday, Dec. 1.  All dedications cost $15.  Contact us at 742-3572 for more information.  You can view the books on our website lvpl.org and use the PayPal option to purchase or come in to the library.

Order Christmas wreaths & garlands now

LA VETA — If you love the smell of a fresh wreath and desire festive décor that will last throughout the holiday season, then we have the perfect opportunity for you!  Upon the Rock Christian Camp is selling fresh Douglas fir wreaths for the Christmas season, both decorated and undecorated! Wreaths range from smallest at 18″ to largest at 36″ and garland is 25 feet.  Please make your order via snail mail, phone, or our new website order form as soon as possible!
To order:  P.O. Box 1007 La Veta, Colorado 81055; TEL: 719-742-6777; upontherockcamp@gmail.com; office hours; 9 to 5:30.
Delivery begins Dec. 2 – 5.  The proceeds from this fundraiser help to keep the ministry of Upon The Rock moving forward, and we are always grateful for your support! For more information: www.uponthertock.com.

Drive by Blessing

WALSENBURG — Do you miss church and the opportunity for communion?  We will be offering anyone who would like to be blessed to stop by Friday Dec 4, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for “drive by communion” in front of the United Church of Walsenburg.
Please do not block the main roads.  If you have allergies, we can still bless you even if you can not partake.  Sponsored by United Church of Walsenburg and New Life Ministries

HPRD seeks new board members

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Huerfano Parks and Recreation District is currently seeking letters of interest from individuals who are looking to serve on the Huerfano Parks and Recreation District Board.
The mission of the Huerfano Parks and Recreation Board is to provide a healthy environment in Huerfano County for all age groups by providing new, and improving existing parks, recreational activities and facilities.
Certain qualifications must be met in order to be appointed to the board:  Huerfano Parks and Recreation District Board candidates must be a registered voter in the State of Colorado and is also one of the following:  A resident of the district or the owner (or spouse/civil union partner of owner) of taxable real or personal property situated within the boundaries of the district. Spouse’s name, if property is in spouse’s name; or a person who is obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase taxable property within district.  Property that is owned by a legal entity such as a corporation, LLC, partnership, or trust does not qualify a person as an eligible candidate on the basis of property ownership.
Interested individuals need to submit a letter of interest, highlighting your interest in serving on the board.  Include any past board experience or why you feel you would be an asset to the board.  Submit all letters of intent to Board Chair Marilyn Russell at Huerfano Parks and Recreation District, P.O. Box 1201 Walsenburg, CO 81089; or email to russellm9999@gmail.com.  In subject line include Letter of Interest HPRD. Letters and email must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday,  December 4.
For more information contact Marilyn Russell at russellm9999@gmail.com or 719-890-4071

Huerfano holiday decorating contest

HUERFANO COUNTY —Bachman & Associates, KSPK, and The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to bring you the Deck the Halls Holiday Contest!  We will be holding an old fashion home holiday lighting decoration contest throughout Huerfano County.
KSPK radio reaches communities as far as two hours away, lets light up Huerfano County and bring people to our community to shop local, spend the night, and enjoy our many delicious restaurants!
Make your home a showplace of holiday lights and decorations and you could win a $500 grand prize, $200 second place, or $100 third place prize from Bachman & Associates.  To register visit DiscoverBachman.com and click on the Deck the Halls Contest button by Sunday, Dec. 20 at midnight!  All homes will be listed in the voting poll on the website.  You may cast your vote (only one per person) through December 27 and the winners will be announced December 29 on 102.3 KSPK! There will be a map on this page of all the homes entered in the contest so visitors and locals can drive to see the lights!  Keep listening for contest details throughout November and December.

Huerfano “shop local” promotion

HUERFANO COUNTY — During December the Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring “Shop Local” throughout Huerfano County.  Come join the fun, shop local, eat local, and support local businesses!  For more information contact the Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce.
Also, come join Santa Claus in downtown La Veta on December 5, 12, and 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m..  Enjoy fun photo opportunities including frosty the snowman and Santa’s elves at 215 South Main Street under the covered porch outside Crafted in Colorado.  Social distancing and masks will be required.
Walsenburg will enjoy Santa and his helpers with hot Chocolate and photo opportunities also;  dates and times TBD!

