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USDA unveils tool to help rural communities address the COVID-19 pandemic

OUR WORLD — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop- shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

USDA has taken many immediate actions to assist farmers, ranchers, producers, rural communities, and rural-based businesses and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on these actions, visit www.usda.gov/coronavirus.

 

Senior meals available, To-Go or On-Wheels

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTY —

Due to the vulnerable population served in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties, the Area Agency on Aging will practice social distancing measures to prevent any possibility of spreading the COVID-19 virus in our community.

Effective Monday, March 16, meal sites in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Segundo, and Aguilar will NOT be serving meals in their congregate sites. They will, however, continue to cook and serve homebound meals in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Aguilar, and La Veta. Seniors who normally eat at AAA centers and want a meal can arrange to take their meal to go from Walsenburg or Trinidad. Additional sanitation procedures are being practiced to ensure safety for all.

Direct questions or concerns to Veronica Maes 719-845-1133 ext. 225 or vmaes@sccog.net ; Johanna 719-845-1133 ext. 208 or jspleen@sccog.net ; Margarita at the Walsenburg kitchen 719-738-1182; Sayre kitchen in Trinidad 719-846-4515.

 

It’s time to respond to the 2020 Census!

OUR WORLD — Did you know Census data is used to ensure your local communities receive their fair share of funding for things like hospitals, ambulance services and medical clinics?

That’s why it’s critical for you to respond to the 2020 Census. The data collected be- tween now and Aug. 14, 2020 will be used for the next 10 years, so we only have one chance to get it right.

Didn’t receive a Census form in the mail? No worries. Just go to My2020Census.gov and fill out the survey online using your physical address. Or you can do it by phone, at 844-330-2020. Language assistance is avail- able, if needed. Remember: Respond to the 2020 Census to #ShapeYourFuture.

 

Free online history: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

OUR WORLD — This week’s installment of our Borderlands of Southern Colorado Online Lecture Series features Dr. Karen Roybal, professor of Southwest Studies at Colorado College!

Join us tonight, Thursday, April 16, 6 p.m. via Zoom, as she discusses the history and impact of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Registration instructions are on the event page: Online Borderlands Talk: The Treaty of Gua- dalupe Hidalgo. The event is free and open to the public. This lecture series is generously supported by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.

 

HUERFANO

Virtual Huerfano County Communication Coalition meeting today at noon

HUERFANO COUNTY —The Huerfano County Communication Coalition will be held via Zoom today, Thursday, April 16, 12 p.m.. We are working with a cap of 100 attendees. This will be the last meeting of the year for the Coalition. When we begin again in September will be under the Business Alliance.

To participate please use the following information.
Huerfano County Communications Coalition; Time: Apr 16, 2020 11:55 a.m. Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/227933262?pwd=c2JMTkFVMWNWTGRhbXcrS0NadzlCdz09 Meeting ID: 227 933 262
Password: 020727
Dial by your location: +1 301 715 8592 US Meeting ID: 227 933 262
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acMbB2xxgk

 

Dems virtual meeting today

HUERFANO COUNTY — There will be a Zoom meeting of the Huerfano County Democratic Party Central Committee held this evening, Thursday, April 16, 5:30. Chairperson Dale Lyons will sent the Zoom link via email to participants. Please log in and keep democracy alive during these trying times!

 

Star Drug Pharmacy offers prescription delivery

WALSENBURG — Star Drug Pharmacy will deliver your prescriptions for a $5 fee (within Walsenburg city limits). Call us for more information: 719-738-1130 .

 

La Veta Village food services

LA VETA — If you or someone you know is a 60+ year old senior or have a pre-existing condition that puts you at high risk, you live in the 81055 zip code, and are in need of transporting groceries from Charlies’s to home contact: Susan at 719-989-8361 or lvvfoodservices@gmail.com. If you would like to volunteer to help physically or monetarily, please contact Ed Donovan at 719-472-4957 or edfdonovan@gmail.com

 

Huerfano RE-1 providing breakfasts/lunches to all children 0-18 years

WALSENBURG/GARDNER — Huerfano RE-1 will have sack breakfasts/lunches avail- able for drive through pick-up at Peakview School and Gardner Elementary. Pick up days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Each pick up will have at least two breakfasts and two lunches for each child in the household. All children 0 to 18 years old are eligible for free breakfast and lunch regardless if they are enrolled in RE-1.

The first time families visit the pick up sites, the children must be in the vehicle. After the initial visit, a laminated pass card with the number of children in the household will allow the pass holder to pick up the correct number of lunches without children present.

To pick up the sacked breakfast/lunch at Peakview: Vehicles will drive through between Peakview School and the West Wing building entering via the back of John Mall HS. Sacks will be located at the back doors of the Peakview cafeteria. To pick up the food at Gardner: Please follow the directives of personnel upon arriving.

 

Spanish Peaks Business Alliance virtual meeting

HUERFANO — The Spanish Peaks Business Alliance will convene a virtual meeting of the Region 14 Hospitality and Retail Sector Partnership Monday, April 20, 2 p.m.. This meeting will focus on information and resources to help businesses get through the current crisis. Hear from the Southern Colorado Small Busi- ness Development Center, the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, Huerfano County Tourism Board, the Colorado Workforce De- velopment Council, and the Worklife Partnership. We are all in this together. Please register here: https://bit.ly/R14meeting

 

Huerfano restaurants offering take out

LA VETA —
New Hours! Alys Restaurant & Catering (719) 742-3742 Open Mon., Thurs., Fri., and Sat. Must call before 3pm to reserve pick up.

Corners Diner—(719) 742-3361

Legends on Main—(719) 742-3996 Open Tues. – Sun. 11am-1pm & 5pm-7pm Sunday Hours 10am- 2:30pm

Mission Deli Mesa—(719) 742-3483 or (719) 989-5980 Offering specialty casseroles and grass fed beef.

Paradise Coffee—(719) 742-3680 Thursday – Sunday 6:30am – 2:00pm Monday 6:30am – Noon

New Hours! Ryus Avenue Bakery—(719) 890-4770 Open Tues., Thurs., Sat. 8:00am-1:00pm

 

WALSENBURG —
A&W—(719) 738-3960 7:00am-9:00pm

Alpine Rose Cafe—(719) 738-1157 7:00am-3:00pm

Carl’s Jr.—(719) 738-1002 6:30am-10:00pm

Coco’s Kitchen—(719) 717-2093 11:00am-3:00pm

Corine’s Mexican Restaurant—(719) 738-1231 8:00am- 9:00pm

Crafty Canary Brewery—(719) 890-1113

First Choice Deli—(719) 738-3200 7:00am-9:00pm

George’s Drive Inn (719) 738-3030 8:30am-3:00pm Tues. – Sat.

H&H Cafe—(719) 890-1651 7:00am-3:00pm

La Plaza Inn—719-738-5700 11:00am-9:00pm Tues. – Sat.

Nando’s Bar & Grill—(719) 738-2730 11:00am-3:00pm

Rollin Smoke BBQ—(719) 890-1177 11:00am-2:00pm and 5:00pm-8:00pm Thurs. – Sun.

Serendipity—(719) 890-4471 Open all week 7:00am-2:00pm

Subway—(719) 738-1332 Mon. – Thurs. 7:00am-10:00pm, Fri. 7:00am-11:00pm

Taco Bell / KFC—(719) 738-2480 10:00am-10:00pm

 

Facebook activities to do from home

HUERFANO — Here are a few fun pages you can follow on Facebook to enjoy at home!

La Veta Public Library: www.facebook.com/la.vetalibrary/

“Every Monday we will post a different challenge that can be completed while in quarantine! You will post your challenge (sometimes a picture, sometimes a video) and here is an important part: you MUST tag us in it and put the specific challenge hashtag! Otherwise we won’t see it, and we want to see your creativity!”

Go Outside and Howl at 8 pm: www.facebook.com/groups/howlat8/

“Every night at 8pm in your time zone, take a minute to step outside and let out a cathartic howl! We’ll post up daily themes that may or may not be very, very, very important. IN- VITE YOUR PEEPS! Let’s see how many people the world over we can get to howl in one night!”
Colorado Parks & Wildlife: www.facebook.com/Colorado- ParksandWildlife/

Follow their page for interesting facts about wildlife around the state! Also follow this page below for Jackson Lake State Park – “Reading with a Ranger” every Monday, Wednes- day, and Friday!, https://www.facebook.com/JacksonLakeSP/

 

HOW Leaf and limb debris recycling

WALSENBURG — Leaf and limb debris for Huerfano County is now being processed by the Huerfano Organic Waste Recycling Services (HOW Recycling Services). HOW hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. HOW organic waste recycling is located just east of the Huerfano County Transfer station on Industrial Park Drive.

Only what grows out of the ground is accepted: No processed wood, no garbage, no dirt. We accept branches no more than 6 ft long, also accepting bagged leaves and yard debris.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Trinidad SD1 admin offices temporarily moved

TRINIDAD — TSD1 Administration offices have moved to 1021 Pierce (at Eckhart Elementary) for the duration of the Middle School renovation.

 

Free lunch pickup for Trinidad kids

TRINIDAD — Students age 0-18 have the option of picking up free curb and go meals at Fisher’s Peak Elementary or Trinidad Middle School (Park Street). From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday – Thursday.

 

Hometown Pharmacy offers free delivery

TRINIDAD — Hometown Pharmacy will deliver your prescriptions for free (within 6 miles of the store) through April 30. Call us for more information: 719-845-0069 or visit www.htpcolorado.com .

 

Noah’s Ark hours of service change

TRINIDAD — At this time, NAAWA will remain open for adoptions, as well as for lost & found services Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; we will be closed Sundays & Saturdays. We will continue to help pets in our care find homes through adoption, continue to help lost and found pets, and continue to help pets in dire medical need. NAAWA will continue to regularly disinfect public space areas and surfaces throughout our campus. We urge you to keep your pets in your homes. If you have a pet that you need to surrender, we ask that you keep the pet in your home as long as possible. All owner surrender services are only provided by appointment by calling 719-680-2385, high emergency circumstances will be given top priority.

If you find a stray cat or dog after-hours, please contact the Trinidad Police Department at 719-846-4441. Our local police department can access our facility after-hours if a pet needs to come into shelter.

If you have an animal medical emergency, please contact one of our local veterinarian offices: Trinidad Animal Clinic 719- 846-3212 or Fisher’s Peak Vet Clinic 719-846-3211.

To protect the community and halt the spread of COVID- 19, we are suspending the following services: public vaccine & microchip clinics, community TNR programs, educational pro- grams, events & fundraisers, volunteer & useful public service programs, out of state transfer-in programs.

 

Mt. Carmel Weekly Wellness schedule

TRINIDAD — In an effort to minimize the COVID-19 exposure, we are offering the following FREE programs via Zoom video or call-in options. If you’re not already enrolled, and would like to join these virtual programs/classes call or email: Laura Jor- dan, 719-845-4894 or ljordan@mtcarmelcenter.org . Please note: Some of the class/program details may have changed since you attended them in person.

Many of these classes will continue through the end of April 2020 and many of them will be continued virtually into the unforeseen future. The Weekly Wellness Schedule will be emailed, you guessed it, weekly.

Monday 1:00 p.m. – Kid’s Crafts

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/538684549
Meeting ID: 538 684 549

5:30 p.m. – Health Talk (Immune Health repeated) https://us04web.zoom.us/j/538684549
Meeting ID: 538 684 549

Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – Get Strong (bodyweight training) https://us04web.zoom.us/j/538684549
Meeting ID: 538 684 549

5:15 p.m. – Stress Management https://us04web.zoom.us/j/538684549
Meeting ID: 538 684 549

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – Mindfulness Mornings (breath work & gentle yoga) https://us04web.zoom.us/j/538684549
Meeting ID: 538 684 549

10:00 a.m. – Virtual Tai Chi Classes (Mon & Wed through April 29)
*Link:https://us04web.zoom.us/j/152726764 *Please note Tai Chi has a unique Zoom log-in link
Meeting ID: 152 726 764

5:00 p.m. – Tea Time – Grab a cup of tea, connect & discuss topics of interest
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/538684549
Meeting ID: 538 684 549

Thursday 8:00 a.m. – Get Strong (bodyweight training) https://us04web.zoom.us/j/538684549
Meeting ID: 538 684 549
5:15 p.m. – Stress Management https://us04web.zoom.us/j/538684549
Meeting ID: 538 684 549

Friday
8:00 a.m. – Mindfulness Mornings (breath work & gentle yoga) https://us04web.zoom.us/j/538684549
Meeting ID: 538 684 549

12:00 p.m. – Health Talks https://us04web.zoom.us/j/538684549
Meeting ID: 538 684 549

1:00 p.m. – Kid’s Karate – Parents, please register your child at the link provided, after which you will receive an email with the meeting link. Registration Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/ register/tJMvcuCprjwvF-oEYSCoJuzkM6ToZ8qQuw Meeting ID: 972-591-075

5:30 p.m. – Happy Hour – Connect & share with Mt. Carmel, family & friends while enjoying your favorite beverage https://us04web.zoom.us/j/538684549
Meeting ID: 538 684 549 Zoom Log-In or Call-In Instructions

Join Zoom Meeting by computer: Click on the link pro- vided or copy it to your browser. Once you do this you will be asked to install Zoom, continue to follow the instructions on your screen. Join Zoom Meetings by phone:
Dial by your location, +1 720 707 2699 US (Denver); One tap mo- bile +17207072699,538684549# US (Denver)

Cooking Matters and Cooking for Chronic Pain at Mt. Carmel will be rescheduled for a later date.

 

Care & Share distribution

TRINIDAD — The next care and share food distribution will be Wednesday, April 22, 10 am to 1:30 p.m. at Las Animas County Fairgrounds. 10-11:30 a.m. for seniors over 60, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for income eligible residents. Contact COG at 719-845-1133 for more information.

 

Carnegie offerings during COVID-19

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie library is closed until at least the end of April but some of the monthly meetings and events will be held virtually. Keep checking the website newsletter link for details at: carnegiepubliclibrary.org; just click the Newsletter button on the home page, then click the link on the Newsletter page.

Diversity in the Coal Mines: remote meeting Thursday, April 30.

Free Legal Help: Please see the article on second page of newsletter.

Screenwriting Workshop: remote on Wednesday, April 22

Hitler’s Astrologer: remote on Thursday, April 23 One-on-one computer training: email us to set up a session:

trinidadpubliclibrary@gmail.com
These events are postponed: Book Readers Rock!, Carving

Club, One Book Colorado, Art Wall, Oral Histories, Tuesday’s Tots, Paws for Reading, Books for the Homebound

 

Las Animas restaurants offering take out

TRINIDAD — (Please call restaurant directly to confirm hours)

Big Daddy’s – (719) 422-8363

Brix Sports Bar – (719) 422-8273

Burger King – (719) 846-9445

Collie’s Pastries – (719) 846-2255

Domino’s – (719) 259-3030

El Rancho – (719) 846-9049

Family Seed II – (719) 845-8057

Fisher’s Peak Soup Kitchen – (719) 680-0427

Habanero’s – (719) 422-8190

KFC / Taco Bell – (719) 846-7723

Las Animas Grill – Now only offering home grocery delivery (720) 514 2025

Lee’s BBQ – (719) 846-7621

Mario’s Tacos – (719) 680-8589

McDonalds – (719) 846-3322

Mission At The Bell – (719) 845-1513

Moose’s – (719) 216-3517

Nana & Nano’s – (719) 846-2696

Perkatory Coffee – (719) 846-2014

Pizza Hut – (719) 846-2236

Red Neck Grill – (719) 422-8177

Sita’s Kitchen – (719) 859-5574

Sonic – (719) 845-0402

Starbucks – (719) 846-2246

Tequila’s – (719) 846-3514

The Cafe – (719) 846-7119

The Coal Stove – (719) 859-2692

The Coffee Can – (970) 220-4252

The Shopping Bag – (719) 868-2255

The Purple Toad – (719) 497-0320

Tony’s Diner – (719) 846-6000

Wendy’s – (719) 845-9143

Wonderful House – (719) 845-1888

 

Santa Fe Trail Festival update

TRINIDAD — Due to circumstances beyond our control the Trinidad & Las Animas Co. Chamber of Commerce has chosen to cancel Santa Fe Trail Festival for 2020. We are deeply saddened in this time with how COVID-19 has affected the world and recognize we do not know what tomorrow holds. All checks we have received will be returned in the next few weeks.

Our intention is to come back next year with a great celebration that marks the Bicentennial anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. We thank you for your patience and understanding, wish all of you the best, and hope you stay safe and healthy.

 

COLFAX

Raton Senior Center — Closed for all activities. Meals will be available for pick-up and meal deliveries will continue.

 

Raton Public Service — Limited to drop box and drive up window also accepting online or telephone payments.

 

COVID statewide referral numbers

NEW MEXICO —These numbers are important for all New Mexicans.

