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Public input/information sessions for Fishers Peak State Park
OUR WORLD — When Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced the purchase of Fishers Peak and the plan to turn it into our 42nd state park, we promised to get the public on the property as soon as possible to hunt, hike and generally enjoy this special place. We also promised to include the public in the planning process and to be as transparent as possible in our progress.
The next big opportunity to learn about this project, to ask questions and to be heard is coming:
Monday, Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., we will offer a virtual, online Fishers Peak State Park Community Information Session with planners, partners and staff. Link: https://bit.ly/3lBoz4i
Thursday, Dec. 17, 6-7 p.m., the public can attend a virtual, on-line Fishers Peak State Park Question-and-Answer Session with planners, partners and staff. Link: https://bit.ly/33DraEu
CSU Extension offers online Certified Gardener Program
OUR WORLD — New for 2021! CSU Extension will be offering our Certified Colorado Gardener Program completely online! Also new this year, we will have a FULL COURSE option and multiple SHORT COURSE options to meet anyone’s needs. All classes will be online, are self-paced, and can be done in your free time. Regardless of the course, you’ll receive in-depth horticulture training provided by CSU faculty, staff, and specialists.
There is NO volunteer commitment with the Certified Program. Registration deadline is December 31, 2020. For more information including fees, course descriptions and to register visit: https://cmg.extension.colostate.edu/certified-colorado-gardener/.
La Veta Merc. discounts for health care workers
LA VETA — La Veta Mercantile is offering a 20% discount for health care workers with a badge as a huge thank you for all you are doing right now. Bring in your badge and we’ll treat you to the discount on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main, La Veta. 719-742-3387.
Walsenburg COVID-19 Electronic Town Hall Fri., Dec. 11
WALSENBURG — Please attend a Walsenburg COVID-19 Electronic Town Hall meeting Friday, Dec. 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m.. The town hall is sponsored by the World Journal and the City of Walsenburg.
The meeting will feature the Las Animas Huerfano County Public Health Department, Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, South Central Council of Governments, Huerfano RE-1 School District, Health Solutions, and Huerfano County Emergency Management
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Free COVID-19 testing at health dept.
WALSENBURG — The Health Department has expanded FREE COVID-19 testing in Huerfano County. This free COVID-19 test is available to all members of the public, regardless of symptoms. No Insurance Required
Please call for an appointment. Testing will be available on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Appointments are required for testing, call 719-738-2650 for an appointment. The Las Animas/Huerfano Health Department office address is: 119 E. 5th Street.
Spanish Peaks Chamber Board election
LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce membership drive is now in progress. Apply now at www.spanishpeakschamber.com! Join today and become part of an expanding team of businesses and individuals living in Huerfano County.
Become a leader in the Chamber by getting involved with the board; elections will be held Thursday, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m.. All board positions are up for election.
For more information give us a call at (719)742-3676, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why be a board member? Volunteers create a functional community. Town Boards, School Boards, Library Boards, Tourism Boards, Church Boards, Chamber of Commerce Boards, County Fair Boards, and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance Board, just to name a few make up many of the important functions of our community. Be a board member and make a difference in your community. The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce is looking for active working board members. We welcome diversity.
Most recently, the Chamber has become involved in fundraising to support La Veta Trails’ La Veta Master Plan project, and has supported La Veta businesses to obtain La Veta CARES act funding.
Chamber meetings are the first Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. via zoom or at the La Veta Fire Department. If you are interested contact us @ email@example.com.
Kids winter gear donation box at Bachman & Associates office
LA VETA — Now accepting new or “near new” kids sized winter clothing. Donations will be frequently collected. We will sanitize and distribute items at La Veta School. Donations are accepted from Nov. 30th through Dec. 11th. Monetary donations can also be accepted at La Veta School. Thank you for your generosity!
Shop local raffle— shop and enter!
WALSENBURG — Spend $15 (or more!) at participating businesses listed below now to Friday, Dec. 18 for a chance to win a huge gift basket full of goodies from those businesses! Second drawing will win a gorgeous floral arrangement from Forget Me Not Florist!
