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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

We’re here for you
The World Journal is providing a special web page dedicated to accurate and thoroughly vetted, up-to-the-minute information on the COVID-19 pandemic throughout our corner of the world.
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.

Events for November 12, 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.

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Hospice volunteer training

LAS ANIMAS/HUERFANO COUNTIES — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice is planning a fall volunteer training, Friday Nov. 13 (note date change) in Trinidad.  We are seeking volunteers both for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties.  There are many roles individuals can fill that provide invaluable support not only to patients, but perhaps even more so to families.  In home volunteers may spend a few hours a week providing companionship, respite for family members, reading to patient, helping record their stories and the all-important role of being a good listener.  All volunteer work does not need to be done in the home; errands can be run, weeds pulled, a dog walked, a meal cooked, administrative help in the office are just a few of the many other things that keep hospice wheels turning  If you want to be part of an amazing organization doing great work please give me a call.  There is a place for everyone. Please contact: Sandy Dolak; sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com; call or text:  719-251-1271

Understanding copyright on the digital platforms

OUR WORLD — What risks or protections do you have when posting creative works online? Join us for an interactive conversation designed to answer questions and provide general guidance on putting creative content (recorded or live) on digital platforms, as well as provide a foundational understanding of copyright law Friday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on line.  This presentation will be led by Dave Ratner with the Creative Law Network and will feature live arts experiences.  It is free for creatives in Southeast Colorado (Las Animas, Huerfano, and Otero Counties); or  $5 for creatives elsewhere in Colorado.  Learn more and register (Zoom):  https://www.corazondetrinidad.org/post/art-law-trinidad-and-beyond

Ask an Attorney: One-on-one legal consultations for creatives

OUR WORLD — Creatives can register to have a 20-minute one-on-one consultation with a Colorado Attorneys For the Arts (CAFTA) attorney Friday, Nov. 20, 1 to 3 p.m..  These consultations will focus on general arts-related legal guidance and education, not direct legal advice or representation.  Consultations will focus on legal questions directly to related to arts/creative work, such as business law and intellectual property.  Attendance at the morning webinar is required. (see above) Space is limited and preference will be given to creatives in the Southeast Colorado region (Las Animas, Huerfano, and Otero Counties). Learn more and request a consultation: https://www.corazondetrinidad.org/post/art-law-trinidad-and-beyond

Nominate students for the  Future Leaders Award

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Applications are being accepted now for the 2020-2021 Future Leaders program, presented by CBS4 and PDC Energy, to recognize Colorado high school students excelling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics.)
Teachers, parents, mentors, and others are encouraged to nominate students who they believe will be Colorado’s future STEM leaders.  Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis now through April 2021. One student will be selected each month to receive this special recognition award that includes a $1,000 and a student profile on CBS4.
STEM studies may include, but are not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, computer and information technology science, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, anthropology, ecology, economics, robotics, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, astrophysics.
Nominations should include basic information on the student as well as information on the student’s STEM field of study/focus, and any extraordinary circumstances/obstacles the student has had to overcome in order to pursue his/her STEM studies. Nominate the next future leader at https://denver.cbslocal.com/future-leaders/

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.

See and vote for the county wide community banner designs at MoF

WALSENBURG — There will be a presentation of community banner design entries at the Museum of Friends in Walsenburg from now through November 14.  Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4 p.m.  Voting will also be online at: https://www.spba.huerfano.org/signage.
Winners will be selected for each category of Spring, Summer and Fall by November 16, and will be awarded a prize of $500.
The banners are a project of the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance, through the Sector Partnership Placemaking and Signage Committee.

Peakview’s Thanksgiving food drive  

WALSENBURG — The Peakview School PTO and Peakview fisrt grade are organizing a Thanksgiving food drive.  Please bring non-perishable food to Peakview by Wednesday, Nov. 18.

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!

Spanish Peaks Business Alliance membership drive online event

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance will be hosting their Annual Meeting virtually, Thursday Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m.!  Only members will be allowed to vote for the 2021 SPBA Board, but everyone is welcome to attend to hear the Annual Report to Stakeholders, including what projects are currently happening or will be soon.  Members are welcome to run for the 2021 SPBA Board, bylaws with position information can be found on the website, spba.huerfano.org/membership. Information on becoming a member can be found on the website, spba.huerfano.org.
We hope the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance will be a place for communication and collaboration for not only members but the greater Huerfano County community.  We understand next year might be as hard as 2020 and we are here as a resource to support businesses and the community whenever possible.  We hope you decide to renew your membership so we can continue to grow and thrive together.

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!

Sensory Saturdays

LA VETA — Stimulate your young child’s senses  with sensory activities while you work out Saturdays through Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main Street.  The class is free to members or $5 day pass for non-members.  Dress your kid for fun and work out while your child plays.  Limited to ages 3 and up and only 5 kids allowed to promote social distancing.    Call 719-742-3555 to reserve a spot.

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.  The next food pickup will be Saturday, Nov. 14.
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 — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council invites the public to the opening reception for the annual Gift of Art show this Saturday, Nov. 14, 5 – 7 p.m..  This is the 23rd year for the Gift of Art show and has become a La Veta favorite, offering a nice selection of gift options created by local artists.  Also featured in the Fuller Gallery are dynamic paintings by Rich and Jim Alford of Trinidad.  The SPACe Gift Shop offers amazing locally made jewelry, ceramics, photography, cards, and other artwork.  Only 10 people at a time allowed inside the Gallery & Gift Shop, face coverings are required and social distancing is practiced.  The shows will be on display until Jan. 2.  The SPACe Gallery is open on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 132 W. Ryus Ave in La Veta next to the town park. For more information call 719-742-3074, or visit:  www.spanishpeaksarts.com

4-H Fair Board meeting and election

LA VETA — Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Huerfano County 4-H Fair Board will have their board member election at a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m. at the Huerfano County Fairgrounds.  There are 3 positions open.  Please contact Cindy Jameson, 719-989-1015 with any questions.

Single Tech Pod: Cut the Cable

LA VETA — The next Single Tech Pod at La Veta Public Library will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m..  This class is to help assist you in the concept of “cutting the cable cord” and getting rid of regular cable services.  We discuss options, internet services, along with scenarios that might help you save financially.  All Health Department Guidelines will be followed.

Thanksgiving food drive at FNB

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)

Holiday crafts and Cruise 4 Christmas  

WALSENBURG — On Friday, Nov. 27, starting at 10:30 am, come start your Christmas shopping at a holiday craft event at Legends Flooring, 726 Main St.
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 — KSPK, Bachman & Associates, and the Spanish Peaks Chamber are holding an old-fashioned home holiday lighting decoration contest throughout the county.  Make your home a showplace of holiday lights and decorations for cash prizes!  To enter, visit DiscoverBachman.com and click on the Deck the Halls Contest button.  Enter your address and contact info and you are all set!

La Veta annual holiday arts fundraiser – Cancelled for 2020

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 met for their monthly meeting on Thursday Oct. 5 at 4 pm on Zoom. Guests Marilyn Russell of La Veta Trails discussed the Trails Master Plan and AmeriCorps VISTA Dominic Elizondo presented a COVID relief document to help businesses. The Chamber accepted the resignation of Jim Vidamour, and also set the date for the annual meeting and elections to be Thursday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.. All the board positions are up for elections.

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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

Shop Local Holiday  promotion campaign

TRINIDAD — The Historic Trinidad Main Street Board, and the City of Trinidad are planning the annual Trinidad Shop Local Holiday Promotion Campaign.  The campaign is designed to assist retail merchants, restaurants, non-profits, service groups, and churches, the service of promoting ANY events, shopping in-store or online, and any fun happenings over the holiday season in Trinidad-area via print, radio, and the Historic Trinidad Main Street Board Facebook page.
The Shop Local campaign is scheduled to run Nov. 9, to Jan. 1.  Submittals for promotion will be updated every Monday until Dec. 28.
To be included in this campaign, please send all holiday promotional calendar items to Kim Schultz at 719-859-1008 kimberlyschultz108@gmail.com.

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.

Bulldog 5K, 10K run, 5K walk  this Saturday

TRINIDAD — Register now for the Bulldog Run: 5k run, 10k run, 5k walk, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, with a staggered beginning at 8 a.m. at 135 N. Animas Street in Trinidad.  For info, call Jason at 719-680-0171.  Same day registration starts at 7 a.m.  You can also pre register at runsignup.com.

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.

THCU presents Main Street Comedy w/Derrick Stroup & Friends

TRINIDAD — Join us at the newly renamed and branded Main Street Live (formerly Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre) for an evening of comedy with current Comedy Works New Faces Champion Derrick Stroup on Saturday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m.  This performance is presented by THCU with support from La Quinta Inn, Little Stinker, Blue Diamond Spray Foam, Bigtop Studios and Moose’s Social Club and Martini Bar.
Stroup will be joined by the hilarious Brad Galli and Katie Bowman for a night of laughs hosted by Pueblo’s very own funny man John Bueno!  Doors open at 6:30 pm and the jokes start at 7.  Tickets for this 18+ socially distanced comedy show will be available online for $10, or you can pick up your ticket for $15 at the door (if there are any left!)

Call for artists:  Santa Fe Trail  Bicentennial Commemorative Event

TRINIDAD — Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is announcing a Call for Artists/Request for Proposals for the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Commemorative Event .  The deadline for entry is Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.
The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is one of many organizations participating in the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Commemorative Event, which will successively occur along the original route of the trail throughout 2021. The event will formally take place in Trinidad from September 27 – October 3, 2021.  The district wishes to commission an artist or artist team to develop a unique project in celebration of this event.  The project budget is $1,500.00
Artist(s) will retain ownership and copyright of all materials produced; however, artist will also grant Creative District use of all images and materials for educational, marketing, and promotional purposes.
How to Apply: Put “SANTA FE TRAIL SUBMISSION” in subject line and submit proposals through:  TrinidadCDsubmissions@gmail.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  For further information: If you have questions, please contact Mark Johnstone at: 208-720-5578.

Thanksgiving food drive at FNB

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.

“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

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 .

SCRT becomes Main Street Live!  Seeks new volunteers

TRINIDAD — SCRT, along with many other organizations hit hard by this year’s events, has had to rethink how to do business in order to survive.  During the past several months, the SCRT Board has been laying the groundwork to move in a new direction and to focus on community theatre rather than repertory theatre.  With seating space greatly reduced at this point in time, this makes the most sense to help make all events affordable for the theatre as well as attendees.
Since we are community based, Main Street LIVE is looking for people who are interested in participating in our new direction.  If you are one of them, please stop by the office, 131 W. Main Street, and fill out an information card indicating your area of interest.  Or send an email to info.scrtheatre@gmail.com .  We are excited and hope you will join us in this new adventure.  For more information visit the new website:  www.mainstreetlive.org or contact Gloria Hall gloria.scrtheatre @gmail.com or info.scrtheatre@gmail.com .

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

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.

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be tonight, Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street.  Currently we engage in wildland and structural fires.

Des Moines flu shot clinic

DES MOINES — There will be a flu shot clinic on Friday, Nov. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Union Cunty General Hospital.  Shots are free with the donation of two non-perishable food items. Masks are required.

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.

We’re here for you
The World Journal is providing a special web page dedicated to accurate and thoroughly vetted, up-to-the-minute information on the COVID-19 pandemic throughout our corner of the world.

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.

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Southern Colorado virtual town hall with Carlos Lopez

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Join Carlos Lopez, candidate for Senate District 35, for a town hall focusing on issues important to Southern Colorado today, Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m..  Register here: https://zoom.us/…/tJIkduCurDMrGNcfnKZBLwvQb4HfpX5I9ZNN

Tarot reading for tatas

OUR WORLD — A ROAR for Relay for Life Fundraiser!  All proceeds go to American Cancer Society. Saturday, Oct. 31, in two hour blocks, each reading 10 minutes for $5 via Zoom.
Call Terri at 707-354-2485 to schedule your appointment.  To pre-pay please call Kendra 179-946-5510 or 719-680-0693.

Southern Colorado SBDC workshops “Pivot Towards Change and Profit”

OUR WORLD — Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center presents a series of online workshops which can enhance your business opportunities in these difficult times.
Monday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Staying in Touch with Customers
Monday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Understanding Today’s Consumers
Thursday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:  Using Facebook and Instagram for Marketing
Monday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:  Connecting with Customers for Small Business Saturday
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:  Marketing Using Infographics
Thursday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Making the Most of Google My Business
Visit Southerncoloradosbdc.org to register for one or all of the classes or call:  719-549-3245

Hospice volunteer training

LAS ANIMAS/HUERFANO COUNTIES — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice is planning a fall volunteer training, Friday November 13 (note date change) in Trinidad.  We are seeking volunteers both for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties.  There are many roles individuals can fill that provide invaluable support not only to patients, but perhaps even more so to families.  In home volunteers may spend a few hours a week providing companionship, respite for family members, reading to patient, helping record their stories and the all-important role of being a good listener.  All volunteer work does not need to be done in the home; errands can be run, weeds pulled, a dog walked, a meal cooked, administrative help in the office are just a few of the many other things that keep hospice wheels turning  If you want to be part of an amazing organization doing great work please give me a call.  There is a place for everyone. Please contact: Sandy Dolak; sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com; call or text:  719-251-1271

Nominate students for the Future Leaders Award

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Applications are being accepted now for the 2020-2021 Future Leaders program, presented by CBS4 and PDC Energy, to recognize Colorado high school students excelling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics.)
Teachers, parents, mentors, and others are encouraged to nominate students who they believe will be Colorado’s future STEM leaders.  Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis now through April 2021. One student will be selected each month to receive this special recognition award that includes a $1,000 and a student profile on CBS4.
STEM studies may include, but are not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, computer and information technology science, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, anthropology, ecology, economics, robotics, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, astrophysics.
Nominations should include basic information on the student as well as information on the student’s STEM field of study/focus, and any extraordinary circumstances/obstacles the student has had to overcome in order to pursue his/her STEM studies. Nominate the next future leader at https://denver.cbslocal.com/future-leaders/

Nominations being accepted for the Colorado Redistricting Commission

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Help Trinidad/Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce (TLAC) find interested people!  Do you know someone who would be perfect to apply for the Colorado Redistricting Commission?  Please send the following link:  docs.google.com/ forms/d/1_RTWVBu9heSAoHtjqGznTmVjLJ1TO1gHUpwCV7mObOM/prefill  to your contacts to help find people to apply to the redistricting commission.
Their information will only be used by  TLAC, it will not be sold or shared. After you nominate them TLAC will follow up with them to share information about the commission and how to apply!  Thank you for helping Southern Colorado!

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.

Meet the Candidate:  John Galusha

WALSENBURG — John Galusha, candidate for County Commissioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street.  If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us.  For additional information call 303-419-0694 or 719-248-4541.

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 a little fun and become part of the solution!

Fall Scavenger Hunt in La Veta this Friday

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness is hosting a Halloween Hunt in La Veta on Friday, October 30, 2:30 p.m..  Grab your costume! Everything will be outside, with perimeter map & checklist provided.  There will be a prize table.  Keep what you find!  $1 per entry.  Wear your mask and practice social distancing.  Registration booth will be outside Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St in La Veta, beginning at 2 p.m. on Oct 30.  Call 719-742-3555 for additional information.

Sensory Saturdays

LA VETA — Stimulate your young child’s senses  with sensory activities while you work out Saturdays through Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main Street.  The class is free to members or $5 day pass for non-members.  Dress your kid for fun and work out while your child plays.  Limited to ages 3 and up and only 5 kids allowed to promote social distancing.    Call 719-742-3555 to reserve a spot.

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This year please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online.  Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab.

