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Gap Funding help for small business

OUR WORLD — The Pueblo West Chamber and Energize Colorado are offering a free event for all southern Colorado small businesses to get one on one counseling for the Gap Funding Friday, September 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main Street in Pueblo. You can sign up to attend a session with experts to answer your questions and help guide you through what is available to you as a business owner.

Please take advantage of this great opportunity. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at the Chamber.

Open to all small business in the Southern Colorado region to come and meet with a representative from Energize Colorado Gap Fund! Get your questions answered, and receive support and feedback to help your business to apply for the funds available! Your small business s or nonprofit may be eligible for a grant up to $15,000 and/or a loan of $20,000 for a total of $35,000.

To book your one-on-one session, call 719-423 -4694 or email: or simply stop by! Be safe, and wear your mask!


The utility & complexity of “Hamilton: The Musical”

OUR WORLD — Join us on Zoom tonight, Thursday, September 3, 6 pm for our next Borderlands of Southern Colorado online lecture. In this lecture, Roberto Montoya will present “The Utility & Complexity of Hamilton: The Musical”

Join us for a discussion as we explore the brilliance of Lin Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece and its applications for understanding culture and identity. Simultaneously, we will examine the pernicious erasure of Black and Native peoples.

Our dialogue will be led by Roberto Montoya, Hip Hop Pedagogue, host of Theory Heads Podcast, West Regional Manager with the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), Scholar, and overall government nerd. The event is free and open to the public. Register for this meeting: 01360/WN_6YB0WD-VSrSilynsnCrxKg

Please consider supporting the Border- lands Lecture Series by contributing at Our Online Borderlands Lecture Series is generously supported by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and Colorado State University Pueblo


4-wheeler fundraiser for animal shelters

TRINIDAD/RATON — Lloyd Rosecrans and his friend H.L. Bowman, have started a small group of avid 4 wheelers who enjoy driving on challenging roads. One road that is a favorite is Co. Rd. 85.5 in Las Animas County. The road is very rough, rock and dirt, one lane and only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. “As a group, we are all animal lovers and the pandemic has really hurt the local animal shelters. We decided last June that we should hold a rally and donate the money raised to the two shelters. We asked for a $20 donation for each vehicle. We are proud to state that 100% of all donations go to the shelters. (We raised $200 in July.)” The route

taken in July, was from Trinidad to Raton. The group is planning on holding this rally twice a year; around the 4th of July, traveling North to South and around Labor Day, traveling South to North.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, 8 a.m. we will begin to assemble at the old Kmart parking lot in Raton, NM. The Group will begin leaving for Sugarite Canyon at 9 a.m.. We will, of course, follow all masking and distance requirements.

We all want to get out of the house and have some safe family fun. This is a very beautiful drive and you will see very rarely seen parts of both Colorado and New Mexico. Basically, you are driving behind Fishers Peak. This is a county road and as such we can not charge anyone to travel on it, however, we request a $20 donation per vehicle for the animal shelters. A map of the route will be provided at the start of the rally. This is a 4 wheel drive road only. For more information call Lloyd at 719-846-2611.


Child Development Associate scholarships available

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with Child Care Innovations-Red Rocks Community College and Mesa County Public Health, is offering scholarships to early childhood professionals to earn or renew their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Offering CDA credential scholarships will help to improve the quality of the early care and education workforce by attracting and retaining highly qualified professionals.

The scholarship will cover the training costs and assessment fees for approximately 220 new CDA candidates and assessment fees for approximately 70 renewal candidates. The scholarship application is open and available now, in English, Spanish and Arabic.

The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education. Earn- ing a CDA credential helps to ensure early childhood professionals are prepared to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual and social development of children.

Funding for the scholarships is part of the $33.5 million Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal that Colorado received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Education.

