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Events for July 15, 2021

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Hybrid Art Exhibition Showcases Unique Pastel Works

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

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Virtual Roundtable on Colorado Agriculture

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

HUERFANO

Lathrop State Park Events

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

Dance Party at Miner’s Plaza

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

Graham Davis at Casa de Pajaros

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

Visual Journaling for the Soul

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

Chris Arellano in La Veta

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

Water Conservancy District Board Meeting

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

Church of Christ Vacation Bible School

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

Spanish Peaks Library Trivia Night at Second Street Bar

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

La Veta  Public Library Summer Program

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

Huerfano Area Job Fair

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

Jon Chandler plays in La Veta

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

Walsenburg Women’s Small Business Expo

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

Ribbon Cutting for H’s Place Gallery & More

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

Fun Fridays Field Trips

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

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

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

Gardening 101 at the Spanish Peaks Library

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

Animal Vaccination Clinic

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

LVFPD Taco Fundraiser

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

Huerfano area AA and NA meetings

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

LAS ANIMAS

Community Health Needs Assessment

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

Grand Opening of Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens

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

First National Bank School Supply Drive

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

Aguilar Library Summer Reading

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

Aguilar Days

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

COLFAX

Student and staff vaccination clinic

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

Raton High School 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

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

Raton AA meeting

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

Events for July 8th, 2021

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Stonewall Century Ride

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

Philosophy Café

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

HUERFANO

MoF hosts two art exhibitions dealing with conflict

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

Walsenburg Mining Museum and Huerfano Heritage Center opening

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

Fun Fridays!

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

Fox Walsenburg Weekend Movie

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

Building Blocks Playgroup

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

2021 Western Rendezvous Art Show at SPACe

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

La Veta Youth art workshop

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

Summer Activities at Spanish Peaks Library

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

Improv Show in La Veta

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

Gardner Chuckwagon Supper Canceled

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

La Veta Trails Volunteer Activities

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

Lathrop State Park Events

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

New Moon Celebration

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

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

Ribbon Cutting for C1B True Organics

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

Ranch Rodeos

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

Mud Fest

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

La Veta Public Library Tails and Tales Summer Program

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

Cuchara Community Potluck

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

Visual Journaling for the Soul

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

Chris Arellano plays in La Veta

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

Jon Chandler plays in La Veta

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

Peaches Peaches Peaches

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

Spanish Peaks Half Marathon

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

Huerfano area AA and NA meetings

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

LAS ANIMAS

Community Health Needs Assessment

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

CPW loaning backpacks & park passes

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

First National Bank School Supply Drive

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

Dirty Deeds at the Depot

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

Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles Race

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

Aguilar Public Library Summer Reading Program

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

COLFAX

Student and Staff Vaccination Clinic

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

Services at Little Rock Church on Johnson Mesa

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

Raton Methodist Women’s Bazaar

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

Raton AA meeting

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

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

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

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

Sharpen your thinking with the  philosopher’s toolkit

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

Focus group participants needed for Tech-Learning ideas

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

Free well-being support line for teachers and educators

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

 SAT/ACT prep

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

HUERFANO

Regular Meeting of the Huerfano Parks and Recreation District

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

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

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

La Veta Mercantile and Francisco Fort Museum

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

The La Veta Gallery on Main is now open on Saturdays

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

Addiction treatment

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

Free COVID-19 testing at health dept.

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

Walsenburg area AA and NA meetings

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

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

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

La Veta Village food services

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

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

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

Visit Spanish Peaks County website for new walking tours!

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

LAS ANIMAS

Grief support circle for those who have suffered loss

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

Senior Day at Books & More Bookstore

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

Curbside service at Carnegie Library

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

COLFAX

Youth Heartline CASA recruiting

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

Hungry Hearts lunch Saturdays

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

Raton AA meeting

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

Al-Anon meeting

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

Free transportation for veterans for medical appointments

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

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

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Public input/information sessions for Fishers Peak State Park

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

CSU Extension offers online Certified Gardener Program

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

HUERFANO

La Veta Merc. discounts for health care workers

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

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

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

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

Spanish Peaks Chamber Board election

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

Kids winter gear donation box at Bachman & Associates office

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

Shop local raffle—  shop and enter!

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

Santa Claus cruises La Veta

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

Water Conservancy District budget hearing and board meeting

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

New Hope Community Church in person services canceled for now

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

Support Francisco Fort  Museum shop local now!

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

Addiction treatment

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

Walsenburg area AA and NA meetings

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

Discussion pods at La Veta Library

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

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

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

Talks on Divine Light via Zoom

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

Plant a book at La Veta Library

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

La Veta Village Food Services boxes

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

Community Holiday blessing

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

Huerfano holiday decorating contest

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

Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery

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

Matching grant donations and  volunteers needed for the Fox Theatre!

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

LAS ANIMAS

The Trial of Santa at Main Street LIVE

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

Hunter education course

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

7th Annual Trinidad Fire Department Toy Drive

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

Relay for Life December Fundraiser

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

The chamber needs board members

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

Curbside service at Carnegie Library

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

Philosophy Café online

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

Las Animas County emergency business and non-profit grant funding

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

Network Council meetings going online

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

TSJC continuing education registration and teaching opportunities

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

COLFAX

Hungry Hearts lunch Saturdays

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

Colfax County Health Council meeting

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

Raton Cash Mob at Flowerland w/Raton MainStreet

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

Springer AA meeting

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

AA meeting

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

Al-Anon meeting

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

Events for December 3, 2020

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

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Expect CPW helicopter flights in December

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

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

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

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

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

CSU Extension offering Certified Gardener Program – online!