Spooktacular Trunk or Treat at St. Mary

WALSENBURG — The 3rd annual free Trunk or Treat Street Community Event will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church, 121 E. 7th Street.  This year will have a Pumpkin Carving Contest.  Please bring the carved pumpkins to the church Friday, Oct. 30, 8 to noon or 1 to 5 for judging.  All the pumpkins will be displayed during the drive by Trunk or Treat event.
This year’s event looks a little different due to COVID-19. It will be a drive by trunk or treat street parade.  The health department approved the Spooktacular with these requirements: Not only should you wear your Halloween mask, but everyone in the car must also wear a COVID-19 face covering and fill out a drive by Trunk or Treat parade form prior to entering (a maximum 175 vehicles).  These rules must be followed  in order to remain compliant with the CDC guidelines.  All families are welcome to attend this Spooktacular Event.
For more ways to be involved in this year’s event, please contact the event Coordinator:  Rhonda D. Thibault-Lloyd at (970) 424-4478.

Covid Safe Trick-or-Treating at the La Veta Public Library

LA VETA — We will be offering trick-or-treating from our front porch Saturday, Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m.! Come grab a prepackaged bag of goodies when you come say BOO at the La Veta Library!

Halloween Costume Party at  Walsenburg Golf Club

WALSENBURG — Come out for live music, costume contest, food and drink specials, and late night Karaoke Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. at Walsenburg Golf Club.  Please RSVP by calling 719 -738-2730, space is very limited.

Tech Single Pod: Intro to Social Media

LA VETA — “What the Tech?!”, funded by IMLS, offers a single pod on Social Media Wednesday, Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m. -12:20 p.m. at La Veta Public Library.  This will be an introduction to Social Media:  what it’s used for, terms, the many different options available, and more!  To register, call 719-742-3572 or stop by the front desk!

HCCC Zoom meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) is now sponsored by the Business Alliance. Our monthly meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 5, 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.

Spanish Peaks Chamber meeting

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting is held the first Thursday of the month..  Our next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m. at the La Veta fire station.  Enter at the north entrance.  If you wish to be on the agenda please contact us in advance at info@lavetacucharachamber.com

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
Volunteering: If you would like to volunteer for La Veta Village Food services, please call us at 719-247-1393

Inner Idea Artists, Clay & Fiber Art show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The public is invited to see the new artwork on display at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus.  The Inner Idea Artists are showing works by 6 of their members:  Peggy Zehing, Marta Moore, Mary Sewell Cooper, David Zehring, Rena Kaplowitz, Maggie MacIndoe, and Lana Thomas.  In the Main Gallery, Mary Scott, Judy Sims-Barlow, and Ann Gethen are offering exquisite wearable pieces created from an array of fibers.  Robin Richards is also sharing some of her amazing cloth sculptures.  Nicole Copel and Lori Hannon both have original, functional art made with clay.
Face masks are required, social distancing is observed, with a limit of 10 visitors at one time and no food or beverages are allowed.  Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer are available for guests. There is no admission fee and donations are gratefully accepted.  For more information visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719-742-3074.
SPACe is open Tues, Thurs. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The show will be on display until Nov. 7.  SPACe, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships and donations.

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 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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, Nov. 10, 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.

Single Tech Pod: Cut the Cable

LA VETA — The next Single Tech Pod at La Veta Public Library will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m..  This class is to help assist you in the concept of “cutting the cable cord” and getting rid of regular cable services.  We discuss options, internet services, along with scenarios that might help you save financially.  All Health Department Guidelines will be followed.

Spanish Peaks Business Alliance membership drive online event

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance will be hosting their Annual Meeting virtually, Thursday November 12, 5:30 p.m.!  Only members will be allowed to vote for the 2021 SPBA Board, but everyone is welcome to attend to hear the Annual Report to Stakeholders, including what projects are currently happening or will be soon.  Members are welcome to run for the 2021 SPBA Board, bylaws with position information can be found on the website, spba.huerfano.org/membership. Information on becoming a member can be found on the website, spba.huerfano.org.
We hope the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance will be a place for communication and collaboration for not only members but the greater Huerfano County community.  We understand next year might be as hard as 2020 and we are here as a resource to support businesses and the community whenever possible.  We hope you decide to renew your membership so we can continue to grow and thrive together.

LAS ANIMAS

Free COVID-19 testing

TRINIDAD — A free Community Testing Site is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. through October 29. at the Las Animas County Community Testing Site, (Justice Center)  2309 E. Main Street.  No insurance or ID needed.

Safe Trick or Treat Drive Thru Art Car Scare A Thon

TRINIDAD — Halloween in Trinidad will look a little different this year.  The annual Safe Trick-or-Treats for Kids and Costume Contest usually held downtown will not be taking place.  Instead, families are invited to a “Safe Trick-or-Treat Drive-Thru Art Car Scare-a-Thon” Friday, October 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds.
In cooperation with the Art Cartopia Museum, the City of Trinidad Police Department, and Las Animas County Sheriff’s Department, The First National Bank in Trinidad plans to sponsor this “reverse parade” with the hope to keep everyone safe.  Cars full of parents and children will drive around the perimeter of the fairgrounds to view the “Spooktakular” Art Cars that will be parked along the route. Trinidad merchants have donated enough candy to fill 1,000 bags of treats to be handed out to kids in the cars as they drive out.
Here’s to a happy and COVID-19 safe Halloween!  For more information about this event, visit www.fnbtrinidad.com.

Pumpkin Patch open Saturdays and Sundays

HOEHNE — Come out and pick your pumpkins each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. through October at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75!  Call Mary to schedule a private time for groups – 719-680-1402

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.
All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile.  Food and drinks available for donations.  All proceeds go to the LACVC.

Free legal help at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — While the library is open for curbside service only, you can still sign up for Free Legal Help on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 3 to 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.

PWP Brews Monthly River Cleanup

TRINIDAD — Join us the first Saturday of every month for good times and a good cause along the Purgatoire River!  Meet Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. at the row of flags by the train at Safeway Parking lot.  We are a COVID-19 friendly, socially distanced group.  Come out for good times along the river – meeting new community members and working together to clean up our river, then heading to a local pub or restaurant to celebrate our efforts!
The weather might be getting a little cooler but that’s ok – all the more reason to throw on extra layer, get out of the house, and see some new faces that aren’t your family members or your cat!

Philosophy Café via Zoom

TRINIDAD — Join us for a spirited conversation about things philosophic.  We will convene via Zoom Meeting on Monday, Nov. 9, 5 p.m.. Email tom.potter@trinidad.co.gov to register.  You’ll receive a return email with details about how to join the meeting.
This session of Philosophy Café will be an interesting one.  The topic is cognitive bias.  It has to do with the strategies we humans employ to sort out and act on all of the information coming into our lives.  These strategies are absolutely essential for us to successfully process the information we confront every day.  However, each of the strategies has serious draw-backs.  Most of them have to do with filtering information, implying that we are losing much of the information in the process.  Knowing what these strategies are, and learning to identify them as we do our thinking, will hopefully keep us from coming to erroneous conclusions or making the wrong decisions.

Call for artists:  Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Commemorative Event

TRINIDAD — Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is announcing a Call for Artists/Request for Proposals for the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Commemorative Event .  The deadline for entry is Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is one of many organizations participating in the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Commemorative Event, which will successively occur along the original route of the trail throughout 2021. The event will formally take place in Trinidad from September 27 – October 3, 2021.  The district wishes to commission an artist or artist team to develop a unique project in celebration of this event.  The project budget is $1,500.00
Artist(s) will retain ownership and copyright of all materials produced; however, artist will also grant Creative District use of all images and materials for educational, marketing, and promotional purposes.
How to Apply: Put “SANTA FE TRAIL SUBMISSION” in subject line and submit proposals through:  TrinidadCDsubmissions@gmail.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  For further information: If you have questions, please contact Mark Johnstone at: 208-720-5578.

SCRT becomes Main Street Live!  Seeks new volunteers

TRINIDAD — SCRT, along with many other organizations hit hard by this year’s events, has had to rethink how to do business in order to survive.  During the past several months, the SCRT Board has been laying the groundwork to move in a new direction and to focus on community theatre rather than repertory theatre.  With seating space greatly reduced at this point in time, this makes the most sense to help make all events affordable for the theatre as well as attendees.
We believe that Main Street LIVE reflects the concept of the theatre being MORE than just a venue for plays.  The theatre will be branching out with comedy shows, musical acts, business conferences, game nights, talent shows, and any other events that will help promote and enhance the role of Main Street LIVE as “your” community theatre.
Since we are community based, Main Street LIVE is looking for people who are interested in participating in our new direction.  If you are one of them, please stop by the office, 131 W. Main Street, and fill out an information card indicating your area of interest.  Or send an email to info.scrtheatre@gmail.com .  We are excited and hope you will join us in this new adventure.  For more information visit the new website:  www.mainstreetlive.org or contact Gloria Hall gloria.scrtheatre@gmail.com or info.scrtheatre@gmail.com .

COVID Small Business grant program

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program.  The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

Apishapa Valley Heritage Center fall/winter hours

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming fall-winter months.   Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless!   Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.

COLFAX

Early voting 2020 info

RATON — Colfax County Clerk Rayetta M. Trujillo, announces that anyone wishing to absentee vote in-person for November 3, 2020, general election may do so through Saturday, Oct. 31 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).  Regular office hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m..

Colfax County Health Council Meeting

RATON — Ashley Vigil is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting Friday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m..  Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73078941358?pwd=YzF3MnBSMWZPdktkOUZWcXM0SGxHdz09, Meeting ID: 730 7894 1358, Passcode: 714RWE

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.

Haunted Street drive-thru Trick-or-Treat

RATON — The safe trick or treat this year will be a drive through only event, Saturday, Oct. 31, 4 to 5 p.m. in Raton.  Drive South on First Street From Ripley Park.  All North Bound Traffic on First will be blocked from Cook Avenue to Savage Avenue.  Trick-or- treaters must remain in their vehicles.  Tune into KRTN to hear spooky sounds as your family drives down the street collecting treats from our participating businesses.  The Elk’s Lodge will also be on-site handing out hot dogs.

Halloween Masquerade Concert

RATON — Come out for masquerade and concert Saturday, Oct. 31,  7 p.m. at Colfax Ale Cellar.  Come dressed up in your favorite Halloween mask and enjoy the live music of Secondhand.  In keeping with state COVID-19 mandates, seating is limited due to social distancing, so $5 ticket purchase is required.  Ticket sales contribute to payment for the band.

Free 2 Worship Tour w/ 5ive, Kurtis Hoppie, & JP

RATON — Join us Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. for a special night of worship and hip hop at Mesa Church.  The concert is free to attend.  Wear your mask and social distance.  There will be prizes for the best decorated mask, as well as best costume.

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, Nov. 7.  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.

DCA launches new online portal for “Invite an Educator” program

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has launched a new website devoted to the Invite a DCA Educator program.  This new online portal simplifies the process of welcoming an expert from one of the divisions of the DCA into a virtual classroom setting.
By visiting https://dcaeducates.nmculture.org  and filling out a request form, school teachers, homeschool instructors, afterschool clubs, and community organizations can schedule an online visit from an educator to discuss a variety of subjects related to the DCA.  The new website allows users to navigate through available programs via presenter, age group, or topic.
The DCA includes eight museums, seven historic sites, New Mexico Arts, the Office of Archeological Studies, the Historic Preservation Division, and the New Mexico State Library.

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be tonight, Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street.  Currently we engage in wildland and structural fires.  When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays.

Out of this world

Call to artists

PUEBLO — The Creations for Conservation Art Show is looking for artists to participate in this year’s show.  The event will be a little different than in past years in that we are asking artists to 100% donate pieces. Art will be up for sale during the online show on Nov. 11-15 and all proceeds will be going to help the Pueblo Zoo animals as well as going to help conservation of native species through Rocky Mountain Wild.
Intake for art collection will be at the Pueblo Zoo on November 1 from Noon-7pm, November 2 & 3 from 9am-7pm, or Saturday the 7th by appointment. Artists who donate art will receive a pass to the Pueblo Zoo!
All mediums are welcome with an animal or nature theme and both professional AND amateurs are welcome to join.
Let us know if you have a website or business card you would like displayed in the show along with your pieces. We want to make sure everyone who sees the show knows where they can find the artists!
We are also looking to film artists working on their pieces, do a video highlighting a local gallery, and interviews with artists. If you or anyone you know would like to do this please let us know and we will schedule a time for filming.
For more information, contact Brittany at
bmerlo@pueblozoo.com.

Upcoming Events for week of October 22, 2020

throughout our world

Tarot reading for tatas

OUR WORLD — A ROAR for Relay for Life Fundraiser! All proceeds go to American Cancer Society. October 24, and 31, in two hour blocks, each reading 10 minutes for $5 via Zoom.

Call Terri at 707-354-2485 to schedule your appointment. To pre-pay please call Kendra 179-946-5510 or 719-680-0693.

 

Children of the Inquisition: Online screening event and discussion

OUR WORLD — Temple Aaron of Trinidad Colorado will be screening the documentary film Children of the Inquisition in an online event Saturday, Oct. 24. You’ll have 48 hours to view the film: 5 pm MT on 10/22/20 to 5 pm MT 10/24/20.

After watching the film, join us Sat. Oct. 24, 6 pm for a live (via Zoom) discussion with Peabody award-winning producer Joseph Lovett. Joining him will be Carlos de Madeiros, a contemporary descendant featured in the film, and Corinne Brown (Vice President of Communications at Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies and Editor of their journal, HaLapid).

Cost for the film viewing and discussion is $10. Temple Aaron’s online screening of Children of the Inquisition is made possible with support from JewishColorado. Questions? email info@templeaaron.org or call 303-905-2161 Register: https://crm.templeaaron.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id =9 . A link to the film will be sent after registration.

Children of the Inquisition is a critically acclaimed documentary film that unearths 500 years of hidden history. It explores what happened to the families forced to convert to Catholicism or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions through the eyes of their contemporary descendants, many of whom are just discovering their often nuanced Jewish roots. Its story- tellers uncover the connections between their family’s journeys and this buried history. The discoveries of these flights to safety over the past 500 years give a new perspective to the world events we face today.

 

Dining with Diabetes Challenge free 4- week email program

OUR WORLD — Do you want to learn how to manage your diabetes with updated information? Dining with Diabetes invites you to enroll in an e-mail challenge. This 4-week program will encourage those with diabetes to improve their selfcare behaviors and learn: What is diabetes? What are carbohydrates and how many can I have? How to build a support system.

Participants will receive two weekly emails from CSU Ex- tension faculty to share diabetes health practices, recipes, goal setting and support to increase knowledge, try new approaches, and receive virtual support through a private Face- book group and local CSU Extension staff.

Register by Monday, Oct. 26 Register at: https://forms.gle/agZptm2LsTfMEACr8

The challenge starts Nov. 2. For more info contact extension agent, Laura Griffin at 719-583-6566.

 

Legal Resource Day free legal clinic

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — The 3rd Judicial District (Huerfano and Las Animas counties), Colorado Legal Services, and volunteer attorneys will host three virtual events on Tuesday, October 27, as part of Legal Resource Week, sponsored by Colorado Judicial Institute.

Residents of the district representing themselves in civil cases will have an opportunity from 1-6 p.m. to speak, free of charge, with an attorney during a 25-minute phone consulta- tion. Attorney consultations are by appointment only. These consultations are for informational purposes only and do not constitute attorney-client relationships.

Immediately preceding the Ask-A-Lawyer event, two virtual presentations will be offered. Log in information for both presentations is posted on the 3rd Judicial District’s website.

1. Legal Options for Relatives Raising Children, facilitated by Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Staff Attorney Kacie Mulhern, will be offered from 10-11 a.m. via WebEx. Topics covered include Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (APR) for Nonparents, Guardianship of Minors, and Kin- ship/Custodial Adoptions.