EMPLOYMENT/INCOME
LOSS OR REDUCTION

• If you are unemployed/underemployed and need assistance: Department of Workforce Solutions Call Center 1-877-664-6984

• If you are a small business/employer and need assistance: Economic Development Department for Small Business = 1- 505-827-0300

 

FOOD ASSISTANCE

• If you need assistance obtaining food

a. School age children: Public Education Dept = 505-827-6683 b. Senior / Adult with disabilities:

i. Seniors Who Need Groceries or Meals = 1-800-432-2080 ii. Emotional Crisis, Mental Health, or Substance Abuse = 1-855-662-7474

• SNAP benefits: HSD/Income Support Division = 1-800- 283-4465
• WIC: Department of Health

a. WIC Questions on food or formula availability = 1-505- 469-0929
b. WIC Operations Manager = 1-505-819-7028
c. WIC General Questions = 1-866-867-3124

HEALTH INSURANCE

• If you need assistance obtaining health insurance: HSD/Medicaid = 1-800-283-4465
• If you are not eligible for Medicaid, you can apply for afford- able health insurance online at www.bewellnm.com or call 1- 855-996-6449

HOUSING

• If you need assistance with housing/utilities:
a. Housing–Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) Emergency

Housing 1-800-444-6880
b. Utilities HSD Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Pro-

April 16, 2020 www.WorldJournalNewspaper.com World Journal Page 3

gram 1-888-523-0051

FAMILY & MISC.

• If you need assistance with childcare: 1-800-691-9067 NM Kids Child Care Resource Center
• If you have complaints about facilities not closing: 505-469- 2940/505-629-2845

• If you want to volunteer or need a volunteer: 505-476-2200

 

Medicine Shoppe offers free delivery

RATON — Medicine Shoppe will deliver your prescriptions for free (within 6 miles of the store) through April 30. Call us for more information: 575-445-0075 or visit www.medicine- shoppe.com/1387.

 

Need help with pet food?

RATON — For short-term, emergency assistance, the Raton Humane Society sponsors a Pet Food Bank. Supplies include free food for cats and dogs, kitty litter, and bedding. Call the Raton Animal Shelter at 575-445-8640 or visit the shelter at 448 Hereford Avenue. If necessary, call dispatch, 445-2704, and ask to have the animal control officer meet you at the shelter. To donate supplies, follow the procedure. Shelter hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday to 9 a.m.

 

Rural Development offices open for business by phone

SANTA FE — USDA Rural Development in New Mexico is working to ensure the safety, security, and health of the public and our employees while continuing to provide excellent cus- tomer service. Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on limiting the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing, we are now in enterprise- wide remote operational status. USDA Rural Development is open for business via telephone and email and we look for- ward to continuing our vital work supporting you our customers who live and work in rural America.

Please know the New Mexico Rural Development team will continue delivering programs and offering the highest level of customer service. Customers and stakeholders can reach employees using the contact information below.

Contact us by phone:
New Mexico State Office: 505-761-4950

Albuquerque Field Office 505-761-4950

Aztec Field Office 505-334-3090 Extension #4

Las Cruces Field Office 575-522-8775 Extension #4

Las Vegas Field Office 505-425-3594 Extension #4

Upcoming Events for week of April 9, 2020

THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD

Colorado public campgrounds closed

DENVER — As the State of Colorado continues taking measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will close all playgrounds, camp- grounds, camping and camping facilities (in-

cluding yurts and cabins) at Colorado’s state parks as well as camping at State Wildlife Areas effective Thursday, March 26 until further notice. In addition, all US Forest Service campgrounds, restrooms, trailheads, ca- bins and fire lookout rentals, picnic sites and trash facilities are closed to the public. Check with your local National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, or US Fish and Wildlife Service office for specific closures and allowed recreation activities.

Park visitors are reminded to practice-social distancing and maintain at least six feet between other visitors. Anyone demonstrating signs of illness, such as coughing, fever or shortness of breath should stay home. Restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to take soap for handwashing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available.

 

Senior meals available, To-Go or On-Wheels

HUERFANO/LAS ANiMAS COUNTy — Due to the vulnerable population served in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties, the Area Agency on Aging will practice social distancing measures to prevent any possibility of spreading the COVID-19 virus in our community.

Effective Monday, March 16, meal sites in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Segundo, and Aguilar will NOT be serving meals in their congregate sites. They will, however, continue to cook and serve homebound meals in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Aguilar, and La Veta. Seniors who normally eat at AAA centers and want a meal can arrange to take their meal to go from Walsenburg or Trinidad. Additional sanitation procedures are being practiced to ensure safety for all.

Direct questions or concerns to Veronica Maes 719-845-1133 ext. 225 or vmaes@sccog.net ; Johanna 719-845-1133 ext. 208 or jspleen@sccog.net ; Margarita at the Walsenburg kitchen 719-738-1182; Sayre kitchen in Trinidad 719-846-4515.

 

It’s time to respond to the 2020 Census!

OUR WORLD — Did you know Census data is used to ensure your local communities receive their fair share of funding for things like hospitals, ambulance services and medical clinics?

That’s why it’s critical for you to respond to the 2020 Census. The data collected be- tween now and Aug. 14, 2020 will be used for the next 10 years, so we only have one chance to get it right.

Didn’t receive a Census form in the mail? No worries. Just go to My2020Census.gov and fill out the survey online using your physical address. Or you can do it by phone, at 844-330-2020. Language assistance is avail- able, if needed. Remember: Respond to the 2020 Census to #ShapeYourFuture.

 

Downtown Colorado virtual summit

OUR WORLD — Join us Tuesday, April 14 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a dynamic virtual experience sponsored by Downtown Colorado Inc.. The goal of the Summit is to gather ideas to ensure that Colorado has the resources needed to support our communities, districts, and small businesses! We will be developing an action plan together to move into our new reality stronger and more resilient than ever!

Everyone, especially all conference registrants, members, and Challenge Communities will benefit from this interactive on line event with panels, polls, and breakout groups. Discussions include:

Vision: Envisioning the New Local Economy

Components of Place

People/Housing/Business: What was?; What is likely next?; What would be positive impact now? How do we go forward? How do we elevate our communities?

RSVP for Virtual Summit at : http://downtowncoloradoinc.org/event- 3796254
Then help support Challenge Communities April 15-16! Following the Summit, DCI will host five virtual Challenge Studios over April 15-16. Sign up to chime in (to any and all) and support the 2020 Challenge Communities and learn some ideas for helping your own districts!

 

HUERFANO

La Veta Cuchara Chamber virtual meeting today

LA VETA — The La Veta Cuchara Chamber of Commerce will be having its monthly meeting via telephone conference call on Thursday, April 9, 9 a.m.. If you wish to get onto the agenda please contact Gayleene Smith 3 days before the meeting. 719-742-3695.

 

Star Drug Pharmacy offers prescription delivery

WALSENBURg — Star Drug Pharmacy will deliver your prescriptions for a $5 fee (within Walsenburg city limits). Call us for more information: 719-738-1130 .

 

La Veta Village food services

LA VETA — If you or someone you know is a 60+ year old senior or have a pre-existing condition that puts you at high risk, you live in the 81055 zip code, and are in need of transporting groceries from Charlies’s to home contact: Susan at 719-989-8361 or lvvfoodservices@gmail.com. If you would like to volunteer to help physically or monetarily, please contact Ed Donovan at 719-472- 4957 or edfdonovan@gmail.com

 

Huerfano RE-1 to provide breakfasts/lunches to all children 0-18 years

WALSENBURg/gARDNER — Huerfano RE-1 will have sack breakfasts/lunches avail- able for drive through pick-up at Peakview School and Gardner Elementary. Pick up days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Each pick up will have at least two breakfasts and two lunches for each child in the household. All children 0 to 18 years old are eligible for free breakfast and lunch regard- less if they are enrolled in RE-1.

The first time families visit the pick up sites, the children must be in the vehicle. After the initial visit, a laminated pass card with the number of children in the household will allow the pass holder to pick up the correct number of lunches without the children present. To pick up the sacked breakfast/lunch at Peakview: Vehicles will drive through between Peakview School and the West Wing building entering via the back of John Mall HS. Sacks will be located at the back doors of the Peakview cafeteria. To pick up the food at Gardner: Please follow the directives of personnel upon arriving

 

Republican meets canceled

WALSENBURg — We want to keep all our members safe, so we have canceled our meet- ing for Tuesday, April 14 due to the stay-at- home order because of COVID-19. Stay home, stay healthy.

 

Virtual free legal clinic

WALSENBURg — The upcoming Huerfano County Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) Free Legal Clinic will be held Tuesday April 14, 4 to 5 p.m.. Contact your local library at (719) 738- 2774 during regular work hours to be added to the sign-up sheet

Despite the COVID-19 closures of libraries across Colorado, the Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) clinics will still be held as scheduled. We’re able to do this and keep clinic patrons safe because our volunteer attorneys already work remotely. 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, using the phone number provided to your library staff. Although VPC clinic patrons will see a slight shift in how our free legal support is delivered, they should experience no significant disruption in service.

Your local library staff will schedule all appointments, and the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron directly by telephone. For this reason, it is especially important that a reliable phone number be included for scheduling clinic patrons. Contact your local library at (719) 738-2774 during regular work hours to be added to the sign-up sheet. Space is limited.

 

Huerfano restaurants offering take out

LA VETA —

Alys Restaurant & Catering

(719) 742-3742 Open Thurs., Fri., and Sat. Must call before 3pm to reserve pick up.

Corners Diner
(719) 742-3361

Legends on Main
(719) 742-3996 Open Tues. – Sun. 11am-1pm & 5pm-7pm Sunday Hours 10am-2:30pm

Mission Deli Mesa
(719) 742-3483 or (719) 989-5980 Offering specialty casseroles and grass fed beef.

Paradise Coffee
(719) 742-3680 Thursday – Monday 6:30am – 2:00pm

Ryus Avenue Bakery
(719) 890-4770 Open Tues., Thurs., Sat. 7:00am- 2:00pm

 

WALSENBURG—

A&W
(719) 738-3960 7:00am-9:00pm

Alpine Rose Cafe
(719) 738-1156 7:00am-3:00pm

Carl’s Jr.
(719) 738-1002 6:30am-10:00pm

Coco’s Kitchen
(719) 717-2093 11:00am-3:00pm

Corine’s Mexican Restaurant
(719) 738-1231 8:00am- 9:00pm

Crafty Canary Brewery
(719) 890-1113

First Choice Deli
(719) 738-3200 7:00am-9:00pm

george’s
(719) 738-3030 8:00am-3:00pm Tues. – Sat.

H&H Cafe
(719) 890-1651 7:00am-3:00pm

La Plaza inn
(719) 738-6955 11:00am-8:00pm Tues. – Sat.

 

Nando’s Bar & grill
(719) 738-2730 11:00am-3:00pm

Rollin Smoke BBQ
(719) 890-1177 11:00am-8:00pm Thurs. – Sat., 11:00am – 4:00pm Sun.

Serendipity
(719) 890-4471 Mon.-Fri. 7:00am-6:00pm Subway
(719) 738-1332 Mon. – Thurs. 7:00am- 10:00pm, Fri. 7:00am-11:00pm

Taco Bell / KFC
(719) 738-2480 10:00am-10:00pm

TC’s Diner – Closed
(719) 989-7141

Tina’s – Closed

 

Facebook activities to do from home

HUERFANO COUNTy — Here are a few fun pages you can follow on Facebook to enjoy at home!

La Veta Public Library: www.facebook.com/la.vetalibrary/

“Every Monday we will post a different challenge that can be completed while in quarantine! You will post your challenge (sometimes a picture, sometimes a video) and here is an important part: you MUST tag us in it and put the specific challenge hashtag! Otherwise we won’t see it, and we want to see your creativity!”

go Outside and Howl at 8pm: www.facebook.com/groups/howlat8/  “Every night at 8pm in your time zone, take a minute to step outside and let out a cathartic howl! We’ll post up daily themes that may or may not be very, very, very important. INVITE YOUR PEEPS! Let’s see how many people the world over we can get to howl in one night!”

Colorado Parks & Wildlife: www.face- book.com/ColoradoParksandWildlife/ Follow their page for interesting facts about wildlife around the state! Also follow this page below for Jackson Lake State Park – “Reading with a Ranger” every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!, https://www.face- book.com/JacksonLakeSP/

 

Huajatolla Heritage Festival canceled

LA VETA — Sandy Dolak announces that the Huajatolla Heritage Festival scheduled for June 6 and 7, 2020 has fallen victim to the pandemic that has invaded every aspect of our lives. In March, we started getting cancellations long before we were coming to the realization that our lives were being changed forever. The festival is not being rescheduled at this point. Our plan will be to offer some smaller events once we understand the longerterm implications and when we can safely gather again.

A piece of good news is that the extraordinary performers, Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle, have committed to coming to La Veta at a “to be determined date” in a celebration of life. Please follow all the guide- lines and stay home. Or if you must go out, be responsible and wear a mask while honoring the 6 foot rule. And if you are wringing your hands about this, please wring them under hot water with soap!

 

LAS ANIMAS

Free lunch pickup for Trinidad kids

TRiNiDAD — Students age 0-18 have the option of picking up free curb and go meals at Fisher’s Peak Elementary or Trinidad Middle School (Park Street). From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday – Thursday.

 

Hometown Pharmacy offers free delivery

TRiNiDAD — Hometown Pharmacy will de- liver your prescriptions for free (within 6 miles of the store) through April 30. Call us for more information: 719-845-0069 or visit www.htpcolorado.com .

 

Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare hours of service change

TRiNiDAD — At this time, NAAWA will re- main open for adoptions, as well as for lost & found services Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; we will be closed Sundays & Saturdays. We will continue to help pets in our care find homes through adoption, continue to help lost and found pets, and continue to help pets in dire medical need. NAAWA will continue to regularly disinfect public space areas and surfaces throughout our campus.

We urge you to keep your pets in your homes. If you have a pet that you need to surrender, we ask that you keep the pet in your home as long as possible. All owner surrender services are only provided by appointment by calling 719-680-2385, high emergency circumstances will be given top priority.

If you find a stray cat or dog after-hours, please contact the Trinidad Police Department at 719-846-4441. Our local police department can access our facility after-hours if a pet needs to come into shelter.

If you have an animal medical emergency, please contact one of our local veterinarian offices: Trinidad Animal Clinic 719-846-3212 or Fisher’s Peak Vet Clinic 719-846-3211.

To protect the community and halt the spread of COVID-19, we are suspending the following services: public vaccine & microchip clinics, community TNR programs, educational programs, events & fundraisers, volunteer & useful public service programs, out of state transfer-in programs.

 

Mt. Carmel Weekly Wellness schedule

TRiNiDAD — In an effort to minimize the COVID-19 exposure, we are offering the following programs via Zoom video or call-in options. If you’re not already enrolled, and would like to join these virtual programs/classes call or email: Laura Jordan, 719-845-4894 or ljordan@mtcarmelcenter.org . Please note: Some of the class/program details may have changed since you attended them in person.

Many of these classes will continue through the end of April 2020 and many of them will be continued virtually into the un- foreseen future. The Weekly Wellness Schedule will be emailed, you guessed it, weekly. Tuesday:

8:00 a.m. – Get Strong (resistance training)

5:15 p.m. – Stress Management

Wednesday:

8:00 a.m.- Mindfulness Mornings (breath work and stretching)
Thursday:

8:00 a.m. – Get Strong (resistance training)

11:00 a.m. – Chronic Pain Self-Management (classes end April 9, 2020). If you would like to sign-up for the next session of Chronic Pain Self-Management, call the number provided above.

5:15 p.m. – Stress Management

Friday:

8:00 a.m. – Mindfulness Mornings (breath work and stretching)

12:00 p.m. Health Talks – Overcoming Obstacles and Optimizing Health (Week 1: Immune Health)

Zoom Log-in or Call-in instructions

Join Zoom Meeting by computer: Click on the link provided or copy it to your browser. Once you do this you will be asked to install Zoom, continue to follow the instructions on your screen. Join Zoom Meetings by phone:

Dial by your location, +1 720 707 2699 US (Den- ver); One tap mobile +17207072699,538684549# US (Denver)

Cooking Matters and Cooking for Chronic Pain at Mt. Carmel will be rescheduled for a later date.

 

Las Animas restaurants offering take out

TRiNiDAD — (Please call restaurant directly to confirm hours)

Bella Lunas Pizzeria – Closed

Big Daddy’s – (719) 422-8363

Bob & Earl’s – Closed After the 29th

Brix Sports Bar – (719) 422-8273

Burger King – (719) 846-9445

Collie’s Pastries – (719) 846-2255

Domino’s – (719) 259-3030

El Rancho – (719) 846-9049

Family Seed ii – (719) 845-8057

Fisher’s Peak Soup Kitchen – (719) 680-0427

Great Wall – Closed

Habanero’s – (719) 422-8190

KFC / Taco Bell – (719) 846-7723

Las Animas grill – (719) 422-8438

Lee’s BBQ – (719) 846-7621

Mario’s Tacos – (719) 680-8589

McDonalds – (719) 846-3322

Mission At The Bell – (719) 845-1513

Moose’s – (719) 216-3517

Nana & Nano’s – (719) 846-2696

Perkatory Coffee – (719) 846-2014

Pizza Hut – (719) 846-2236

Red Neck grill – (719) 422-8177

Sita’s Kitchen – (719) 859-5574

Sonic – (719) 845-0402

Starbucks – (719) 846-2246

Tequila’s – (719) 846-2246

The Cafe – (719) 846-9049

The Coal Stove, 719-859-2692

The Coffee Can – (719) 220-4252

The Shopping Bag – (719) 868-2255

The Purple Toad – (719) 497-0230

Tony’s Diner – (719) 846-6000

Tutti’s Scoops – (719) 845-8508

Wendy’s – (719) 845-9143

Wonderful House – (719) 845-1888

 

Santa Fe Trail Festival call for vendors

TRiNiDAD — Summer is coming! So is our annual Santa Fe Trail Festival. We would love to have you or some talented individuals you know join us as a vendor. The festival this year will be downtown on June 12 & 13. Feel free to contact us for more information. Have a great day. TLAC Chamber of Commerce, 719-846-9285.

