by Larry Patrick
WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Commissioners met last week with Bruce Kettler, who asked them to sign a forum resolution to support local law enforcement in preventing attempts by the federal government to enact gun control laws.
The commissioners did not sign, saying they have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. However, they believe that any legislation passed by the state or federal government that infringes on the Constitution or the Second Amendment would be decided in the judicial system, not at the county level. The commissioners will continue to focus on the primary areas of their authority— the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Huerfano County.
In other news, Debbie Channel said the annual health fair will be held on April 20th. Blood draws will be taken in Gardner on April 2nd, in Walsenburg on April 3rd and 4th, and in La Veta on April 9th and 10th. Channel also outlined some new services supported at the Outreach Clinic by grants. They include a heart health solutions program, one hundred hours of free mental health care and children’s dentistry program. Citizens can contact the Outreach Clinic for further information.
James Wilcox was named to replace Max Vezzani on the Regional Building Authority. He joins Lonnie Brown and Jacque Sikes.
Dorcas Circle submitted their annual activity report. The clothing bank had over 11,000 visits with nearly 29,000 family members served with free outfits of clothing. The food pantry prepared 1,900 regular food boxes that served over 5,000 people. Dorcas Circle in downtown Walsenburg has volunteers that help people with needs in the community. They are always looking for additional volunteers that can assist.
Gary M. Vezzani was elected Walsenburg’s mayor in Tuesday’s special mayoral election/recall vote. Preliminary results announced Tuesday night show that both Nick Vigil in Ward