FNB calendar distribution

WALSENBURG — Although there will be no open house held at the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg or The Loan Production Office in Raton this year, residents are encouraged to stop by to pick up your calendar, which will be available starting Friday, December 4 at all branch locations in Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton.  The 2021 calendar is distributed as a free gift to the community while supplies last.

SPBA online Holiday Giving Celebration

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance will be hosting our 3rd Annual Holiday Giving Celebration virtually this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns.  The auction portion of the night will be hosted on our website https://www.spba.huerfano.org/holiday-giving-celebration starting Friday, Dec. 4.  Donors can learn what local nonprofits are working on this year, what they need help with, and conveniently donate straight from the website.  SPBA will send a receipt for tax
purposes following the event.
Traditionally, we love seeing everyone in the same room supporting our nonprofits.  In an effort to capture that feeling we will be hosting a Virtual Holiday Mixer Monday, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m..  At the mixer we will highlight our participating nonprofits, solicit in kind donations, and we will be hosting an ugly sweater competition!  A prize will be awarded to the ugliest sweater.  You can register to attend the Mixer from the homepage of our website.  Please join us in supporting our local nonprofits and building community in such an unprecedented time.

La Veta holiday arts fundraiser –Cancelled for 2020 donations still accepted

LA VETA — Each December since 2008 the La Veta arts community has held an end of year culinary fund raising event.  The first three years the funds went toward the Spanish Peaks Arts Council’s (SPACe) building expansion.  Those inaugural events were so successful and well received that the fund raiser continued.  The funds raised pay for the Hwy 160 “Art Galleries” signs, provide art scholarships to locals and supplemental funds for La Veta youth-oriented art activities, e.g. Fridays for Fun, put on by the La Veta School of the Arts (LVSA), SPACe’s Youth Art Workshops, as well as contribute to the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts (FCPA) and its Show Choir and to the La Veta Public Library’s Scary Story contest.
Unfortunately, this event will not be held this year due to COVID-19, but we plan to do it next year.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to these programs, visit:
www.spanishpeaksarts.org (SPACe)
www.thelvsa.org (LVSA)
www.lavetatheaterweb.org (FCPA)
www.lvpl.org (LVPL)
www.lavetacreativedistrict.org (La Veta Creative District)

Spanish Peaks Chamber annual meeting and board election

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce membership drive is now in progress.  Apply now at www.spanishpeakschamber.com!  Join today and become part of an expanding team of businesses and individuals living in Huerfano County.
Become a leader in the Chamber by getting involved with the board; elections will be held Thursday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.. All board positions are up for election.
For more information give us a call at (719)742-3676, or email us at info@spanishpeakschamber.com.

Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery

LA VETA — Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery is running now through Saturday, Jan. 2.  This is a La Veta favorite and promises to be better than ever, showing a nice selection of gift options created by local artists.  The Gallery is also presenting works from the Art Council of Trinidad in their Fuller Gallery which will delight.  The Gallery, 132 W. Ryus Ave. next to the park, is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call for more information:  719 742-3074 or visit:  www.spanishpeaksarts.com

Waste transfer now taking electronics

WALSENBURG — The waste transfer station is now taking electronic waste (computers, phones, printers etc.) for a nominal fee.  Paint waste will soon be taken there as well! Stay tuned for updates!

LAS ANIMAS

“FaLaLa Shop Local Holiday Campaign” sign up by Friday

TRINIDAD — The Shop Local Holiday Campaign, sponsored by City of Trinidad Tourism Board, Historic Main Street Board, Southeast Colorado Small Business Development Center, and Las Animas Co. Chamber of Commerce is an effort to support and generate spending in our local businesses during the holiday season.  This is FREE for all businesses that would like to participate.    Businesses must agree that they are willing to distribute tokens as outlined in the program as well as redeem the gift certificates for up to $20, understanding that they will be reimbursed at the end of the campaign.
This is the plan:
-Beginning on Black Friday, November 27 and continuing through January 1, 2021 we invite the businesses in our community to participate in the Shop Local/Shop Small Campaign.
-Businesses will receive a flyer that they must display in their window indicating that they are a participating member of the campaign.
-Businesses will be given tokens to hand out to their customers
-Businesses will give each customer one token per sales transaction totaling $20 or more.
-After the customer receives 5 tokens, they may redeem the tokens for a $20 Holiday gift certificate to spend in participating businesses.
-Businesses that would like to sign up or get more information on the shop local program, please call 719-680-2323 or 719-846-9843 ext. 136 by Friday, Nov. 20.