The shop to win ends Friday, December 18 with winners announced on Saturday, Dec. 19. Must be local or able to pick up the prize, as we wil not ship. Spread cheer and shop local!
• Coco’s Apocalypse Kitchen
• Crafty Canary Brewery
• George’s Diner
• T.C.’s Diner
• La Plaza Restaurant
• Alpine Rose Cafe
• Kay’s Liquor
• H&H Cafe
• Serendipity Coffee
• Rollin’ Smoke Garage BBQ
• Legends Flooring & Interior
• Huerfano Nursery
• Bear Spot
• Vigil Family Chiropractic
• Main St. Antiques (corner of 6th and Main)
• Antique Avenue (600 block of Main Street)
• Museum of Friends
• The Soap Box
• Armida’s Boutique
• Green Elephant
• Fox Trot Emporium
Santa Claus cruises La Veta
HUERFANO COUNTY — Due to the COVID-19 red status of the county the Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will not be hosting the Santa Claus photo opportunity in front of Crafted in Colorado, downtown La Veta or in Walsenburg this season.
On Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12 as well as December 18 and 19, Santa and Mrs. Claus and possibly some elves from his workshop up north will be cruising his sleigh in the downtown area of La Veta weather permitting. Cruising will take place from 10:00 – 11:30 and 1:00 – 2:30 Friday and Saturday. Social distancing will be enforced.
Have a great holiday season and remember to support our local county businesses. It’s these businesses that make our community special. Your support will help them to stay open during this pandemic. The shop local and Santa cruise is hosted by the Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce.
Water Conservancy District budget hearing and board meeting
HUERFANO COUNTY — The 2021 budget hearing and December board meeting of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will be held remotely by GoTo Meeting on Friday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m.. A draft agenda and login information for the meeting are available on the HCWCD website at: www.hcwcd.net .
The public is welcome to join as follows:
Join from computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/111299285 or dial in using your phone: (646) 749-3122, Access Code: 111-299-285
New Hope Community Church in person services canceled for now
WALSENBURG — In person services for New Hope Community Church, 801 Pennsylvania Ave., are suspended for the month of December. Services will resume January 3rd, 2021 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m Wednesday evening. The Sunday sermon may be heard at https://www.facebook.com/newhopeofwalsenburg or on KSPK at 10 a.m. every Sunday.
Support Francisco Fort Museum shop local now!
LA VETA — The Francisco Fort Museum Book and Gift Shop is now on display and online at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 South Main Street. Shop in-store or peruse their online catalog https://la-veta-mercantile.square.site/ from the safety of your own home. Shipping and curbside pick up available. Lots of great local history books! Your purchase supports the continuing work of the Francisco Fort History Museum. It doesn’t get more local than this.
WALSENBURG — Front Range Clinic is offering confidential, safe, access to medications for addiction treatment at two locations in Walsenburg. Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m the mobile unit will be at 1818 E. Kansas Avenue. Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the clinic will be held at 129 Kansas Avenue. For more information call 1-866-MAT-STAT or visit www.frontrangemd.com
Walsenburg area AA and NA meetings
WALSENBURG — AA meets Tuesday and Friday, 7 pm at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library. NA meetings are virtual. For more info call 719-890-4567.
Discussion pods at La Veta Library
LA VETA — Discussion pods alternate each Thursday at 2 p.m. between book and movie discussions. Come talk about what you are reading/watching or your favorite recommendation! Sign-up opens each Monday for that Thursday’s Discussion Pod. Stop by the front desk or call 742-3572 to reserve your space!
Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday
WALSENBURG — Join the Mayor at Heritage Park every Friday 11 am – 1 pm for community oriented improvement projects. There are countless little things we can do to make things better and the Mayor is confident that one of them has your name on it! Come have fun and become part of the solution!
Talks on Divine Light via Zoom
HUERFANO — Join spiritual mentor, mystic & student of Jesus, Laura Bedford to experientially explore why it makes all the difference to trust the Divine Light on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. Just what is Divine Light & how does it work? Exploration of this nature is needed more than ever.