2. Consumer Bankruptcy Law presentation, facilitated by Pueblo-based Attorney at Law Thomas Mathiowetz, will be offered from 12-1 p.m. via WebEx. Topics covered will include Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy eligibility requirements, pre-bankruptcy planning, and information on dischargeable and non-dischargeable debts.

To make an appointment or to get presentation login in- formation, contact self-help coordinator Kate Johnson at 719- 695-6555 or sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/y2a2wvos

 

Hospice volunteer training

LAS ANIMAS/HUERFANO COUNTIES — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice is planning a fall volunteer training, Friday November 13 (note date change) in Trinidad. We are seeking volunteers both for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. There are many roles individuals can fill that provide invaluable support not only to patients, but perhaps even more so to families. In home volunteers may spend a few hours a week providing companionship, respite for family members, reading to patient, helping record their stories and the all-important role of being a good listener. All volunteer work does not need to be done in the home; errands can be run, weeds pulled, a dog walked, a meal cooked, administrative help in the office are just a few of the many other things that keep hospice wheels turning If you want to be part of an amazing organization doing great work please give me a call. There is a place for everyone. Please contact: Sandy Dolak; sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com; call or text: 719-251-1271

 

Nominate students for the Future Leaders Award

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Applications are being accepted now for the 2020-2021 Future Leaders program, presented by CBS4 and PDC Energy, to recognize Colorado high school students excelling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics.)

Teachers, parents, mentors, and others are encouraged to nominate students who they believe will be Colorado’s future STEM leaders. Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis now through April 2021. One student will be selected each month to receive this special recognition award that includes a $1,000 and a student profile on CBS4.

STEM studies may include, but are not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, computer and information technology science, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, anthropology, ecology, economics, robotics, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, astrophysics.

Nominations should include basic information on the student as well as information on the student’s STEM field of study/focus, and any extraordinary circumstances/obstacles the student has had to overcome in order to pursue his/her STEM studies. Nominate the next future leader at https://den- ver.cbslocal.com/future-leaders/

 

Nominations being accepted for the Colorado Redistricting Commission

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Help Trinidad/Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce (TLAC) find interested people! Do you know someone who would be perfect to apply for the Colorado Redistricting Commission? Please send the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_RTWVBu9heSAoHtjqGznTmVjLJ1TO1gHUpwCV7mObOM/prefill to your contacts to help find people to apply to the redistricting commission.

Their information will only be used by TLAC, it will not be sold or shared. After you nominate them TLAC will follow up with them to share information about the commission and how to apply! Thank you for helping Southern Colorado!

 

HUERFANO

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WALSENBURg — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

Discussion pods at La Veta Library

LA VETA — Discussion pods alternate each Thursday at 2 p.m. between book and movie discussions. Today, Thursday, October 22, we will kick off with an open book discussion! Come talk about what you are reading 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!

 

Fall Scavenger Hunt in La Veta

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness is hosting a Fall Scavenger Hunt in La Veta Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.. Everything will be outside, with a map provided to show the perimeter of the hid- den objects. Prizes for the first 3 contestants that finish! Kids are welcome to dress up. $1 per entry. Registration booth will be outside Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St. beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 23. Call 719-742-3555 for additional information.

 

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 a little fun and become part of the solution!

 

Sensory Saturdays

LA VETA — Stimulate your young child’s senses with sensory activities while you work out Saturdays, Oct. 24 – Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main Street. The class is free to members or $5 day pass for non-members. Dress your kid for fun and work out while your child plays. Limited to ages 3 and up and only 5 kids allowed to promote social distancing. Call 719-742-3555 to reserve a spot.

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Oct. 25 the message is “In the Song and Silence” with music by Eldaa Royer.

 

Spooky story contest

HUERFANO COUNTY — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. A $50 first prize – donated by La Veta Galleries Supporting the Arts – will be awarded to top student in each category! Submissions are due Monday, October 26. For more information, contact the library or email stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

 

Water Conservancy District Board meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held remotely by GoTo Meeting Monday, Oct. 26, 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/251836869. To dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3311, Access Code: 251-836-869

 

La Veta Village Food Services boxes

LA VETA — For qualified individuals and families, please re- serve a box and schedule a pick-up, email lvvillageinc@gmail.com or call (719) 247-1393 before Wednes- day, October 28 for the next free food pick-up Saturday, Oc- tober 31, 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 Fri- days.– lavetavillage.org

Volunteering: If you would like to volunteer for La Veta Village Food services, please call us at 719-247-1393

 

Spooktacular Trunk or Treat at St. Mary

WALSENBURg — The 3rd annual free Trunk or Treat Street Community Event will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church, 121 E. 7th Street. This year will have a Pumpkin Carving Contest. Please bring the carved pumpkins to the church Friday, Oct. 30, 8 to noon or 1 to 5 for judging. All the pumpkins will be displayed during the drive by Trunk or Treat event.

This year’s event looks a little different due to COVID-19. It will be a drive by trunk or treat street. The health department approved the Spooktacular with these requirements: Not only should you wear your Halloween mask, but everyone in the car must also wear a COVID-19 face covering in order to remain compliant with the CDC guidelines. All families are welcome to attend this Spooktacular Event.

For more ways to be involved in this year’s event, please contact the event Coordinator: Rhonda D. Thibault-Lloyd at (970) 424-4478.

 

Halloween Costume Party at Walsenburg Golf Club

WALSENBURg — Come out for live music, costume contest, food and drink specials, and late night Karaoke Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. at Walsenburg Golf Club. Please RSVP by calling 719 -738-2730, space is very limited.

 

Ann Klikus 4-H Scholarship now available

LA VETA —A donation of $200 in memory of Ann Klikus, rancher’s wife, homemaker and La Veta School Head Cook was received by the Huerfano County Extension Office to honor her lifelong commitment to the students and community of La Veta. The donation will be used for scholarships to support 4-H youth in the Snowy Range 4-H Club in La Veta. The monies were donated to assist 4-H’ers in the La Veta club who need financial help with their 4-H enrollment, attending conferences, camps, or leadership events. To apply for the scholarship funds, youth in the Snowy Range 4-H club can contact the Huerfano County Extension Office. The extension office and the 4-H program would like to thank the anonymous donor who has entrusted these funds to us.

 

Tech Single Pod: Intro to Social Media

LA VETA — “What the Tech?!”, funded by IMLS, offers a single pod on Social Media Wednesday, Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m. -12:20 p.m. at La Veta Public Library. This will be an introduction to Social Media: what it’s used for, terms, the many different options available, and more! To register, call 719-742-3572 or stop by the front desk!

Inner Idea Artists, Clay & Fiber Art

show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The public is invited to see the new artwork on display at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus. The Inner Idea Artists are showing works by 6 of their members: Peggy Zehing, Marta Moore, Mary Sewell Cooper, David Zehring, Rena Kaplowitz, Maggie MacIndoe, and Lana Thomas. In the Main Gallery, Mary Scott, Judy Sims-Barlow, and Ann Gethen are offering exquisite wearable pieces created from an array of fibers. Robin Richards is also sharing some of her amazing cloth sculptures. Nicole Copel and Lori Hannon both have original, functional art made with clay.

Face masks are required, social distancing is observed, with a limit of 10 visitors at one time and no food or beverages are allowed. Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer are avail- able for guests. There is no admission fee and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719-742-3074.

SPACe is open Tues, Thurs. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The show will be on display until Nov. 7. SPACe, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships and donations.

2020 Parade of Lights canceled WALSENBURg — The 31st annual Holiday Parade of Lights

is canceled due to COVID 19 restrictions. See you next year!

 

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 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Delivery begins Dec. 2 – 5. The proceeds from this fund- raiser 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.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Blood Drive today

TRINIDAD — City of Trinidad will host a Blood Drive Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Call Vitalant at 877-258-4825 to sign up; sponsor code: Trini- dad. COVID-19 antibody testing included.

 

Free COVID-19 testing

TRINIDAD — A free Community Testing Site is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. through October 28. at the Las Animas County Community Testing Site, (Justice Center) 2309 E. Main Street. No insurance or ID needed.

 

SCFC Family/friends/teens Zombie Paintball Gallery

TRINIDAD — Come join Southern Colorado Family Center for some zombie paintball gallery fun Friday, Oct. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Skateland. We will have three shooting rooms of horror targets. The cost is $5 per round.

At 7:30, the Zombie Paintball fun will continue for 11 – 17 year olds only. Your parent must sign you in and out. Parents are welcome to stay. We will have three shooting rooms of hor- ror targets. If you want to buy more paintballs, they will be $2 for 15. The first 30 paintballs will be free.

If you have any questions please call Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509

 

Pumpkin Patch open Saturdays and Sundays

HOEHNE — Come out and pick your pumpkins each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. through October at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75! Call Mary to schedule a private time for groups – 719-680-1402

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

Safe Trick or Treat Drive Thru Art Car Scare A Thon

TRINIDAD — Halloween in Trinidad will look a little different this year. The annual Safe Trick-or-Treats for Kids and Cos-tume Contest usually held downtown will not be taking place. Instead, families are invited to a “Safe Trick-or-Treat Drive- Thru Art Car Scare-a-Thon” Friday, October 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds.

In cooperation with the Art Cartopia Museum, the City of Trinidad Police Department, and Las Animas County Sheriff’s Department, The First National Bank in Trinidad plans to sponsor this “reverse parade” with the hope to keep everyone safe. Cars full of parents and children will drive around the perimeter of the fairgrounds to view the “Spooktakular” Art Cars that will be parked along the route. Trinidad merchants have donated enough candy to fill 1,000 bags of treats to be handed out to kids in the cars as they drive out.

Here’s to a happy and COVID-19 safe Halloween! For more information about this event, visit www.fnbtrinidad.com.

 

Call for artists: Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Commemorative Event

TRINIDAD — Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is announcing a Call for Artists/Request for Proposals for the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Commemorative Event . The deadline for entry is November 18, 2020.

The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District is one of many organizations participating in the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Commemorative Event, which will successively occur along the original route of the trail throughout 2021. The event will formally take place in Trinidad from September 27 – October 3, 2021. The district wishes to commission an artist or artist team to develop a unique project in celebration of this event. The project budget is $1,500.00

The district seeks to commission an artist or artistic team to develop and produce a unique project which encompasses all or some of the Colorado portion of the Santa Fe Trail. The project may include any or all of the following: photography, text, video, performance, drawing or painting. The actual pro- duct will be negotiated with the commissioned artist or artist- team as part of their contract, based on their proposed medium of choice.

It is the intention of the creative district to display the work for eight weeks between Sept. 1 – Oct. 31, 2021; however, given the uncertainty of being able to display actual work dur- ing that time, the district reserves the right to present it online.

It is open to all artists who are legal US residents, age 18 and over, and who reside within the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District’s service area: southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. There is no entry fee.

The budget for this project is $1,500, which is inclusive of all artist costs related to the artist and/or team’s costs associated with the art project. In addition to the physical product produced for an applicant’s commission, the final product will also be delivered in digital form as specified in the contract.

Artist(s) will retain ownership and copyright of all mate- rials produced; however, artist will also grant Creative District use of all images and materials for educational, marketing, and promotional purposes.

How to Apply: Put “SANTA FE TRAIL SUBMISSION” in subject line and submit proposals through: TrinidadCDsubmissions@gmail.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For further information: If you have questions, please contact Mark Johnstone at: 208-720-5578.

 

COVID Small Business grant program

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage Center fall/winter hours

AgUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming fall-winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.

 

COLFAX

Early voting 2020 info

RATON — Colfax County Clerk Rayetta M. Trujillo, announces that anyone wishing to absentee vote in-person for November 3, 2020, general election may do so through Saturday, Oct. 31 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Regular office hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m..

 

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be tonight, Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street. Currently we engage in wildland and structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays.

 

Raton Ministerial Alliance food distribution

RATON — The next food distribution will be Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. until supplies are gone, everyone is welcome. at City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street.

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens

COLFAX COUNTY — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solano’s) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

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.

 

Haunted Street drive-thru Trick-or-Treat

RATON — The safe trick or treat this year will be a drive through only event, Saturday, Oct. 31, 4 to 5 p.m. in Raton. Drive South on First Street From Ripley Park. All North Bound Traffic on First will be blocked from Cook Avenue to Savage Avenue. Trick-or- treaters must remain in their vehicles. Tune into KRTN to hear spooky sounds as your family drives down the street collecting treats from our participating businesses. The Elk’s Lodge will also be on-site handing out hot dogs.

 

Halloween Masquerade Concert

RATON — Come out for masquerade and concert Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. at Colfax Ale Cellar. Come dressed up in your favorite Halloween mask and enjoy the live music of Second- hand. In keeping with state COVID-19 mandates, seating is limited due to social distancing, so $5 ticket purchase is required. Ticket sales contribute to payment for the band.

 

Free 2 Worship Tour w/ 5ive, Kurtis Hoppie, & JP

RATON — Join us Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. for a special night of worship and hip hop at Mesa Church. The concert is free to attend. Wear your mask and social distance. There will be prizes for the best decorated mask, as well as best costume.

 

DCA launches new online portal for “Invite an Educator” program

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has launched a new website devoted to the Invite a DCA Educator program. This new online portal simplifies the process of welcoming an expert from one of the divisions of the DCA into a virtual classroom setting.

By visiting https://dcaeducates.nmculture.org and filling out a request form, school teachers, homeschool instructors, afterschool clubs, and community organizations can schedule an online visit from an educator to discuss a variety of subjects related to the DCA. The new website allows users to navigate through available programs via presenter, age group, or topic.

The DCA includes eight museums, seven historic sites, New Mexico Arts, the Office of Archeological Studies, the Historic Preservation Division, and the New Mexico State Library.

 

Out of this world Call to artists

PUEBLO — The Creations for Conservation Art Show is looking for artists to participate in this year’s show. The event will be a little different than in past years in that we are asking artists to 100% donate pieces. Art will be up for sale during the online show on Nov. 11-15 and all proceeds will be going to help the Pueblo Zoo animals as well as going to help conservation of native species through Rocky Mountain Wild.

Intake for art collection will be at the Pueblo Zoo on November 1 from Noon-7pm, November 2 & 3 from 9am-7pm, or Saturday the 7th by appointment. Artists who donate art will receive a pass to the Pueblo Zoo!

All mediums are welcome with an animal or nature theme and both professional AND amateurs are welcome to join.

Let us know if you have a website or business card you would like displayed in the show along with your pieces. We want to make sure everyone who sees the show knows where they can find the artists!

We are also looking to film artists working on their pieces, do a video highlighting a local gallery, and inter- views with artists. If you or anyone you know would like to do this please let us know and we will schedule a time for filming.

For more information, contact Brittany at bmerlo@pueblozoo.com.

Upcoming Events for week of October 15, 2020

throughout our world

Hospice volunteer training

LAS ANIMAS/HUERFANO COUNTIES — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice is planning a fall volunteer training, Friday November 13 (note date change) in Trinidad. We are seeking volunteers both for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. There are many roles individuals can fill that provide invaluable support not only to patients, but perhaps even more so to families. In home volunteers may spend a few hours a week providing companionship, respite for family members, reading to patient, helping record their stories and the all-important role of being a good listener. All volunteer work does not need to be done in the home; errands can be run, weeds pulled, a dog walked, a meal cooked, administrative help in the office are just a few of the many other things that keep hospice wheels turning If you want to be part of an amazing organization doing great work please give me a call. There is a place for everyone. Please contact Sandy Dolak; sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com; call or text: 719-251-1271

 

Children of the Inquisition: online screening event and discussion

OUR WORLD — Temple Aaron of Trinidad Colorado will be screening the documentary film Children of the Inquisition in an online event Saturday, Oct. 24. You’ll have 48 hours to view the film: 5 pm MT on 10/22/20 to 5 pm MT 10/24/20.