There is no deadline to apply for a scholarship. Funds are limited, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For individual assistance with questions, please contact Julia Brink, quality improvement program coordinator, Child Care Innovations- Red Rocks Community College, at 303.914.6274 or


Gallagher Amendment informational webinars

OUR WORLD — Downtown Colorado Inc. (DCI) and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) have teamed up once again to establish and present educational content to build awareness and informed action on the Gallagher Amendment in advance of the November election as the Colorado Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Property Tax Assessment Rates Measure has made it to November’s ballot.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m. join us for a panel discussion with Rural Representatives, moderated by Reeves Brown, who will dis- cuss the unintended consequences of the statewide amendment which has adverse impacts on Colorado’s rural communities.

“Why Should I Care About Gallagher?” will be presented Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.. Join us for a conversation with some of Colorado’s top fiscal policy experts who will address these challenges and possible ways to amend them.

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., DCI’s Big Talks Series features Joe Minicozzi of Urban 3 will dive into Colorado Tax Policy, what do our policies encourage, and what will Gallagher and TABOR mean in a post pandemic economy.

DCI BIG TALK: The Future of Fiscal Health will be on tap Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m.. Join us for a panel discussion with Urban Representatives, moderated by Reeves Brown, who will discuss the unintended con- sequences of the statewide amendment which has adverse impacts on Colorado’s metro areas across the state.

Please contact Maggie at with and questions about how to register, suggestions or comments!


Calling all seamstresses (and seamsters)

OUR WORLD — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice. serving Huerfano and Las Animas County, is looking for caring seamstresses that would volunteer to help craft simple bears out of fabric that belonged to a loved one that has passed on. The bears can provide comfort to people of all ages and the fabric will remind them of their beloved. It is a great project and a great way to be involved in Hospice work. It would be at most a few hours a month at your home sewing machine. Please call or text me for more details: Sandy Dolak 719-251-1271.



HCCC is back! Zoom meeting today at noon.

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) will be sponsored by the Business Alliance this year. Our first meeting Thursday, September 3, 12 p.m. will be a Zoom meeting. To receive an invitation to the meeting email: Deb Channel at: Please let Deb Channel know if you have anything you want discuss on the agenda. Although we are on limited exposure, there’s a lot going on.


Grand Re-opening of Iconic Dental

WALSENBURG — The Iconic Dental office, 624 Main Street, has been remodeled and expanded with a clean and updated interior, new HVAC with A/C. Iconic Dental will have the same great dentist, James Shoff, DMD and staff plus they are introducing Dr. Eddy Evans and a new dental hygienist to work alongside Dr. Shoff.

The grand reopening of the office will be held the week of through Friday, September 4. There will be prizes and special deals.


La Veta Farmers Market today

LA VETA — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday through Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.


Self-defense course at Two Peaks Fitness

LA VETA — Defend yourself! Two Peaks Fitness is offering a 3-week series in self-defense training. Learn how to protect yourself in these 1 hour sessions, every Thursday through September 10, at 6 p.m. at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main Street. Due to social distancing requirements, this group session is limited to 5 attendees. Free to Two Peaks Fitness members; $5 daily fee for non-members. For more information, call 719-742-3555.


Coffee w/ Sandy White

LA VETA — Join Sandy for coffee from 9 – 10 a.m. on Friday, September 4, at Corners Café, 701 South Main Street, La Veta. From 9 – 10 on Friday, September 11, La Veta Country Market, 200 North Main Street, La Veta.


Joyce Rankin in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Joyce Rankin, from the State Board of Education, will visit Walsenburg, Friday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 511 Main Street.

Is distance learning working? How far behind are our students? What is the most important role of a teacher? These and other questions will be discussed. The event is open to all community members and is sponsored by the Huerfano County Republican Party.

Colorado is among eleven states that have elected school boards. The rest have appointed boards, most of which are appointed by the governor. Let your voice be heard and come visit Rankin on Friday, September 4th. She is your State Board of Education representative.


New hours for Two Peaks Fitness

LA VETA — Two Peaks Fitness is expanding their hours. Now open every day from 5 a.m. to midnight. Door code required for entry 5 – 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.-midnight. For membership information, call 719-742-3555 or come by 216 S Main St in La Veta.