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

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

HUERFANO

HCCC Zoom meeting today

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

Drive thru COVID-19 test at the depot

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

Free COVID-19 testing at health dept.

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

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

Support Francisco Fort Museum shop local now!

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

Addiction treatment

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

Discussion pods at La Veta Library

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

Drive by Blessing

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

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

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

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

FNB calendar distribution

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

HPRD seeks new board members deadline 12/4

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

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

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

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

SPBA online Holiday Giving Celebration going virtual this year

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

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

Talks on Divine Light via Zoom

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

Plant A Book at La Veta Library

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

Huerfano “shop local” promotion

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

Order Christmas wreaths & garlands now

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

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

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

Free virtual legal clinic

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

Huerfano Republican meeting

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

La Veta Village Food Services boxes reserve by 12/9

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

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

Spanish Peaks Chamber annual meeting and board election

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

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

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

Water Conservancy District budget hearing and board meeting

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

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

Huerfano holiday decorating contest

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

Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery

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

Waste transfer now taking electronics

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

LAS ANIMAS

Senior Day at Books & More

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

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

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

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

Live music on Veterans Memorial Square, Fort Wootton

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

Curbside service at Carnegie Library

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

Virtual CRAFT MOB seeks crafters!

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

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

Free legal help at the Carnegie Public Library

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

The Trial of Santa at Main Street LIVE

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

Hunter education course

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

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

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

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

Philosophy Café online

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

Las Animas County emergency business and non-profit grant funding

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

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

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

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

TSJC continuing education registration and teaching opportunities

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

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

COLFAX

Raton Cash Mob at Solanos Western Wear

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

FNB calendar distribution

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

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

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

Raton Recycling Center

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

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

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

Raton Cash Mob at All Seasons Gift Shop

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

Springer AA meeting

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

AA meeting

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

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

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

Al-Anon meeting

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

Upcoming Events from November 25th issue

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

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

Expect CPW helicopter flights in  December

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

CSU Extension offering Certified Gardener Program – online!

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

HUERFANO

Free COVID-19 testing

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

Support Francisco Fort Museum shop local now!

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

Addiction treatment

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

Discussion pods at La Veta Library

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

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

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

Holiday crafts sale and Cruise 4 Christmas  

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

Talks on Divine Light via Zoom

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

La Veta Village Food Services boxes

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

Plant A Book at La Veta Library

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

Order Christmas wreaths & garlands now

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

Drive by Blessing

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

HPRD seeks new board members

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

Huerfano holiday decorating contest

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

Huerfano “shop local” promotion

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

FNB calendar distribution

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

SPBA online Holiday Giving Celebration

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

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

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

Spanish Peaks Chamber annual meeting and board election

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

Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery

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

Waste transfer now taking electronics

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

LAS ANIMAS

“FaLaLa Shop Local Holiday Campaign” sign up by Friday

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

Corazon de Trinidad business holiday decorating contest

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

All Trinidad municipal buildings closed until further notice

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

Live music on Veterans Memorial Square, Fort Wootton

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

Drive by parade of lights for 2020

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

Virtual CRAFT MOB seeks crafters!

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

“Survival is Insufficient” online, multimedia salon

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

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

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

Curbside service at Carnegie Library

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

Free legal help at the Carnegie Public Library

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

TSJC continuing education registration and teaching opportunities

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

COLFAX

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

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

Springer AA meeting

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

AA meeting

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

Al-Anon meeting

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

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

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

Raton Cash Mob at Rose’s Honeysuckle Station

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

Raton Cash Mob at Solanos Western Wear

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

FNB calendar distribution

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

Events for November 19, 2020

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

HUERFANO

Free COVID-19 testing

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

Discussion pods at La Veta Library

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

Huerfano County Democrats zoom meeting tonight

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

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

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

Thanksgiving food drive at FNB ends Friday

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

Judicial center opening

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

Water Conservancy District Board meeting

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

Mayor’s listening session

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

La Veta Village Food Services boxes

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

Gift of Art Show at SPACe Gallery

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

Holiday crafts sale and Cruise 4 Christmas  

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

Waste transfer now taking electronics

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

Order Christmas wreaths & garlands now

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

Huerfano holiday decorating contest

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

Huerfano “shop local” promotion

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

FNB calendar distribution

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

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

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

LAS ANIMAS
Free COVID-19 testing

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

“FaLaLa Shop Local Holiday  Campaign” sign up by Friday

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

Corazon de Trinidad business holiday decorating contest

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

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

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

All Trinidad municipal buildings closed until further notice

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

Thanksgiving food drive at FNB ends Friday

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

Live music on Veterans Memorial Square, Fort Wootton

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

Drive by parade of lights for 2020

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

Virtual CRAFT MOB seeks crafters

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

“Survival is Insufficient” online, multimedia salon

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

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

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

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

COLFAX
Raton Ministerial Alliance  food distribution

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

November Colfax County Health Council meeting

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

Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

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

Raton Cash Mob Holiday Party –

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

Springer AA meeting

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

AA Meeting ~ Land of Enchantment Group (LOE)

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

Al-Anon Meeting

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

Hunger pantry food  distribution

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

Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

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

FNB calendar distribution

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

Events for November 12, 2020

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

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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.

LAS ANIMAS

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.

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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.