 

Apogaea 2020 postponed

TRiNiDAD — Given the immense uncertainty in throwing a major event under the current circumstances, as well as being cognizant of our civic responsibility to discourage the kind of social gatherings that generally need to go into the planning and building of our awesome event before we even set foot in Trinidad, we’ve decided the best thing for now is to postpone Apogaea 2020 for at least two months. We’re fortunate enough to have a landowner who is flexible and we are looking at dates in mid to late August. Of course we’re also watching the news carefully, so stay tuned for updates.

For any deadlines pertaining to grants or ticket sales, consider them extended and keep an eye out for new information. For more in- formation and discussion, the next board meeting, next Sunday, is open as always to you, the amazing Apogaea community. This time we’re going to do it completely virtual, online, for the first time ever. Please find the connection information on our home page as it becomes available.

 

COLFAX

Raton Senior Center — Closed for all activities. Meals will be available for pick-up and meal deliveries will continue.

Raton Public Service — Limited to drop box and drive up window also accept- ing online or telephone payments

 

COVID-19 N.M. statewide response referral numbers

NEW MEXiCO —These numbers are important for all New Mexicans.

EMPLOYMENT/INCOME LOSS OR REDUCTiON

• If you are unemployed/underemployed and need assistance route to Department of Workforce Solutions Call Center 1-877-664- 6984

• If you are a small business/employer and need assistance route to Economic Development Department for Small Business = 1-505-827-0300

FOOD ASSiSTANCE

• If you need assistance obtaining food
a. School age children route to Public Education Dept = 505-827-6683
b. Senior / Adult with disabilities:
i. Seniors Who Need Groceries or Meals = 1- 800-432-2080
ii. Emotional Crisis, Mental Health, or Sub- stance Abuse = 1-855-662-7474
• SNAP benefits route to HSD/Income Sup- port Division = 1-800-283-4465
• WIC route to Department of Health
a. WIC Questions on food or formula avail- ability = 1-505-469-0929
b. WIC Operations Manager = 1-505-819- 7028
c. WIC General Questions = 1-866-867-3124

HEALTH INSURANCE

• If you need assistance obtaining health insurance route to HSD/Medicaid = 1-800-283- 4465
• If you are not eligible for Medicaid, you can apply for affordable health insurance on- line.This is through the NMHIX. Visit: www.bewellnm.com or call 1-855-996-6449

HOUSiNG

• If you need assistance with housing/utilities route to:
a. Housing–Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) Emergency Housing 1-800-444- 6880

b. Utilities HSD Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program 1-888-523-0051

FAMiLy & MiSC.

• If you need assistance with childcare route to 1-800-691- 9067 NM Kids Child Care Resource Center
• If you have complaints about facilities not closing route to 505-469-2940/505-629-2845
• If you want to volunteer or need a volunteer route to 505- 476-2200

 

Local restaurants limited

RATON — Attention visitors and locals: Please be patient with local restaurants in coming weeks as the State of New Mexico Environment Department has issued a new order regarding occupancy in restaurants, bars, and breweries effective today: “Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, the amended public health order directs that all restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries, and other food establishments shall operate at no greater than 50 percent of maximum occupancy and no greater than 50 percent of seating capacity. In addition, tables and booths may not seat more than six people, and all occupied tables and booths must be separated by at least six feet. Pa- trons may not be seated at bars, and standing patrons will not be served.” Our area restaurants, bars, and brewery are all concerned for their guest’s well-being but will try and maintain a comfortable guest experience until this order is lifted.

 

Medicine Shoppe offers free delivery

RATON — Medicine Shoppe will deliver your prescriptions for free (within 6 miles of the store) through April 30. Call us for more information: 575-445-0075 or visit www.medicineshoppe.com/1387.

 

Need help with pet food?

RATON — For short-term, emergency assistance, the Raton Humane Society sponsors a Pet Food Bank. Supplies include free food for cats and dogs, kitty litter, and bedding. Call the Raton Animal Shelter at 575-445-8640 or visit the shelter at 448 Hereford Avenue. If necessary, call dispatch, 445-2704, and ask to have the animal control officer meet you at the shelter. To donate supplies, follow the procedure. Shelter hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday to 9 a.m.

 

Deadline extended in nominations for Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

SANTA FE — The last day to submit nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts has been extended. The new deadline is May 30, 2020.

Nominations must be submitted by individual state residents or representatives of businesses or organizations in New Mexico. Self-nominations are discouraged.

Eligible nominees include individual living New Mexican artists working in any discipline who have demonstrated outstanding achievement; individuals who have consistently made significant or distinguished contributions to the arts in New Mexico; and businesses, nonprofits, or foundations with sustained involvement in and support for the arts.

All nomination submissions must be mailed to New Mexico Arts, Suite 270, 407 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501. Nomination forms are available online at http://nmarts.org/governors-arts-awards/, contact New Mexico Arts at 505-827-6490 or 800-879-4278 (statewide), or email michelle.laflamme-c@state.nm.us.

Administered by the New Mexico Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the annual Governor’s Arts Awards are New Mexico’s highest and most prestigious artistic honors and are intended to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the arts.

Events for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are scheduled for September 2020 in Santa Fe.

 

Upcoming Events for week of March 26, 2020

We’re here for you

The World Journal is providing a special web site 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 “Special Report” link to get up-to-the-minute coverage of all facets of the COViD-19 outbreak, including current listings of closures and cancellations of events throughout our three-county area, and 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, as well as closures and cancellations by venue are listed on www.worldjournalnewspaper.com under Upcoming Events in the toolbar.

Here are the events that are still scheduled as of presstime, as well as pertinent press releases.

 

THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD

Covid-19 information

HUERFANO/LAS ANiMAS COUNtY — Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department supplies this information to help people understand COVID-19. Call the Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP) at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. Interpretation is available in many languages including Spanish, Mandarin, and more.

 

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

COLORADO — Colorado State Park Visitor Centers are closed except for employees. All 41 of Colorado’s state parks remain open at this time, however, to discourage congregation and better protect visitors and staff, visitor centers will be closed to the public.

Outdoor areas of all parks currently remain open, although this is subject to change upon the advice of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or local public health departments.

Park offices will be restricting public access, but will re- main staffed to answer visitor questions via phone or email, with the exception of visitor centers that are also closed to staff based on CDPHE or local health guidelines.

CPW officers will continue to enforce park regulations and provide for public safety, including checking for valid park passes.

Visitors are encouraged to purchase their parks passes and other products through drop boxes, credit card pay stations, or online at CPWshop.com.
CPW Headquarters, Region Offices and Area Service Centers

 

Senior meals available, To-Go or On-Wheels

HUERFANO/LAS ANiMAS COUNtY —Due to the vulnerable population served in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties, the Area Agency on Aging will practice social distancing measures to prevent any possibility of spreading the COVID-19 virus in our community.

Effective Monday, March 16, meal sites in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Segundo, and Aguilar will NOT be serving meals in their congregate sites. They will, however, continue to cook and serve homebound meals in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Aguilar, and La Veta. Seniors who normally eat at AAA centers and want a meal can arrange to take their meal to go from Walsenburg or Trinidad. Additional sanitation procedures are being practiced to ensure safety for all.

Direct questions or concerns to Veronica Maes 719-845- 1133 ext. 225 or vmaes@sccog.net ; Johanna 719-845-1133 ext. 208 or jspleen@sccog.net ; Margarita at the Walsenburg kitchen 719-738-1182; Sayre kitchen in Trinidad 719-846-4515.

 

Special note about importance of the census to our World

HUERFANO/LAS ANiMAS COUNtY —The South Central Council of Governments reminds citizens that participation in the 2020 Census is vital for federal and state funding for senior services through the Older Americans’ Act.

This funding is based on the official census count. In 2010, participation in Huerfano and Las Animas counties was in the 70th percentile which means the region lost about 30 percent of total government funding it could have received- an amount in the millions of dollars.

Census forms should have already arrived in the mail, or residents can go to my2020census.gov to complete the form online. It is a brief questionnaire with minimal questions, and information is secure and will not be shared with anyone for decades. It should be completed by April 1st.

All addresses which do not get a form returned to it will see a personal visit from a Census worker.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, it is more important than ever that we have a complete count.

Questions or comments should be directed to Versonica Maes, the Region 14 Area Agency on Aging Director, at 719- 845-1133 ext. 22 or vmaes@sccog.net. Region 14 Area Agency on Aging Director.

 

HUERFANO

Cancellations/closures due to COVID-19 protocols

Spanish Peaks Library — Closed

Huerfano Rec Center — Closed

Huerfano Department of Human Services — Phone appointments only. Online at https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/

Fox Theater — Closed

United Church Walsenburg — Closed

Dorcas Circle — Closed until mid-April

La Veta Library — Closed

La Veta Mercantile — Closed

Kathy Hill classes — Canceled

Museum of Friends — Closed

San Isabel Electric — Closed for in-person payments

St. Mary Church Lenten retreat — Canceled, as are all gatherings in the Diocese of Pueblo

United Church Walsenburg Community Dinner March 28 — canceled

Flood mitigation meeting March 31 at the Fox — canceled

Water Conservancy District board meeting — postponed

Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble cantata — Postponed until later notice. Please watch for rescheduled dates and places.

Cuchara Chapel service— Cancelled until April 5.

City of Walsenburg- closed for in person utility payments: call/use Express pay/or drop box.

La Veta Gallery on Main— Closed

Huerfano Youth Baseball registration — Postponed

Huerfano Communication Coalition- Canceled for April

Two Peaks Fitness — Closed for 30 days

FoxTrot birdfeeder class—Postponed

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser—Canceled

Huerfano County Courthouse — Closed for all public traffic. Please use drop box for payments.

State Farm Insurance— Open by phone or internet only. Check statefarm.com® for agent contact information. We know damage to your car or loss in your home can make things even more stressful during times like these. You can always connect with us online, through our mobile app, by phone, or contact your State Farm agent.

 

Star Drug offers prescription delivery

WALSENBURG — Star Drug Pharmacy will deliver your prescriptions for a $5 fee (within Walsenburg city limits). Call us for more information: 719-738-1130 .

 

La Veta Creative District logo contest deadline 3/27

LA VEtA — The La Veta Creative District is looking for a visual identity in the form of a logo design. Designs for the logo may be submitted through Friday, March 27 to Kenny Schneider by email at kenetics@centurytel.net. Submissions will be judged by the LVCD staff and the winning designer’s logo will appear on printed materials, social media, and other items, such as T-shirts.

The winning logo will promote the mission of the LVCD, which is “To inspire and cultivate our diverse rural community through the development of the arts and creative industries”. Any colors may be used, however, it should also look good in black & white. For more information contact Kenny.

To keep up to date on events and activities related to the La Veta Creative District, visit the Facebook page “The La Veta Creative District.”

 

New Hope drive-in church

WALSENBURG — Unless there are new restrictions imposed on Huerfano County residents, New Hope Community Church at 801 Pennsylvania in Walsenburg will host a drive- in church service on its property this Sunday, March 29, 10 a.m. From the safety and comfort of their vehicle, people can hear the brief sermon on their vehicle’s FM radio tuned to 103.9. A short-range transmitter will narrowcast the message within the church property boundaries. Protected by their steel and glass bubble of their vehicle, worshipers can join one another by sight and sound without exposure. There won’t be any handshakes or hugs, but waves and the occasional honk will help keep a community connected. Users of Facebook can tune in for a brief message live at 9:30 a.m. at https://www.facebook.com/newhopeofwalsenburg/

 

SCCY still providing food for youth — donations accepted at office

WALSENBURG — For the past 20 years we have been providing food for our community’s children. Under normal circumstances SCCY provides after school programs through a partnership with RE-1 school district via the 21st Century grant and also the PREP grant. The kids get homework help, participate in Positive Youth Development Activities and get hot meal for dinner. On Fridays, they get breakfast and lunch, and all summer long 5 days a week they get breakfast, lunch and depending on the program, get dinner also.

Myra Trujillo, director made this statement “I urge you to get involved. We intend to do sack lunches that include break- fast as well. If you want to donate anything, you can drop it off to me at 513 Main street. My staff and myself will be working diligently to make sure the basic needs for the youth are meet while not able to attend school.”

Pick up times are as follows starting- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m.

We are Huerfano County’s longest running youth serving non-profit.” Our mission is to positively engage the youth of Huerfano county through character-building, personal and social responsibility and life-skills development so that they may become successful adult leaders. ” I highly encourage everyone to get to know us and let’s build on what is already in place. Our staff is caring, compassionate and highly skilled in many areas and are passionate about the youth of our community.”

 

4-H fundraiser ~ Shop at home!

WALSENBURG — Our club is participating in two catalog sales until Friday, March 27 to try and raise money for our club. Social distancing makes fundraising hard. Glad we can accept online orders! Last years fundraiser helped our club buy shirts, project manuals and pay enrollment and fair fees. Help us do even more this year!

Columbine 4-H Club of Huerfano County-SHOP FROM HOME -and support our club! www.funpastafundraising.com/shop/columbine-4-h-club

We have a variety of products to choose from. Anything from flower bulbs, candles, snacks, jewelry, kitchenware or candies can be purchased.

The FunPasta catalog also has a variety of products with themed pasta like animals, characters, sports, colleges and even political parties! Soup mixes, pasta sauce, chili mix, gift sets and Vegan or Gluten Free options are also available! *Online purchases can also be made at https://www.funpastafundraising.com/shop/columbine-4-h-club

If you would like to support our club, please let us know and we will get you in touch with one of our members! Vegan and Gluten Free options available.

 

Huerfano RE-1 to provide meals to all students starting 3/31

WALSENBURG/GARDNER — Huerfano RE-1 will have sack breakfasts/lunches drive through pick-up starting Tuesday, March 31, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Peakview School and Gardner Elementary. Pick up days will be tuesdays and thursdays. All children up to the age of 18 are eligible for free breakfast and lunch, no need to be enrolled at RE-1.

To pick up the sacked breakfast/lunch at Peakview: Vehicles will drive through between Peakview School and the West Wing building entering via the back of John Mall HS. Sacks will be located at the back doors of the Peakview cafeteria. To pick up the food at Gardner: Please follow the directives of personnel upon arriving.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Cancellations/closures due to COVID-19 protocols

City of Champions dinner — Postponed

Trinidad History Museum — Closed

Carnegie Public Library — Closed

Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness, & Community Center — Cancellation of Market and Youth Fridays

City of Trinidad — Closed for in person payments other business
For utility questions, call 719-846-9843, ext 113. For all other questions call 719-846-9843, ext 0.

Somebody Cares Project meetings — Canceled for March and April

Homeless Forum at TSJC — Canceled

Noah’s Ark Fur Ball Fundraiser — Postponed

Trinidad/Las Animas Chamber of Commerce office—Closed

Aguilar Public Library —Closed

Hunter education class at Prator— Cancelled All classes suspended until May 11.

Network Council meeting — April meeting cancelled

Noah’s Ark Thrift Store — Closed for shopping, they will continue to collect donations at the back door only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (back door access is found through the Elm St. parking lot).

 

Free lunch pickup for Trinidad kids start March 23

tRiNiDAD — Students age 0-18 have the option of picking up free curb and go meals at Fisher’s Peak Elementary or Trin- idad Middle School ( Park Street). From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 Monday – Thursday beginning March 23.

 

Hometown Pharmacy offers free delivery

tRiNiDAD — Hometown Pharmacy will deliver your prescriptions for free (within 6 miles of the store) through March 31. Call us for more information: 719-845-0069 or visit www.htpcolorado.com .

 

Chronic pain self management classes online

tRiNiDAD — We are holding this class via conference call or online at the regularly scheduled time until further notice. Additional instructions to access the conference calls will be sent to the email you provided and posted on social media. Learn techniques for managing fatigue, frustration, poor sleep and isolation in these classes Thursdays, during March, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Learn about tools for managing pain and tracking improvements. Learn exercises for improving strength, flexibility and balance. Learn how to manage medications. Learn how to effectively communicate with healthcare providers, family and friends. PLUS! On Saturday 4/18 Learn to make healthy food choices and prepare meals for managing inflammation and optimizing nutrition. Call 719- 845-4894 for more information or to sign-up!

 

Stress management online

tRiNiDAD — We are holding this class via conference call or online at the regularly scheduled time until further notice. Learn to manage your stress and become more mindful with various techniques in this class Tuesdays, through March, 5:15 to 6 p.m.. The class will run every Tuesday through March. Call for more information 719-845-4894.

 

Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare hours of service change

tRiNiDAD — At this time, NAAWA will remain open for adoptions, as well as for lost-and-found services Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; we will be closed Saturdays and Sundays. We will continue to help pets in our care find homes through adoption, continue to help lost and found pets, and continue to help pets in dire medical need. NAAWA will continue to regularly disinfect public space areas and surfaces throughout our campus.