Corazon de Trinidad business holiday decorating contest

TRINIDAD — The Corazon de Trinidad Historic Main Street Board and the City of Trinidad Presents “DECK THE HALLS” Business Spirit Decorating Competition.   This holiday season the downtown businesses that enter the Deck the Halls decorating contest will be competing for 6 Prizes of $1000.00.  Also, this holiday season, all who vote on the decorated business on the TRINIDAD HISTORIC MAIN STREET Facebook page will be entered into a drawing for prizes
The application period is: now through Tuesday, Dec. 1, and the judging period will be Dec. 4 through Dec.25, and on-site judging by the Trinidad Arts Commission will be Dec. 10 through Dec. 17.  Eligibility requires the decorations to be up no later than December 1.   Lights must stay on daily from dusk to 9 p.m., and they must be displayed Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.
There will be 2 different voting methods; first, the TRINIDAD HISTORIC MAIN STREET Facebook page from 12/4 – 12/25, and second the Arts Commission Panel of Judges 12/10-12/17.  Rules and application forms are available at City Hall – Call Kim Lopez @ 719-846-9843 or email kim.lopez@trinidad.co.gov  Advertising and prizes are underwritten by the City of Trinidad

All Trinidad municipal buildings closed until further notice

TRINIDAD — Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of the public and staff, all City of Trinidad municipal buildings will be closed to public access until further notice.  Two employees who work at City Hall have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  All business should be conducted either by phone or on-line.  You may email the City Clerk at audra.garrett@trinidad.co.gov with questions.

Live music on Veterans Memorial Square, Fort Wootton

TRINIDAD — Every Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy live music on the green.  BYO blankets, chairs, and smile.  Food and drink are available for donations All proceeds go to the LACVC.

Drive by parade of lights for 2020

TRINIDAD — The 21st annual Parade of Lights will be held as a “drive by parade” at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Nov. 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m..  This event is FREE TO ATTEND!  Stay warm in your car to watch the parade!  Bags of candy provided to each child at the exit.  Ballots provided at entrance to vote on your favorite float.  Prizes awarded to winning floats. COVID requirements in effect, for your safety- no stopping & no leaving vehicles.  Interested in entering a float?  Contact Gloria Jean at 719-846-0562 or hometownholidaystrinidad@gmail.com

Virtual CRAFT MOB seeks crafters!

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Historic MainStreet is hosting a virtual CRAFT MOB on Monday Nov. 30, 6-8p.m..  Local crafters will be presenting their Christmas Crafts for sale.  The event will be broadcast live on Facebook Live and Youtube-Trinidad Times TV 71 and it will be rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 71.  Viewers can purchase items during the live broadcast or reach out to the crafters afterwards.  This event is being sponsored by TCHU Oxygen Bar.
Crafters wanted! Contact Karen Jo Agnello at 512-560-4180 or at CoTrinidadMainStreet@gmail.com

“Survival is Insufficient” online, multimedia salon

TRINIDAD — The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District ushered in the Fall season by inviting “creatives” of all sorts to contribute to an online, multimedia salon, illustrating how creatives have continued to do their work during the pandemic. This Multimedia Salon is available online through Monday, Nov. 30.
The salon opened on September 22, and focuses upon creations by regional artists, and creatives of all sorts, including crafts, music, writing, theatrical performance, quilting, dance, painting, happenings, printmaking or any other creative medium based on the theme: “Survival is Insufficient.”
Visit the Salon: https://www.corazondetrinidad.org/survival-is-insufficient-salon  Submit artwork: https://www.corazondetrinidad.org/survival-is-insufficient-call

Bank plans open house in Trinidad and 2021 calendar distribution in other branches

TRINIDAD — During this time of year, you can be certain that temperatures drop, leaves fall, days get shorter, and The First National Bank in Trinidad is busy making final preparations for its 35th annual open house and calendar distribution.  The 2021 Historic Collector’s Series Calendar will be available on a first come, first served basis at the open house set for Friday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. only at the main bank in Trinidad.  Plans will be a little different this year with the desire to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Only six people will be allowed at a time in the bank lobby to pick up calendars and a prepackaged plate of cookies.  Drinks will not be served, masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.
Although there will be no open house held at the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg or The Loan Production Office in Raton this year, residents are encouraged to stop by to pick up your calendar, which will be available starting Friday, December 4 at all branch locations in Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton.  The 2021 calendar is distributed as a free gift to the community while supplies last.