Join her Zoom meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/93029560738?pwd=NovabSs40GpHVnBpanFtcnFKSjhNdz09
Meeting ID: 930 2956 0738Passcode: 143809
Plant a book at La Veta Library
LA VETA — This holiday season make a reader’s Christmas bright and help grow the La Veta Library’s children’s book collection. Planting a book in the Library’s collection is a great and easy way to honor a friend or relative. A dedication bookplate will be placed inside one of our pre-selected books and we will give you a personalized card for your special person. Plant-A-Book begins Tuesday, Dec. 1. All dedications cost $15. Contact us at 742-3572 for more information. You can view the books on our website lvpl.org and use the PayPal option to purchase or come in to the library.
La Veta Village Food Services boxes
LA VETA — We offer a grocery shopping service: (719) 357-7633. If you or someone you know is a 60+ year old senior, or have a preexisting condition that puts you at high risk and you live in the 81055 zip code and are in need of transporting groceries from Charlie’s to your home, please contact us at (719) 357-7633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders are taken Mondays and Thursdays. Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fridays.– lavetavillage.org. To volunteer, call 719-247-1393
Community Holiday blessing
HUERFANO COUNTY — Let’s ring out the old and ring in the new in La Veta, Walsenburg and all over Huerfano County and beyond Sunday, Dec. 20, 4 p.m.. Begin walking from your home ringing bells, or chimes, or making sound on your favorite instrument, or ring from your porch beginning at 4 p.m.. The sound of a bell welcomes peace, happiness and wisdom. If you like, wear your most festive or vintage clothes and celebrate miracles. Everyone is welcome. Elves and angels too! Please wear masks and keep a significant distance, at the very least six feet.
Huerfano holiday decorating contest
HUERFANO COUNTY —Bachman & Associates, KSPK, and The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to bring you the Deck the Halls Holiday Contest! We will be holding an old fashion home holiday lighting decoration contest throughout Huerfano County.
KSPK radio reaches communities as far as two hours away, lets light up Huerfano County and bring people to our community to shop local, spend the night, and enjoy our many delicious restaurants!
Make your home a showplace of holiday lights and decorations and you could win a $500 grand prize, $200 second place, or $100 third place prize from Bachman & Associates. To register visit DiscoverBachman.com and click on the Deck the Halls Contest button by Sunday, Dec. 20 at midnight! All homes will be listed in the voting poll on the website. You may cast your vote (only one per person) through December 27 and the winners will be announced December 29 on 102.3 KSPK! There will be a map on this page of all the homes entered in the contest so visitors and locals can drive to see the lights! Keep listening for contest details throughout November and December.
Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery
LA VETA — Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery is running now through Saturday, Jan. 2. This is a La Veta favorite and promises to be better than ever, showing a nice selection of gift options created by local artists. The Gallery is also presenting works from the Art Council of Trinidad in their Fuller Gallery which will delight. The Gallery, 132 W. Ryus Ave. next to the park, is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call for more information: 719 742-3074 or visit: www.spanishpeaksarts.com
Matching grant donations and volunteers needed for the Fox Theatre!
WALSENBURG — Our historic building needs help! We need to make a few repairs. We need a new roof. We need brickwork. We need proper drainage around the foundation. We need to secure the marquee to the building.
Our trusty volunteers are wore out! They save the day on a regular basis. It’s time to give them a break and make much needed repairs. We’ve experienced water lines exploding on Christmas, basement floods during community flood meetings, roof leaks, and cold movie screenings. Our time to fix these occurences is now!
The Fox Theatre was awarded a $200,000 grant from DOLA. We have to match those funds with another $200,000. We were awarded $50,000 from the State Historic Fund and $10,000 from the Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation. We’ve requested another $100,000 from two other foundations.
We need cash to unlock the DOLA grant. We received $25,000 from resident and philanthropist George Birrer to purchase the empty lot next to the theatre, but if needed, he has permitted us to move the funds into this project. Our goal is $30,000 cash. We have to raise these funds by July 2021, or we will lose the DOLA grant. Any monetary donations help!
Our board members are committed and work well together. However, they have all extended their time on the board. Therefore, we are looking for fresh recruits. Board service is minimal; however, we are trying to raise a lot of money, so folks who are connected and enjoy fundraising would be a perfect fit!