We urge you to keep your pets in your homes. If you have a pet that you need to surrender, we ask that you keep the pet in your home as long as possible. All owner surrender services are only provided by appointment by calling 719-680-2385, high emergency circumstances will be given top priority.

If you find a stray cat or dog after-hours, please contact the Trinidad Police Department at 719-846-4441. Our local police department can access our facility after-hours if a pet needs to come into shelter.

If you have an animal medical emergency, please contact one of our local veterinarian offices: Trinidad Animal Clinic 719- 846-3212 or Fisher’s Peak Vet Clinic 719-846-3211.

To protect the community and halt the spread of COVID- 19, we are suspending the following services: public vaccine & microchip clinics, community TNR programs, educational programs, events & fundraisers, volunteer and useful public service programs, out of state transfer-in programs.

 

Las Animas County writing contest

tRiNiDAD — Wanted, all K-12 students to participate in the Las Animas County Writing Contest. This contest is open to all themes and genres; fiction, poetry, and creative essays. Students will compete in 4 grade groups: K-2/3-5/6-8/9-12. There will be 8 first place winners, two from each group receive cash prizes. 2nd and 3rd place winners, from each group also receive cash prizes. All entries will be available as a book. A limited number will be for sale at the awards ceremony.

Submission must be original and may include artwork. All work must be submitted by Friday, April 3. For more information call or email Dustin Hyman: 719-846-5709; dustin.hyman@trinidadstate.edu

Visit trinidadstate.edu/creative-writing to submit your entry. The writing contest awards ceremony will be Thursday, April 30, at Trinidad State Campus, Massari Theater, 5:30 p.m.

 

Santa Fe Trail Festival call for vendors

tRiNiDAD — Summer is coming! So is our annual Santa Fe Trail Festival. We would love to have you or some talented individuals you know join us as a vendor. The festival this year will be downtown on June 12 & 13. Feel free to contact us for more information. Have a great day. TLAC Chamber of Commerce, 719-846-9285.

 

COLFAX

Cancellations/closures due to COVID-19 protocols

Raton Museum — Closed

Raton Public Library — Limited to 10 patrons at one time

Raton Visitor Center — Closed

Raton Senior Center — Closed for all activities. Meals will be available for pick-up and meal deliveries will continue.

Raton Convention Center – Closed

Raton Aquatic Center — Closed

Raton Public Service — Limited to drop box and drive up window also accepting online or telephone payments.

City of Raton Neighborhood Watch Meeting – Canceled

New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women meeting — Postponed

Capulin Volcano visitor center/ store — Closed

The road to the top of the volcano will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All trails will be open to the public. Restrooms at the top of the volcano will be open. www.nps.gov/covo/index.htm or call us at 575-278-2201

 

Local restaurants limited

RAtON — Attention visitors and locals: Please be patient with our local restaurants in the coming weeks as the State of New Mexico Environment Department has issued a new order regarding occupancy in restaurants, bars, and breweries effective today: “Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, the amended public health order directs that all restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries, and other food establishments shall operate at no greater than 50 percent of maximum occupancy and no greater than 50 percent of seating capacity. In addition, tables and booths may not seat more than six people, and all occupied tables and booths must be separated by at least six feet. Patrons may not be seated at bars, and standing patrons will not be served.” Our area restaurants, bars, and brewery are all concerned for their guest’s well-being but will try and maintain a comfortable guest experience until this order is lifted.

 

Medicine Shoppe offers free delivery

RAtON — Medicine Shoppe will deliver your prescriptions for free (within 6 miles of the store) through March 31. Call us for more information: 575-445-0075 or visit www.medicineshoppe.com/1387.

 

Need help with pet food?

RAtON — For short-term, emergency assistance, the Raton Humane Society sponsors a Pet Food Bank. Supplies include free food for cats and dogs, kitty litter, and bedding. Call the Raton Animal Shelter at 575-445-8640 or visit the shelter at 448 Hereford Avenue. If necessary, call dispatch, 445-2704, and ask to have the animal control officer meet you at the shelter. To donate supplies, follow the procedure. Shelter hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday to 9 a.m.

 

Census 2020 is important to N.M.

COLFAX COUNtY — The census is easy. The questions are simple. Your responses are secure! Why does the 2020 Census matter to New Mexico? New Mexico receives $8,692 per res- ident in federal funding. Did you know, just a 1% undercount in New Mexico means a loss of $780M over the next ten years?

The more you know…Census Bureau staff are sworn for life to protect confidentiality and are subject to $250,000 fine and/or up to five years in federal prison for wrongful disclosure of information.

How do I participate? You can take the census online, by phone, or by mail by April 1. For more information, visit 2020census.gov from your personal phone, computer or public library.

Spread the word: Answer the Census—it only takes 10 minutes to help New Mexico.

 

Nominations sought for NM Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

SANtA FE — The New Mexico Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, are seeking nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The annual Governor’s Arts Awards are New Mexico’s highest and most prestigious artistic honors and are intended to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the arts. Nominations may be submitted by individual state residents or representatives of businesses or organizations in New Mexico. Self-nominations are discouraged.

Nominations for the awards may include living New Mexican artists working in any discipline who have demonstrated outstanding achievement; individuals who have consistently made significant or distinguished contributions to the arts in New Mexico; and businesses, nonprofits or foundations with sustained involvement in and support for the arts.

Nominations must be received by Friday, April 3. They may be mailed or hand-delivered to New Mexico Arts, Suite 270, 407 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501. Nomination forms are available online at http://nmarts.org/governors-arts- awards/ or contact New Mexico Arts at 505-827-6490, 800-879- 4278 (statewide), or email michelle.laflamme-c@state.nm.us. Awards are scheduled for Sept. 2020 in Santa Fe.

 

OUT OF THIS WORLD

CSU Extension courses canceled

PUEBLO — CSU Extension offices statewide have been man- dated to close through at least May 15th.

All in-person Extension activities of any type for Pueblo County have been suspended/ canceled through May 15th. This includes the March 26th Diabetes Webinar, the March 27th Cottage Foods Training, and the April 8th Mediterranean Diet class. The team at the Pueblo County Extension Office has been looking into ways that we may be able to allow some activities to happen virtually via online resources. Watch for these to begin appearing online soon.

Upcoming Events for week of March 19, 2020

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Don’t be misled by “fake news.”

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 complete and current listing of all closures and cancellations of events throughout our three county area, and 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, as well as closures and cancellations by venue are listed on www.worldjournalnewspaper.com under Upcoming Events in the toolbar.

Here are the events that are still scheduled as of press time, as well as pertinent press releases.

 

THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD

Covid-19 information

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department supplies this information to help people understand COVID-19. Call the Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP) at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. Interpretation is available in many languages including Spanish, Mandarin, and more.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

COLORADO — Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s current goal is to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on your recreation experiences in Colorado. No offices or parks, including camp- grounds, have been closed at this time. However, we are working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), local health departments, and the office of Governor Polis and will follow their advice and protocols on any closures in the future.

Update 3/17/2020: Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be waiving fees for changing and/or canceling camping reservations until further notice. Guests should call our reservations call center at 800-244-5613 or the park where they had a reservation and note they are canceling due to COVID-19. The call center or park can then handle the fee waiver.

 

Summer seasonal jobs at Colorado State Parks

DENVER — Want to work outside in Colorado this summer? Then apply for any of the hundreds of seasonal positions avail- able at Colorado’s State Parks.

A variety of jobs are available, including seasonal ranger, visitor services, interpreter/education specialist and maintenance. Most jobs start in May and continue into September.

Colorado operates 41 parks in every corner of the state. In 2019 more than 15 million people visited Colorado State Parks.

Anyone interested should go on line to these sites to search for open positions: https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/CurrentOpenings.aspx, or https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado.

Interested applicants can also go to a state park office to talk to staff about available positions. Applications, however, must be filed on-line. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife, go to: https://cpw.state.co.us/

 

HUERFANO

Cancellations/closures due to COVID-19 protocols

Spanish Peaks Library — Closed Huerfano Rec Center — Closed

Huerfano Department of Human Services — Phone appointments only. Online at https://colorado- peak.secure.force.com/

Fox Theater — Closed.

United Church Walsenburg — Closed

Dorcas Circle — Closed until mid-April

La Veta Library — Events canceled

La Veta Mercantile — Closed

Kathy Hill watercolor classes — Canceled

Museum of Friends — Closed

San Isabel Electric — Closed for in-person payments

Huerfano County business resiliency workshop — Canceled

St. Mary Church Lenten retreat — canceled, as are all gatherings in the Diocese of Pueblo

United Church Walsenburg Community Dinner March 28 — canceled

Flood mitigation meeting March 31 at the Fox — canceled

Water Conservancy District board meeting — postponed

Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble cantata — Postponed until later notice. Please watch for rescheduled dates and places.

 

Cuchara Chapel service

CUCHARA — The Cuchara Chapel service this Sunday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. is “Pay it Forward”. Rev. Eileen Ramsey will preside. All are welcome; come as you are!

 

FoxTrot birdfeeder class

WALSENBURG —The FoxTrot will offer a bird feeder and bath all in one class on March 26. Bring your creative mind and use beautiful vintage dishes and depression Ware. Decorating with glass stones, gemstones, old earrings. This will make a beautiful array for your patio or backyard. All materials are included, $15 per person, limited to six people. Call 720-323-4329 to RSVP and go to the FoxTrot Emporium Face- book page to see an example. 114 E 5th St. Walsenburg.

 

La Veta Creative District logo contest deadline extended

LA VETA — The La Veta Creative District is looking for a visual identity in the form of a logo design. Designs for the logo may be submitted through Friday, March 27 to Kenny Schneider by email at kenetics@centurytel.net. Submissions will be judged by the LVCD staff and the winning designer’s logo will appear on printed materials, social media, and other items, such as T-shirts.

The winning logo will promote the mission of the LVCD, which is “To inspire and cultivate our diverse rural community through the development of the arts and creative industries”. Any colors may be used, however, it should also look good in black & white. For more information contact Kenny.

To keep up to date on events and activities related to the La Veta Creative District, visit the Facebook page “The La Veta Creative District.”

 

SCCY still providing food for youth – donations accepted at office

WALSENBURG — For the past 20 years we have been providing food for our community’s children. Under normal circumstances SCCY provides after school programs through a partnership with RE-1 school district via the 21st Century grant and also the PREP grant. The kids get homework help, participate in Positive Youth Development Activities and get hot meal for dinner. On Friday’s they get breakfast and lunch, and all summer long 5 days a week they get breakfast, lunch and depending on the program get dinner also.

Myra Trujillo, director made this statement “I urge you to get involved. We intend to do sack lunches that include break- fast as well. If you want to donate anything you can drop it off to me at 513 Main street. My staff and myself will be working diligently to make sure the basic needs for the youth are meet while not able to attend school.”

Pick up times are as follows starting- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday @ 10 a.m..

We are Huerfano county’s longest running youth serving non-profit.” Our mission is to positively engage the youth of Huerfano county through character-building, personal and social responsibility and life-skills development so that they may become successful adult leaders. ” I highly encourage everyone to get to know us and let’s build on what is already in place. Our staff is caring, compassionate and highly skilled in many areas and are passionate about the youth of our community.”

 

Municipal Court is open March 23

WALSENBURG — The Municipal Court with Judge Shults presiding will be in session Monday, March 23 for those who are scheduled for first appearance or sentencing who wish to appear for their cases. In other words if you have a court date for March 23 it is up to you if you want to appear then or later. Those in risk groups due to health conditions or age should stay home.

All persons who fail to appear for their scheduled March 23rd court date will be granted an automatic continuance with appearance rescheduled to the April 20th, 2020 court date.

All subpoenas for witnesses may be disregarded and will be reissued for a later date. The Municipal Court is exercising caution under current guidelines to avoid public gatherings. Although the number of persons in the courtroom at any one time during sessions of Municipal Court is typically small, in order to keep recommended distances between persons any person scheduled to appear in Municipal Court on March 23rd may be granted, without application, a continuance to the April 20th court date. Court will, however, still be in session on March 23rd, for those who are making their first appearance and wish to appear, and for those standing for sentencing that date who wish to appear. Any witnesses under subpoena are released from that order until such orders are re-issued for a new court date, therefore no trials will be conducted on the March 23rd court date.

This order applies only to the March 23rd Municipal Court session held at the Walsenburg City Hall, and is independent of any other judicial order for other courts in the county. By order of Joel F. Shults, Walsenburg Municipal Judge

 

La Veta Creative District monthly meeting

LA VETA — The La Veta Creative District will be holding their next monthly meeting at 11 am at the SPACe Gallery Wednesday, March 25. If you would like to be put on the agenda, please contact us FIVE days ahead of time. susanlavetacreative@gmail.com

 

4-H fundraiser ~ Shop at home!

WALSENBURG — Our club is participating in two catalog sales until Friday,March 27 to try and raise money for our club. Social distancing makes fundraising hard. Glad we can accept online orders! Last years fundraiser helped our club buy shirts, project manuals and pay enrollment and fair fees. Help us do even more this year!

Columbine 4-H Club of Huerfano County-SHOP FROM HOME -and support our club! www.funpastafundraising.com/shop/columbine-4-h-club

We have a variety of products to choose from. Anything from flower bulbs, candles, snacks, jewelry, kitchenware or candies can be purchased.

The FunPasta catalog also has a variety of products with themed pasta like animals, characters, sports, colleges and even political parties! Soup mixes, pasta sauce, chili mix, gift sets and Vegan or Gluten Free options are also available! *Online purchases can also be made at https://www.funpastafundraising.com/shop/columbine-4-h-club

If you would like to support our club, please let us know and we will get you in touch with one of our members! Vegan and Gluten Free options available.

 

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

LA VETA — The Huerfano County 4-H Council would like to invite you to their annual Spaghetti Dinner and silent auction on Sunday April 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 4-H barn in La Veta, CO. The cost of the dinner is $7 for adults, $5 for kids and children 5 and under are free.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Cancellations/closures due to COVID-19 protocols

City of Champions dinner — Postponed Trinidad History Museum — Closed Carnegie Public Library — Closed

Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness, & Community Center — Cancellation of Market and Youth Fridays

City of Trinidad — Closed for in person payments other business

For utility questions, call 719-846-9843, ext 113. For all other questions call 719-846-9843, ext 0.

Somebody Cares Project meetings — Canceled for March and April

First Responders Basketball Classic — Canceled Homeless Forum at TSJC — Canceled

 

Free lunch pickup for Trinidad kids start March 23

TRINIDAD — Students age 0-18 have the option of picking up free curb and go meals at Fisher’s Peak Elementary or Trinidad Middle School ( Park Street). From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 Monday – Thursday beginning March 23, 2020.

 

Chronic pain self management classes online

TRINIDAD — We are holding this class via conference call or online at the regularly scheduled time until further notice. Additional instructions to access the conference calls will be sent to the email you provided and posted on social media. Learn techniques for managing fatigue, frustration, poor sleep and isolation in these classes Thursdays, during March, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Learn about tools for managing pain and tracking improvements. Learn exercises for improving strength, flexibility and balance. Learn how to manage medications. Learn how to effectively communicate with healthcare providers, family and friends. PLUS! On Saturday 4/18 Learn to make healthy food choices and prepare meals for managing inflammation and optimizing nutrition. Call 719-845-4894 for more information or to sign-up!

 

Stress management online

TRINIDAD — We are holding this class via conference call or online at the regularly scheduled time until further notice. Learn to manage your stress and become more mindful with various techniques in this class Tuesdays, through March, 5:15 to 6 p.m.. The class will run every Tuesday through March. Call for more information 719-845-4894.

 

Crochet at Aguilar library

AGUILAR — “The Crochet Group” will meet every 4th Friday of the month beginning in March from 12- 2 p.m.. The first meeting will be Friday, March 27. Please come share your knowledge, patterns, new friendships, and conversation! Tools and yarn provided if you are new to the craft!

 

Free movie at the Aguilar library

AGUILAR — Come out for a free movie and popcorn Saturday, March 28, 12 to 2 p.m. at the Aguilar Library. This month will show “Peanut Butter Falcon” rated PG-13. Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage.

 

Hunter education class at Prator

TRINIDAD — There will be a Hunter Education class Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29 at the Prator Range. Students will need to register on line. @my.registered.com. or google Colorado hunter education Classes.

 

Las Animas County writing contest

TRINIDAD — Wanted, all K-12 students to participate in the Las Animas County Writing Contest. This contest is open to all themes and genres; fiction, poetry, and creative essays. Students will compete in 4 grade groups: K-2/3-5/6-8/9-12. There will be 8 first place winners, two from each group receive cash prizes. 2nd and 3rd place winners, from each group also receive cash prizes. All entries will be available as a book. A limited number will be for sale at the awards ceremony.

Submission must be original and may include artwork. All work must be submitted by Friday, April 3. For more information call or email Dustin Hyman: 719-846-5709; dustin.hyman@trinidadstate.edu

Visit trinidadstate.edu/creative-writing to submit your entry. The writing contest awards ceremony will be Thursday, April 30, at Trinidad State Campus, Massari Theater, 5:30 p.m..

 

Santa Fe Trail Festival call for vendors

TRINIDAD — Summer is coming! So is our annual Santa Fe Trail Festival. We would love to have you or some talented individuals you know join us as a vendor. The festival this year will be downtown on June 12 & 13. Feel free to contact us for more information. Have a great day. TLAC Chamber of Commerce, 719-846-9285.