Curbside service at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — These curbside services are available at the Carnegie Library:
Books and DVDs:
 Visit the online catalog: https://carnegie.catalog.aspencat.info/
and place items on hold.
 Then call us, or email us and arrange to pick up the items outside.
 Return items to the book drop outside the front entrance.
Printouts faxes and document scanning:
 Fees—
Copies are 10 cents per page for black and white, 50 cents per page for color
Outgoing Faxes are 1 dollar per page. We will give you a confirmation page after the fax is sent.
Incoming Faxes are 50 cents per page. Call to let us know you’re expecting a fax.
Scans to email are free.
 For digital documents—you can attach the document to an email and send it with instructions to
trinidadpubliclibrary@gmail.com. For printouts, let us know how many copies of each document you want and
any special requests.
For faxes, we need the fax number you are sending to. If you want to also send a cover sheet, you can use one of
our blank coversheet templates. Cover sheets count as a sheet and add $1.00 to the charge.
 For hard-copy documents—Call us when you arrive outside the Library. We’ll meet you and get your
documents and can usually process them (scan, fax, printout) in a few minutes.

Free legal help at the Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD — While the library is open for curbside service only, you can still sign up for Free Legal Help on Tuesday, December 8, 3 – 4 p.m.  Just call the library at 719-846-6841 to sign up.  On the date and time of the event, the attorney will call you during the hour.  Please call the library (846-6841) to reserve a time slot.

TSJC continuing education registration and teaching opportunities

TRINIDAD — Registration for spring classes is now ongoing.  See the Spring Schedule at:  www.trinidadstate.edu/schedule.
Also we need instructors for workforce and community education classes.  Do you have knowledge, ideas, or passions that you would like to share with others?  Professional certification is not required to teach most workforce and community courses, just experience and the ability to effectively share your knowledge with others.  Classes or workshops can run anywhere from a few hours to an entire semester – or share your knowledge through a short presentation.  Contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724
For more information or to register, contact: Donna Haddow-Continuing Education Coordinator 719-846-5724 | or donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu .

COLFAX

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St.  Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served).  Walk-up guests will be served as well.  We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks.  As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome.  Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

Springer AA meeting

SPRINGER — AA meets every Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Springer, NM at 7 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

AA meeting

RATON — Meetings are every Wednesday night,7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.  There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Al-Anon meeting

RATON — Al-Anon comes to Raton thanks to support from the World Journal and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton.  Meetings are every Thursday, 6 p.m. at 240 Rio Grande.  Al-Anon is a self-supporting group that seeks to assist the family and friends of people who are abusing alcohol or other substances.  Come and give support, come, and be supported.  Questions?  970-568-6969.

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be , Thursday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street.  Currently we engage in wildland and structural fires.

Raton Cash Mob at Rose’s Honeysuckle Station

RATON — What a grand night it will be when roll into Rose’s Honeysuckle Shop Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. for this online event! Jean is ready to show you some beautiful merchandise and there will be a very special guest!!! Who will it be???…

Raton Cash Mob at Solanos Western Wear

RATON — Round up your friends and join us for a cowboy good time for an online event at Solanos Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m..  They have all your Western wear needs for looking your best!  You can’t miss their store on 2nd street in Raton… there’s a dummy in the window!!

FNB calendar distribution

RATON — Although there will be no open house held at the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg or The Loan Production Office in Raton this year, residents are encouraged to stop by to pick up your calendar, which will be available starting Friday, December 4 at all branch locations in Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton.  The 2021 calendar is distributed as a free gift to the community while supplies last.