After watching the film, join us Sat. Oct. 24, 6 pm for a live (via Zoom) discussion with Peabody award-winning producer Joseph Lovett. Joining him will be Carlos de Madeiros, a contemporary descendant featured in the film, and Corinne Brown (Vice President of Communications at Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies and Editor of their journal, HaLapid).

Cost for the film viewing and discussion is $10. Temple Aaron’s online screening of Children of the Inquisition is made possible with support from JewishColorado. Questions? email info@templeaaron.org or call 303-905-2161 Register: https://crm.templeaaron.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id =9 . A link to the film will be sent after registration.

Children of the Inquisition is a critically acclaimed documentary film that unearths 500 years of hidden history. It explores what happened to the families forced to convert to Catholicism or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions through the eyes of their contemporary descendants, many of whom are just discovering their often nuanced Jewish roots. Its story- tellers uncover the connections between their family’s journeys and this buried history. The discoveries of these flights to safety over the past 500 years give a new perspective to the world events we face today.

 

Dining with Diabetes Challenge free four-week email program

OUR WORLD — Do you want to learn how to manage your diabetes with updated information? Dining with Diabetes invites you to enroll in an e-mail Challenge. This 4-week pro- gram will encourage individuals with diabetes to improve their diabetes selfcare behaviors and learn: What is diabetes? What are carbohydrates and how many can I have? How to build a support system.

Participants will receive two weekly emails from Extension faculty to share diabetes health practices, recipes, goal setting and support to increase knowledge, try new approaches, and receive virtual support through a private Facebook group and local Extension staff.

Register by Monday, Oct. 26  Register at: https://forms.gle/agZptm2LsTfMEACr8

The challenge starts Nov 2nd! For more information please contact CSU Extension Agent, Laura Griffin at 719-583- 6566.

 

Nominate students for the Future Leaders Award

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Applications are being accepted now for the 2020-2021 FUTURE LEADERS pro- gram, presented by CBS4 and PDC Energy, to recognize Col- orado high school students excelling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics.)

Teachers, parents, mentors, and others are encouraged to nominate students who they believe will be Colorado’s future STEM leaders. Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis now through April 2021. One student will be selected each month to receive this special recognition award that includes a $1,000 and a student profile on CBS4.

STEM studies may include, but are not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, computer and information technology science, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, anthropology, ecology, economics, robotics, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, astrophysics.

Nominations should include basic information on the student as well as information on the student’s STEM field of study/focus, and any extraordinary circumstances/obstacles the student has had to overcome in order to pursue his/her STEM studies. Nominate the next future leader at https://denver.cbslocal.com/future-leaders/. Click here to view past CBS4 Future Leaders.

 

Legal Resource Day free legal clinic

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — The 3rd Judicial District (Huerfano and Las Animas counties), Colorado Legal Services, and volunteer attorneys will host three virtual events on Tuesday, October 27, as part of Legal Resource Week, sponsored by Colorado Judicial Institute.

Residents of the district representing themselves in civil cases will have an opportunity from 1-6 p.m. to speak, free of charge, with an attorney during a 25-minute phone consultation. Attorney Consultations are by appointment only. These consultations are for informational purposes only and do not constitute attorney-client relationships.

Immediately preceding the Ask-A-Lawyer event, two virtual presentations will be offered. Log in information for both presentations is posted on the 3rd Judicial District’s website.

1. Legal Options for Relatives Raising Children, facilitated by Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Staff Attorney Kacie Mulhern, will be offered from 10-11 a.m. via WebEx. Topics covered include Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (APR) for Nonparents, Guardianship of Minors, and Kinship/Custodial Adoptions.

2. Consumer Bankruptcy Law presentation, facilitated by Pueblo-based Attorney at Law Thomas Mathiowetz, will be offered from 12-1 p.m. via WebEx. Topics covered will include Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy eligibility requirements, pre-bankruptcy planning, and information on dischargeable and non-dischargeable debts.

To make an appointment or to get presentation login in- formation, contact Self-Help Coordinator Kate Johnson at 719- 695-6555 or sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/y2a2wvos

 

HUERFANO

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WALSENBURG — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

Last La Veta farmers market

LA VETA — The last La Veta farmers market for the 2020 sea- son will be today, Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Meet Amos Mace at local farmers markets

LA VETA/GARDNER/WALSENBURG — Come tap elbows and talk with Amos Mace who will be in La Veta, next to the Library, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m.; in Gardner under the pavilion next to the Methodist Church on Saturday Oct. 17, 10 a.m. – Noon. Come meet and discuss issues. If people have question or would like to schedule a meeting with Amos please call 970-309-1799.

 

Huerfano Dems meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY — We are having our monthly central committee meeting Thursday, Oct. 15 , 6 p.m. via Zoom. If you care to join in, please email huerfanodems100@gmail.com and we will send you an invite. At our meeting we will have up- dates from our elected officials on events in our county and will have some discussion on upcoming campaigning. Please get involved, we have a very important election this year! There is so much work to do and we need all the help we can get to be successful. We encourage everyone to visit our new website: huerfanodems.cum

 

Coffee with Sandy White

LA VETA/GARDNER/WALSENBURG — Join Sandy for cof- fee Saturday, October 17, 9 to 10 a.m. at Walsenburg Golf Club (Lathrop State Park), 1399 C.R. 502.

 

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 a little fun and become part of the solution!

 

The Night Gallery Sci/Fi Reception

LA VETA — Join us for an opening reception with Gary Wes- ton Friday, Oct. 16. Doors open at 5 p.m., Metropolis will be revealed with a special lights-out viewing around 7 p.m. Food, drink, music and fun for the whole family at The Painted Horse, 206 Main Street.

The Painted Horse Gallery presents for the first time, The Night Gallery – A solo exhibit of Sci/fi sculptural furniture by Gary Weston. Each piece of furniture in the exhibit has a story associated with an unusual event in history. Furniture inspired by Salvidore Dali, Rocker Man, Tessla, Philidelphia Experiment Lab, Lamp of Horrors and for the culmination of our evening, after dark, we will reveal a 7 foot tall chair inspired by Metropolis with dramatic electronics and lighting. For more information call 469-744-1082.

 

Stand-up comedy at the Fox

WALSENBURG — Derrick Stroup headlines when stand-up comedy returns to Walsenburg Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. Derrick is an Alabama native and is not your average slow-talking Southerner. with the cadence of a pissed- off auctioneer, he locks people in with his detailed stories and over the top energy. Derrick tours the South regularly and loves a Waffle House that’s clean and cares about its customers. Tickets are (2) for $40. Doors open at 6, ticket price includes delicious Fox popcorn!

Tickets for sale at: foxwalsenburg.com
For your safety and ours, Fox Walsenburg follows all requirements established by the Health Department.

These requirements include: Concessions and Libations will be delivered to you at your assigned seat by a team member; Ticket sales will be limited to 50% of seat capacity; Only certain seats will be available to ensure proper social distancing in the theaters and facilitate cleaning; Staff will wear face masks and have their temperature taken upon arrival; Customers are re- quired to wear face masks unless eating or drinking; Cus- tomers are required to maintain proper social distancing; Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online or use contact-less payment methods at the theatre; All high touch point areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly including seats, and armrests.

 

Last Gardner Farmers Market on Saturday

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Mar- ket will see it’s last day Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Live music at Walsenburg Golf Course

WALSENBURG — Daniel Topash (Acoustic Rock) will per- form Saturday, Oct. 17, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Walsenburg Golf Course Clubhouse. No cover! Come out for great music, food, beverages, and awesome view! No park pass required.

 

Inner Idea Artists, Clay & Fiber Art show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The public is invited to see the new artwork on display at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus. The Inner Idea Artists are showing works by six of their members: Peggy Zehing, Marta Moore, Mary Sewell Cooper, David Zehring, Rena Kaplowitz, Maggie MacIndoe, and Lana Thomas. In the Main Gallery, Mary Scott, Judy Sims-Barlow, and Ann Gethen are offering exquisite wearable pieces created from an array of fibers. Robin Richards is also sharing some of her amazing cloth sculptures. Nicole Copel and Lori Hannon both have original, functional art made with clay.

Face masks are required, social distancing is observed, with a limit of 10 visitors at one time and no food or beverages are allowed. Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer are avail- able for guests. There is no admission fee and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719-742-3074.

SPACe is open Tues, Thurs. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The show will be on display until Nov. 7. SPACe, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships and donations.

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Oct. 18 the message is “In Reverence, Hope and Wonder” with music by Eldaa Royer.

 

Tech Squad Pod: Computer Basics at LVPL

LA VETA — La Veta Public Library is offering a 5 week “What the Tech” class with sessions on Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., October 19 through November 16.

“What the Tech?!”, funding by IMLS, offers a 5-week squad pod on computer basics! This is an introduction to the desktop, file system, security, maintenance, internet, e-mail, and more! You are committing to the full 5 weeks with your squad. To register, call 719-742-3572 or stop by the front desk.

 

Free Diabetes Self-Management classes

WALSENBURG — Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is pleased to offer the public a series of FREE classes to help those with diabetes improve their health by learning more about self- care.

These informal classes — held both online and in-person – will review healthy eating, active lifestyle tips, blood sugar monitoring techniques, medications, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing health risks and more.

Participants will learn in group and individual sessions, guided by a Certified Health Care team, resulting in a Personalized Diabetes Management Plan and the knowledge to better manage diabetes.

The classes will be held Wednesdays at 3 p.m on: Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4. These classes are completely free of charge. To register, please call Ellen White at 719-738-5200 Ext. 407.

 

Fall Scavenger Hunt in La Veta

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness is hosting a Fall Scavenger Hunt in La Veta Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.. Everything will be outside, with a map provided to show the perimeter of the hid- den objects. Prizes for the first 3 contestants that finish! Kids are welcome to dress up. $1 per entry. Registration booth will be outside Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St. beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 23. Call 719-742-3555 for additional information.

 

Spooky story contest

HUERFANO COUNTY — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. A $50 first prize – donated by the La Veta Galleries Supporting the Arts – will be awarded to top student in each category! Submissions are due Monday, October 26. For more information, contact the library or email stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

 

Spooktacular Trunk or Treat at St. Mary

WALSENBURG — The 3rd annual free Trunk or Treat Street Community Event plus Pumpkin Carving Contest will be held Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 121 E. 7th Street . More details coming soon to make this year’s Spooktacular event even more exciting.

This years event looks a little different due to COVID-19. It will be a drive by trunk or treat street. Health Department approved the Spooktacular with these requirements: Not only should you wear your Halloween mask, but everyone in the car must also wear a COVID-19 face covering in order to remain compliant with the CDC guidelines. All families are welcome to attend this Spooktacular Event.

For more ways to be involved in this year’s event, please contact the event coordinator: Rhonda D. Thibault-Lloyd at (970) 424-4478.

 

Ann Klikus 4-H Scholarship now available

LA VETA —A donation of $200 in memory of Ann Klikus, rancher’s wife, homemaker and La Veta School Head Cook was received by the Huerfano County Extension Office to honor her lifelong commitment to the students and community of La Veta. The donation will be used for scholarships to support 4- H youth in the Snowy Range 4-H Club in La Veta. The monies were donated to assist 4-H’ers in the La Veta club who need financial help with their 4-H enrollment, attending conferences, camps, or leadership events. To apply for the scholarship funds, youth in the Snowy Range 4-H club can contact the Huerfano County Extension Office. The Huerfano County Ex- tension Office and the 4-H program would like to thank the anonymous donor who has entrusted these funds to us.

 

Time to plan for the 2020 Parade of Lights!

WALSENBURG — The 31st annual Holiday Parade of Lights will be held Friday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.. The theme this year is “Christmas, Past and Present!”. The parade entry forms are at Legends Flooring & Interior, 726 Main Street. For more information call 719-738-2033.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Pumpkin Patch open Saturdays and Sundays

HOEHNE — Come out and pick your pumpkins each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. through October at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75! Call Mary to schedule a private time for groups – 719-680-1402

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

Leaders of the Future student registration now

TRINIDAD — High School students are invited to join Mt. Carmel’s Leaders of the Future program which begins virtually Monday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This well-developed program offers expert advice to help prepare students for the road ahead.

Knowledgeable guest speakers will present valuable in- formation about career opportunities, scholarships, and trade schools. We will also provide instructions on how to write resumes and essays.

All Students: Receive a drawstring backpack filled with a water bottle, mechanical pencils, a notebook, highlighters, 8MG USB and masks, and much more!

Seniors: Apply for $1000 scholarship (2 available) Application and essay required.
Register here: www.mtcarmelcenter.org/…/leaders-of-the-future-3

 

Blood Drive in Trinidad

TRINIDAD — City of Trinidad will host a Blood Drive Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Call Vitalant at 877-258-4825 to sign up; sponsor code: Trini- dad. COVID 19 antibody testing included.

 

SCFC Family/friends Zombie Paintball Gallery

TRINIDAD — Come join Southern Colorado Family Center for some zombie paintball gallery fun Friday, Oct. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Skateland. We will have three shooting rooms of horror targets. The cost is $5 per round. If you have any questions please call Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509

 

A Spooky Comedy Showcase with Jordan Doll and friends!

TRINIDAD — Jordan Doll is a standup comedian, actor and writer from Denver, Colorado where he is a regular at the world famous Comedy Works. Doll will be performing Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT).

Masks are required for entry into this socially distanced comedy show and must be worn while moving throughout the venue. Susceptible populations are strongly recommended to refrain from participating in this event. There are less than 50 seats available so get your tickets before they’re gone.

 

Safe Trick or Treat Drive Thru Art Car Scare A Thon

TRINIDAD — Halloween in Trinidad will look a little different this year. The annual Safe Trick-or-Treats for Kids and Costume Contest usually held downtown will not be taking place. Instead, families are invited to a “Safe Trick-or-Treat Drive- Thru Art Car Scare-a-Thon” Friday, October 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds.

In cooperation with the Art Cartopia Museum, the City of Trinidad Police Department, and Las Animas County Sheriff’s Department, The First National Bank in Trinidad plans to sponsor this “reverse parade” with the hope to keep everyone safe. Cars full of parents and children will drive around the perimeter of the fairgrounds to view the “Spooktakular” Art Cars that will be parked along the route. Trinidad merchants have donated enough candy to fill 1,000 bags of treats that will be handed out to the youthful occupants in the cars as they drive out.

Here’s to a Happy and COVID-19-Safe Halloween! For more information about this event, visit www.fnbtrinidad.com.

 

COVID Small Business grant program

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage center winter hours

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming Fall-Winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.

 

COLFAX

Absentee voting 2020 info

RATON — Rayetta M. Trujillo, Colfax County Clerk announces that anyone wishing to absentee vote in-person for November 3, 2020, general election may do so beginning October 6, 2020 through Saturday, Oct. 31 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Reg- ular office hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.. Anyone desiring to vote by mail may request an application at NMvote.org or from the County Clerk’s Office (575) 445-5551. Every Registered Voter was mailed an Absentee Application in September. If you have moved and need to up- date, your address, please call the Clerk’s Office. The last day for the County Clerk to receive your application for an absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

 

Luna Offering Eight-Week Courses- register by Friday!

SPRINGER/LAS VEGAS — Luna Community College is offering a number of eight-week courses set to begin the week of Oct. 12. Registration for the classes is now open and will continue through Friday, Oct. 16.

Those seeking more information and details about how to enroll are advised to visit luna.edu/schedule or call 505-454-

2550.The college typically offers a select number of short-term courses for various reasons, including the fact they may fit more readily into some students’ schedules.