Coat, hat, and glove drive at Lathrop

WALSENBURG — Lathrop State Park is host- ing a winter clothing drive for boys and girls during the month of September. All clothing will be distributed to our local Huerfano County schools: Peakview, Gardner, and La Veta. We need usable hats, gloves, and coats for boys and girls. There are three drop off lo- cations: Lathrop State Park visitor center; Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, 23500 US Hwy 160; and JM Tire, 928 Main Street. For more information contact Danette Barela at 719-738-2376 x 7 or .


Live music at Walsenburg Golf Course and La Plaza

WALSENBURG — Kurt Corsair will perform Friday, Sept. 5, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Walsenburg Golf Course. Come out and enjoy a meal and music under the new management. Saturday, Sept. 6, 6 to 9 p.m. Kurt will perform on the patio at La Plaza Inn. Make your plans and give us a call at (719) 738-5700 and request your table on the patio or at the clubhouse. Music starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.


Drive-in movie every Friday

LA VETA — The teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be hosting a drive-in movie every Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the 4-H barn. For $5 per person, you will be able to watch the movie from the safety and comfort of your car and listen through the radio.


La Veta Village garage sale

LA VETA — Every Saturday through Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a garage sale at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco Street. There are many items; something for everyone. All donations go toward the Assisted Living Project.


Gardner Farmers Market

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks and follow current county and state guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or


Fall Show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council invites everyone to the opening reception for the Fall Show, with featured artists Rebecca Meyers, Hugh Keating and Carrie Fox this Saturday, Sept. 5, between 5 – 7 p.m. Due to Health Dept. requirements, only 10 people at a time are allowed inside, face coverings, and social distancing are required, so no refreshments. The show will be on display until Oct. 3.

Rebecca Meyers is showing an amazing collection of Native American and African cultures’ masks, created from clay and re-purposed materials. Along the same lines, Gary Weston has new fantastical works also from re-purposed materials. Hugh Keating is showing some of his crayon and acrylic works featuring loosely rendered architectural scenes on canvas, and Carrie Fox has included con- temporary embroidery and photography “sketches” inspired by the rivers and wildlife in Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Other area artists sharing their original art are Kathy Hill, Ann Gethen, Cathy Mullens, Pat Newell, Karen Voepel, Kenny Schneider, Barb Kowalik, Jim Lambert, Gordon “Shorty” Schockey, Martha Lancaster, and Linda Shelley.


Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sun- day Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to Cu- and click on the Worship Service Tab.


Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market every Sunday

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all.


Joyful walking & intuitive movement

LA VETA — We walk and make, with gentle, intuitive movement, stops along the way each Tuesday morning, 10 to 11:30 a.m. with yoga teacher Ruth, dance instructor Ashley, and peach pilgrim Laura. Starting location may change weekly. For the current week’s starting location check our FaceBook page “Joyful Walking in La Veta” or call 630-864-8992 or 415-233-2632. Due to COVID-19, gathering size limited. While it is not required, you can reserve your space in advance by calling one of the above numbers. Walks are free. Donations accepted but not expected. Please bring masks, hats, water, sunscreen, walking shoes. Come once, once-in-a-while, or weekly.


September Care and Share

WALSENBURG — The next Care and Share will be held Tuesday, September 8, 10 a.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center. Please come no earlier than one hour before distribution time to respect the neighborhood and avoid traffic congestion.


Huerfano County Republicans meeting

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the Huerfano Republican Party will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, 6 p.m. via Zoom or in per- son at the headquarters, 511 Main Street. We meet once a month, every 2nd Tues, at 6pm. We have a meet and greet starting at 5:30 and after the meeting, we eat at La Plaza Inn.


Free sports physicals at Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic

WALSENBURG — Whether they’re dribbling, kicking or running; if your kids are playing sports this year, they need a sports physical. We’re happy to tell you that Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is providing FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS to local students on Wednesday, September 9, 8:30 to 4 p.m. at our Outreach Clinic in downtown Walsenburg.

Call 738-5200 to schedule your appointment.
• We will be limiting the number of appointments to ensure proper social distancing and sanitation.
• Call from your vehicle when you arrive to check in: 719-738- 5200
• Wear a mask and bring your own pen.
• Only one parent/guardian per student will be allowed inside.
• If you cannot make Sept. 9th, we will be hosting another Free Sports Physical Day in November, date to be announced later.