Please contact Mike at 719-890-4292 or email him at email@example.com to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
The Trial of Santa at Main Street LIVE
TRINIDAD — Join us for our first play as Main Street LIVE, (formerly SCRT) Friday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.. This comedy was written by Don Zolidis and will be presented by the youth company. The setting is in Judge Trudy’s court room. Santa is accused of delivering the wrong present. His lawyer is an elf. The play is appropriate for all ages. This production is a safe socially distanced event. General admission. $10
Hunter education course
HOEHNE — There will be A Hunter Education Completion Course Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. at The Hoehne Community Center. This course will satisfy the in-person course requirement for students under the age of 11. Individuals 11 and over can acquire their hunter education certification entirely online at this time. All students will register online at https://my.register-ed.com
The major portion of this course uses the Internet to complete the mandatory homework. The online portion of this course is $24.50 and is available at https://www.hunter-ed.com/colorado/. Students must show the certificate of completion for the online course to attend the classroom
Students will be awarded Hunter Education cards to upon successful completion of the course, which includes completing the approved online study program, attending class session and passing a written test and live fire. Rifles and ammunition for the live fire will be provided. No personal firearms are allowed.
Students will not be accepted without a face mask. Students are ask to wear long sleeves to class, and bring a jacket for the shooting test so we can minimize skin contact with the firearms. They will be wiped down by the instructors after every use. Students are asked to bring their personal eye and ear protection. Students will remain distanced from each other and the instructors, except for family groups. For more information call 846-7403
7th Annual Trinidad Fire Department Toy Drive
TRINIDAD — Bombshells Salon, 1115 East Main Street, will be having its 7th Annual Toy Drive to benefit the Trinidad Fire Department Sat., Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Drive thru and drop off a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation for the Trinidad Fire Department! Roll down your windows and enjoy the sounds of live Christmas carols performed by Madison Cummings, but please stay in your vehicle. Donation collectors will be wearing masks for your safety! It’s more important than ever to come together as a community to help our kids!!!
Relay for Life December Fundraiser
TRINIDAD — Be ready for a wonderfully tasty Christmas by ordering from our “Delicious December Fundraiser”. We are offering homemade pumpkin rolls (regular or gluten free) or homemade mixed berry pie for the low price of $15. Call today to reserve yours for Christmas delivery or pickup on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Orders will also be taken for after Christmas. Payment can be taken at time of delivery or you can pay at Corradino Auto Body, 124 N. Maple Street. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society. Contact Kendra Doherty at 719-680-0693 or 719-946-5510.
The chamber needs board members
TRINIDAD — The Board of Directors of the Chamber is looking for new board members, particularly in the cannabis and tourism industries. Joining the board of directors would allow you to help shape the work the Chamber is doing for businesses in the county. If you are interested, please contact the Chamber at 719-846-9285 or email Nicia Crosson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Joining the Board of Directors is an opportunity to work with a great group of business leaders and help your fellow residents.
Curbside service at Carnegie Library
TRINIDAD — These curbside services are available at the Carnegie Library:
Books and DVDs:
Visit the online catalog: https://carnegie.catalog.aspencat.info/
and place items on hold.
Then call us, or email us and arrange to pick up the items outside.
Return items to the book drop outside the front entrance.
Printouts faxes and document scanning:
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
email@example.com. For printouts, let us know how many copies of each document you want and
any special requests.
For faxes, we need the fax number you are sending to. If you want to also send a cover sheet, you can use one of
our blank coversheet templates. Cover sheets count as a sheet and add $1.00 to the charge.
For hard-copy documents—Call us when you arrive outside the Library. We’ll meet you and get your
documents and can usually process them (scan, fax, printout) in a few minutes.