 

COLFAX

Cancellations/closures due to COVID-19 protocols Local restaurants limited

RATON — Attention visitors and locals: Please be patient with our local restaurants in the coming weeks as the State of New Mexico Environment Department has issued a new order regarding occupancy in restaurants, bars, and breweries effective today: “Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, the amended public health order directs that all restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries, and other food establishments shall operate at no greater than 50 percent of maximum occupancy and no greater than 50 percent of seating capacity. In addition, tables and booths may not seat more than six people, and all occupied tables and booths must be separated by at least six feet. Patrons may not be seated at bars, and standing patrons will not be served.” Our area restaurants, bars, and brewery are all concerned for their guest’s well-being but will try and maintain a comfortable guest experience until this order is lifted.

 

City of Raton, most services open

RATON — All City of Raton services are running at regular hours including utility payments. The library and Aquatic Center are limiting the number of patrons to 10 at a time. The visitor center is closed at this time. Please visit the City of Raton website at https://www.ratonnm.gov/150/City-Hall or visit the City of Raton Facebook page for updates.

 

Capulin Volcano visitor center/ store — closed

CAPULIN — The road to the top of the volcano will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All trails will be open to the public. Restrooms at the top of the volcano will be open. www.nps.gov/covo/index.htm or call us at 575-278-2201

 

Capulin Spring Equinox dark sky event

— canceled CAPULIN — For more information visit www.nps.gov/covo/index.htm or call us at 575-278-2201.

 

New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women meeting — Postponed

 

Need help with pet food?

RATON — For short-term, emergency assistance, the Raton Humane Society sponsors a Pet Food Bank. Supplies include free food for cats and dogs, kitty litter, and bedding. Call the Raton Animal Shelter at 575-445-8640 or visit the shelter at 448 Hereford Avenue. If necessary, call dispatch, 445-2704, and ask to have the animal control officer meet you at the shelter. To donate supplies, follow the the procedure. Shelter hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday to 9 a.m.

 

Census 2020 is important to N.M.

COLFAX COUNTY — The census is easy. The questions are simple. Your responses are secure! Why does the 2020 Census matter to New Mexico? New Mexico receives $8,692 per res- ident in federal funding. Did you know, just a 1% undercount in New Mexico means a loss of $780M over the next ten years?

The more you know…Census Bureau staff are sworn for life to protect confidentiality and are subject to $250,000 fine and/or up to five years in federal prison for wrongful disclosure of information.

How do I participate? You can take the census online starting Thursday, March 12, by phone, or by mail. For more information, visit 2020census.gov from your personal phone, computer or public library.

Spread the word: Answer the Census—it only takes 10 minutes to help New Mexico.

 

Raton Little League coaches meeting

RATON — Anyone who is interested in coaching or helping the little league this year is encouraged to attend the coaches meeting, Friday, March 20, 6 p.m. at Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd. We have opening ceremonies set for April 25, 2020.

 

Benefit carwash

RATON — We are having this wonderful event, Saturday, March 21 at Raton Visitor Center, 100 Clayton Road to let people know who we are & what we do. On this day we are doing a $10 car wash. All Proceeds will go to an organization VALLE DEL SOL. Valle del Sol is a nonprofit organization with a history of caring for the community by helping men, women, children, families and the elderly each year through healthcare, human service, and leadership development programs.

 

Cimarron Civic Club pancake breakfast fundraiser

CIMARRON — The annual pancake breakfast and silent auction hosted by Cimarron Civic Club will be held Saturday, March 21, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Cimarron United Methodist Church, 31082 US Highway 6. Come on out for this great community event that raises money for scholarships and donations in Cimarron.

 

Nominations sought for NM Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, are seeking nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The annual Governor’s Arts Awards are New Mexico’s highest and most prestigious artistic honors and are intended to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the arts. Nominations may be submitted by individual state residents or representatives of businesses or organizations in New Mexico. Self-nominations are discouraged.

Nominations for the awards may include living New Mexican artists working in any discipline who have demonstrated outstanding achievement; individuals who have consistently made significant or distinguished contributions to the arts in New Mexico; and businesses, nonprofits or foundations with sustained involvement in and support for the arts.

Nominations must be received by Friday, April 3. They may be mailed or hand-delivered to New Mexico Arts, Suite 270, 407 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501. Nomination forms are available online at http://nmarts.org/governors-arts- awards/ or contact New Mexico Arts at 505-827-6490, 800-879- 4278 (statewide), or email michelle.laflamme-c@state.nm.us. Awards are scheduled for Sept. 2020 in Santa Fe.

 

City of Raton Neighborhood Watch Meeting

RATON — There will be a Neighborhood Watch meeting Tuesday, March 31, 6 p.m. at Raton City Hall Commission Chambers, 224 Savage Ave. The public is invited to attend the North of I-25 Neighborhood Watch meeting with guest speaker Melissa Kennelly. Ms. Kennelly is currently serving as the Division 2 District Judge by appointment from our governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. She is running to keep that petition and has agreed to attend the Neighborhood Watch meeting in order to present her views and to answer questions.

 

Out of this World

Veronika String Quartet March 22 performance in Westcliff — Postponed

 

Senior meals available, To-Go or On-Wheels

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTY —Due to the vulnerable population served in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties, the Area Agency on Aging will practice social distancing measures to prevent any possibility of spreading the COVID- 19 virus in our community.

Effective Monday, March 16, meal sites in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Segundo, and Aguilar will NOT be serving meals in their congregate sites. They will, however, continue to cook and serve homebound meals in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Aguilar, and La Veta. Seniors who normally eat at AAA centers and want a meal can arrange to take their meal to go from Walsenburg or Trinidad. Additional sanitation procedures are being practiced to ensure safety for all.

Direct questions or concerns to Veronica Maes 719-845- 1133 ext. 225 or vmaes@sccog.net ; Johanna 719-845-1133 ext. 208 or jspleen@sccog.net ; Margarita at the Walsenburg kitchen 719-738-1182; Sayre kitchen in Trinidad 719-846-4515.

 

Upcoming Events for week of March 13, 2020

THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD

TV Rescan Media Advisory

SOUTHERN COLORADO — A TV Rescan is required for Antenna TV Viewers in Colorado Springs-Pueblo viewing area. The rescan is required due to a TV station frequency change that occurred on Thursday, Feb. 27, in Colorado Springs-Pueblo. TV viewers who receive free, over-the-air local TV will need to rescan their TV to continue receiving local channels, including emergency and weather alerts. The FCC is requiring nearly 1,000 TV stations to change frequencies in order to pro- vide more channels for wireless broadband services. The TV rescan requirement takes effect immediately.

More information is available at TVAnswers.org. Sign up to receive free email and text alerts at www.tvanswers.org/signup, and to be notified when a rescan is required.

 

Summer seasonal jobs at Colorado State Parks

DENVER — Want to work outside in Colorado this summer? Then apply for any of the hundreds of seasonal positions avail- able at Colorado’s State Parks.

A variety of jobs are available, including seasonal ranger, visitor services, interpreter/education specialist and maintenance. Most jobs start in May and continue into September.

Colorado operates 41 parks in every corner of the state. In 2019 more than 15 million people visited Colorado State Parks.

Anyone interested should go on line to these sites to search for open positions: https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/CurrentOpenings.aspx, or https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado.

Interested applicants can also go to a state park office to talk to staff about available positions. Applications, however, must be filed on-line. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife, go to: https://cpw.state.co.us/

 

HUERFANO

La Veta Cuchara Chamber meeting

LA VETA — The La Veta Cuchara Chamber will be holding their monthly meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the La Veta School Library Thursday, March 12. Meetings are open to the public. If you wish to get on the agenda, please contact us 2 days ahead of time; info@lavetacucharachamber.com

 

Annual literacy event at RMSER

WALSENBURG — RMSER is hosting a reading/literacy event Thursday, March 12, 2 to 6:30 p.m. at 375 West Pine. Please let us know if you will read a book during this event, 719-738- 2335.

 

Two Peaks-One Book presentation

LA VETA — Our “Two Peaks-One Book” community book read event continues at the La Veta Library Thursday, March 12, 2 p.m.. In continuing with our theme of civility and ethics, we will present the fascinating Russian film, “The Desert of Forbidden Art.” You won’t want to miss this stranger than fiction, true story which won many film critics awards and received rave reviews. Brought to you by the Friends of LaVeta Library with free refreshments!

 

Family game night at the Mercantile

LA VETA — Come join your friends and neighbors for Family Board Games with our fearless leader, John Costea Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.. Music and games are free; beer, wine, soda, coffee, snacks available. For more info, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1371870416326187/

 

Huerfano youth baseball registration

WALSENBURG/LA VETA – Two Peaks Fitness Youth Sports Leagues is holding registration for youth baseball leagues this spring in Huerfano County. No need to drive to Colorado City on weekends!

Ages 4-18 can register at any of these locations for the 2020 season:
Friday, March 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Huerfano County Com-

munity Center, 928 Russell St, Walsenburg;
Friday, March 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at La Veta Community

Center, 131 E Ryus, La Veta.
Any questions, contact letsplayball@gmail.com or see our

Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/category/Non- profit-Organization/Two-Peaks-Youth-Baseball- 2587572278136307/.

 

Kathy Hill watercolor classes

LA VETA — Explore the color wheel while learning to paint with watercolors. Kathy Hill is offering watercolor classes on Fridays, 10 am – 1 pm. Discover how to use just two colors, opposites on the color wheel, to create amazing watercolor paintings in a variety of subjects. Watercolor techniques, composition, and color temperature will also be part of each class. The $25 fee includes all materials. A discount of $5 is available for those who provide their own materials. In addition, a nonrefundable payment of $80 for four classes, not necessarily consecutive, is another option. Classes will be held at least through March. Classes are limited to six students, held at 133 E. Virginia. Beginners welcome! Call Kathy at 719-742- 5756 or email kathyhillart@gmail.com to reserve a space or for more information.

 

Meet and greets for Bob Kennemer

WALSENBURG/LA VETA — Come and meet Bob Kennemer, candidate for Huerfano County Commissioner District 2.

Crafty Canary, 107 E 5th, Walsenburg, Fri. March 13, 4 to 6 pm

Paradise Coffee, 305 S. Main St., in La Veta: Saturday March 14, from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

La Veta Public Library (upstairs) 310 S. Main St., Sunday March 15, from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

CoCo’s Kitchen, 1000 Main St, Walsenburg: Monday, March 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

Opening reception for “Spring Break: Art Gone Wild” at SPACe

LA VETA — The opening of “Spring Break—Art Gone Wild” will be Saturday, March 14, 5-7 p.m. at the SPACe Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus. Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee. Sales of artwork benefits the artists and SPACe. The Gift Shop and Gallery is open Tues. & Thurs., 11 – 2 and Saturdays 10 – 3. Call 719 742-3074 for information or visit the SPACe website-www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

 

March is half price month at the Fox!

WALSENBURG — It’s bargain month at the Fox Theatre – Walsenburg. All tickets at the Walsenburg Theatre in the month of March are 50% off!

 

LV Trails St. Patrick’s Bingo

LA VETA — Mark your calendar for the La Veta Trails 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Bingo Game Saturday, March 14, 5-8 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile Local favorites. The Celtic Orphans will play from 5-6 p.m. to get us into game spirit. Mr. Bingo Bruce Johnson will call the games from 6-8 p.m.. Lots of great prizes! St. Patrick’s Bingo is one of La Veta Trails favorite fundraisers, so join us for a fun evening and help us celebrate our 5th birth- day. For more information, contact Marilyn Russell, 719-890- 4071, or russellm9999@gmail.com.

 

Eagles St. Patty’s Day dinner

WALSENBURG – Join the Eagles on Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m. for a St Patrick’s Day corned beef dinner and dance. Tickets are $10, children under 12 eat free. The evening starts at 6 pm, but adults-only after 8 p.m.. The dinner and dance will be held at the Eagles Hall in Walsenburg, 614 Main St. For ticket info contact Jim Garcia 251-0483 or Art Cruz 719-890- 0144. For general questions or info contact Karl Tomsic 719- 251-7644.

 

Cuchara Chapel service

CUCHARA — The Cuchara Chapel service this Sunday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. is “Pay it Forward”. Rev. Eileen Ramsey will preside. All are welcome; come as you are!

 

Civility at the State Capital with Representative Jeni Arndt

LA VETA — The Two-Peaks-One Book committee at La Veta Library is proud to welcome Jeni Armdt at a special program on Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m. in our upstairs meeting room. Ms Arndt is the State Representative from House District 25 and serves on Rural Affairs and Agriculture as well as the Business and Labor Committee and the Commission of Higher Education. Jeni is passionate about her work with the National Institute of Civil Discourse and will speak to us about civility and how is actually works at the capitol She is an exciting and engaging speaker and you won’t want to miss this exciting event. Free refreshments brought to you by the Friends of LaVeta Library.

 

What the Tech “Why Facebook” and “Why Instagram” at LVPL

LA VETA — “What the Tech?!” presents an introduction to the world of Facebook Monday, March 16, 1 to 3 p.m. and an introduction to the world of Instagram Wednesday, March 18, 1 to 3 p.m. at La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main Street. These offerings will be very basic courses. You MUST RSVP in-per- son or by phone 719-742-3572. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

La Veta Library movie matinee “Casablanca”

LA VETA — As we continue our theme of “Civility and Ethics” the LaVeta Library will present our final Two Peaks-One Book program, the classic film “Casablanca” on Tuesday, March 17, 2 p.m. Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman exceeded all expectations. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screen Play. It’s main characters, memorable lines, and pervasive theme song have all become iconic and it remains of the greatest films ever made. Step back in time with us and enjoy this timeless movie with delicious refreshments, brought to you by the Friends of LaVeta Library.

 

Free yoga classes during March

LA VETA — Our 6:30-7:45pm Tuesday evening Community Class will be FREE to all participants during March. All are welcome, including those new to yoga. The class is a mindful Hatha Flow style encouraging the release of tension and in- creasing awareness and relaxation.

Classes are free during March for teachers, firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement and healthcare professionals to thank them for their hard work in supporting our community. Just come to the Studio and tell us where you work. For the class schedule and details see our website www.lavetayoga.com.All classes are held at La Veta Yoga Studio, 200 S. Main Street, La Veta. For more information please e mail Ruth Heal easeintopeace@gmail.com or call 415 233 2632

 

Meet and greet: Amos Mace St. Patrick’s Day potluck

GARDNER — “Amos’ Gardner Green Saint Patrick’s Day Pot- luck/Feast at CSWoods” (8055 County Road 570, signs will be posted) will be the location of this month’s Gardner potluck Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m.. Amos Mace be announcing his run for county commissioner in District 1. Please RSVP by phone or text to 970- 309-1799, or email to amos@cswoods.com so there will be enough seating and table space. The theme of the potluck will be Saint Patrick’s Day, so corned beef and cabbage are on the menu.

 

Huerfano County business resiliency workshop

WALSENBURG — There will be a workshop on business resilience Thursday, March 19, 5:30-7 p.m. at Huerfano County Community Center Conference Room, 928 Russell Street.

This is a workshop to teach businesses different mitigation strategies for major hazards such as floods or fires, the costs associated with each measure, and information to maintain normal business operations in the event of a disaster. Guest speakers from Manitou will discuss their experience as business owners preparing and dealing with a large flood. For more information contact: Dominic Elizondo, Business Resilience Specialist at 719-738-3000, Ext 114.

 

Holy Land tour presentation

LA VETA — La Veta library welcomes Maurice and Irene Heikes, Debie Polillo and Steve Kurth Thursday March 19, 2 p.m. as they share their recent tour of the Holy Lands. Join these adventurers for a recounting of their travel to wonderful points of interest such as Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, Jericho, the site of the Last Supper, Nazareth, the Garden of Gethsemane, Jordan, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, and much more. Stunning pictures and lively stories make this presentation come alive. For more information call 719-742-3572.

 

Ecstatic dance at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Come and quiet your inner and outer dialogue and enjoy your own personal exploration of body movement, while listening to some fun rhythms for an awesome experience Thursday, March 19, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Whether you feel moved to have a big dance workout, or an inward journey, there is no judgement, low lights, and no talking, so you have absolute permission to be danced as the music moves you individually. Wear comfortable clothing, leave your inner critic at the door. $5 donation encouraged. www.facebook.com/events/209598856874248/

 

Huerfanos and the Civil War

LA VETA — Date change! Please join the Huerfano County Historical Society at their History Happenings Sunday Salon Series on Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m. at the LaVeta Library. Sandy White, a West Pointer and long-time student of Civil War and Huerfano County history, will be discussing the role of soldiers from our area in the Civil War. This will be a whirlwind review of the connections between Fort Garland, the Civil War in the West, and Huerfano County. We will include such diverse characters as one of the County’s first county commissioners, an incorporator of Walsenburg, and the man behind Francisco Fort – not to mention the site of the Espinosa gangs’ beheadings. Should be a good presentation! This event is co- sponsored by the La Veta Library and the Historical Society. Donations are appreciated.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Free health screening at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Come to the library’s front desk, 202 N. Animas, to sign up for a time slot for your free health screening Thursday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up soon—there are only 13 slots available. Tests include cholesterol panel, Hemoglobin A1c, blood pressure and pre-diabetes screening. Plan on 15 minutes of testing.