Events for November 19, 2020

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Go to: www.worldjournalnewspaper. com and click on the COVID-19 link to get  a compilation of all COVID-19 articles run in print editions of the newspaper.  
The total up-to-date number of cases in Colorado, New Mexico, and nationwide are also listed in the COVID-19 page, as well as health tips to keep yourself and your family safe, and updates from state and Federal Health Organizations. The full listing of events still happening, are listed on www.worldjournalnewspaper.com under Upcoming Events in the toolbar.

HUERFANO

Free COVID-19 testing

WALSENBURG — The Health Department has expanded FREE COVID-19 testing in Huerfano County.  This free COVID-19 test  is available to all members of the public, regardless of symptoms.  No Insurance Required
Please call for an appointment.  Testing will be available on:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Appointments are required for testing, call 719-738-2650 for an appointment.  The Las Animas/Huerfano Health Department office address is:  119 E. 5th Street.

Discussion pods at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Discussion pods alternate each Thursday at 2 p.m. between book and movie discussions.  Come talk about what you are reading/watching or your favorite recommendation!  Sign-up opens each Monday for that Thursday’s Discussion Pod.  Stop by the front desk or call 742-3572 to reserve your space!

Huerfano County Democrats zoom meeting tonight

HUERFANO COUNTY — The next meeting of the central committee of the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be tonight, Thursday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m. via Zoom.  Email Dale Lyons at huerfanodems100@gmail.com for an invitation.
We will be discussing the reorganization in March 2021 when all the executive committee will be elected.  Other topics will include fundraising, preparing for 2022 and other important subjects.  Please join us!

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

WALSENBURG — Join the Mayor at Heritage Park every Friday 11 am – 1 pm for community oriented improvement projects.  There are countless little things we can do to make things better and the Mayor is confident that one of them has your name on it!  Come have fun and become part of the solution!

Thanksgiving food drive at FNB ends Friday

TRINIDAD/WALSENBURG — Give back this year by donating to the First National Bank’s Thanksgiving Food drive.  Due to COVID-19 this year we are requesting cash donations to give gift cards to those in need.  Please make checks payable to The First National Bank in Trinidad.  Bring your donations to any FNB  branch by Friday, Nov. 20.

Judicial center opening

WALSENBURG — The new judicial center will be open Friday, November 20.  The county administration is excited to unveil the building to the community.  The county is still deciding if the grand opening will be online only or will have some in person component.  There will be a virtual walk through either way. Follow One Huerfano on FaceBook to stay up to date on where to find the walkthrough. (https://www.facebook.com/OneHuerfano)

Water Conservancy District Board meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held remotely by GoTo Meeting on Monday, Nov. 23, 6 p.m..  A draft agenda and login information for the meeting are available on the HCWCD website at: www.hcwcd.net .
The public is welcome to join as follows:  Join from computer, tablet or smartphone at   https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/623134349 or to dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3412, Access Code: 623-134-349

Mayor’s listening session

WALSENBURG — Mayor Lalander will be conducting his regular listening session on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 6 p.m. via Zoom.  If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions for improving Walsenburg, this is a great time to share your insights. Meeting Agenda:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/10OhfZIdWkMmCYlfKgOI84jOpqkFMbjdY1fXolmj9_0s/edit?usp=drivesdk
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/151243497

La Veta Village Food Services boxes

LA VETA — For qualified individuals and families, please reserve a box and schedule a pick-up, email lvvillageinc@gmail.com or call (719) 247-1393.
We also offer a grocery shopping service: (719) 357-7633.  If you or someone you know is a 60+ year old senior, or have a preexisting condition that puts you at high risk and you live in the 81055 zip code and are in need of transporting groceries from Charlie’s to your home, please contact us at (719) 357-7633 or email lvvfoodservices@gmail.com. Orders are taken Mondays and Thursdays.  Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fridays.– lavetavillage.org. To volunteer, call 719-247-1393

Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery

LA VETA — Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery is running now through Saturday, Jan. 2.  This is a La Veta favorite and promises to be better than ever, showing a nice selection of gift options created by local artists.  The Gallery is also presenting works from the Art Council of Trinidad in their Fuller Gallery which will delight.  The Gallery, 132 W. Ryus Ave. next to the park, is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call for more information:  719 742-3074 or visit:  www.spanishpeaksarts.com

Holiday crafts sale and Cruise 4 Christmas  

WALSENBURG — Come start your Christmas shopping at a holiday craft event Friday, Nov. 27, starting at 10:30 a.m. at Legends Flooring, 726 Main Street.
Then, decorate any street legal vehicle and let’s cruise down Main Street, Friday, Nov. 27, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Waste transfer now taking electronics

WALSENBURG — The waste transfer station is now taking electronic waste (computers, phones, printers etc.) for a nominal fee.  Paint waste will soon be taken there as well! Stay tuned for updates!