This fall, the offerings include Cultures of the World, Introduction to Business, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Short Fiction, First-Year Seminar for College Students, U.S. History II, Algebra with Applications, Music Appreciation: Western Music, American National Government, Introduction to Video Game Development, Introduction to Sociology, History of Christianity, Introduction to Psychology, Medical Terminology. More classes, including one in baking, are expected to be added to the list.

Tuition rates at Luna remain among the best values in the Southwest, starting at $40 per credit hour for in-district residents. Additionally, financial assistance is available.

Classes will run through the end of the fall semester on Dec. 4. As with most of the classes this semester, they will be offered online to help ensure the health and safety of students and others in the campus community.

 

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be tonight, Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street. Currently we engage in wild land and structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays.

 

Raton Ministerial Alliance food distribution

RATON — The next food distribution will be Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. until supplies are gone, everyone is welcome. at City Market building, 907 S. 2nd Street.

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens

COLFAX COUNTY — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solanos) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

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.

 

Haunted Street drive-thru Trick-Or-Treat

RATON — The safe trick or treat this year will be a drive through only event, Saturday, Oct. 31, 4 to 5 p.m. in Raton. Drive South on First Street From Ripley Park. All North Bound Traffic on First will be blocked from Cook Avenue to Savage Avenue. Trick -Or- Treaters MUST remain in their vehicles. Tune into KRTN to hear spooky sounds as your family drives down the street collecting treats from our participating businesses. Elk’s Lodge will also be on-site handing out Hot Dogs!!!

 

DCA launches new online portal for “Invite an Educator” program

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has launched a new website devoted to the Invite a DCA Educator program. This new online portal simplifies the process of welcoming an expert from one of the divisions of the DCA into a virtual classroom setting.

By visiting https://dcaeducates.nmculture.org and filling out a request form, school teachers, homeschool in- structors, afterschool clubs, and community organizations can schedule an online visit from an educator to discuss a variety of subjects related to the DCA. The new website allows users to navigate through available programs via presenter, age group, or topic.

The DCA includes eight museums, seven historic sites, New Mexico Arts, the Office of Archeological Studies, the Historic Preservation Division, and the New Mexico State

Upcoming Events for week of October 8, 2020

The Mediterranean Diet-Webinar

OUR WORLD — Join CSU Extension-Pueblo County Agent, Laura Griffin, to learn how to apply the Mediterranean diet to enjoy good food and improve your health Thursday, October 22, 1 to 3 p.m.; registration deadline is Wednesday, October 21. A link will be provided at registration. Registration required at: https://meddietoct.eventbrite.com . For more info, call 719- 583-6566.

During this free 2-hour webinar presented on Zoom, Griffin will cover: The key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle; How foods in the Mediterranean diet contribute to health; and Strategies for incorporating Mediterranean foods and habits into your life as you sample quick, easy recipes.

 

Mental Health Colorado to host online candidate forums

DEnVER — As a nonpartisan organization, Mental Health Colorado doesn’t endorse candidates, but the nonprofit advocacy group is educating candidates and constituents from all parties about the urgency of supporting healthier minds across the lifespan for all Coloradans. Mental Health Colorado will host a series of candidate forums ahead of election day with one goal: ensuring all Colorado voters are confident that anyone they are voting for will lead us in the right direction on mental health.

During each forum, Mental Health Colorado will ask candidates questions about what’s at stake for mental health in this election, why voting down the ballot matters for mental health, and what supporting improved mental health across the lifespan looks like from the perspective of the office they seek.

 

District Attorney and Board of Education – Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12 p.m.

Registration is live, and the forums are free to attend. Reg- ister at: https://www.mentalhealthcolorado.org/event/2020-candidate-forums. Mental Health Colorado has a platform on their website where candidates can submit a statement regarding their respective mental health priorities. Candidates also have the option to consult with Mental Health Colorado staff about policy priorities for mental health. The platforms, consultations, and forums are a part of Mental Health Colorado’s goal to make sure mental health is on every ballot.

 

Patrick J. Kennedy featured at virtual Mental Health Colorado fundraising gala

DEnVER — For 37 years, Mental Health Colorado—the state’s leading mental health advocate—has hosted their annual Tribute Gala fundraiser. For the first time, the event will be virtual and former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy will give the keynote. With former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers as the host, attendees will hear stories of hope, recovery, and courage, while paying tribute to those working to achieve healthier minds across the lifespan for all Coloradans by ending shame and discrimination, improving access to housing and support, and prioritizing mental wellness for Colorado’s children.

In 2015, Kennedy co-authored the New York Times Best-seller, “A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction,” which details a bold plan for the future of mental health care in America. In 2017, he was appointed to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Reggie Rivers, former Denver Bronco, will be interview- ing Kennedy for Mental Health Colorado’s Virtual Tribute Gala on Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.. Registration is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. Register and donate at www.mentalhealthcolorado.org/tribute2020.

 

A new meat school coming to a town or computer near you!

OUR WORLD — Are you interested in learning more about production, processing and selling high quality meat through diverse market channels? Would you like new ways to manage risk in your livestock business and improve your profit- ability? If the answers are yes, then you’ll want to check out the Western Meat School.

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN), an Extension program housed at Oregon State University, is collaborating with Colorado State University and other institutions to offer this 6-week class. Funded by Western Extension Risk Management Education grants and the Globetrotter Foundation, the Western Meat School is an accessible and affordable way for farmers and ranchers to learn the most practical aspects of producing and marketing meat while deepening their understanding of the full niche meat supply chain. You can attend classes at one of 4 sites in Colorado: Montrose, Rocky Ford, Pueblo or Colorado Springs, or from your own home computer.

All speakers will be brought to you via the Zoom webinar platform. Classes cover marketing, production, and process- ing topics – all critical for direct marketing high-quality meat. Classes will also include a live beef animal evaluation and yield analysis demonstration with Nathan Parker of the Oregon State University Clark Meat Science Center, and similar “hoof to rail” demonstrations on pig and lamb carcasses at the University of Wyoming Meat Lab. Participants will receive a text and gain access to a resource guide, recorded videos, and optional add-on modules, one on hogs (breeds, forages and finishing) and another on meat pricing.

Registration is open now, the deadline to enroll is October 28th. Classes begin on November 4th and run every Wednesday evening through December 16th (skipping Thanksgiving week). Visit the Western Meat School website to learn more and enroll. For more information, please contact Martha Sullins, Colorado State University Extension, at martha.sullins@colostate.edu.

 

Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census

OUR WORLD — Don’t miss your chance to get counted in the 2020 Census. Households that have not been counted are encouraged to respond today, as time is running out.

Census takers in Colorado are currently following up with households that have not yet responded – and it’s making a difference. More than 96% of Colorado housing units have been accounted for so far. We urge Coloradans to cooperate with census takers to make sure everyone living their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.

It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail — all without having to meet a census taker. This is the first year the census has been con- ducted primarily online, which has helped with responses during the pandemic.

Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge.

The Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working together to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees. Census takers are trained to follow CDC recommendations.

Ways to respond now: Online at 2020census.gov; by phone at 844-330-2020 in English and 12 Non-English languages; by mail using the paper questionnaire mailed to non- responding addresses

 

Hospice volunteer training

LAS AnIMAS/HUERfAnO COUnTIES — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice is planning a fall volunteer training, Friday, October 30 in Trinidad. We are seeking volunteers both for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. There are many roles individuals can fill that provide invaluable support not only to patients, but perhaps even more so to families. In home volunteers may spend a few hours a week providing companionship, respite for family members, reading to patient, helping record their stories and the all-important role of being a good listener. All volunteer work does not need to be done in the home; errands can be run, weeds pulled, a dog walked, a meal cooked, administrative help in the office are just a few of the many other things that keep hospice wheels turning If you want to be part of an amazing organization doing great work please give me a call. There is a place for everyone. PLEASE CONTACT: SANDY DOLAK; sdolak@mtrosehealthandhospice.com; call or text: 719-251-1271

 

HUERFANO

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WALSEnBURG — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

Last La Veta farmers market

LA VETA — The last La Veta farmers market for the 2020 sea- son will be this Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Meet Amos Mace at local farmers markets

LA VETA/GARDnER/WALSEnBURG — Come tap elbows and talk with Amos Mace who will be in La Veta, next to the Library, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 3-5 p.m.; in Gardner under the pavilion next to the Methodist Church on Saturday Oct. 10, 10 a.m. – Noon. Come meet and discuss issues. If people have question or would like to schedule a meeting with Amos please call 970-309-1799.

 

Coffee with Sandy White

LA VETA/GARDnER/WALSEnBURG — Join Sandy for coffee Friday, October 9, 9 to 10 a.m. at GOP Headquarters, 511 Main Street, Walsenburg; Wednesday, October 14, 9 to 10 a.m. at H&H Café, 902 W. 7th Street, Walsenburg; Saturday, October 17, 9 to 10 a.m. at Walsenburg Golf Club (Lathrop State Park), 1399 C.R. 502.

 

Live music at Walsenburg Golf Course

WALSEnBURG — Kurt Corsair with the Apache Creek Fiddlers will perform Friday, Oct. 9, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Walsenburg Golf Course Clubhouse. Come out for great music, food, beverages, and awesome view!

 

Gardner farmers market

GARDnER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.(until Oct. 17) under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Inner Idea Artists, Clay & Fiber Art show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The public is invited to see the new artwork on display now at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus. There will be a reception Saturday,. Oct. 10, 5 – 7 p.m.. The Inner Idea Artists are show- ing works by 6 of their members: Peggy Zehing, Marta Moore, Mary Sewell Cooper, David Zehring, Rena Kaplowitz, Maggie MacIndoe, and Lana Thomas. In the Main Gallery, Mary Scott, Judy Sims-Barlow, and Ann Gethen are offering exquisite wearable pieces created from an array of fibers. Robin Richards is also sharing some of her amazing cloth sculptures. Nicole Copel and Lori Hannon both have original, functional art made with clay.

Face masks are required, social distancing is observed, with a limit of 10 visitors at one time and no food or beverages are allowed. Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer are avail- able for guests. There is no admission fee and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information visit the SPACe website, www.spanishpeaksarts.org or call 719-742-3074.

SPACe is open Tues, Thurs. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The show will be on display until Nov. 7. SPACe, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships and donations.

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Oct. 11 the message is “The Life We Share” with guest musician Tom Munch.

 

Ann Klikus 4-H Scholarship now available

LA VETA —A donation of $200 in memory of Ann Klikus, rancher’s wife, homemaker and La Veta School Head Cook was received by the Huerfano County Extension Office to honor her lifelong commitment to the students and community of La Veta. The donation will be used for scholarships to support 4- H youth in the Snowy Range 4-H Club in La Veta. The monies were donated to assist 4-H’ers in the La Veta club who need financial help with their 4-H enrollment, attending conferences, camps, or leadership events. To apply for the scholarship funds, youth in the Snowy Range 4-H club can contact the Huerfano County Extension Office. The Huerfano County Ex- tension Office and the 4-H program would like to thank the anonymous donor who has entrusted these funds to us.

 

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, Oct. 13, 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.

 

Lauren Boebert joins the Republicans via zoom

WALSEnBURG — The Huerfano County Republic Committee will meet Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 p.m. to welcome Lauren Boebert, Congressional candidate for District 3 via zoom (the link will be sent out later). Then, at 6 p.m., we will convene our regularly scheduled monthly meeting. We are grateful for the amazing support and the number of volunteers helping with candidate help, phone calling and headquarters staffing.

You are making a difference in this extremely crucial voting year. Join us in person at 511 Main Street or on Zoom, then feel free to come eat with us at the La Plaza Inn after the meet- ing. Remember, we have free candidate signs and a variety of Trump paraphernalia for sale.

 

Free Diabetes Self-Management Classes

WALSEnBURG — Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is pleased to offer the public a series of FREE classes to help those with diabetes improve their health by learning more about self-care.

These informal classes — held both online and in-person – – will review healthy eating, active lifestyle tips, blood sugar monitoring techniques, medications, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing health risks and more.

Participants will learn in group and individual sessions, guided by a Certified Health Care team, resulting in a Personalized Diabetes Management Plan and the knowledge to better manage diabetes.

The classes will be held Wednesdays at 3 p.m on: Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4. These classes are completely free of charge. To register, please call Ellen White at 719-738-5200 Ext. 407.

 

Huerfano Parks and Recreation District regular meeting

WALSEnBURG — The Huerfano Parks and Recreation Dis- trict Board of Directors has called a Regular Meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 4:30 p.m at the La Plaza B&B Inn, 118 W. 6th Street. The purpose of the meeting will be to conduct the business of the Huerfano Parks and Recreation District. The public notice and agenda will be posted at 118 W. 6th St. For more information about the meeting, contact Marilyn Russell, Chair, Huerfano Parks and Recreation District, at russellm9999@gmail.com.

 

Huerfano Dems meeting

HUERfAnO COUnTy — We are having our July central committee meeting Thursday, Oct. 15 , 6 p.m. via Zoom. If you care to join in, please email huerfanodems100@gmail.com and we will send you an invite. At our meeting we will have updates from our elected officials on events in our county and will have some discussion on upcoming campaigning. Please get involved, we have a very important election this year! There is somuchworktodoandweneedallthehelpwecangettobe successful. We encourage everyone to visit our new website: huerfanodems.com

 

Stand-up Comedy Returns to Fox Walsenburg

WALSEnBURG — Derrick Stroup headlines when stand-up comedy returns to Walsenburg Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. Derrick is an Alabama native and is not your average slow-talking Southerner. with the cadence of a pissed-off auctioneer, he locks people in with his detailed stories and over the top energy. Derrick tours the South regularly and loves a Waffle House that’s clean and cares about its customers. Tickets are (2) for $40.

 

Spooky story contest

HUERfAnO COUnTy — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. A $50 first prize – donated by the La Veta Galleries Supporting the Arts – will be awarded to top student in each category! Submissions are due Monday, October 26. For more information, contact the library or email stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

 

Time to plan for the 2020 Parade of Lights!

WALSEnBURG — The 31st annual Holiday Parade of Lights will be held Friday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.. The theme this year is “Christmas, Past and Present!”. The parade entry forms are at Legends Flooring & Interior, 726 Main Street. For more information call 719-738-2033.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Survival is Insufficient – call to artists

TRInIDAD — The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District invites all artists and creatives in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico to submit their work to an online multimedia salon, focusing upon the theme: “Survival is Insufficient.” Participants will share how they have continued to be creative during the pandemic. Featured works will include pieces that are thematically connected to artists’ experiences and insights related to the pandemic, as well as other works completed as they have carried on with their lives.

People working in all media, including crafts, music, writing, performance arts, quilting, dance, painting, happenings, printmaking or any other creative medium are invited to participate.

Works submitted should be done during the pandemic. As a salon, works represented will reflect experiences during this unique and challenging season. Original work only. This multimedia salon will include visual, musical, literary and performance pieces, with images or self-produced YouTube videos.

This salon will take place on the Creative District website. The salon may be accessed through the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District website www.corazondetrinidad.org, or through the Creative District Facebook page beginning Tuesday, September 22.

Complete submission guidelines are available at Survival is Insufficient Submission Guidelines. If you have questions, contact Doug Holdread at or 719-680-3900

 

Pumpkin Patch open Saturdays and Sundays

HOEHnE — Come out and pick your pumpkins each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. through October at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75! Call Mary to schedule a private time for groups – 719-680-1402

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRInIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

COVID Small Business grant program

LAS AnIMAS COUnTy — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

2nd Annual Fall Festival

HOEHnE — Nicols Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75.1, is offering this event free to the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families. Come out and participate in our pumpkin patch Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.! This is an outdoor event. Social Distancing and masks encouraged per CDC Guidelines. For more information con- tact us at 719-220-4558

 

Free legal help at Carnegie Library

TRInIDAD — While the library is open for curbside service only, you can still sign up for Free Legal Help on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 3 to 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.