 

Chronic pain self management classes

TRINIDAD — Learn techniques for managing fatigue, frustration, poor sleep and isolation in these classes Thursday, during March, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mt Carmel Health, Wellness, & Community Center. Learn about tools for managing pain and tracking improvements. Learn exercises for improving strength, flexibility and balance. Learn how to manage medications. Learn how to effectively communicate with health- care providers, family and friends. PLUS! On Saturday 4/18 Learn to make healthy food choices and prepare meals for managing inflammation and optimizing nutrition. Call 719- 845-4894 for more information or to sign-up!

 

Grief Support Group

TRINIDAD — The next Grief Support Group meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 13, 10 to 11 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robison Avenue.

 

Hands on History at THM

TRINIDAD — Hands on History (HOH) at Trinidad History Museum is for kids in 1 through 8 grades and runs each Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.. The cost for the class is $9 per week. (Scholarships available for free/reduced lunch, or multiple siblings)

Each Friday will include a brief history lesson to introduce the topic and its significance, followed by hands on activities. Contact Abigail to enroll: 719-846-7217 or abigail.melton@state.co.us

 

Benefit dance for Hoehne Fire Dept.

TRINIDAD — The Hoehne Volunteer Fire Department is holding a benefit dance Friday, March 13, 8 p.m. at El Rancho Restaurant & Bar. Ages 21 & over only! Music provided by Cappton Reid and there will be a silent auction. Cover charge $10 single; $15 a couple.

 

Miners 3 on 3 basketball tournament

TRINIDAD — The annual Miners 3 on 3 basketball tournament will be held Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m. at Trinidad High School. The entry fee is $20 per player, 4 players per team.

The tournament consists of 5 divisions: youth, 4th – 6th grade, boy and girl; jr high, 7th – 8th, boy and girl; high school girls 9th – 12th and boys 9th – 12th; men’s division; woman’s division; (co-ed teams will play in boys/ men’s division.) Winners will receive a new t-shirt

Registration begins at 8 am day of tournament but pre- registration is welcome. Games begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 14. For more information please contact Lawrence Sandoval at 719-680-9525 or Devon Sandoval at 719-680-3981

 

Herbal Apothecary classes at TSJC

TRINIDAD — The first of three herbal apothecary classes will be held Saturday, March 14, 9 to 11 a.m. in the TSJC Massage Therapy Lab (corner of Broom and Nevada). This session 1 class is “Care of Eyes and Lips”. Each class offers hands on application of herbal Medicine. At least 3 items are made per class. Each Class is $30 and includes all materials. The in- structor is Addie Segers. The other sessions are: Session 2- April 4th, Facial Skin Care; Session 3- May 2- Scalp Care. Register with Donna Haddow, 719-846-5424, donna.haddow@trinidadstate.edu

 

Mountain Gardening Workshop

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Health and Wellness Center, 911 Robinson, will hold a gardening workshop Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. hosted by Earth Mountain Education Farm. Learn all the essentials of organic gardening in the mountain zones *greenhouses/microclimates, *Permaculture/ sustainable agriculture, $15 suggested donation.

 

Open house & community celebration

TRINIDAD — Come see the marvelous new food court at Market Place, 326 N. Commercial (old Marty Feeds Building) Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and enjoy shamrocks, shenanigans, live music, games, and giveaways every hour. The Open House community celebration schedule:

11am – 1pm: My 99.3 KCRT 99.3 will be doing a live re- mote from the event and we will continue to broadcast their station music until 4pm

11am – 1:30pm: Artocade will have cars on display out- side the Marketplace

4pm – 7pm: Live music by Slim Pickins

Enjoy great food and free samples from Food Court businesses Mario’s Tacos, Sun Bear Cafe, and Trinidad Creamery. All attendees will receive a free Shamrock necklace while supplies last.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Sidewalk Parade

TRINIDAD — Join the fun for the St. Patrick’s Day Sidewalk Parade Saturday, March 14, 2:30 p.m.. The parade is from Marketplace Cafe to Brix, $5 costume contest entry, $50 prize for the winner. Free Green Beer at Brix for parade participants. The parade starts at 2:30 so get there early to line up!

 

Dano Weston at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — This Saturday, March 14, 7 to 11 p.m. Dano Weston band will perform at Spanish Peaks Inn for a $5 cover charge. Spanish Peaks Inn offers live music, drinks, and dancing on most weekends. Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6, west of Aguilar, also offers Tai Chi, QI Gong and mindfulness every Monday at 2 p.m.; and line dancing every Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m.. Don’t forget Taco Tuesday and Friday night specials. For more information call 719-941-4288.

 

St. Patrick’s Day “Keen to get Green Party!!

AGUILAR — Come join us for a puppet show and craft making Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Aguilar Pub- lic Library. The puppet show is “Puff the Magic Dragon”. Stay for Holiday Crafts ending with juice and fancy St. Patrick’s cookies. These activities are fun for the whole family!

Also coming soon at the Aguilar library watch for the “Art Wall” a presentation of art and various craft items produced by the talented art and crafting community as well as surrounding area persons. Date and Time to be announced.

 

Memorial Service Celebration of Life

TRINIDAD — A memorial service/celebration of life is being sponsored by Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice to celebrate the lives that left us with Precious memories. It will be held in the Dinning Room of the Trinidad Inn on Monday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m..

 

HOH: Spring Break Camp

TRINIDAD — Trinidad History Museum will host a week- long Hands on History camp Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20, 1 to 4 p.m. This year, we are learning about flora and fauna in Colorado, including how they evolved and adapted to survive in and interact with the different biomes found throughout our state. The lessons are coupled with hands-on activities, scientific experiments, art, and more.

The cost of attendance is $85/week, with a number of scholarships and discounts available. Please contact Abigail at 846-7217 or Abigail.Melton@state.co.us for more information and to register. Space is limited.

 

Stress management

TRINIDAD — Learn to manage your stress and become more mindful with various techniques in this class Tuesdays, through March, 5:15 to 6 p.m. in The Mezzanine at Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center, 911 Robison Avenue. The class will run every Tuesday through March. This week “Coming into Gratitude”. Call for more information 719-845-4894.

 

4-H tamale fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Las Animas County 4-H is once again holding a tamale fundraiser to sponsor Raevyn Odum as she embarks on a one in a lifetime trip to the National 4-H conference in Washington, D.C..

Get your Chicken or Pork/CreamCheese/ Green Chile tamales, $20 for 1 dozen. Please order by Wednesday, March 18. Delivery will be Friday, March 20. To place orders visit: https://tinyurl.com/lac4htamales. For questions please call or text Jamie Odum at 719-680-9181.

 

Care & Share distribution

TRINIDAD — The next care and share food distribution will be Wednesday, March 18, 10 am to 1:30 p.m. at Las Animas County Fairgrounds. 10-11:30 a.m. for seniors over 60, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for income eligible residents. Contact COG at 719-845-1127 for more information.

 

Monthly TLAC Chamber Luncheon

TRINIDAD — The March Chamber luncheon will be held Wednesday, March 18, 12 p.m. in the Pioneer Room at TSJC. Tickets are $12. This month’s sponsor is Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association. Please RSVP through email to tlacchamber@outlook.com or niciatlaccc@gmail.com or call the office at (719) 846-9285. (If you RSVP and don’t attend you will be charged.) Everyone is welcome.

 

Barry Lyndon, part 2

TRINIDAD — Nostalgic Movie night presents Barry Lyndon, part 2, Wednesday March 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, 202 N. Animas. The movie and popcorn are FREE!

 

Somebody Cares Project meeting,

TRINIDAD — The Somebody Cares Project invites anybody interested in learning about our project to attend the meeting Thursday, March 19, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Work Force Center, 140 N. Commercial. Future projects will be talked about. Ideas are welcome. We would appreciate if you bring an item from the list on the fb page. We depend on donations for our Care Bags and box’s. We are asking for donations to fill them. One item or 10. Every item counts. Call Elaine for more info at 719-846-2075. We are a 501 (c)(3) and can accept money donations. 521 E. North Ave.

 

Third Thursday Heritage Nights – wool spinning

TRINIDAD — Each third Thursday of the month Trinidad History Museum’s Kirby and Abigail will be serving up 15-20 minute history lessons, and then we will all create a hands on experience at the Bloom Mansion. This month,Thursday, March 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm learn about wool spinning. For more information call 719-846-2361.

 

Read to a dog or cat!

TRINIDAD — Carnegie Library, in partnership with Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter, will hold a special program “Read to a dog or cat” Friday, March 20, 1 to 2 p.m. at the library. Paula Manini, a volunteer from Noah’s Ark, will bring gentle animals to the library. You’ll get some private space to be with a dog or cat and read them a story. You know, a nice thing about reading to dogs is that they don’t correct you, they just listen! Open to all ages. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

First Responders Basketball Classic Charity Event

TRINIDAD — Trinidad’s innaugural First Responders Basketball Classic” Charity Event will on March 25 at 7 p.m. at Trinidad High School Donnelly Gym, 135 N. Animas Street. Adults $5, Children $3. Concessions will be sold. All proceeds will benefit THS students.

 

Colorado Legal Services at Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD — An attorney from Colorado Legal Services comes to the Carnegie Public library once a month to conduct a walk-in clinic. The next event is Monday,March 23, 9:30 to 11:30 am. No advance signups—come in that day to get your name in the queue. Low-income applicants only, based on 125% of poverty level. This is a one-on-one meeting with the attorney about civil matters only—no criminal cases please (Monday April 27th)

 

Homeless Forum

TRINIDAD — Trinidad State will host a presentation by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Tuesday, March 24, 3 to 5 p.m. or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m in the Pioneer Room. Come learn what other communities have done to address homelessness. There are two sessions, both sessions will cover the same information and there will be an opportunity for questions at each session.

 

Diversity in the Coal Mines ~ Adult Reading Program

TRINIDAD — The next event in the adult reading program will be held Thursday, March 26, 5:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library. The program, “Diversity in the Coal Mines” is a look at the many ethnicities represented in this area’s coal industry. Miners came here from all over the world to work and live together as neighbors, and the families that stayed share that unique brand of diversity.

 

COLFAX

Growing Great Kids~Moments Matter workshop

RATON — University of New Mexico Family Development Program will conduct a learn and play “Moments Matter” workshop for new parents 0-5 Thursday, March 12, 5 yo 6:30 p.m. at Longfellow Elementary, 700 E 4th Street. Come learn how to have fun with your child through everyday objects found at home. Refreshments and snacks will be served. This is a perfect time for your kiddo to see the school too. For more information call 505-445-9111.

 

Los Lobos at the Shuler

RATON — The Mexican-American band Los Lobos will per- form Thursday, March 12, 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Shuler Theater, 131 N. 2nd Street. Los Lobos has sold millions of records, won prestigious awards and made fans around the world. But per- haps its most lasting impact will be how well its music em- bodies the idea of America as a cultural melting pot. In it, styles like son jarocho, norteño, Tejano, folk, country, doo-wop, soul, R&B, rock ’n’ roll and punk all come together to create a new sound that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

Get tickets: https://myboxoffice.us/program/los-lobos-1497

 

Census 2020 is important to N.M.

COLFAX COUNTY — The census is easy. The questions are simple. Your responses are secure! Why does the 2020 Census matter to New Mexico? New Mexico receives $8,692 per res- ident in federal funding. Did you know, just a 1 percent undercount in New Mexico means a loss of $780M over the next ten years?

The more you know…Census Bureau staff are sworn for life to protect confidentiality and are subject to $250,000 fine and/or up to five years in federal prison for wrongful disclosure of information.

How do I participate? You can take the census online starting Thursday, March 12, by phone, or by mail. For more information, visit 2020census.gov from your personal phone, computer or public library.

Spread the word: Answer the Census—it only takes 10 minutes to help New Mexico.

 

Accidental Writer’s Group

RATON — Accidental Writer’s Group meets every other Friday at 10 a.m. at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Park Avenue. The next meeting is Friday, March 13. All writers welcome.

 

Opening reception ~ “The Art of Women”

RATON — “The Art of Women” opening reception will be held Friday, March 13, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Raton Museum, 108 South Second Street. This is a public reception, all are welcome!

 

Women’s luncheon at Mesa Church

RATON —Enjoy a splendid Saturday with us at our next Women’s Luncheon Saturday, March 14, 12:30 p.m. at Mesa Church, 140 North 1st Street. Sarah McGowen from the Light- house Church will be our fabulous and anointed guest speaker. We invite you and all your wonderfully-made girlfriends and sisters-in-Christ to a free lunch and word from the Lord. Call Judy to RSVP at (575) 445-9029 or DM us the number of people that are coming with you.

 

Regular Bean Day meeting

WAGON MOUND — The next regular meeting of the Wagon Mound Bean Day Celebration committee will be held Saturday, March 14, 5 p.m. at the firehouse in Wagon Mound.

 

Night sky observing at the Mandala Center

DES MOINES — Join deep-sky observer Kelly Ricks for an evening exploring the bright stars of winter Saturday, March 14, 7 to 9 pm at The Mandala Center, 96 Mandala Road. This program is free and open to all. From the slopes of Sierra Grande, we’ll watch an unforgettable sunset over Capulin Volcano, then enjoy hot drinks in the visitor center and a short multi-media program that will introduce you to many of the deep-sky wonders in the late winter sky. As a grand finale, you’ll get personal views through our large telescopes, and see the universe up close! It’ll be chilly, so PLEASE BUNDLE UP! If it’s cloudy, we’ll have hot drinks and an “indoor stargazing” program. For more information call 575-278-3002.

 

Annual Posole Frito Pie fundraiser

RATON — Independent Riders Annual Posole Frito Pie Run for the Wall Fundraiser will be held Sunday, March 15, 11:30 am until the food runs out at Raton High School cafeteria, 1535 Tiger Circle. Tickets are $8 adults; $6 seniors and kids 12 and under. Meal is posole Frito pie punch/coffee dessert. Proceeds will benefit run for the wall!

 

Annual potluck at Holy Trinity

RATON — The annual meeting of the congregation potluck luncheon will be held Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church ·

 

Hunger pantry food distribution

RATON — The next food distribution will be Wednesday, March 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 S 3rd Street. The food distribution is every other Wednesday.

 

Raton Little League coaches meeting

RATON — Anyone who is interested in coaching or helping the little league this year is encouraged to attend the coaches meeting, Friday, March 20, 6 p.m. at Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd. We have opening ceremonies set for April 25, 2020.

 

Benefit carwash

RATON — We are having this wonderful event, Saturday, March 21 at Raton Visitor Center, 100 Clayton Road to let people know who we are & what we do. On this day we are doing a $10 car wash. All Proceeds will go to an organization VALLE DEL SOL. Valle del Sol is a nonprofit organization with a history of caring for the community by helping men, women, children, families and the elderly each year through healthcare, human service, and leadership development programs.

 

Cimarron Civic Club pancake breakfast fundraiser

CIMARRON — The annual pancake breakfast and silent auction hosted by Cimarron Civic Club will be held Saturday, March 21, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Cimarron United Methodist Church, 31082 US Highway 6. Come on out for this great community event that raises money for scholarships and donations in Cimarron.

 

Capulin Spring Equinox dark sky event

CAPULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights beginning Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m.. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. Times vary by month, but all observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the Visitor Center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes. For more information visit www.nps.gov/covo/index.htm or call us at 575-278-2201.

 

New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women meeting

RATON — The New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women is organizing in Colfax County! The objectives of the organization, in summary, are to unite women of the Democratic Party; to inform and educate the membership on issues and activities vital to the Democratic Party; to promote opportunities for members and encourage strong County organizations, and to encourage members to become involved in the political process at all levels of government. If you are interested in helping form the Federation in Colfax County, please call Beverly at (505) 980-0886, Lupita at 575-707-2680, or Kathy at 575-447-1456.

We will be hosting our first meeting Tuesday, March 24, 5:30 p.m. at K-Bob’s, 1228 S. 2nd. Call Lupita to let her know you are attending. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Nominations sought for NM Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, are seeking nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The annual Governor’s Arts Awards are New Mexico’s highest and most prestigious artistic honors and are intended to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the arts. Nominations may be submitted by individual state residents or representatives of businesses or organizations in New Mexico. Self-nominations are discouraged.

Nominations for the awards may include living New Mexican artists working in any discipline who have demonstrated outstanding achievement; individuals who have consistently made significant or distinguished contributions to the arts in New Mexico; and businesses, nonprofits or foundations with sustained involvement in and support for the arts.

Nominations must be received by Friday, April 3. They may be mailed or hand- delivered to New Mexico Arts, Suite 270, 407 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501. Nomination forms are available online at http://nmarts.org/gov- ernors-arts-awards/ or con- tact New Mexico Arts at 505-827-6490, 800-879-4278 (statewide), or email michelle.laflammec@state.nm.us. Awards are scheduled for Sept. 2020 in Santa Fe.

Springer Chamber restructuring, invites attendance at Wednesday, March 11 meeting

by Sherry Goodyear

 

SPRINGER — On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the Springer Chamber of Commerce will be having its first meeting of the year at Luna Community College in Room 105 at 5:30 P.M. Everyone wishing to join the Chamber is encouraged to come. The group will be accepting membership applications, electing officers, and making plans for the upcoming year. For a business to join, the fee is $75.00/year, and for an individual without a business to join, the fee is just $35/year.