Philosophy Café online
TRINIDAD — The next Philosophy Cafe will be held online Monday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m.. Do you enjoy philosophizing with others about timeless questions? Join us for a monthly facilitated conversation. December’s Philosophy Café topic: Data and Knowledge. Technology, especially the internet, has made more and more data available to individuals, but has that availability improved the quality of their knowledge? To prepare for the discussion, we offer two short articles:
Phil Klay, “Human Experience Will Not Be Quantified”, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/07/opinion/sunday/data-science-limits.html
L. J. Elkin, “Data Analysis, Models and Knowledge”, 2013, https://aphilosopherstake.com/2013/02/21/data-analysis-models-and-knowledge-applied-epistemology/
This will be a remote discussion using Zoom Meeting, and to join the discussion, please register—click the “Register” button below, then fill out the resulting registration form. After you register, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to join the meeting. You can also click this link to register: https://bit.ly/2JkGGhy or if you want to join us, go to our website (Carnegiepubliclibrary.org) and click the Virtual Programs button. Scroll down until you find the article on Philosophy Café. Just click the Register button to get detailed information on how to join.
Las Animas County emergency business and non-profit grant funding
LAS ANIMAS — As our community continues to confront the still-emerging health and economic implications of the COVID-19 crisis, small businesses and non-profits throughout Las Animas County have sought to meet our community’s sudden and emergency challenges. To assist in meeting those challenges, Las Animas County announces an opportunity for small businesses (including ranchers and farmers) to apply for relief and receive funding to address the COVID-19 emergency.
To be eligible applicants must: have a physical location in Las Animas County; been operating continously since at least March 26, 2019 (unless forced to temporarily close to comply with state and local orders); are independently owned; be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and be in good standing; and be current with required Las Animas County Personal Property Taxes. Businesses with more than one physical location in Las Animas County may apply for each location grant program. Marijuana industry businesses are not eligible. Applicants will be required to submit: Profit and loss statement for 2019 and 2020 comparison and W-9. To request an application email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 719-845-2562, 845-2564, 845-2566
Applications must be received by Las Animas County no later than 3 p.m. on January 29, 2021. Only complete applications with W-9 and P & L will be accepted, and all submissions will become the property of Las Animas County. Applications may be personally delivered to the Las Animas County Courthouse, 200 East 1st Street, Room 105, Trinidad, CO, 81082, mailed to the same address, or email email@example.com .
Application reviewers will determine eligibility and grant amount. Awards will depend upon the number of applicants, availability of funds, and demonstrated need. Once funding decisions are made, applicants will receive a grant award notification, wich will outline all terms and conditions of receiving the grant. Las Animas County reserves the right to offer awards different from the specified amount requested. Funds will be distributed via check after each qualifying reimbursement request is approved. All funding decisions are final.
Network Council meetings going online
TRINIDAD — One of our group offered to set up a Zoom meeting, so we hope to do that for our Network Council meetings starting in January, 2021. The first Thursday of January will be the 7th, so mark your calendar for an 8 am to 9 am virtual meeting of Network Council on that day.
TSJC continuing education registration and teaching opportunities
TRINIDAD — Registration for spring classes is now ongoing. See the Spring Schedule at: www.trinidadstate.edu/schedule.
Also we need instructors for workforce and community education classes. Do you have knowledge, ideas, or passions that you would like to share with others? Professional certification is not required to teach most workforce and community courses, just experience and the ability to effectively share your knowledge with others. Classes or workshops can run anywhere from a few hours to an entire semester – or share your knowledge through a short presentation. Contact Donna Haddow at 719-846-5724
For more information or to register, contact: Donna Haddow-Continuing Education Coordinator 719-846-5724 | or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Hungry Hearts lunch Saturdays
RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served). Walk-up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the thrift store parking lot.
Colfax County Health Council meeting
RATON — Ashley Vigil is inviting you to a scheduled the Colfax County December Health Council Zoom meeting Friday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.. To join this Zoom Meeting go to:
Meeting ID: 783 0348 1337
Raton Cash Mob at Flowerland w/Raton MainStreet
RATON — Join us on our last night of Christmas shopping Thursday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m. on Facebook live! Debbie will be bringing you some amazing holiday decor to spruce up your home! The girls will be hosting an auction on 10 mystery boxes full of goodies donated from Raton Businesses as a fundraiser for Raton Mainstreet!!
Springer AA meeting
SPRINGER — AA meets every Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Springer, NM at 7 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
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.
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.