 

Leaders of the Future student registration now

TRInIDAD — High School students are invited to join Mt. Carmel’s Leaders of the Future program which begins virtually Monday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This well-developed program offers expert advice to help prepare students for the road ahead.

Knowledgeable guest speakers will present valuable in- formation about career opportunities, scholarships, and trade schools. We will also provide instructions on how to write resumes and essays.

All Students: Receive a drawstring backpack filled with a water bottle, mechanical pencils, a notebook, highlighters, 8MG USB and masks, and much more!

Seniors: Apply for $1000 scholarship (2 available) Application and essay required.
Register here: www.mtcarmelcenter.org/…/leaders-of-the-fu- ture-3

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage center winter hours

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming Fall-Winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.

 

Safe Trick or Treat Drive Thru Art Car Scare A Thon

TRInIDAD — Halloween in Trinidad will look a little differ- ent this year. The annual Safe Trick-or-Treats for Kids and Costume Contest usually held downtown will not be taking place. Instead, families are invited to a “Safe Trick-or-Treat Drive- Thru Art Car Scare-a-Thon” Friday, October 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds.

In cooperation with the Art Cartopia Museum, the City of Trinidad Police Department, and Las Animas County Sheriff’s Department, The First National Bank in Trinidad plans to sponsor this “reverse parade” with the hope to keep everyone safe. Cars full of parents and children will drive around the perimeter of the fairgrounds to view the “Spooktakular” Art Cars that will be parked along the route. Trinidad merchants have donated enough candy to fill 1,000 bags of treats that will be handed out to the youthful occupants in the cars as they drive out.

Here’s to a Happy and COVID-19-Safe Halloween! For more information about this event, visit www.fnbtrinidad.com.

 

COLFAX

Absentee voting 2020 info

RATOn — Rayetta M. Trujillo, Colfax County Clerk announces that anyone wishing to absentee vote in-person for November 3, 2020, general election may do so beginning October 6, 2020 through Saturday, Oct. 31 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Regular office hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.. Anyone desiring to vote by mail may request an application at NMvote.org or from the County Clerk’s Office (575)445-5551. Every Registered Voter was mailed an Absentee Application in September. If you have moved and need to up- date, your address, please call the Clerk’s Office. The last day for the County Clerk to receive your application for an absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

 

Luna Offering Eight-Week Courses-register now!

SPRInGER/LAS VEGAS — Luna Community College is offering a number of eight-week courses set to begin the week of Oct. 12. Registration for the classes is now open and will continue through Friday, Oct. 16.

Those seeking more information and details about how to enroll are advised to visit luna.edu/schedule or call 505-454- 2550.

The college typically offers a select number of short-term courses for various reasons, including the fact they may fit more readily into some students’ schedules.

This fall, the offerings include Cultures of the World, Introduction to Business, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Short Fiction, First-Year Seminar for College Students, U.S. History II, Algebra with Applications, Music Appreciation: Western Music, American National Government, Introduction to Video Game Development, Introduction to Sociology, History of Christianity, Introduction to Psychology, Medical Terminology. More classes, including one in bak- ing, are expected to be added to the list.

Tuition rates at Luna remain among the best values in the Southwest, starting at $40 per credit hour for in-district residents. Additionally, financial assistance is available.

Classes will run through the end of the fall semester on Dec. 4. As with most of the classes this semester, they will be offered online to help ensure the health and safety of students and others in the campus community.

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens

COLfAX COUnTy — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solanos) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

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.

 

Haunted Street drive-thru Trick-Or-Treat

RATOn — The safe trick or treat this year will be a drive through only event, Saturday, Oct. 31, 4 to 5 p.m. in Raton. Drive South on First Street From Ripley Park. All North Bound Traffic on First will be blocked from Cook Avenue to Savage Avenue. Trick -Or- Treaters MUST remain in their vehicles. Tune into KRTN to hear spooky sounds as your family drives down the street collecting treats from our participating businesses. Elk’s Lodge will also be on-site handing out Hot Dogs!!!

 

Out of this world

Call to artists

PUEBLO — The Creations for Conservation Art Show is look- ing for artists to participate in this year’s show. The event will be a little different than in past years in that we are asking art- ists to 100% donate pieces. Art will be up for sale during the online show on Nov 11-15 and all proceeds will be going to help the Pueblo Zoo animals as well as going to help conservation of native species through Rocky Mountain Wild.

Intake for art collection will be at the Pueblo Zoo on November 1 from Noon-7pm, November 2 & 3 from 9am-7pm, or Saturday the 7th by appointment. Artists who donate art will receive a pass to the Pueblo Zoo!

All mediums are welcome with an animal or nature theme and both professional AND amateurs are welcome to join. Please let us know if you have a website or business card you would like displayed in the show along with your pieces. We want to make sure everyone who sees the show knows where they can find the artists!

We are also looking to film a few artists working on their pieces, do a video highlighting a local gallery, and other interviews with artists just talking about what they do. If you or anyone you know would like to do this please let us know and we will schedule a time for filming.

If you have any questions, contact Brittany at bmerlo@pueblozoo.com. You can also visit the event’s web- site for more information below!

Upcoming Events for week of October 1, 2020

SOCO Electric Vehicle (EV) survey

sOUtheRN COLORaDO — Pueblo County is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan that will identify key partnerships and actionable strategies that will help the county prepare for EVs and make EV adoption easy and affordable. We are circulating an EV survey right now throughout southern Colorado.

Pueblo County received DOLA funds to pursue an EV Readiness Plan, and this survey is the first stage. We are looking for all Southern Colorado residents to complete this survey – not just Pueblo County. The consultants will parse out responses by zip code and we will use the feedback to help us with future EVSE installations and EV program planning, and will share it with our stakeholders. : Go to: https://www.sur- veymonkey.com/r/PuebloCountyEV . Thanks for your input!

 

The Mediterranean Diet-Webinar

OUR WORLD — Join CSU Extension-Pueblo County Agent, Laura Griffin, to learn how to apply the Mediterranean diet to enjoy good food and improve your health Thursday, October 22, 1 to 3 p.m.; registration deadline is Wednesday, October 21. A link will be provided at registration. Registration required at: https://meddietoct.eventbrite.com . For more info, call 719- 583-6566.

During this free 2-hour webinar presented on Zoom, Griffin will cover: The key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle; How foods in the Mediterranean diet contribute to health; and Strategies for incorporating Mediterranean foods and habits into your life as you sample quick, easy recipes.

 

Mental Health Colorado to host online candidate forums

DeNVeR — As a nonpartisan organization, Mental Health Colorado doesn’t endorse candidates, but the nonprofit advocacy group is educating candidates and constituents from all parties about the urgency of supporting healthier minds across the lifespan for all Coloradans. Mental Health Colorado will host a series of candidate forums ahead of election day with

one goal: ensuring all Colorado voters are confident that anyone they are voting for will lead us in the right direction on mental health.

During each forum, Mental Health Colorado will ask candidates questions about what’s at stake for mental health in this election, why voting down the ballot matters for mental health, and what supporting improved mental health across the lifespan looks like from the perspective of the office they seek.The dates for the forums are as follows:

State House – today, Thursday, Oct. 1, 12 p.m.
District Attorney and Board of Education – Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12 p.m.

Registration is live, and the forums are free to attend. Register at: https://www.mentalhealthcolorado.org/event/2020-candidate-forums. Mental Health Colorado has a platform on their website where candidates can submit a statement regard- ing their respective mental health priorities. Candidates also have the option to consult with Mental Health Colorado staff about policy priorities for mental health. The platforms, consultations, and forums are a part of Mental Health Colorado’s goal to make sure mental health is on every ballot.

 

A New Meat School coming to a town or computer near you!

OUR WORLD — Are you interested in learning more about production, processing and selling high quality meat through diverse market channels? Would you like new ways to manage risk in your livestock business and improve your profitability? If the answers are yes, then you’ll want to check out the Western Meat School.

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN), an Extension program housed at Oregon State University, is collaborating with Colorado State University and other institutions to offer this 6-week class. Funded by Western Extension Risk Management Education grants and the Globetrotter Foundation, the Western Meat School is an accessible and af- fordable way for farmers and ranchers to learn the most practical aspects of producing and marketing meat while deepening their understanding of the full niche meat supply chain. You can attend classes at one of 4 sites in Colorado: Montrose, Rocky Ford, Pueblo or Colorado Springs, or from your own home computer.

All speakers will be brought to you via the Zoom webinar platform. Classes cover marketing, production, and process- ing topics – all critical for direct marketing high-quality meat. Classes will also include a live beef animal evaluation and yield analysis demonstration with Nathan Parker of the Oregon State University Clark Meat Science Center, and similar “hoof to rail” demonstrations on pig and lamb carcasses at the University of Wyoming Meat Lab. Participants will receive a text and gain access to a resource guide, recorded videos, and optional add-on modules, one on hogs (breeds, forages and finishing) and another on meat pricing.

Registration is open now, the deadline to enroll is October 28th. Classes begin on November 4th and run every Wednesday evening through December 16th (skipping Thanksgiving week). Visit the Western Meat School website to learn more and enroll. For more information, please contact Martha Sullins, Colorado State University Extension, at martha.sullins@colostate.edu.

 

Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census

OUR WORLD — Don’t miss your chance to get counted in the 2020 Census. Households that have not been counted are encouraged to respond today, as time is running out.

Census takers in Colorado are currently following up with households that have not yet responded – and it’s making a difference. More than 96% of Colorado housing units have been accounted for so far. We urge Coloradans to cooperate with census takers to make sure everyone living their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.

It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail — all without having to meet a census taker. This is the first year the census has been con- ducted primarily online, which has helped with responses during the pandemic.

Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge.

The Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working together to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees. Census takers are trained to follow CDC recommendations.

Ways to respond now: Online at 2020census.gov; by phone at 844-330-2020 in English and 12 Non-English languages; by mail using the paper questionnaire mailed to non- responding addresses

 

HUERFANO

Coffee with Sandy White

La Veta/gaRDNeR/WaLseNBURg — Join Sandy for coffee 9 – 10 a.m., Thursday Oct. 1, at H&H Café, 902 W. 7th Street, Walsenburg; and 9 – 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at Walsenburg Golf Club (Lathrop State Park), 1399 C.R. 502.

 

HCCC Zoom meeting today at noon.

hUeRFaNO COUNty — The Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) is now sponsored by the Business Alliance this year. Our monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 1, 12 p.m. will be a Zoom meeting. To receive an invitation to the meeting email: Deb Channel at: dchannel356@gmail.com. Please let Deb Channel know if you have anything you want discuss on the agenda. Although we are on limited exposure, there’s a lot going on.

 

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WaLseNBURg — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

La Veta/Cuchara Chamber monthly meeting today

La Veta — The La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce will be having their monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 1, 4 p.m. at the La Veta fire station. Enter at the north entrance. If you wish to be on the agenda please contact us in advance at info@lavetacucharachamber.com

 

La Veta farmers market

La Veta — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday through Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Drive-in movie every Friday

La Veta — The teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be hosting a drive-in movie every Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the 4-H barn. $5 per person…

 

Two Peaks Fitness holds Half Marathon and Fun Run

La Veta — The Las Animas-Huerfano County Health Department has approved this year’s Spanish Peaks Half Marathon and Two Mile Fun Run for Saturday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m.. These are out and back runs from the Grandote Peaks Club- house. The half marathon, a RABA Cinco event, is along the scenic Highway of Legends (CO State Hwy 12), while the fun run is within Grandote Peaks. Start times are staggered to pro- mote social distancing. Register at active.com or twopeaksfitness.org/activities/running-events. Walk-up registration also available; t-shirts may be limited. Registration fee is $45 for the half marathon; $20 for the fun run (9 am). Packet pickup is Friday Oct. 2 2-6 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness,216 S Main St. or Saturday, Oct. 3 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Grandote Peaks Clubhouse.

 

Swinging for a Better Future 4 man scramble-Sponsors and players- sign up now!

WaLseNBURg — The 2020 John Mall Panther Open will be held Saturday, October 3 at Walsenburg Golf Course and will benefit the Huerfano 4 Kids fundraising group, a non-profit, school approved organization, whose programs focus on improving the opportunities for students in Huerfano County.

“Swinging for a Better Future!” is an 18 Hole – 4-Man Scramble which begins with sign ups at 8 a.m.; the Shotgun start is at 9 a.m.. The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per team and includes, cart, green fee, range balls. Mulligans are $10 each, 2 per player maximum; 50/50 Raffle; Longest Drive Contest – $5; Closest to the Pin – $5

For additional information, please contact Randy Royse at The Walsenburg golf course @ (719) 738-2730. Sign Sponsorship- This sponsor will receive signage at a specific assigned hole on the course. The company logo/sign will be on the tee box of your designated hole. The cost is $50. Thank you for your support.

 

Check Out The Leaves Ride

WaLseNBURg — Join Cruisin’ Pueblo for a casual, fun bicycle ride in Walsenburg Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m.. We will be riding from the Welcome Center to Lathrop State Park, around the park and back.

Meet at the Spanish Peaks Country Welcome Center in Walsenburg, 400 Main St (the old train station with a Red Caboose) at 9:30 am. We will roll out at 9:50 a.m. This ride is about 12 miles with an optional 2 miles if the group feels up to it.

Gravel bikes, fat tire bikes, or mountain bikes are recommended over skinny road bike tires since the country road is gravel. Estimated time of return to the Welcome Center will be 12:00 pm.

There will be 2 rest stops with water and bathrooms avail- able. Food and beverages are optional afterward at Rollin’ Smoke Garage BBQ. This will be a free, moderate paced – no one left behind ride.

Masks highly suggested for the rest stops. Helmets and water are also a good idea. Don’t forget some money if you want to partake after the ride

 

65+ Drive-thru flu shot clinic

WaLseNBURg — This year, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot. The good news… it’s easier than ever! Our clinic in Walsenburg is hosting a Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Outreach and Women’s Clinic, 129 Kansas Avenue for those 65 and older (FluZone – High Dose). That’s right, you won’t even need to get out of your car to get this important vaccine and a friend can drive you if you wish.

In order to expedite the flow of the Drive-Thru clinic please adhere to the following:
• Bring and wear a mask (everyone in the vehicle must be wearing a mask)
• Only those receiving the vaccine should be in the vehicle
• Bring your own pen
• Wear short sleeves
• Position yourself in the vehicle so that the desired arm to receive the shot is closest to a window
• Bring photocopies of your insurance card (front and back please)
• Stay in the vehicle at all times
• Plan to park for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor for reactions
**Due to COVID19 we ask that if you are having symptoms or are isolating/quarantining to not come to the Drive Thru Flu Clinic, there will be other options/dates available to receive the vaccine. Please call 738-4590 if you have questions and we look forward to seeing you!

 

Gardner farmers market

gaRDNeR — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUChaRa — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Oct. 4 the message is “The Gift of Love” with guest musician Peggy Arnold-Hoobler.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market Sundays

WaLseNBURg — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday 11 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all.

 

Fall Show at SPACe

La Veta — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council invites everyone to the Fall Show, with featured artists Rebecca Meyers, Hugh Keating and Carrie Fox now through Oct. 3. Due to Health Dept. requirements, only 10 people at a time are allowed inside, face coverings, and social distancing are required, so no refreshments.

Rebecca Meyers is showing an amazing collection of Native American and African cultures’ masks, created from clay and re-purposed materials. Along the same lines, Gary Weston has new fantastical works also from re-purposed materials. Hugh Keating is showing some of his crayon and acrylic works featuring loosely rendered architectural scenes on canvas, and Carrie Fox has included contemporary embroidery and photography “sketches” inspired by the rivers and wildlife in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Other area artists sharing their original art are Kathy Hill, Ann Gethen, Cathy Mullens, Pat Newell, Karen Voepel, Kenny Schneider, Barb Kowalik, Jim Lambert, Gordon “Shorty” Schockey, Martha Lancaster, and Linda Shelley.