The Chamber, with the help of membership dues, puts on numerous events throughout the year including ribbon-cuttings, Christmas festivities, Music and Movie in the Park events, the annual Fiesta Otono held in conjunction with the Town of Springer Lodger’s tax, and so much more. The Springer Chamber is a valuable asset to the community and it needs members to help continue its work. If you are interested in joining, please call Sherry Goodyear at (575)447-0502, Landon Newton at (505) 228-2485, or Jenell Ross at (575) 447-1069, or just come to the meeting on March 11. Hope to see you there!

World Journal wins 11 awards in state competition

SOUTHERN CO /NORTHERN NM — The World Journal was notified last week that it has won 11 awards for writing, editing, photography and design. Specific winning articles and photos will be announced at the 2020 Colorado Press Association Convention in April, at which time, we will toot our own horn much more loudly.

Upcoming Events for week of March 6, 2020

THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD

2020 Election information

SOUTHERN COLORADO — The Democratic and Republican committees want to re- mind citizens of these important dates this spring. Go to www.govotecolorado.gov to check your voter registration and find your precinct number. The 2020 election year is upon the General Election on November 3rd.

For more information on Colorado’s Presidential Primary and all upcoming elections, please visit www.sos.state.co.us. Coloradans can update and verify voter registration, register to vote online, or find their Voting Services Polling Center at www.GoVoteColorado.gov.

 

Start your child on a track for success

WALSENBURG/TRINIDAD — Want to know more about how your child is growing, learning, and playing? Attend a no cost screening day for children 0-5 years old. Screenings include vision, hearing, dental, developmental, and social emotional lead, and are open to any child in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Allow 30-45 minutes to complete the screenings. Snacks will be available.

In Trinidad, Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SCCOG Early Learning Center, 1225 Rosita Ave. In Walsenburg, Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Peakview Elementary School, 375 W. Pines Street.

A parent or guardian must be present at the screenings. If a parent or guardian is un- able to attend, please call 719-845-0463 for more information.

 

TV Rescan Media Advisory

southern CoLoraDo — A TV Rescan is required for Antenna TV Viewers in Colorado Springs-Pueblo viewing area. The rescan is required due to a TV station frequency change that occurred on Thursday, Feb. 27, in Colorado Springs-Pueblo. TV viewers who receive free, over-the-air local TV will need to rescan their TV to continue receiving local channels, including emergency and weather alerts. The FCC is requiring nearly 1,000 TV stations to change frequencies in order to provide more channels for wireless broadband services. The TV rescan requirement takes effect immediately.

More information is available at TVAnswers.org. Sign up to receive free email and text alerts at www.tvanswers.org/signup, and to be notified when a rescan is required.

 

HUERFANO

HCCC luncheon

WaLsenburG — The monthly Huerfano County Communication Coalition luncheon will be held, Thursday, March 5, 12 p.m. at the Ambulance building meeting room, 326 Main Street. Find out what great things are happening in our community this year and share what your group is planning for 2020. The lunch is free. We will be hearing from David Rogers about “The Moving Wall” , a mobile replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington. Keri Power’s Farm to Table project is in need of garden tools. If you have any extras laying around, please contact Keri.

All welcome to attend if you are interested.

 

Two Peaks/One Book at LVPL

La Veta — The Two Peaks /One Book series continues at the La Veta Public Library Thurs- day, March 5, 2 p.m. with an informal, moderated book discussion of our featured novel,”A Gentleman in Moscow,” by Amor Towles. Our theme this year is civility and Towles lovely book fits perfectly. This beautifully written story of a 30 year old count who, in 1922, was sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across from the Kremlin for 30 years. It is rich in culture, history, humor, intrigue and self discovery all within the confines of the famous Metropol Hotel. Whether or not you have read the book, come and join us for a lively discussion. Brought to you with free refreshments by the Friends of LaVeta Library.

 

Call for artists: Art Gone Wild show

triniDaD — Artwork for the Spring Break- Art Gone Wild show will be accepted Thursday, March 5 and Saturday, March 7, between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus.

This show is open to all artists and media with the usual fees and limitations. Entry in- formation may be found on the SPACe web- site, www.spanishpeaksarts.org, or by calling 719-742-3074.

 

Huerfano Soup at La Veta Mercantile

La Veta — The next Huerfano Soup at the La Veta Mercantile, sponsored by Bachman & Associates will be held Thursday, March 5, 6 pm. One dish + one vote + one passionate community = Huerfano Soup.

Huerfano Soup is a monthly community- based potluck where participants, through this micro-granting dinner, assist a variety of projects in Huerfano County. A potluck item and a $5 donation makes you eligible to vote on the evening’s presentations. As a diner, you will hear three five-minute pitches from community members who need funding for projects that are beneficial to the community. Enjoy the best $5 dinner in town with your friends, then choose the winning proposal to receive the evenings donations. Facebook Event : www.facebook.com/events /614545872448929/

 

Kathy Hill watercolor classes

La Veta — Explore the color wheel while learning to paint with watercolors. Kathy Hill is offering watercolor classes on Fridays, 10 am – 1 pm. Discover how to use just two colors, opposites on the color wheel, to create amaz- ing watercolor paintings in a variety of subjects. Watercolor techniques, composition, and color temperature will also be part of each class. The $25 fee includes all materials. A dis- count of $5 is available for those who provide their own materials. In addition, a nonrefundable payment of $80 for four classes, not necessarily consecutive, is another option. Classes will be held at least through March. Classes are limited to six students, held at 133 E. Virginia. Beginners welcome! Call Kathy at 719- 742-5756 or email kathyhillart@gmail.com to reserve a space or for more information.

 

March is half price month at the Fox!

WaLsenburG — It’s bargain month at the Fox Theatre – Walsenburg. All tickets at the Walsenburg Theatre in the month of March are 50% off!

 

Meet the candidate- Jose Baros

GarDner — Jose Baros, commissioner candidate for District 1, will be hosting a meet and greet dinner on Friday, March 6, at the Gardner Community Center in Gardner, Colorado from 3-5 p.m.

 

Meet the candidate- Arica Andreatta

WaLsenburG — Arica Andreatta, candidate for County Commissioner, District 2 invites the public to a meet and greet: Friday, March 6, 5 p.m. at Crafty Canary Brewery.

 

Meet the candidate- John Galusha

WaLsenburG — John Galusha, candidate for County Commissioner, District 1 will be hosting two Meet and Greet events this week- end: Friday, March 6, 6-7:30 p.m. at La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th St and Sunday, March 8, 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Rollin’ Smoke Garage BBQ, 110 E. 5th Street. John would like to hear what your visions are for the future of Huerfano County. See you there!

 

Youth/adult boxing at the Rec. Center

WaLsenburG — Huerfano Parks and Rec have started a boxing program for kids and adults Monday thru Saturday.

There is a certified instructor. Participants have their own station with heavy bag, speed bag, and jump ropes. Youth must weigh at least 50 lbs. On site treatment room with a li- censed PT.

 

Childhood development screenings

WaLsenburG — Attend a no cost screening day for children 0-5 years old Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Peakview Elementary School, 375 W Pine Street. Screenings include vision, hearing, dental, developmental, social emotional, and lead levels. For more information call 719-845-0463

 

Oktoberfest chili cookoff!

La Veta — Oktoberfest is at it again with the annual CHILI COOKOFF! Be there Saturday, March 7, 5:30 p.m. at the Mesa Bar (formerly Sammie’s) for some of the very best red, or green chili or Mardi Gras Jumbala, Gumbo, etc. that you have ever tasted. For only $7 for adults and $3 for kids you will get to sample some great food and vote for your favorites. There will also be some fantastic silent auction items available to bid on, great music and fun. It is still not to late to enter your chili or donate your silent auction items. Call Wendy at 719- 742-3288 for details. Come on out for some good food and to support your La Veta Oktoberfest!

 

Spanish wine tasting at Deerprint

La Veta — Spend a Sunday afternoon in Spanish wine country Sunday, March 8, 4 to 6 p.m. at Deerprint Wine & Bistro. As you sample five Spanish wines, Deerprint’s Ed and Deb Donovan will lead discussions about each wine as it is paired with an appropriate taste treat. Limited to 22 people.

Tickets are $30 and are available from https://checkout.square.site/buy/LAVICVT6DRCQC4WSNTYM6HZY

 

Full Moon Howl and Growl

CuChara — The February Full Moon Howl and Growl will be held Sunday, March 8, 5 p.m. at Cuchara Mountain Park. The Howl and Growl is co-sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Alpine Alliance and Cuchara Mountain Park. Bring a dish and a drink to the potluck along with your snowshoes or XC Skiis. Or just hang out in our Day Lodge (aka the Night Lodge) by the fire. Moon lore and more are on the agenda!

 

Huerfano youth baseball registration

WaLsenburG/La Veta — Two Peaks Fitness Youth Fit- ness Leagues is starting up Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball for Huerfano County. No need to drive to Colorado City on weekends!

Ages 4-18 can register at any of these locations for the 2020 season:

• March 9, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Peakview School, 375 W Pine St, Walsenburg;

• March 10, 4 p.m. at John Mall High School, 355 W Pine St, Walsenburg;

• March 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell St, Walsenburg;

• March 14, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at La Veta Community Center, 131 E Ryus, La Veta.

Any questions, contact letsplayball2020@gmail.com or see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Two-Peaks-Youth-Baseball-2587572278136307/.

 

Care ‘n Share

WaLsenburG — This month’s Care ‘n Share food distribution for Huerfano County will be Tuesday, March 10, 10 to about 11:30 a.m. at Delaney Hall on E 7th. Bring proper ID (picture and proof of residency REQUIRED) and bags or box for food. Food passed out on first come first serve basis. “This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

Free yoga classes during March

La Veta — Our 6:30-7:45pm Tuesday evening Community Class will be FREE to all participants during March. All are welcome, including those new to yoga. The class is a mindful Hatha Flow style encouraging the release of tension and in- creasing awareness and relaxation.

Classes are free during March for teachers, firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement and healthcare professionals to thank them for their hard work in supporting our community. Just come to the Studio and tell us where you work. For the class schedule and details see our website www.lavetayoga.com.All classes are held at La Veta Yoga Studio, 200 S. Main Street, La Veta. For more information please e mail Ruth Heal easeintopeace@gmail.com or call 415 233 2632

 

Huerfano Republicans meeting

WaLsenburG — The Huerfano County Republican Committee will meet Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m. at the Huerfano County Republican Headquarters, 511 Main St. in Walsenburg, for its monthly meeting.

The meeting’s special guest speaker will be Steve Sheldon, the Regional Development Manager for Judicial Watch. He is also a writer for Townhall.com and an expert on firearms and personal protection. Come a half-hour early at 5:30 for an informal meet-and-greet.

 

HighTime at the La Veta Mercantile

La Veta — Straight from the heart of Connemara, on the West Coast of Ireland, the extremely talented HighTime will inspire you with their intriguing blend of Irish music and modern folk influences, as they produce a rich and unique sound, and an electric energy on stage. This energetic band will perform Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m. at La Veta Mercantile. There is no doubt that HighTime’s vibrant music and energy- fueled live performances will leave you enthralled, refreshed and with a piece of Ireland in your hearts. As a fundraiser for the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, the con- cert will be paired with a traditional Irish banquet. Tickets for dinner and concert are $45 and are on sale now. Dinner will begin promptly at 5 pm and end at 6:30 pm. Seating for dinner and concert is limited to 75, so get your tickets early! Concert (only) tickets go on sale March 1st – $20 in advance; $23 day of show. Call (719) 742-3387, stop by 300 S. Main St, or RSVP with Roni at (303) 845-0776 vpezoa@icloud.com. Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/998527837177925/

 

La Veta Cuchara Chamber meeting

La Veta — The La Veta Cuchara Chamber will be holding their monthly meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the La Veta School Library Thursday, March 12. Meetings are open to the public. If you wish to get on the agenda, please contact us 2 days ahead of time; info@lavetacucharachamber.com

 

Two Peaks-One Book presentation

La Veta — Our “Two Peaks-One Book” community book read event continues at the La Veta Library Thursday, March 12, 2 p.m.. In continuing with our theme of civility and ethics, we will present the fascinating Russian film, “The Desert of Forbidden Art.” You won’t want to miss this stranger than fiction, true story which won many film critics awards and received rave reviews. Brought to you by the Friends of LaVeta Library with free refreshments!

 

Free legal clinic at SPL

WaLsenburG — A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 4 to 5 pm on the second Tues- day of each month at the Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue. The next clinic will be Tuesday, March 10. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Call the library at 719-738-2774 the day of to secure your spot. Walk-ins will be accommodated if time allows.

 

Family game night at the Mercantile

La Veta — Come join your friends and neighbors for Family Board Games with our fearless leader, John Costea Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.. Music and games are free; beer, wine, soda, coffee, snacks available. For more info, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1371870416326187/

 

Opening reception for “Spring Break: Art Gone Wild” at SPACe

La Veta — The opening of “Spring Break—Art Gone Wild” will be Saturday, March 14, 5-7 p.m. at the SPACe Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus. Refreshments are provided and there is no admission fee. Sales of artwork benefits the artists and SPACe. The Gift Shop and Gallery is open Tues. & Thurs., 11 – 2 and Saturdays 10 – 3. Call 719 742-3074 for information or visit the SPACe website–www.spanishpeaksarts.org.

 

LV Trails St. Patrick’s Bingo

La Veta — Mark your calendar for the La Veta Trails 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Bingo Game Saturday, March 14, 5-8 p.m. at the La Veta Mercantile Local favorites. The Celtic Orphans will play from 5-6 p.m. to get us into game spirit. Mr. Bingo Bruce Johnson will call the games from 6-8 p.m.. Lots of great prizes! St. Patrick’s Bingo is one of La Veta Trails favorite fundraisers, so join us for a fun evening and help us celebrate our 5th birthday. For more information, contact Marilyn Russell, 719-890-4071, or russellm9999@gmail.com.

 

Ecstatic dance at La Veta Mercantile

La Veta — Come and quiet your inner and outer dialogue and enjoy your own personal exploration of body movement, while listening to some fun rhythms for an awesome experience Thursday, March 19, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Whether you feel moved to have a big dance workout, or an inward journey, there is no judgement, low lights, and no talking, so you have absolute permission to be danced as the music moves you individually. Wear comfortable clothing, leave your inner critic at the door. $5 donation encouraged. www.facebook.com/events/209598856874248/

 

Huerfanos and the Civil War

La Veta — Date change! Please join the Huerfano County Historical Society at their History Happenings Sunday Salon Series on Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m. at the LaVeta Library. Sandy White, a West Pointer and long-time student of Civil War and Huerfano County history, will be discussing the role of soldiers from our area in the Civil War. This will be a whirlwind review of the connections between Fort Garland, the Civil War in the West, and Huerfano County. We will include such diverse characters as one of the County’s first county commissioners, an incorporator of Walsenburg, and the man behind Francisco Fort – not to mention the site of the Espinosa gangs’ beheadings. Should be a good presentation! This event is co-sponsored by the La Veta Library and the Historical Society. Donations are appreciated.

 

La Veta Creative District logo contest deadline extended

La Veta — The La Veta Creative District is looking for a visual identity in the form of a logo design. Designs for the logo may be submitted through Friday, March 27 to Kenny Schneider by email at kenetics@centurytel.net. Submissions will be judged by the LVCD staff and the winning designer’s logo will appear on printed materials, social media, and other items, such as T-shirts.

The winning logo will promote the mission of the LVCD, which is “To inspire and cultivate our diverse rural community through the development of the arts and creative industries”. Any colors may be used, however, it should also look good in black & white. For more information contact Kenny.

To keep up to date on events and activities related to the La Veta Creative District, visit the Facebook page “The La Veta Creative District.”

 

LAS ANIMAS

Chronic pain self management classes

triniDaD — Learn techniques for managing fatigue, frustration, poor sleep and isolation in these classes beginning Thursday, March 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mt Carmel Health, Wellness, & Community Center. Learn about tools for man- aging pain and tracking improvements. Learn exercises for improving strength, flexibility and balance. Learn how to manage medications. Learn how to effectively communicate with healthcare providers, family and friends. PLUS! On Saturday 4/18 Learn to make healthy food choices and prepare meals for managing inflammation and optimizing nutrition. Call 719-845-4894 for more information or to sign-up!

 

Adult Reading Program: Art of reading aloud

triniDaD — Learn the art of reading out loud to a family member, friend, or group. Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m. at The Carnegie Public Library. Audio books are fine, but nothing beats hearing it live, from a human. https://www.carnegiepubliclibrary.org/

 

Kiwanis Club of Trinidad dinner

triniDaD — The Kiwanis Club of Trinidad will have a dinner Thursday, March 5, 5:30 – 7: 30 p.m. at Trinidad Smoke- house, 500 East Elm Street. We are proud to announce that our guest speaker for next month’s meeting will be Anita Flores, the new Executive Director of The Trinidad Community Foundation! This Foundation has initiated a youth-led committee called JrCOMM. She will be joined by JrCOMM’s Director, Ruben Fernandez Jr., and co-Directors Joe Ross IV and Alea Rocha. Please RSVP and get more information at: trinidadkiwanis.org We welcome new interested members!

 

Senior Day at Books & More

triniDaD — Friday, March 6, is Senior Day at Books & More bookstore 132 N. Commercial Street. Most items 50% off. Store hours 11-4:30.