Sports physicals are not a substitute for well-child checks. Schedule that visit first and we can include your child’s important immunizations. These exams are typically covered by insurance or medicaid.


American Legion Post 16 meeting

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg American Legion Post 16 will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m.. The meeting will be held at the Huerfano Community Bible Church, 603 Leon Avenue. We will continue to abide by all current CDC and Huerfano County Health Department guidelines during the meeting. Masks will be required and six foot distancing will be adhered to. If you are feeling any symptoms of the Coronavirus, or are ill or just do not want to come to a public meeting, please stay home, your health and your family’s health are more important. Meeting topics will include: Membership, the upcoming Blood Drive and current events affecting the Legion. All Veterans are invited to attend. For further information, contact the Post Commander, Gary Baldwin at 719-738-2801.


La Veta/Cuchara Chamber to meet 9/10

LA VETA — The La Veta Cuchara Chamber will be holding their monthly meeting September 10, 2020. Meetings are open to the public. If you wish to be on the agenda, please contact us two days before the meeting at info@lavetacuchara-


MoF call for artists for “COVID-19 Crisis or Opportunity” show

WALSENBURG — We are planning a new exhibit “COVID- 19 Crisis or Opportunity – Artists Response Group Exhibition,” September 11 thru November 30. There is still time to submit your work. The theme is creativity in the time of COVID-19, the works do not need to represent the virus or its negative consequences. The theme is open ended – what you produced during the shut down? (film, video, sculpture, fabric art, paintings, prints etc.). Please send me or Brendt images of the works you would like to exhibit, if you are local perhaps you will be able to drop the works off in the next couple of weeks (please make an appointment – 719- 738-2858 or email: or All works will be considered for inclusion and we will discuss the postage options available if you are interested.

Currently we have Elizabeth Hansen from California, Brendt Berger, and three other artists not confirmed as of yet. We are practicing social distancing and can not admit anyone who does not wear a mask or adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Huerfano and Las Animas Health Department rules.


Ricky Tims presents new novel at book signing event

LA VETA — Southern Colorado quilter and musician, Ricky Tims, will launch his fantasy novel for the young and young at heart in a one-day book signing of his newly-released novel, Lizzy Albright and the Attic Window, Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Tims Art Retreat Center, 105 W Ryus Avenue.

The event will be held outdoors in the front courtyard. Social distancing will be enforced, and attendees are required to wear masks.

The fantasy novel, co-written by Ricky Tims and Kat Bowser, will be available for sale at the event. Ricky offers to personalize and autograph books upon request and will allow socially distanced photo opportunities. The story is targeted to middle grades and young adults of all ages. It has been described as Harry Potter meets The Wizard of Oz meets Alice in Wonderland. The story’s heroine is Lizzy Albright, a red-headed, freckle-faced girl from Overland Park, Kansas, who is celebrating her tenth birthday on Christmas Eve 1964.

The book includes an antique quilt, a talking goose, and the cursed Kingdom of Ailear, and many unexpected twists and turns. The book is available locally at La Veta Mercantile, and La Veta Gallery on Main. Those who prefer to shop online can find it on Amazon. The eBook is available for instant download at

With the publication of this book, Tims adds novelist to his long list of creative endeavors. Ricky was born and raised in North Texas, but now resides on a remote mountain parcel not far from La Veta. Contact Information for Ricky Tims, Inc. is Heather Lee at 719-742-3755 or .


American Legion Blood Drive / Vietnam Veteran Commemoration

WALSENBURG — The American Legion, Post 16 will be host- ing a Community Blood Drive on National POW/MIA Remembrance Day, Friday, September 18, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Avenue. It is highly recommended that if you desire to donate blood that you make an appointment by calling Vitalant at 1-800-365- 0006, ext. 2 or online at If you use the online option, you can fill out a medical questionnaire to bring with you on the date of the appointment. The American Red Cross has determined that there is a nationwide Blood shortage and your donation would be greatly appreciated.