 

Special meeting: Huerfano Parks and Recreation District

WaLseNBURg — The Huerfano Parks and Recreation District Board of Directors has called a Special Meeting Thursday, Oct. 7, 2020, 4:30 p.m. at La Plaza B&B Inn, 118 W. 6th Street. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the status of and opening the Huerfano County Recreation Center to meet Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department COVID safety procedures. The Board will make no decisions at this meeting. The public notice and agenda are posted at 118 W. 6th Street. For more information about the meeting, contact Marilyn Russell, Chair, Huerfano Parks and Recreation District, at russellm9999@gmail.com.

 

Farm Bureau candidate forum canceled

WaLseNBURg — Huerfano County Farm Bureau will not hold a candidate forum Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 to 9 p.m. at Washington School.

 

Lauren Boebert joins the Republicans via zoom

WaLseNBURg — The Huerfano County Republic Commit- tee will meet Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 p.m. to welcome Lauren Boebert, Congressional candidate for District 3 via zoom (the link will be sent out later). Then, at 6 p.m., we will convene our regularly scheduled monthly meeting. We are grateful for the amazing support and the number of volunteers helping with candidate help, phone calling and headquarters staffing.

You are making a difference in this extremely crucial voting year. Join us in person at 511 Main Street or on Zoom, then feel free to come eat with us at the La Plaza Inn after the meet- ing. Remember, we have free candidate signs and a variety of Trump paraphernalia for sale.

 

Spooky story contest

hUeRFaNO COUNty — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. A $50 first prize – donated by the La Veta Galleries Supporting the Arts – will be awarded to top student in each category! Submissions are due Monday, October 26. For more information, contact the library or email stephanie@lvpl.org. Let your dark inner artist shine through!

 

LAS ANIMAS

Senior Day at Books & More

tRiNiDaD — Sept. Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street, is Friday, Oct. 2 Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

 

Survival is Insufficient – call to artists

tRiNiDaD — The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District invites all artists and creatives in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico to submit their work to an online multimedia salon, focusing upon the theme: “Survival is Insufficient.” Participants will share how they have continued to be creative during the pandemic. Featured works will include pieces that are thematically connected to artists’ experiences and insights related to the pandemic, as well as other works completed as they have carried on with their lives.

People working in all media, including crafts, music, writ- ing, performance arts, quilting, dance, painting, happenings, printmaking or any other creative medium are invited to participate.

Works submitted should be done during the pandemic. As a salon, works represented will reflect experiences during this unique and challenging season. Original work only. This multimedia salon will include visual, musical, literary and performance pieces, with images or self-produced YouTube videos.

This salon will take place on the Creative District website. The salon may be accessed through the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District website www.corazondetrinidad.org, or through the Creative District Facebook page beginning Tuesday, September 22.

Complete submission guidelines are available at Survival is Insufficient Submission Guidelines. If you have questions, contact Doug Holdread at or 719-680-3900

 

Good Food Project farm stand Friday

JaNseN — This Friday, Oct. 2 will be our last farm stand of the season! We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of our volunteers and community members that have staunchly supported this labor of love.

This week we will have: Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions, Carrots, Pumpkins, Radishes, Basil, Greens and chard, Farm Eggs, Honey, And more! The farm stand is located 33812 Highway 12 in Jansen.

 

2020 Purgatoire River Annual Fall Cleanup

tRiNiDaD — Join Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association for the 2020 Purgatoire River Annual Fall Cleanup Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m.. Come help take care of your river plus free snacks, speakers & river goodies!

 

ABC 2nd Annual Day at the Ranch

tRiNiDaD — ABC Disability Support Group has partnered with Lazy Y D Horse Village Therapeutic Program, 39511 Hwy 160, to offer this event free to the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families Friday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come out and participate in our mini rodeo! This is an outdoor event. Social Distancing and masks encouraged per CDC Guidelines. For more information contact us at 719- 220-4558

 

Pumpkin Patch open Saturdays and Sundays

hOehNe — Come out and pick your pumpkins each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. through October at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75! Call Mary to schedule a private time for groups – 719-680-1402

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

tRiNiDaD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

Blessing of The Animals (Feast Of St. Francis)

tRiNiDaD — Join us for a drive by blessing of the animals Sunday, October 4, 5 to 6 p.m. at United Methodist Church. All animals are welcome!

 

COVID Small Business grant program

Las aNiMas COUNty — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

Meet the candidates

tRiNiDaD — Join the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6pm to hear from the candidates running for Senate District 35, Senate District 64, US Colorado House District 4, US House District 64, District Attorney, and County Commissioners. There will also be information shared regarding ballot measures and propositions. For more information contact the Chamber at 719-846- 9285.

 

2nd Annual Fall Festival

hOehNe — Nicols Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75.1, is offering this event free to the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families. Come out and participate in our pumpkin patch Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.! This is an outdoor event. Social Distancing and masks encouraged per CDC Guidelines. For more information contact us at 719-220-4558

 

Leaders of the Future student registration now

tRiNiDaD — High School students are invited to join Mt. Carmel’s Leaders of the Future program which begins virtually Monday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This well-developed program offers expert advice to help prepare students for the road ahead.

Knowledgeable guest speakers will present valuable information about career opportunities, scholarships, and trade schools. We will also provide instructions on how to write resumes and essays.

All Students: Receive a drawstring backpack filled with a water bottle, mechanical pencils, a notebook, highlighters, 8MG USB and masks, and much more!

Seniors: Apply for $1000 scholarship (2 available) Application and essay required.
Register here: https://www.mtcarmelcenter.org/…/leaders- of-the-future-3

 

Fishers Peak State Park new website

tRiNiDaD — The new Fishers Peak State Park website was launched over the weekend! There are still a few additions to make as we continue down this planning path. Visit it today! https://www.fisherspeakstatepark.com/

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage center winter hours

agUiLaR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming Fall-Winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie a t 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203

 

COLFAX

Ribbon Cutting today for Raton Motors

RatON — There will be a ribbon cutting by the Raton Ambassadors and a Key to the Heart of the City presentation by Raton MainStreet today, Thursday, October 1, 4 p.m. for the new business, Raton Motors, 300 N. 2nd Street. Raton Motors is a used car and auto detailing shop owned by Noby Gomez. Raton Motors Business Hours are Mon – Fri 8 am – 5 pm and 8 am to Noon on Saturdays by appointment. Phone is 575-445- 9678 for more information.

 

Ribbon cutting Friday for Willow Springs Traders

RatON — The Raton Ambassadors will host a ribbon cutting Friday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m. for Willow Springs Traders, 1222 South 2nd Street.

 

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, Oct. 3. 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: 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.

 

Luna Offering Eight-Week Courses- register now!

sPRiNgeR/Las Vegas — Luna Community College is offering a number of eight-week courses set to begin the week of Oct. 12. Registration for the classes is now open and will continue through Friday, Oct. 16.

Those seeking more information and details about how to enroll are advised to visit luna.edu/schedule or call 505-454- 2550.

The college typically offers a select number of short-term courses for various reasons, including the fact they may fit more readily into some students’ schedules.

This fall, the offerings include Cultures of the World, Introduction to Business, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Short Fiction, First-Year Seminar for College Students, U.S. History II, Algebra with Applications, Music Appreciation: Western Music, American National Government, Introduction to Video Game Development, Introduction to Sociology, History of Christianity, Introduction to Psychology, Medical Terminology. More classes, including one in bak- ing, are expected to be added to the list.

Tuition rates at Luna remain among the best values in the Southwest, starting at $40 per credit hour for in-district residents. Additionally, financial assistance is available.

Classes will run through the end of the fall semester on Dec. 4. As with most of the classes this semester, they will be offered online to help ensure the health and safety of students and others in the campus community.

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens soon

COLFaX COUNty — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solanos) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

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 Regional Aquatic Center open for lap swims

RatON — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation-Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open. Lap Swim is Monday-Fridays 6 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p. m.- 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 – 11 a.m..

 

out of this world

Pueblo Historical Ghost Walk

PUeBLO — Enjoy storytelling of Pueblo’s past Friday, Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. This tour begins at El Pueblo History Museum and travels through town ending at the Heritage Museum. You will meet 10 “ghosts” of Pueblo’s past along the way. The walk typically lasts one and a half hours and benefits the Domestic Violence Task Force in association with the Sheriff’s office

 

Upcoming Events for week of September 24, 2020

throughout our world

Borderlands online lecture: Fort Lewis Indian School

OUR WORLD — Join us for a Zoom lecture tonight, Thursday, September 24, 6 p.m. for our next Borderlands of Southern Col- orado online lecture. In this lecture, Dr. Majel Boxer will present “Any Step Back Into the Old Ways is Naturally a Hindrance: Fort Lewis Indian School, 1892-1911”

This presentation focuses on locating and “hearing” the voices of Indigenous students attending Fort Lewis Indian School during the two decades of operation. Dr. Boxer will explore how the federal Indian policy of assimilation was manifested in the daily life of children attending the boarding school.

Dr. Majel Boxer (Sisseton and Wahpeton Dakota) is an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Montana. Dr. Boxer served as the 2018-2019 president of the American Indian Studies Association, serves as a contributing editor to Wicazo Sa Review and is currently an associate professor of Native American & Indigenous Studies at Fort Lewis College.

The event is free and open to the public. Register for this meeting at: https://zoom.us/…/1115974203241/WN_Tz0swmeYTDuD_LP8jbcNtQ

Please consider supporting the Borderlands Lecture Series by contributing at http://coloradogives.org/CommunityMuseumsOnline. Our Online Borderlands Lecture Series is generously supported by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and Colorado State University Pueblo.

 

Senator Bennet’s office outreach for Southern Colorado

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — Do you need help dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs, IRS, Social Security Administration, or another federal agency? Do you have a suggestion for Congress that will help your family or community? If so, then Senator Bennet invites you to connect with Jennifer Barela, the Southeast Regional Constituent Advocate. Jennifer is scheduling one-on-one conversations with constituents from Huerfano, Las Animas and Fremont Counties on Monday and Wednesday afternoons now through Wednesday, September 30. Connect with her and explore how Senator Bennet’s office may be helpful.

To schedule an appointment, please send an email to Jennifer_barela@bennet.senate.gov. Please include your name, address, and phone number, and a brief description of the issue you want to address, as this will help her assist you. If you are already working with someone in our office, please include that information in your email, as well. If you have any questions feel free to call Jennifer at 719-542-7550.

You do not need to wait for these office hours to reach out to any of Senator Bennet’s offices for help. Please call our offices at any time to share your opinions or ask for assistance. Washington office: 261 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, Phone: (202) 224-5852; or Denver office: 1244 Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80204, Phone: (303) 455-7600.

 

Colorado Proud Virtual Lunch and Learn Roundtable

OUR WORLD — Tuesday, Sept. 29, 12 to 1 p.m. join a zoom meeting “Resilience in Southern Colorado Agriculture: Adapting, Recovering and Thriving”. A mix of Southern Colorado-based ag panelists will share their stories, to help guide other ag communities in building resilience and thriving through the challenges of 2020, and strategic shifts for new opportunities and productivity.

The panelists are: Wendy White, marketing specialist, Colorado Proud: Moderator for the panel discussion;

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg, Colorado Department of Agriculture: Southern Colorado’s resiliency over the past six months, a look ahead into ag this fall, next year;

Jim Ehrlich, executive director, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Monte Vista: Potato crop, weather challenges, export disruptions;

Max Fields and James Plate, Fields to Plate Produce, first-generation produce farmers, Durango: Transportation and distribution, CSAs, alternative dining experiences, marketing and social media;

George Whitten, cattle producer, San Juan Ranch, San Luis Valley near Saguache: Beef production, supply chain, consumer interest in local beef and;

Michael Hirakata, fourth-generation farmer, Hirakata Farms, Rocky Ford: Work force, harvest update, farmers/road- side markets, local support, multi-generational farming

Held online via Zoom – RSVP: https:// us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CiEq67IcSpifomldxJT4Ig The meeting password, link and phone number will be provided with RSVP. “Check-in” will begin starting at 11:45 a.m., with discussion starting promptly at Noon.

 

SOCO Electric Vehicle (EV) survey

SOUTHERN COLORADO — Pueblo County is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan that will identify key partnerships and actionable strategies that will help the county prepare for EVs and make EV adoption easy and affordable. We are circulating an EV survey right now throughout Southern Colorado.

Pueblo County received DOLA funds to pursue an EV Readiness Plan, and this survey is the first stage. We are look- ing for all Southern Colorado residents to complete this survey – not just Pueblo County. The consultants will parse out responses by zip code and we will use the feedback to help us with future EVSE installations and EV program planning, and will share it with our stakeholders. : Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PuebloCountyEV . Thanks for your input!

 

Gallagher Amendment informational webinars

OUR WORLD — Downtown Colorado Inc. (DCI) and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) have teamed up once again to establish and present educational content to build awareness and informed action on the Gallagher Amendment in advance of the November election as the Col-orado Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Property Tax Assessment Rates Measure has made it to November’s ballot.

The Future of Fiscal Health will be on tap Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m.. Join us for a panel discussion with Urban Representatives, moderated by Reeves Brown, who will dis- cuss the unintended consequences of the statewide amendment which has adverse impacts on Colorado’s metro areas across the state.

Please contact Maggie at membership@downtowncoloradoinc.org with and questions about how to register, suggestions or comments.

 

HUERFANO

RE-2 seeks volunteers for Branding and Visual Identity Guidelines

LA VETA — The Board of Education of the La Veta School District RE-2 is seeking letters of interest to serve on a short-term committee to address the District’s Branding and Visual Identity Guidelines. A new mascot will be considered this fall, along with other elements of “branding” and “visual identity” including: definition of colors (specifying “Crimson” and determining an accent color, for instance gray or black), fonts, and symbols to be used in the new building, on uniforms and other school-branded apparel, and on business cards, letter- head, and electronic communications like the website and social media accounts.

A committee of approximately 15 people will be appointed on Monday, Sept. 28, and the committee is scheduled to meet in the school library at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates: Mondays, Oct. 5, and Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 (joint session with the School Board), Nov. 16, and Nov. 30 (joint session with the School Board)

Residents of the La Veta School District RE-2 may submit a letter of interest to serve on this committee by sending a letter to the Board of Education at P.O. Box 85, La Veta, CO 81055 or by e-mail to boe@lvk12.org. All applicants must commit to attendance on the scheduled meeting nights.

The committee will be responsible for working with TreanorHL, the district’s architectural firm, and a contracted graphic artist, Mr. Tim Kliewer of Kliewer Design Co. Members will be charged with seeking public input through surveys and focus groups and studying the historical record of the school. The committee will make recommendations to the Board of Education, while the Board will retain the authority for final decisions on Branding and Visual Identity Guidelines, with plans to adopt those on or before December 21, 2020.

 

Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WALSENBURG — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.

 

La Veta farmers market

LA VETA — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday through Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.

 

Wahatoya Lake Trail work day

LA VETA — Bring your work gloves, hats, water, and smiles Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. for the Wahatoya Lake Trail work day.

Meet at the Wahatoya Lake Trail Elm Street parking lot. See you there!

 

Drive-in movie every Friday

LA VETA — The teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be host- ing a drive-in movie every Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the 4-H barn. $5 per person…

 

Tire collection event in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Last year the “tire roundup” was for the 81055 La Veta area. This year it is for 81089 Walsenburg area. The event will be on Saturday, September 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Walsenburg Public Works garage parking lot, 525 S. Albert.

