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County Briefs for Mar. 20, 2008

Easter Activities

WALSENBURG- As Holy Week and Easter are fast approaching the United Church in Walsenburg  is inviting the community to know that they are invited to worship services as follows:

• Fri. Mar. 21, noon,  Good Friday.  The service will be one of contemplation, music and the Word. Pastor Susie Wickiser will speak.

• Sunday Mar. 23, 11 am.  Easter Sunday.  A procession will bring all worship materials into the sanctuary and the banners that are veiled will be revealed.  The choir will sing, the people will sing, and Pastor Susie Wickiser will speak.

    The community is invited to all of our events.  The church is located at 108 Kansas Ave. 

Easter Egg Hunt

WALSENBURG- The Easter Bunny will make an appearance in Huerfano County on Sat. Mar. 22 at the Eagles Hall, 612 Main St. in Walsenburg.  If the weather is nice enough, the egg hunt will be held at Fiesta Park.  Notice of location will be posted on the Eagles door.  Categories are:

•Toddler to age 4  11:30 – 12

•Ages 5 to 7             12 – 12:30

•Ages 8 to 10         12:30 – 1

Property Owners Meet

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano/ Las Animas County Property Owners Association meeting will be held Mar. 22 at the Huerfano Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue, Walsenburg 10am to 2pm.  Discussion will center on weed control.  New participants are encouraged to attend. Contact Cissy Severance or call 719-738-2475.

Conga cancelled

WALSENBURG- The Spanish Peaks Library District conga event originally scheduled for March 29 has been postponed indefinitely.  The new time of the event will be announced when it is rescheduled.


Re-1 Parent/Teacher WALSENBURG & GARDNER- Parent/Teacher Conferences for Re-1 schools will be Thu. Mar. 20.  School will be dismissed at 2 pm.  If you have questions, please contact your school principal.

Business Roundtables Launching

WALSENBURG– The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (COEDIT) is collaborating with area organizations and agencies to host a dinner meeting for business owners and operators to learn how to reduce energy bills in their businesses. This first “Business Roundtable” will be held on Thurs. Mar. 27 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg. Agencies and organizations will be present to provide information on programs and processes to reduce energy bills for businesses. Among those invited to present are US Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Governor’s Energy Office, San Isabel Electric Association, Tri-State Electric and Walsenburg Utilities.

     Area business owners may make reservations by calling the  County Commissioners’ office at 738-2370.

     Those collaborating in this initiative include COEDIT, Huerfano County, CSU Extension, Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) and La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce (LVCCC). This collaborative group will be surveying participants to establish direction for future Business Roundtables. The overall objective of this initiative is business retention, growth and expansion in Huerfano County.   For more information contact Jenanne Pearson, HCCC president or Steve Perkins LVCCC president.

Pinon Canyon event tonight!

LA VETA- Be at the Parkside on Ryus Street in La Veta tonight by 7 pm to hear presentations about the Army’s plans to take an additional 415,000 acres of southeastern Colorado for expanding its live ammunition maneuver site.  Everyone is also invited to enjoy some music by Willson & McKee and Brent and Babz, and become better informed.

    Contact Tom Doerk, event coordinator at 719-742-3776 for information.

Native Plant Master

PUEBLO- Have you always wanted to learn more about the beautiful plants that grow in nature? Would you like to learn how to use them in your landscape? Consider becoming a Native Plant Master! Get to know the plants of Colorado by taking the Colorado Native Plant Master Program this summer. Three courses are scheduled to meet during 2008: on May 3, 10 and 17 at Pueblo Mountain Park; on June 7, 14 and 21 at Greenhorn Meadows Park; and on August 16, 23 and September 6 at Pueblo Mountain Park.

    The Pueblo CSU Extension office is accepting applications through April 18.  Call 583-6566, or stop in at 212 W. 12th St. Suite 220, in Pueblo to sign up.  Enrollment is limited and you must be 21 or older to apply. Each course fee is $90, or $50 if you choose to become a Native Plant Master.  Fees cover the course handouts and some refreshments. Other resources will be available for purchase during the course.

    Each course meets for three classes, held on successive Saturday mornings for 4 hours at a park or open space area. An experienced plant guide will teach you how to use a plant key to learn plant family characteristics, and help you to identify at least 10 native and non-native plant species per class through hands-on explorations. The course settings can be moderately strenuous, may include adverse weather and require the ability to walk up to two miles.  You may apply for acceptance into one of these three courses, or, to become a certified Native Plant Master, apply for and pass all three course sessions by taking an exam and teaching 20 other people about native plants by December 31.

    The mission of the Native Plant Master Program is to provide education about the biological and human values of Colorado plants in order to foster stewardship and sustainable use of plant resources. During the training, you will learn that diverse native plant communities are a critical part of Colorado’s wildlife habitats, that native plant communities are being drastically changed or destroyed, and that loss of native plant community’s costs money.

    For more information, see , or contact the CSU Extension Office at 583-6566.

Democratic Delegates

Huerfano County Democrats met Wed. Mar. 12 to choose delegates to the Colorado Democratic Party 2008 State Assembly and Convention, to be held in Colorado Springs on May 16 and 17. 

    Delegates were selected according to results of the evening’s presidential preference  poll. Therefore, seven delegates pledged to Barack Obama will attend, along with four delegates supporting Hillary Clinton.  Delegates are: Michelle Appel, Cindy Campbell, Carla Dolce, David Gnaizda, Bill Guise, Bill Haynes, Nelson Holmes, Laurie McIlvaine,  Vikki Odell, Gretchen Orr and Rose Tadlock.

    Alternates are:  Paul Biron, Alvin and Jeanette Booze, Joan Breternitz,  Mark Craddock, Linda Frederick,  Judy Guise,  AnnaJo Sanchez, JoAnn Tomsic, Sylvia Vigil and David Zehring.

    Delegates to the 3rd Judicial District Assembly were also selected.  These delegates will be influential in the district attorney’s race between Lee Hawke and Frank Ruybalid.  

    Resolutions endorsing health care reform and condemning the Right to Work ballot initiative were resoundingly approved for inclusion in the county party’s platform.  These resolutions may now be brought up at the state assembly.

    Officers were elected as well- David Gnaizda is the new head of the Huerfano County Democrats. Cindy Campbell is vice-chair, and Nelson Holmes is secretary.

Quilting News


Royal Gorge Quilt Council will have their quilt show  Little Quilts Go to College at Pueblo Community College in Canon City on March 24- Apr. 5.  If anyone is interested in entering a small wall hanging, call Cora-Lynn at 1-719-275-2522.

New Concert Series

WALSENBURG- The United Church of Walsenburg has created a concert series for our area, and organizers are seeking the  talented people of our area to join in.  

    Those who would like to perform should call Carol Lyon at 989-0826 or Carol Stevens at 738-2293.   Music for the concert should be inspirational.

    Concerts already scheduled feature Lee Domann of Texas, who will be here on May 4 for morning worship and an evening concert, and Bennie and Brian who will be performing in August.

SPACe Correction

The dates listed in last week’s paper for the  2008 Studio and Gallery Tour in La Veta were incorrect.  The correct dates for the tour will be held Aug. 2 and 3 from 9 am – 4 pm both days.   For questions contact Mary Jean at 742-5763.