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County Briefs for April 10, 2008

City water to be shut off  April 16

WALSENBURG- The city will be working on the water lines on April 16, 2008 in the area of the Welton Ave. between Maple south to Spruce streets.  They will be running water lines to the new sports field.  YOUR WATER WILL BE OFF UNTIL CREWS COMPLETE THE JOB, NO LONGER THAN ONE DAY.

Container gardening

PUEBLO- CSU Extension/Pueblo County is accepting registration for Gardening in Containers class scheduled for Monday, April 21, 2008 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Pueblo Zoo.  For more information contact the CSU Extension office at 583-6566.  Pre-registration is required and the fee is $15. 

Book signing and writing workshop

WALSENBURG- San Luis Valley author and writing teacher Wayne Sheldrake, author of "Instant Karma: The Heart and Soul of a Ski Bum" and the forthcoming "Forgotten Creek: Seasons on a High Country Homestead," will be coming to Spanish Peaks Library District in Walsenburg on May 24 for a public lecture and book signing.

    The lecture begins at 10:30 am and is free and open to the public.

    Sheldrake will return at 2 pm to teach a writers′ workshop. There is a $30 fee to pre-register for this event, or $40 at the door. Proceeds from the book signing and workshop benefit the upcoming Grand Opening Celebration at the new library building.  An outline of the workshop and a printable registration form are available at the library and at This is an exciting and unique opportunity for aspiring, contracted, and published authors to polish their craft under an experienced and award-winning teacher.

    Learn more at or www.waynesheldrake.comor call 738-2774.

  Huerfano County Relay-for-Life

HUERFANO-There will be a committee and team captain meeting for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life group onApril 16 at 6 pm at the Re-1 School administration office, 611 W. 7th, in Walsenburg.   There are only two months left to finalize plans, so it is urgent that everyone involved attend.

Health Fair soon

WALSENBURG- Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center and the Spanish Peaks Health Care Foundation invite you to the seventh annual Huerfano County Health Fair on Saturday April 19th at the Walsenburg Community Center from 9am until noon.  The theme this year is “Caring for the Community.”  Results of your blood work will be available at the Health Fair.  (There will be no blood work drawn at the event.  The blood draws have already taken place.)

    There is something for everyone in the family with more than 40 booths and vendors. There will be lots of door prizes and freebies.

REMINDER: Ladies Victorian Hat Workshop

LA VETA- Francisco Fort Museum is hosting a Ladies Victorian Hat Workshop this Sat. April 12 from 1 pm until 3:30 pm in the upstairs meeting room of the La Veta Library.  There will be discussion of the history and style of the 19th Century woman’s hat, along with the opportunity for participants to construct their own hats.  Hat blanks are available, as well as  other materials, but participants are encouraged to bring their own items such as ribbon, lace and floral patterns.  Cost is $25 or $15 if you provide your own blank.  Refreshments are available.  All proceeds will benefit the Francisco Fort Museum’s 2008 educational programs. Call 738-1312 for more info.

Attention Veterans-American Legion Meeting

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County/Walsenburg American Legion meeting will be held April 25th, at 7 pm at the Iron Horse restaurant in Walsenburg, 503 West 7th St.  The District 8 Commander will be present so veterans are encouraged to come to the meeting and join in.

Spring Time Sing Time

WALSENBURG- On April 12 at the Huerfano County Community Center, the Ministry through Music will host various singing groups in praise and worship of God.  The event starts at 1 pm, and a fellowship dinner will follow.

Scrappy Ladies

HUERFANO- The Scrappy Ladies Quilt Guild was established in 1996 as a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of promoting the tradition, culture and history of quiltmaking.  The guild does this through monthly meetings and an annual quilt show, plus parties and fieldtrips (to fabric shops and quilt shows of course).

    Meetings are the second Monday of each month at 9:30 am at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg, and consist of a short business meeting, a learn/how-to session, and bring-n-brag, followed with a pot luck luncheon. This really means folks get together and decide what they want to do, learn something about quilting, look at each others quilts, and then eat, all the while enjoying each other’s friendship.  Many of the members say they have met their best friends at quilting.

    The group also makes quilts for many different charities and often sews other items for charity as well.  They have done quilts for the dialysis center, veterans, migrant program, newborns and more.  They have made skirts for girls in an African orphanage, neck coolers for the troops, diapers and diaper bags for a migrant program, teddy bears for police officers, and much more.

    Besides the monthly meetings, the group has a monthly newsletter and puts on an annual quilt show on the 4th of July in La Veta.

    The next meeting of Scrappy Ladies Quilt Guild will be Mon. April 14 at 9:30 am at the Walsenburg Community Center.  Right now there are about 20 Scrappy Ladies in the group and they would like to add at least ten more members this year.  Annual dues are only $10. 

    Currently, members are from La Veta, Rye, Colorado City, and Walsenburg.  It is not necessary to know how to quilt to join.  Everyone is welcome.  If you are interested please call President Barb Marovitz at 1-719-676-3201 or Tommi Lard at 738-2172.

Tourism Progress

HUERFANO- Encouraging Front Range residents to head to Huerfano County this summer, the tourism council (advisory) and tourism board (legal funding) have contracted for a county-wide website, newspaper and magazine ads, advertised on, met with national and international tour operators and distributed lodging tax funds to local organizations.  This month, costumed volunteers will meet with state legislators.  Lodging tax money hopefully can be used for some matching grants for even more promotions, all using the theme Spanish Peaks Country.

    Seed money for advertising has gone to  the La Veta-Cuchara Chamber for a brochure and to the Huerfano County Chamber for Walsenburg′s Black Diamond Jubilee.  Small counter-top brochure racks will soon be ready for businesses.

    Costumed volunteers riding the Rio Grande Railroad La Veta train on weekends to the top of La Veta pass and back will hand out information, especially on Memorial Day weekend.

    Anyone interested in tourism is invited to the council meetings; the next one is 9 am Thurs. May 1, at Lathrop State Park visitors center.    Tourism council and board questions may be addressed to Debra Malone, chair, Carolyn Newman, secretary, and Mickey Villella, treasurer.


4-H Council Meeting

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County 4-H Council will meet on Mon. April 14 at 7 pm at the community center in Walsenburg.

    Please note that the 4-H project Add/Drop deadline is on April 15.

    County residents are also encouraged to attend the spaghetti dinner on Sunday April 20 which will raise funds for Adam Kimbrel and Hallie Homerding’s trip to Washington DC.