Additionally we will be honoring Vietnam War Era Veterans that served in the military between November 1, 1955 and May 15th, 1975. Veterans that served during that period can come to the Community Center and pick up a Commemorative Pin, Certificate and “Thanks” from a grateful Nation for your service. To remember the Prisoners of War (POW) and Missing In Action (MIA) a small table will be set up in the Gymnasium to memorialize the over 81,900 US Service Members of our military still Missing or Unaccounted for from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and other conflicts.

We will be observing all CDC, State and local Health Department Guidelines. Wearing of masks and Social Distancing is mandatory. Masks and Hand Sanitizer will be available at the Community Center. For additional information call Vice Commander Keith Hauber (816) 277-4833.


Tire collection event in Walsenburg

WALSENBURG — Last year the “tire roundup” was for the 81055 La Veta area. This year it is for 81089 Walsenburg area. The event will be on Saturday, September 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of Walsenburg Public Works garage parking lot, 525 S. Albert.

Each household is limited to nine passenger auto or light truck tires. Proof of 81089 residence will be needed. If you have tires that are larger than 22 inches in diameter, or tires with rims in, call ahead and leave a message at 303-449-6483 so that we can make arrangements with the private hauler to accept them. This collection event is not open to any commercial entity or tire business.

This year’s “tire roundup” will be conducted by volunteer members of the Huerfano County2 Road Clean Up Committee just as the La Veta event last year. This collection is a free service of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment



Community forum on Santa Fe Trail construction

TRINIDAD — Citizens of Trinidad are invited and encouraged to attend a public forum hosted by the City to discuss the Santa Fe Trail Construction Project Thursday, September 3, 5 p.m. via GoToMeeting. To ensure your opportunity to speak during this public forum, because this is a virtual meeting platform, the public is encouraged to sign up in advance so as to be recognized by the meeting moderator. Please contact Audra Garrett, City Clerk, at 719-846-9843, ext. 135 or at to sign up to speak. If unable to sign up in advance, you will be allowed to chat in a request to speak during the forum.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. . You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (408) 650-3123 ; Access Code: 374-419-397

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:


Trinidad School District 1 announces universal free breakfast and lunch

TRINIDAD — Trinidad School District 1 is participating in a Universal Lunch and School Breakfast Program for the current school year. If your children attend TSD 1, breakfast and lunch will be available to them at no charge. All students enrolled at this school may participate.

Studies show that children who are not hungry perform better in school. By providing lunch to all children at no charge, we are hoping to create a better learning environment for our students.

The school breakfasts and lunches we serve follow U.S. Dept. of Agriculture guidelines for healthy school meals. The School Breakfast and Lunch Program cannot succeed without your support; please encourage your children to participate in the school meal programs.

Meals will be served to all students at no charge regardless of eligibility status. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the on- line learning students can pick up meals at the Eckhart Elementary School ONLY. We will not be providing meals for anyone other than enrolled students in our district. Adults may still purchase a meal for $3.75.

If it is possible we would appreciate the parents call 719- 845-2051 from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday -Friday if you are going to pick up meals for your children so that we can prepare enough food. If you have questions about the program, please contact Kathy Vigil, food service director, at 719-845-2051.


Looking for your purr-fect match? Noah’s Ark Cat Days of Summer Adopt-A-Thon

TRINIDAD — Through Friday, Sept. 4 all cat and kitten adoptions are 50% off! We’re at catpacity with 50 fantastic felines who are looking for loving homes. It’s a wonderful time to adopt! All our cat adoptions include spay/neuter, current vaccines, 30 days of free pet health insurance, a $10 follow up vet visit at Trinidad Animal Clinic, a $5 microchip offer, and more!

Adult cat adoptions normally start at $25, but during this one-week event, you can adopt a nice adult cat for $12.50! Kitten adoptions normally start at $60, but during this one- week event, you can adopt a kitten for just $30!