Order Christmas wreaths & garlands now

LA VETA — If you love the smell of a fresh wreath and desire festive décor that will last throughout the holiday season, then we have the perfect opportunity for you!  Upon the Rock Christian Camp is selling fresh Douglas fir wreaths for the Christmas season, both decorated and undecorated! Wreaths range from smallest at 18″ to largest at 36″ and garland is 25 feet.  Please make your order via snail mail, phone, or our new website order form as soon as possible!
To order:  P.O. Box 1007 La Veta, Colorado 81055; TEL: 719-742-6777; upontherockcamp@gmail.com; office hours; 9 to 5:30.
Delivery begins Dec. 2 – 5.  The proceeds from this fundraiser help to keep the ministry of Upon The Rock moving forward, and we are always grateful for your support! For more information: www.uponthertock.com.

Huerfano holiday decorating contest

HUERFANO COUNTY —Bachman & Associates, KSPK, and The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to bring you the Deck the Halls Holiday Contest!  We will be holding an old fashion home holiday lighting decoration contest throughout Huerfano County.
KSPK radio reaches communities as far as two hours away, lets light up Huerfano County and bring people to our community to shop local, spend the night, and enjoy our many delicious restaurants!
Make your home a showplace of holiday lights and decorations and you could win a $500 grand prize, $200 second place, or $100 third place prize from Bachman & Associates.  To register visit DiscoverBachman.com and click on the Deck the Halls Contest button by Sunday, Dec. 20 at midnight!  All homes will be listed in the voting poll on the website.  You may cast your vote (only one per person) through December 27 and the winners will be announced December 29 on 102.3 KSPK! There will be a map on this page of all the homes entered in the contest so visitors and locals can drive to see the lights!  Keep listening for contest details throughout November and December.

Huerfano “shop local” promotion

HUERFANO COUNTY — During December the Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring “Shop Local” throughout Huerfano County.  Come join the fun, shop local, eat local, and support local businesses!  For more information contact the Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce.
Also, come join Santa Claus in downtown La Veta on December 5, 12, and 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m..  Enjoy fun photo opportunities including frosty the snowman and Santa’s elves at 215 South Main Street under the covered porch outside Crafted in Colorado.  Social distancing and masks will be required.
Walsenburg will enjoy Santa and his helpers with hot Chocolate and photo opportunities also;  dates and times TBD!

FNB calendar distribution

WALSENBURG — Although there will be no open house held at the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg or The Loan Production Office in Raton this year, residents are encouraged to stop by to pick up your calendar, which will be available starting Friday, December 4 at all branch locations in Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton.  The 2021 calendar is distributed as a free gift to the community while supplies last.

La Veta holiday arts fundraiser –Cancelled for 2020 donations still  accepted

LA VETA — Each December since 2008 the La Veta arts community has held an end of year culinary fund raising event.  The first three years the funds went toward the Spanish Peaks Arts Council’s (SPACe) building expansion.  Those inaugural events were so successful and well received that the fund raiser continued.  The funds raised pay for the Hwy 160 “Art Galleries” signs, provide art scholarships to locals and supplemental funds for La Veta youth-oriented art activities, e.g. Fridays for Fun, put on by the La Veta School of the Arts (LVSA), SPACe’s Youth Art Workshops, as well as contribute to the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts (FCPA) and its Show Choir and to the La Veta Public Library’s Scary Story contest.
Unfortunately, this event will not be held this year due to COVID-19, but we plan to do it next year.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to these programs, visit:
www.spanishpeaksarts.org (SPACe)
www.thelvsa.org (LVSA)
www.lavetatheaterweb.org (FCPA)
www.lvpl.org (LVPL)
www.lavetacreativedistrict.org (La Veta Creative District)

LAS ANIMAS
Free COVID-19 testing

TRINIDAD — The Health Department and Mt. San Rafael Hospital have scheduled additional FREE COVID-19 Community Testing today, Thursday, Nov. 19, 1 to 5 p.m. and
Friday, Nov. 20, 1 to 5 p.m. at Las Animas County Justice Center, 2309 E. Main Street.  Testing is open to Las Animas or Huerfano County residents who desire a test.  There are no identification or insurance documents required.