 

Bakesale fundraiser

triniDaD — A benefit bakesale supporting Purgatory River Volleyball Club will be held Friday, March 6, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Mt. San Rafael Lobby.

 

Hiking group meeting,

triniDaD — Moose’s, Meet other people interested in hiking in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico Friday, March 6, 5:30 p.m. at Moose’s.

 

Book Readers Rock!

triniDaD — Join us Friday, March 6, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Carnegie Public Library for Book Readers Rock!, a book club for 6th through 10th graders. New members are welcome, title to be announced, and the library will provide copies of the book.

 

Childhood development screenings

triniDaD — Attend a no cost screening day for children 0- 5 years old Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SCCOG Early Learning Center, 1225 Rosita Avenue. Screenings include vision, hearing, dental, developmental, social emotional, and lead levels. For more information call 719-845-0463.

 

Hands on History at THM

triniDaD — Hands on History (HOH) at Trinidad History Museum is for kids in 1 through 8 grades and runs each Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.. The cost for the class is $9 per week. (Scholarships available for free/reduced lunch, or multiple siblings)

Each Friday will include a brief history lesson to introduce the topic and its significance, followed by hands on activities. Contact Abigail to enroll: 719-846-7217 or abigail.melton@state.co.us

 

Free diabetes management workshop

triniDaD — This class will be held Friday, March 6, 2 to 4 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center. The class is hosted by Mt. San Rafael Hospital and Mt. Carmel.
Join the class today & learn about:

+Healthy eating
+Being active
+Monitoring your blood sugar +Taking medications +Problem solving
+Healthy coping
+Reducing your health risks

DSME is a group of services to help people with diabetes improve their health. SDME increases the knowledge and skills needed for diabetes self-care.
– Healthcare team to help you manage your diabetes

– Create a plan just for you with tools and support you need – Group and individual education sessions
Call Elizabeth Trammell at 719-846-2213 to register!

 

Wiskey Creek at Spanish Peaks Inn

GuLnare — This Saturday, March 7, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Wiskey Creek band will perform at Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 County Road 41 6 for a $5 cover charge.

Spanish Peaks Inn offers live music, drinks, and dancing on most weekends. Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6, west of Aguilar, also offers Tai Chi, QI Gong and mindfulness every Monday at 2 p.m.; and line dancing every Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m.. Don’t forget Taco Tuesday and Friday night specials. For more information call 719-941-4288.

 

Mt. Carmel Wellness Expo

triniDaD — The Wellness Expo will be held Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wellness Expo, Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center, 911 Robinson. Come learn about wellness opportunities in Trinidad, talk to local wellness experts, attend workshops, enroll in classes, and browse vendor booths. For more information call 719-845-4800. Free ad- mission, free food, attend workshops, wellness experts, vendor booths, enroll in classes, 719-845-4894

 

4-H Bake Sale

triniDaD — The Red Rocks 4-H will hold a bake sale Sun- day, March 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Big R.

 

Las Animas County writing contest

triniDaD — Wanted, all K-12 students to participate in the Las Animas County Writing Contest. This contest is open to all themes and genres; fiction, poetry, and creative essays. Students will compete in 4 grade groups: K-2/3-5/6-8/9-12. There will be 8 first place winners, two from each group receive cash prizes. 2nd and 3rd place winners, from each group also receive cash prizes. All entries will be available as a book. A limited number will be for sale at the awards ceremony.

Submission must be original and may include artwork. All work must be submitted by Friday, April 3. For more information call or email Dustin Hyman: 719-846-5709; dustin.hyman@trinidadstate.edu

Visit trinidadstate.edu/creative-writing to submit your entry. The writing contest awards ceremony will be Thursday, April 30, at Trinidad State Campus, Massari Theater, 5:30 p.m.

 

Philosophy club at the Carnegie

triniDaD — A program for those who enjoy discussing philosophy. Do you like philosophizing with others about time- less questions? Join us for a monthly facilitated conversation. The next Philosophy club will be Monday, March 9, 5 to 6 p.m.. We will start with a brief introduction about an idea from the tradition of philosophy and a few questions to explore. Everyone is welcome to this free club!

 

Free legal help at Carnegie Library

triniDaD — Get free legal help Tuesday, March 10, from 3 to 4 pm at the Carnegie library. Participants must sign up in advance to talk with an attorney about civil matters (no criminal cases, please) via video chat. Sign up anytime at the li- brary, or call in to get your name on the list (719-846-6841). No restriction on income level.

 

Stress management

triniDaD — Learn to manage your stress and become more mindful with various techniques in this class Tuesdays, through March, 5:15 to 6 p.m. in The Mezzanine at Mt. Carmel Wellness and Community Center, 911 Robison Avenue. The class will run every Tuesday through March.

 

Alzheimer and dementia meeting

triniDaD —Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia in- formational meeting will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2 to 3 p.m. at Mt. San Rafael Hospital cafeteria, 410 Benedicta. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis, RN, at (719) 846-8070.

 

Suicide survivor support group

triniDaD — A suicide survivor support group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month in the Samuel’s Fellowship Building behind the sanctuary at Zion’s Lutheran Church. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 11, 4 to 5 p.m.. In inclement weather please call 719-568-5982 to confirm whether the group is meeting. The group is facilitated by Jill Wilson, MS. LMFT who has spent her career in healthcare, mental health care, and higher education. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, trauma counselor, and certified life coach.

 

Mt. Carmel Wellness Wednesdays

triniDaD — Wellness Wednesday at Mt. Carmel meets each second Wednesday of the month. This is a free class! This month’s meeting is Wednesday, March 11, 5 to 6 p.m.. This month, the topic will be “Is Your Mind Full or Are You Mindful?” For more info call 719-845-4894 or stop by Mt. Carmel Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue.

 

Bingo! at Mt. Carmel

triniDaD — Come out the third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 pm for Bingo at Mt.. Carmel Wellness & Community Center. The next Bingo Game is March 11. Doors open at 5:30 pm. The game starts at 7:30 pm $250 Jackpot with payouts throughout!

 

Nostalgic Movie Night “Barry Lyndon” part 1 (rescheduled)

triniDaD — Because of the snow storm, only two, truly dedicated film-lovers came to see Barry Lyndon part 1 last week. This is such an outstanding film the library has rescheduled “Barry Lyndon, part 1” for Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Carnegie Library, 202 N. Animas. Free popcorn with real butter and the finest sea salt, as always Part 2 will be shown Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m..

 

Free health screening at the Carnegie

triniDaD — Come to the library’s front desk, 202 N. Animas, to sign up for a time slot for your free health screening Thursday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up soon—there are only 13 slots available. Tests include cholesterol panel, Hemoglobin A1c, blood pressure and pre-diabetes screening. Plan on 15 minutes of testing.

 

Benefit dance for Hoehne Fire Dept.

triniDaD — The Hoehne Volunteer Fire Department is holding a benefit dance Friday, March 13, 8 p.m. at El Rancho Restaurant & Bar. Ages 21 & over only! Music provided by Cappton Reid and there will be a silent auction. Cover charge $10 single; $15 a couple.

 

Grief Support Group

triniDaD — The next Grief Support Group meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 13, 10 to 11 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robison Avenue.

 

Miners 3 on 3 basketball tournament

triniDaD — The annual Miners 3 on 3 basketball tournament will be held Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m. at Trinidad High School. The entry fee is $20 per player , 4 players per team.

The tournament consists of 5 divisions: youth, 4th – 6th grade, boy and girl; jr high, 7th – 8th, boy and girl; high school girls 9th – 12th and boys 9th – 12th; men’s division; woman’s divi- sion; (co-ed teams will play in boys/ men’s division.) Winners will receive a new t-shirt

Registration begins at 8 am day of tournament but preregistration is welcome. Games begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 14. For more information please contact Lawrence Sandoval at 719-680-9525 or Devon Sandoval at 719-680-3981

 

St. Patrick’s Day “Keen to get Green Party!!

aGuiLar — Come join us for a puppet show and craft making Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Aguilar Public Library. The puppet show is “Puff the Magic Dragon”. Stay for Holiday Crafts ending with juice and fancy St. Patrick’s cookies. These activities are fun for the whole family!

Also coming soon at the Aguilar library watch for the “Art Wall” a presentation of art and various craft items produced by the talented art and crafting community as well as surrounding area persons. Date and Time to be announced.

 

Care & Share distribution

triniDaD — The next care and share food distribution will be Wednesday, March 18, 10 am to 1:30 p.m. at Las Animas County Fairgrounds. 10-11:30 a.m. for seniors over 60, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for income eligible residents. Contact COG at 719-845-1127 for more information.

 

Barry Lyndon, part 2

triniDaD — Nostalgic Movie night presents Barry Lyndon, part 2, Wednesday March 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, 202 N. Animas. The movie and popcorn are FREE!

 

Somebody Cares Project meeting,

triniDaD — The Somebody Cares Project invites anybody interested in learning about our project to attend the meeting Thursday, March 19, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Work Force Center, 140 N. Commercial. Future projects will be talked about. Ideas are welcome. We would appreciate if you bring an item from the list on the fb page. We depend on donations for our Care Bags and box’s. We are asking for donations to fill them. One item or 10. Every item counts. Call Elaine for more info at 719-846-2075. We are a 501 (c)(3) and can accept money donations. 521 E. North Ave.

 

Third Thursday Heritage Nights – wool spinning

triniDaD — Each third Thursday of the month Trinidad History Museum’s Kirby and Abigail will be serving up 15-20 minute history lessons, and then we will all create a hands on

experience at the Bloom Mansion. This month,Thursday, March 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm learn about wool spinning. For more information call 719-846-2361.

 

COLFAX

Grand opening & ribbon cutting at shooting range

CLaYton — The public is invited to attend the Stephen M. Bush Memorial Shooting Range Friday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The range is located on NM 370, before Mile Marker 1 in Clayton, NM.

The ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m.; Dignitaries First Shots, 10:30 a.m.; Tour of the New Range, 11 a.m.; Public Shooting Expo, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m..

The Stephen M Bush Memorial Shooting Range is a 160 acre parcel which was donated to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish by Susie M. Bush to develop a shooting range in honor of her late husband, Stephen M. Bush. The project cost 2.25 million dollars, funded with federal grant dollars from the Pittman-Robertson Act, state dollars from the Department’s Game Protection Fund and property and cash donations from Ms. Bush. The new range will provide shoot- ing opportunities to members of the public and an economic benefit to the local community.

The grand opening is presented by the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish and all concession sales are presented and benefits the Union County 4-H. For more information contact the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Youth Shooting Sports Coordinator, Jessica Fisher at (505) 476-8100 or email Jessica.Fisher@state.nm.us.

 

Mesa Vista Veterinary Hospital open house

raton — Stop by to see our newly remodeled office at 1600 S 2nd Street and meet our associate veterinarian Jaclyn Davis, DVM and get insight on what new service we will be providing Friday, March 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. We will have drawings for a free dental (anesthesia and dental cleaning) and a year supply of Interceptor Plus (heartworm preventative) along with other giveaways. Food will be provided by The Sweet Shoppe, K-Bob’s, and The Art of Snacks. Bring your pet for a brief weight consultation on our new floor scale. For more in- formation call us at 575-445-3912.

 

Comedian Kenny Ahern at the Shuler

raton — Kids & adults love the comedy Kenny Ahern brings to life on stage! Bring the family out Friday, March 6, 7 p.m. to the Shuler Theater, 131 N. 2nd Street.

Kenny Ahern has toured the planet to rave reviews! His shows are filled with AMAZING comedy antics, HILARIOUS physical comedy and FUN audience play! Adults love him. Kids love him. YOU will love him!

 

Los Lobos at the Shuler

raton — The Mexican-American band Los Lobos will per- form Thursday, March 12, 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Shuler Theater, 131 N. 2nd Street. Los Lobos has sold millions of records, won prestigious awards and made fans around the world. But perhaps its most lasting impact will be how well its music em- bodies the idea of America as a cultural melting pot. In it, styles like son jarocho, norteño, Tejano, folk, country, doo-wop, soul, R&B, rock ’n’ roll and punk all come together to create a new sound that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

Get tickets: https://myboxoffice.us/program/los-lobos-1497

 

Census 2020 is important to N.M.

CoLFaX CountY — The census is easy. The questions are simple. Your responses are secure! Why does the 2020 Census matter to New Mexico? New Mexico receives $8,692 per res- ident in federal funding. Did you know, just a 1 percent undercount in New Mexico means a loss of $780M over the next ten years?

The more you know…Census Bureau staff are sworn for life to protect confidentiality and are subject to $250,000 fine and/or up to five years in federal prison for wrongful disclosure of information.

How do I participate? You can take the census online starting Thursday, March 12, by phone, or by mail. For more information, visit 2020census.gov from your personal phone, computer or public library.

Spread the word: Answer the Census—it only takes 10 minutes to help New Mexico.

 

Accidental Writer’s Group

raton — Accidental Writer’s Group meets every other Fri- day at 10 a.m. at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Park Avenue. The next meeting is Friday, March 13. All writers welcome.

 

Women’s luncheon at Mesa Church

raton —Enjoy a splendid Saturday with us at our next Women’s Luncheon Saturday, March 14, 12:30 p.m. at Mesa Church, 140 North 1st Street. Sarah McGowen from the Light- house Church will be our fabulous and anointed guest speaker. We invite you and all your wonderfully-made girlfriends and sisters-in-Christ to a free lunch and word from the Lord. Call Judy to RSVP at (575) 445-9029 or DM us the number of people that are coming with you.

 

Regular Bean Day meeting

WaGon MounD — The next regular meeting of the Wagon Mound Bean Day Celebration committee will be held Saturday, March 14, 5 p.m. at the firehouse in Wagon Mound.

 

Hunger pantry food distribution

raton — The next food distribution will be Wednesday, March 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 S 3rd Street. The food distribution is every other Wednesday.

 

Raton Little League coaches meeting

raton — Anyone who is interested in coaching or helping the little league this year is encouraged to attend the coaches meeting, Friday, March 20, 6 p.m. at Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd. We have opening ceremonies set for April 25, 2020.

 

Benefit carwash

raton — We are having this wonderful event, Saturday, March 21 at Raton Visitor Center, 100 Clayton Road to let people know who we are & what we do. On this day we are doing a $10 car wash. All Proceeds will go to an organization VALLE DEL SOL. Valle del Sol is a nonprofit organization with a history of caring for the community by helping men, women, children, families and the elderly each year through healthcare, human service, and leadership development programs.

 

Capulin Astronomy nights

CapuLin — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights beginning Saturday, March 21, 7 p.m.. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. Times vary by month, but all observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the Visitor Center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes.

 

Nominations sought for Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

santa Fe — The New Mexico Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, are seeking nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The annual Governor’s Arts Awards are New Mexico’s highest and most prestigious artistic honors and are intended to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the arts. Nominations may be submitted by individual state residents or representatives of businesses or organizations in New Mexico. Self-nominations are discouraged.

Nominations for the awards may include individual liv- ing New Mexican artists working in any discipline who have demonstrated outstanding achievement; individuals who have consistently made significant or distinguished contributions to the arts in New Mexico; and businesses, nonprofits or foundations with sustained involvement in and support for the arts. Throughout its existence, a diverse and prestigious list of painters, weavers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, story-tellers, poets, actors, playwrights, and potters have been honored. Since 1974, over 300 artists and arts supporters have received this coveted award. The awards are a collaboration of New Mexico Arts, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Mu- seum of New Mexico Foundation, and other partners.

Nominations must be received by Friday, April 3. They may be mailed or hand-delivered to New Mexico Arts, Suite 270, 407 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501. Nomination forms are available online at http://nmarts.org/governors-arts-awards/ or contact New Mexico Arts at 505-827-6490, 800-879- 4278 (statewide), or email michelle.laflamme-c@state.nm.us. The events for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are scheduled for September 2020 in Santa Fe.

John Galusha for Huerfano County Commissioner

HUERFANO COUNTY — I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Huerfano County Commissioner. Some of you may know me from the weekly Huerfano County Commissioner meetings.

I was born and raised on the St. Charles Mesa in Pueblo County. My grandfather and father were also born in St. Charles near where the cement plant is today. Many of my great uncles worked in the coal mines and on the railroads in Huerfano County.

I have worked as the Huerfano County Administrator for over 13 years and have created many improvements in our county, including the courthouse restoration, the new Judicial Building and the chip and seal of Toltec and Navajo subdivision roads. I have worked in the trenches to make things happen in our county. I have written and assisted in over $20 million in successful grants to benefit of our county. I have served on the boards of several non-profits and committees and have a good understanding of the needs of our county.

My goals include helping the next county administrator transition into the position without losing the momentum we have in the county. First of all, I will help in writing grants, introducing him or her to people who make the decisions at the state and federal levels, and insights into the budget process.

Secondly, I believe we can tackle the current addiction problem in our county by taking a holistic, strong family approach. We can’t expect our schools to address this problem by themselves. We must offer opportunities for parents with their children to help break the cycle.

And finally, I will stimulate economic growth by creating jobs, helping existing businesses grow, and increase the housing availability throughout the county.

I have recently submitted my resignation to the commissioners and hope to further my service to our county and communities as county commissioner. I will be hosting several meet and greet events at various locations in the county. Let’s get together and talk. You can call me at 719-248-4541 or email galushaforcommissioner@gmail.com.