Senior Day at Books & More

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


Good Food Project farm stand Friday

JANSEN — Stop by to see us as we expand our selection of in season organic and locally grown produce at the Good Food Project! The farm stand is located on Highway 12 in Jansen, on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..

This week: Silver queen corn, Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, Colorado honey, Farm fresh eggs, Homemade elderberry jam, Baked goods, Arnold Palmer (tea/lemonade) with organic cane sugar and fresh lemons. More produce to be announced soon!


Diabetes Self Management

TRINIDAD — Friday, September 4, 2 – 5 p.m. Mt Carmel Health, Wellness, & Community Center presents a Diabetes Self Management Education and Support (DSMES) class. Join today to learn about: Healthy eating, Being active, Monitoring blood sugar ,Taking medications, Problem solving, Healthy coping, and Reducing your health risks. Call Dr. Ivory Raye to register or for more information: 719-201-5589


Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has a full slate of events for August.
•Saturday, Sept. 5, 6 to 9 p.m., Songwriters’ Series

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.


Body Wellness – Lose weight! Feel great!

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center is hosting an 11 week course on Body Wellness with Dr. Scott Uhalt, Ph.D. of Health Promotions to lose weight & feel great!

Body wellness is a comprehensive program designed not only to help you lose weight but to also offer ways to improve your overall health. Learn how to make changes that will lead to healthy living! The course runs from August 27 – November 5 | 11 weeks for only $99!
Includes: Two – in-person meetings with Dr. Uhalt at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center. nine – virtual lessons/discussion via zoom. Please call 719-845-4894 to register.


PWP Bags & Brews river cleanup –

TRINIDAD — Join us for a COVID-19 friendly, socially distanced river cleanup gathering on the Purgatoire River, followed by fun & drinks Saturday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. at Cimino Park . Come clean up the river, get out of the house, and see some new faces that aren’t your family members or your cat!

Whether you’ve been waiting all winter and spring to get out and do something great for the river, or you are just sick of being cooped up in isolation – whatever your reason we’d love to have you! This fun monthly social(ly distanced) event consists of spending a couple hours in good company cleaning up the Purgatoire River and filling bags with trash, then we head over to a local pub or restaurant for some refreshment!

Trash bags, brand new gloves, factory-sealed bottles of cold water, washed safety vests, disinfecting wipes are provided. Participants should bring whatever additional personal protective gear you would like – sunscreen, hat, mask, personal water bottle, your own gloves, etc.. Please call us if you have any questions (cell 970-420-1915)!


Free legal help at Carnegie Library

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


THCU Presents David Rodriguez & Friends at Fort Wootton!

TRINIDAD — Join us for Fort Comedy! Socially distanced outdoor comedy is back in Trinidad featuring David Rodriguez and Allison Rose hosted by Jay Gillespie Saturday, September 12, 6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show time in the courtyard at Fort Wootton! Tickets will be $10 in advance and $15 at the door.


Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial planning

TRINIDAD — The next meeting of the planning for the Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial group will be Monday, Sept. 14. For more information contact: Marty Hackett, Welcome Center Man- ager, Tourism Manager, Event Coordinator, 309 Nevada Ave., 719-846-9512, .


Care and Share food distribution

TRINIDAD — The next Care and Share food distribution will be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m., for seniors and 11:30 a.m. for everyone. The distribution ends at 1 p.m. or until food is gone at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds. Please come no sooner than one hour before distribution time to respect the neighborhood and avoid traffic


Branson Hi Lo Country Gravel Grinder

BRANSON — Join us for the fabulous gravel bike ride in southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico Saturday Sept. 19. There are 28, 50 and 100-mile routes. Visit: to get more information.


Paws in the Park canceled but low cost vaccinations available

TRINIDAD — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, NAAWA will not be hosting Paws in the Park during Labor Day week- end this year. We know that many pets rely upon the Paws in the Park event for annual vaccinations, microchips, and city licensing. Please know that pet’s needing vaccines, microchip- ping, or city licensing can still get them at our daily low-cost clinic. Please make an appointment for your pet by calling 719-680-2385 so that your pet will be up to date on everything they need. Know also that we are exploring the option of host- ing a similar event that will be combined with Santa Paws for mid-fall. But please do not wait to get your pet vaccines – it is very important for them to be protected against disease.