“FaLaLa Shop Local Holiday  Campaign” sign up by Friday

TRINIDAD — The Shop Local Holiday Campaign, sponsored by City of Trinidad Tourism Board, Historic Main Street Board, Southeast Colorado Small Business Development Center, and Las Animas Co. Chamber of Commerce is an effort to support and generate spending in our local businesses during the holiday season.  This is FREE for all businesses that would like to participate.    Businesses must agree that they are willing to distribute tokens as outlined in the program as well as redeem the gift certificates for up to $20, understanding that they will be reimbursed at the end of the campaign.  This is the plan:
• Beginning on Black Friday, November 27 and continuing through January 1, 2021 we invite the businesses in our community to participate in the Shop Local/Shop Small Campaign.
• Businesses will receive a flyer that they must display in their window indicating that they are a participating member of the campaign.
• Businesses will be given tokens to hand out to their customers
• Businesses will give each customer one token per sales transaction totaling $20 or more.
• After the customer receives 5 tokens, they may redeem the tokens for a $20 Holiday gift certificate to spend in participating businesses.
• Businesses that would like to sign up or get more information on the shop local program, please call 719-680-2323 or 719-846-9843 ext. 136 by Friday, Nov. 20.

Corazon de Trinidad business holiday decorating contest

TRINIDAD — The Corazon de Trinidad Historic Main Street Board and the City of Trinidad Presents “DECK THE HALLS” Business Spirit Decorating Competition.   This holiday season the downtown businesses that enter the Deck the Halls decorating contest will be competing for 6 Prizes of $1000.00.  Also, this holiday season, all who vote on the decorated business on the TRINIDAD HISTORIC MAIN STREET Facebook page will be entered into a drawing for prizes

The application period is: now through Tuesday, Dec. 1, and the judging period will be Dec. 4 through Dec.25, and on-site judging by the Trinidad Arts Commission will be Dec. 10 through Dec. 17.  Eligibility requires the decorations to be up no later than December 1.   Lights must stay on daily from dusk to 9 p.m., and they must be displayed Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

There will be 2 different voting methods; first, the TRINIDAD HISTORIC MAIN STREET Facebook page from 12/4 – 12/25, and second the Arts Commission Panel of Judges 12/10-12/17.  Rules and application forms are available at City Hall – Call Kim Lopez @ 719-846-9843 or email kim.lopez@trinidad.co.gov  Advertising and prizes are underwritten by the City of Trinidad

All Trinidad municipal buildings closed until further notice

TRINIDAD — Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of the public and staff, all City of Trinidad municipal buildings will be closed to public access until further notice.  Two employees who work at City Hall have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  All business should be conducted either by phone or on-line.  You may email the City Clerk at audra.garrett@trinidad.co.gov with questions.

Thanksgiving food drive at FNB ends Friday

TRINIDAD/WALSENBURG — Give back this year by donating to the First National Bank’s Thanksgiving Food drive.  Due to COVID-19 this year we are requesting cash donations to give gift cards to those in need.  Please make checks payable to The First National Bank in Trinidad.  Bring your donations to any FNB  branch by Friday, Nov. 20

Live music on Veterans Memorial Square, Fort Wootton

TRINIDAD — Every Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy live music on the green.  BYO blankets, chairs, and smile.  Food and drink are available for donations All proceeds go to the LACVC.