Each household is limited to nine passenger auto or light truck tires. Proof of 81089 residence will be needed. If you have tires that are larger than 22 inches in diameter, or tires with rims in, call ahead and leave a message at 303-449-6483 so that we can make arrangements with the private hauler to accept them. This collection event is not open to any commercial entity or tire business.

This year’s “tire roundup” will be conducted by volunteer members of the Huerfano County2 Road Clean Up Committee just as the La Veta event last year. This collection is a free service of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

 

Coffee with Sandy White

LA VETA/GARDNER/WALSENBURG — Join Sandy for cof- fee 9– 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at the pavilion next to Gardner United Methodist Church, Hwy 69, Gardner; 9 – 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 28, at The Divide, Cuchara Ave E, Cuchara; 9 – 10 a.m., Thursday Oct. 1, at H&H Café, 902 W. 7th Street, Walsenburg; and 9 – 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at Walsenburg Golf Club (Lathrop State Park), 1399 C.R. 502.

 

La Veta Village garage sale

LA VETA — Every Saturday through Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a garage sale at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco Street. All donations go toward the Assisted Living Project.

 

65+ Drive-thru flu shot clinic

LA VETA/WALSENBURG — This year, it’s more important than ever to get your flu shot. The good news… it’s easier than ever! Our clinics in Walsenburg and La Veta are each hosting a Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic for those 65 and older (FluZone – High Dose). That’s right, you won’t even need to get out of your car to get this important vaccine and a friend can drive you if you wish.

Clinic dates/times are:
La Veta – Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Family Clinic La Veta, 908 S. Oak
Walsenburg – Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Spanish Peaks Outreach and Women’s Clinic, 129 Kansas Avenue.

In order to expedite the flow of the Drive-Thru clinic please adhere to the following:
• Bring and wear a mask (everyone in the vehicle must be wearing a mask)
• Only those receiving the vaccine should be in the vehicle
• Bring your own pen
• Wear short sleeves
• Position yourself in the vehicle so that the desired arm to receive the shot is closest to a window
• Bring photocopies of your insurance card (front and back please)
• Stay in the vehicle at all times
• Plan to park for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine to monitor for reactions
**Due to COVID19 we ask that if you are having symptoms or are isolating/quarantining to not come to the Drive Thru Flu Clinic, there will be other options/dates available to receive the vaccine. Please call 738-4590 if you have questions and we look forward to seeing you!

 

Gardner Farmers Market

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or gardnermarket@yahoo.com

 

Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cucharachapel.org and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Sept. 26 the message is “As The Sun Rises,” with guest musician Eldaa Royer or Peggy Hoobler.

 

Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market Sundays

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday 11 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all.

 

Disc golf tournament and mini-festival at CMP

CUCHARA — The 2020 Inaugural Cuchara Mountain Park “Fall Colors” disc golf tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 at Cuchara Mountain Park 1234 Panadero Avenue. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m., tournament begins at 10 a.m.. There are two divisions – open to all: 1.Competitive division with cashprizes for a $30 entry fee; 2. Recreational division for beginners, novices or people who just want to have fun: just make a $1 donation or more to the park! Everyone is welcome! We are also looking for SPONSORS! Sign up, donate, or be a sponsor at: Discgolfscene.com . Just use the tournament tab at the top then scroll down the left and select Colorado, then scroll down the list to our tournament then select and follow the prompts. You may also email one of us with any questions: Jim Swenson – jswen077@aol.com or John Galusha – john@huerfano.us

Jim Swenson said “We are hoping to use this event to en- courage people to come out and join us and turn in into a mini festival. Visitors will be introduced to the renovated ski lodge and the Baker Creek Event center is serving hot dogs and beverages. We would like to invite Huerfano County businesses/entrepreneurs to come out and participate in some way if possible. Maybe even just jump on as a sponsor.”

 

Kurt Corsair & Apache Creek Fiddlers at Walsenburg Golf Club

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Golf Club presents local cowboy and singer-songwriter Kurt Corsair with old-fashioned Texas-style fiddlers, Apache Creek Fiddlers Saturday, Sept. 26, 6 to 9 p.m.. Come out to hear good music, enjoy the view, and have a nice casual dinner!

 

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, Sept. 28, 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 smart -phone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/717011117, or dial in using your phone: (312) 757-3121; Access Code: 717-011-117.

 

State Candidate forum presented by KSPK Radio

WALSENBURG — This online event will be held Monday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on KSPK radio, 102.3. The Fox Theatre Walsenburg will LIVE STREAM the event from their page. The in-person event at the hotel is not open to the public, only candidates and the staff required to produce the event

 

Two Peaks expands group yoga offerings

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness is expanding their group yoga sessions! Classes will now be every Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. – noon. starting Tuesday, Sept. 29. The classes feature Ashtanga Yoga, led by a certified instructor.

Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St, classes are limited to 5 participants for social distancing. These classes are free to Two Peaks Fitness, SilverSneakers, and Renew Active members; daily membership is $5. Call 719-742-3555 for additional information.

 

Lathrop hosts coat, hat, and glove drive

WALSENBURG — Lathrop State Park is hosting a winter clothing drive for boys and girls during the month of September. All clothing will be distributed to our local Huerfano County schools: Peakview, Gardner, and La Veta. We need us- able hats, gloves, and coats for boys and girls. There are three drop off locations: Lathrop State Park visitor center; Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, 23500 US Hwy 160; and JM Tire, 928 Main Street. For more information contact Danette Barela at 719-738-2376 x 7 or danette.barela@state.co.us .

 

Fall Show at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council invites everyone to the Fall Show, with featured artists Rebecca Meyers, Hugh Keating and Carrie Fox now through Oct. 3. Due to Health Dept. requirements, only 10 people at a time are allowed inside, face coverings, and social distancing are required, so no refreshments.

Rebecca Meyers is showing an amazing collection of Native American and African cultures’ masks, created from clay and re-purposed materials. Along the same lines, Gary Weston has new fantastical works also from re-purposed ma- terials. Hugh Keating is showing some of his crayon and acrylic works featuring loosely rendered architectural scenes on canvas, and Carrie Fox has included contemporary embroidery and photography “sketches” inspired by the rivers and wildlife in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Other area artists sharing their original art are Kathy Hill, Ann Gethen, Cathy Mullens, Pat Newell, Karen Voepel, Kenny Schneider, Barb Kowalik, Jim Lambert, Gordon “Shorty” Schockey, Martha Lancaster, and Linda Shelley.

 

Two Peaks Fitness holds Half Marathon and Fun Run

LA VETA — The Las Animas-Huerfano County Health Department has approved this year’s Spanish Peaks Half Marathon and Two Mile Fun Run for Saturday, Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m.. These are out and back runs from the Grandote Peaks Clubhouse. The half marathon, a RABA Cinco event, is along the scenic Highway of Legends (CO State Hwy 12), while the fun run is within Grandote Peaks. Start times are staggered to pro- mote social distancing. Register at active.com or twopeaksfitness.org/activities/running-events. Walk-up registration also available; t-shirts may be limited. Registration fee is $45 for the half marathon; $20 for the fun run (9 am). Packet pickup is Friday Oct. 2 2-6 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness,216 S Main St. or Saturday, Oct. 3 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Grandote Peaks Clubhouse.

 

Swinging for a Better Future 4 man scramble-Sponsors and players- sign up now!

WALSENBURG — The 2020 John Mall Panther Open will be held Saturday, October 3 at Walsenburg Golf Course and will benefit the Huerfano 4 Kids fundraising group, a non-profit, school approved organization, whose programs focus on im- proving the opportunities for students in Huerfano County.

“Swinging for a Better Future!” is an 18 Hole – 4-Man Scramble which begins with sign ups at 8 a.m.; the Shotgun start is at 9 a.m.. The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per team and includes, cart, green fee, range balls. Mulligans are $10 each, 2 per player maximum; 50/50 Raffle; Longest Drive Contest – $5; Closest to the Pin – $5

For additional information, please contact Randy Royse at The Walsenburg golf course @ (719) 738-2730. Sign Sponsorship- This sponsor will receive signage at a specific assigned hole on the course. The company logo/sign will be on the tee box of your designated hole. The cost is $50. Thank you for your support.

 

Farm Bureau candidate forum

WALSENBURG — Huerfano County Farm Bureau will hold a candidate forum Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 to 9 p.m. at Washing- ton School. Come with questions in hand and see where your candidates stand on issues.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Survival is Insufficient – call to artists

TRINIDAD — The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District invites all artists and creatives in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico to submit their work to an online multimedia salon, focusing upon the theme: “Survival is Insufficient.” Participants will share how they have continued to be creative during the pandemic. Featured works will include pieces that are thematically connected to artists’ experiences and insights related to the pandemic, as well as other works completed as they have carried on with their lives.

People working in all media, including crafts, music, writing, performance arts, quilting, dance, painting, happenings, printmaking or any other creative medium are invited to participate.

Works submitted should be done during the pandemic. As a salon, works represented will reflect experiences during this unique and challenging season. Original work only. This multimedia salon will include visual, musical, literary and performance pieces, with images or self-produced YouTube videos.

This salon will take place on the Creative District website. The salon may be accessed through the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District website www.corazondetrinidad.org, or through the Creative District Facebook page beginning Tuesday, September 22.

Complete submission guidelines are available at Survival is Insufficient Submission Guidelines. If you have questions, contact Doug Holdread at or 719-680-3900

 

Kid’s Craft Hour (Virtual)

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center presents “Kid’s Craft Hour” creative time for busy little hands every Friday, through Nov. 6, 10 to 11 a.m.. Join Sophia and Hazen to make easy crafts designs for kids. Call Laura with for registration details and any questions or concerns (719) 845- 4894 or send an email to: ljordan@mtcarmelcenter.org

 

Good Food Project farm stand every Friday

JANSEN — Stop by to see us as we expand our selection of in season organic and locally grown produce at the Good Food Project. The farm stand is located on Highway 12 in Jansen, on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday Oct. 2. This week: Silver queen corn, cantaloupe, tomatoes, Colorado honey, Farm fresh eggs, homemade elderberry jam, baked goods, Arnold Palmer (tea/lemonade) with organic cane sugar and fresh lemons.

 

Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.

 

Main Street Comedy w/Ben Roy

TRINIDAD — Come out Saturday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. for standup Comedy at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT). The show is presented by The Other Place is Greener with support from Bigtop Studios and Nana & Nano Monteleone’s Deli and Pasta House. who are proud to bring Ben Roy and friends to Trinidad.

Socially distanced comedy is back in Trinidad, Colorado featuring Ben Roy, Zach Abeyta and Elise Kerns hosted by Na- than Lund. Tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.; there are less than 50 seats available so get your tickets before they’re gone! Visit the SCRT website or call the office at 719-846-4765.

Masks are required for entry into this socially distanced comedy show and must be worn while moving throughout the venue. Susceptible populations are strongly recommended to refrain from participating in this event.

 

COVID Small Business grant program

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at lasanimascounty@yahoo.com or call 719-845-2562, 2568.

 

SCRT is looking for help!

TRINIDAD — If you have a passion for theatre and support- ing our community SCRT might be just what you are looking for. Trinidads’s community theatre is on a mission to find an energetic, enthusiastic staff of actors, directors, stage managers, set builders, and lighting/sound techs some will eventually lead to paid positions. Experience is great, but we are willing to provide training. If you would like to contribute to the art scene in Trinidad, join our team. Call the office at 719-846-4765 (leave a message if there is no answer) or send an email to info.scrtheatre@gmail.com with your contact information.

 

Fishers Peak State Park new website

TRINIDAD — The new Fishers Peak State Park website was launched over the weekend! There are still a few additions to make as we continue down this planning path. Visit it today! https://www.fisherspeakstatepark.com/

 

Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra

TRINIDAD — The Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra meets virtually every Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.. Each Wednesday participants can receive:
■ Free Group Lessons

■ Music Provided
■ Affordable Instrument Rental
■ First Concert in December
Kids ages 10 and up register at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtduGvqDMtG93xOVwr23OVmTsUw82GNoTv call Laura with any questions or concerns (719) 845-4894 or send an email to: ljordan@mtcarmelcenter.org

 

ABC 2nd Annual Day at the Ranch

TRINIDAD — ABC Disability Support Group has partnered with Lazy Y D Horse Village Therapeutic Program, 39511 Hwy 160, to offer this event free to the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families Friday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come out and participate in our mini rodeo! This is an outdoor event. Social Distancing and masks encouraged per CDC Guidelines. For more information contact us at 719- 220-4558

 

Meet the candidates

TRINIDAD — Join the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6pm to hear from the candidates running for Senate District 35, Senate District 64, US Colorado House District 4, US House District 64, District Attorney, and County Commissioners. There will also be information shared regarding ballot measures and propositions. For more information contact the Chamber at 719-422- 8054.

 

Apishapa Valley Heritage center winter hours

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming Fall-Winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.

 

COLFAX

28th Annual Fish Fest and 2nd Annual Pike Round-Up

EAGLE NEST — The 28th Annual Fish Fest and 2nd Annual Pike Round-Up will be held Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 24-27, at Eagle Nest Lake State Park, 42 Marina Way. Cash Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place trout based on the length and girth. $500 cash prize will be awarded to the largest pike caught (length and girth).

There will be a limited amount of t-shirts this year. If you would like one, please order one early by calling the marina 575-377-6941. More details coming soon… Hope to see every- one there!

 

Free Flu Shots at Raton VA Clinic

RATON — There is going to a drive thru flu shot clinic Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sept 24, and 25, and 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for at the Raton VA. The free flu shots are for all vets registered at the VA Clinic

 

Gopher Control Webinar

COLFAX COUNTY — Thursday, Sept. 24, 6 -7 p.m join NMSU Lea County Extension Service webinar to demonstrate and answer questions on ‘Gopher Control’ here in New Mexico. Our presenter will be NMSU Extension Wildlife Specialist Dr. Sam Smallidge. This webinar will be offered via Zoom. You may register at the following link: https://nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEoc-GtqTsiH9ShS1_WyuIZP_emrQDA6lHw or contact Lea County Extension Service at 575-396-2819.

 

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be tonight, Thursday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street. Currently we engage in wild land and structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays.

 

Angel Fire Avalanche Sale

ANGEL FIRE — Score a 4 or 6 pack during The Angel Fire Avalanche Sale Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27! 4 packs are $249, 6 packs are $349.

After our first snow of the season, we’re even more excited for winter at New Mexico’s favorite family resort. Angel Fire Resort has the best snow in New Mexico, and we can’t wait to welcome your family to our slopes in December!

Aside from a Season Pass, the best way to experience Angel Fire Resort is with a 4 or 6 Pack Pass! Each pass is good for one person to ski four or six times throughout the season with zero blackout dates. That means worry-free riding or ski- ing in the beautiful Southern Rockies for a steal of a deal. This is the best deal of the season — don’t miss your chance to save big!

We are also offering teacher passes at huge savings – only $109 until Dec. 1st! K-12 teachers save big with the Teacher Pass. Enjoy unlimited skiing and riding at Angel Fire Resort during the 20-21 season with no blackout dates! Contact us at 844-218-4107 or marketing@angelfireresort.com to get your passes!

Be assured, we’re practicing all social distancing guide- lines, and implementing new cleaning and sterilizing protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while keeping our activity offerings accessible. As we open back up to our valued guests, we kindly remind everyone to enjoy Angel Fire Family Resort with social distancing measures including the mandatory mask mandate and abide by new health and safety guidelines posted throughout the Resort and on our website at angelfireresort.com.

 

Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens soon

COLFAX COUNTY — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at colfaxcountydemocrats@gmail.com to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solanos) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.

 

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 Regional Aquatic Center open for lap swims

RATON — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation-Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open. Lap Swim is Monday-Fridays 6 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p. m.- 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 – 11 a.m..

 

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, Oct. 3. 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.