Aguilar Library now open

AGUILAR — The Aguilar Public Library is open allowing one patron at a time with the required safety measures in place: A face covering must be worn at all times while in the library and a 6 ft distance between each computer will be practiced and cleaned after each use. Thank you for allowing us to serve you in a safe and healthy way. Our business days and hours are as follows: Thanks again!

Closed: Sun & Mon

Open: Tues, Thurs, Fri, and Sat from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Wed: 12:30 pm – 4:30 p.m.



Raton Recycling Center

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

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

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


Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

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


The Angel Fire Art & Farmers’ Market

ANGEL FIRE — The Angel Fire Art and Farmers Market is held every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all summer at Frontier Park in the heart of Angel Fire.

Our market is a weekly showcase featuring a diverse selection of local and regional artists, great live music, food artisans & fresh produce. The market provides resources and opportunities to help grow small endeavors and provides a meeting place for a vibrant local community.

Commonly found at our market:

-Fresh regional produce
-Hatch Green Chile roasted on the spot

-Farm fresh eggs

-Local meat and dairy products

-Artisanal bread and baked goods

-Raw honey & much more…

We are asking visitors to take the following precautions:

-Park at least 1 space away from others
-Wear a mask
-Utilize hand sanitizers upon entering and exiting

-Stay at least 6 ft away from others


Raton Regional Aquatic Center open for lap swims

RATON — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation-Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open. Lap Swim is Monday-Fridays 6 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p. m.- 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 – 11 a.m..


Colfax County Rapid Response meeting

RATON — The next meeting of the Colfax County Rapid Response volunteer firefighting community based organization will be to- night, Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street. Currently we engage in Wild land and Structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and forth Thursdays.


44th Annual InBank Virtual Exhibition & Sale

RATON — The 44th Annual InBank Exhibition and Sale will be virtual this year. Artists can drop off works Friday, September 11, 12 – 4 p.m. at The Old Pass Gallery, 145 S. 1st Street. Masks are required when dropping off work.

The show opens online Tuesday, Sept. 15, through Friday, September 18. Since the show will be virtual this year due to statewide mandates and COVID safe practices, there will not be any in-person viewing of the show and there will also not be a reception this year. However, the show must go on, so we will be selling all pieces through our online gallery. This will give our artists a nationwide audience.

The Virtual Sale and Exhibit will be online at . For additional information or questions email: or call 575-445-2052.


MCMC Auxiliary Thrift Shop

RATON — The MCMC Thrift shop is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at their location on South 2nd Street next to Old City Market Building. Please only bring donations during our operating hours.

*PLEASE* we cannot accept large furniture and appliance type donations, we have no way to store them or to move them. Thank you for your understanding.


Elk’s Thrift Store opens

RATON — Elks Lodge Thrift Store, 1180 S 2nd Street will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm. Only three patrons allowed in the store to meet social distancing guidelines. Thrift store proceeds assist with our com- munity projects sponsored by Elks Lodge #865.


Alternatives to Violence Thrift Store

RATON — Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays weekly. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Historic First Street in Raton next to the Patchwork Phoenix. Accepting donations during open hours, please.


Open Hands Thrift Store ~ Cimarron

CIMARRON — Open Hands Thrift Store, 357 E 9th Street, will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Customers must wear masks and only 3 shoppers allowed inside at a time for social distancing guidelines.

We are only taking donations on Friday and Saturdays. If items are left at the shed they must be thrown away, so please follow the safety and drop off guidelines. We will take furniture by appointment, please call the numbers on the door. Thank you for helping us get through this time.



Annual San Isidro Mass

TINAJA — The Annual San Isidro Mass and function will take place at the San Isidro Church in Tinaja, New Mexico, (off county road 810) on Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. A potluck lunch will take place following the Mass. -Due to the COVID-19 Virus Restrictions, please bring your face masks if you plan to attend. Questions? Call Liz Romero at 575- 445-8435.

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