Drive by parade of lights for 2020

TRINIDAD — The 21st annual Parade of Lights will be held as a “drive by parade” at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Nov. 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m..  This event is FREE TO ATTEND!  Stay warm in your car to watch the parade!  Bags of candy provided to each child at the exit.  Ballots provided at entrance to vote on your favorite float.  Prizes awarded to winning floats. COVID requirements in effect, for your safety- no stopping & no leaving vehicles.  Interested in entering a float?  Contact Gloria Jean at 719-846-0562 or hometownholidaystrinidad@gmail.com

Virtual CRAFT MOB seeks crafters

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Historic MainStreet is hosting a virtual CRAFT MOB on Monday Nov. 30, 6-8p.m..  Local crafters will be presenting their Christmas Crafts for sale.  The event will be broadcast live on Facebook Live and Youtube-Trinidad Times TV 71 and it will be rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 71.  Viewers can purchase items during the live broadcast or reach out to the crafters afterwards.  This event is being sponsored by TCHU Oxygen Bar.
Crafters wanted! Contact Karen Jo Agnello at 512-560-4180 or at CoTrinidadMainStreet@gmail.com

“Survival is Insufficient” online, multimedia salon

TRINIDAD — The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District ushered in the Fall season by inviting “creatives” of all sorts to contribute to an online, multimedia salon, illustrating how creatives have continued to do their work during the pandemic. This Multimedia Salon is available online through Monday, Nov. 30.
The salon opened on September 22, and focuses upon creations by regional artists, and creatives of all sorts, including crafts, music, writing, theatrical performance, quilting, dance, painting, happenings, printmaking or any other creative medium based on the theme: “Survival is Insufficient.”
Visit the Salon: https://www.corazondetrinidad.org/survival-is-insufficient-salon  Submit artwork: https://www.corazondetrinidad.org/survival-is-insufficient-call

Bank plans open house in Trinidad and 2021 calendar distribution in other branches

TRINIDAD — During this time of year, you can be certain that temperatures drop, leaves fall, days get shorter, and The First National Bank in Trinidad is busy making final preparations for its 35th annual open house and calendar distribution.  The 2021 Historic Collector’s Series Calendar will be available on a first come, first served basis at the open house set for Friday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. only at the main bank in Trinidad.  Plans will be a little different this year with the desire to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Only six people will be allowed at a time in the bank lobby to pick up calendars and a prepackaged plate of cookies.  Drinks will not be served, masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

Although there will be no open house held at the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg or The Loan Production Office in Raton this year, residents are encouraged to stop by to pick up your calendar, which will be available starting Friday, December 4 at all branch locations in Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton.  The 2021 calendar is distributed as a free gift to the community while supplies last.

COLFAX
Raton Ministerial Alliance  food distribution

RATON — The next food distribution will be Friday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. until supplies are gone, everyone is welcome. at City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street.

November Colfax County Health Council meeting

RATON — Ashley Vigil is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting Friday, Nov. 20,  11 a.m. via Zoom.  Join Zoom Meeting at:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77525100190?pwd=RHMrQmpDd1FrWTlnQW5SQTVOc3I4Zz09  Meeting ID: 775 2510 0190 Passcode: CSfzn8

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St.  Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served).  Walk-up guests will be served as well.  We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks.  As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome.  Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.

Raton Cash Mob Holiday Party –

RATON — This special multi vendor Facebook Live cash mob is for Home Businesses.  Join us Tuesday, Nov. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. on Facebook.  The party is hosted by Raton Cash Mob, Elk Mountain Embroidery & Promo and 4 others!

Springer AA meeting

SPRINGER — AA meets every Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Springer, NM at 7 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

AA Meeting ~ Land of Enchantment Group (LOE)

RATON — Meetings are every Wednesday night,7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.  There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Al-Anon Meeting

RATON — Al-Anon comes to Raton thanks to support from the World Journal and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton.  Meetings are every Thursday, 6 p.m. at 240 Rio Grande.  Al-Anon is a self-supporting group that seeks to assist the family and friends of people who are abusing alcohol or other substances.  Come and give support, come, and be supported.  Questions?  970-568-6969.

Hunger pantry food  distribution

RATON — The next food distribution will be Wednesday, Nov. 25,  11:30 a.m. – 1p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 S 3rd Street.  The food distribution is every other Wednesday.

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be , Thursday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street.  Currently we engage in wildland and structural fires.

FNB calendar distribution

RATON — Although there will be no open house held at the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg or The Loan Production Office in Raton this year, residents are encouraged to stop by to pick up your calendar, which will be available starting Friday, December 4 at all branch locations in Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton.  The 2021 calendar is distributed as a free gift to the community while supplies last.