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Donate to help build Animal Shelter

OUR WORLD  —  Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association has been collaborating with the City of Trinidad in opening a brand new, modern animal shelter. The beautiful new facility will replace the former city pound, which NAAWA has operated as an animal shelter for the past two decades; the old shelter NAAWA currently operates from is deteriorated and NAAWA’s life-saving work has outgrown the outdated buildings.
In order to get this done, they are running a $25,000 matching challenge, so for a short time, you can double your impact and help finish the new animal shelter. A generous donor is pledging dollar for dollar, to match donations up to a total of $25,000 — making your donation to NAAWA go twice as far! We are challenged to raise $25K in 35 days!
If we succeed, we will have a raised a record breaking total of $50,000! Help us succeed by donating today.
To see a video about the new shelter and to donate, visit

Construction technology at Trinidad State

OUR WORLD  — Students will earn five college credit-hours over the four weeks based on a construction curriculum designed by the National Council for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Students will learn safety, construction math, reading blue prints, operating hand tools and power tools and more during morning classes.  Then in the afternoon they will apply what they’ve learned in a supervised real-world setting, earning three more college credit-hours. Depending on the condition of the house, students can expect to learn about demolition, framing, sheetrock, painting and flooring. (total 8 credit hours)
The program consists of eight credit hours: five credit hours in NCCER Core Curriculum (CON157) and three credit hours of carpentry clinical (CAR170). Students who have previously completed the NCCER Core Curriculum will take the three-credit-hour clinical construction lab only (CAR270) in the place of
CON157 and CAR170.
Upcoming four-week classes are scheduled to start on Sept. 20, 2021, Oct. 25, 2021, and Jan. 17, 2022. Individuals 16 years of age and older are eligible to apply.

Philosophy Cafe talks Language

OUR WORLD  —  Join us on Monday evening, September 13th at 5 p.m., when we discuss the Philosophy of language. Café regular Kim Krisco suggested this topic and provided two articles that summarize a history of philosophical thought about language:
Because of the very broad nature of this topic, and because Kim is a writer, I would like to limit the discussion to the written word. Kim suggested as a starting point, “the power and limitation” of the written word. Let’s start with those two thoughts [or are they only words?] and we’ll see where the discussion goes from there. It should be fascinating.
This will be a remote meeting from ZoomMeeting, so to get an access link and in order to see the articles that will be discussed, please email Tom Potter at

SIEA holding virtual annual meeting

OUR WORLD  —  On San Isabel Electric, for a second year in a row, will be foregoing an in-person annual meeting, conducting the meeting virtually online.
Registration for the 2021 virtual annual meeting will open Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. and close Sept. 18 at noon.  Phone registration will only be available during business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 13 – 17, and on Saturday, Sept. 18 between 10 a.m. and noon.
After registering, members will receive an email with instructions about how to join the meeting. You must pre-register to participate in the live virtual annual meeting.
Members who pre-register will receive a $20 bill credit as a registration gift that will appear on the bill they receive in November.
At the meeting, two big announcements will be made about a $25,000 home energy-efficiency project donation and about future rate stability.
The co-op will also inform the membership about programs available to help lower electric bills.
Members are asked to submit questions through the chat feature during the annual meeting. Answers to questions and a recording of the meeting will be available on following the annual meeting.


Fox Walsenburg weekend movie

WALSENBURG – This weekend’s movie is “Free Guy,” rated PG 13 with a run time of 1 hour 55 minutes and starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, and Taika Waititi.
When a bank teller discovers he’s actually a background player in an open-world video game, he decides to become the hero of his own story — one that he can rewrite himself. In a world where there are no limits, he’s determined to save the day his way before it’s too late and maybe find a little romance with the coder who conceived him.
The show will play on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for students aged 5-12.

Huerfano Farmers Markets

HUERFANO COUNTY — There are a whole bunch of Farmers Markets taking place each week in Huerfano County. Enough, in fact, that you could go to a new market every day from Thursday to Sunday. If that’s not your style, swing on by the closest one to you for fresh local fruits and veggies and hand-crafted goods.
The Gardner Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. under the pavilion next to the Methodist church.
The Walsenburg Farmers Market takes place on Sundays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Heritage Park.
The La Veta Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in front of the Francisco Fort Museum.
The Cuchara Farmers Market takes place on Fridays from 4p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile.

Help out the youth of our community!

HUERFANO COUNTY — This year, SCCY has an abundance of kids attending programming, and we could use your help to continue to promote positive youth development throughout our community.
By sponsoring one youth for $50, you can ensure that that child will be able to attend field trips, continue to learn positive life skills, and be able to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks.
For more info on how to sponsor a child, contact Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth at 719-738-1573. You can send your sponsorship donation to 505 Main St., Walsenburg, CO 81089.
Thank you for supporting the youth of our county so they may continue to realize their dreams!

Youth Sports League Soccer Sign-ups

HUERFANO COUNTY —  For Ages 4-12. Register August 2 through August 30 at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St in La Veta, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Practice begins the week of Sept. 13, with games starting the week of September 27.
Cost $35-$40 based on age; discounts available for families registering more than one child. Scholarships available.
For more information, call Two Peaks Fitness at 719-742-3555 or visit

Lathrop Park events

HUERFANO COUNTY — This week, the words of the week are primordial and whimsical. Cover all your bases at Lathrop State Park.
On Friday, August 27th at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Brian Penn will explain the fascinating and unique geology of the Spanish Peaks (Wahatoya) Region at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater.
On Saturday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m., Christa Penn will discuss the whimsical and curious novelty of the Carousels of Colorado at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater.

Story Time at the Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG – It is so great to be open again and having children’s story time!  We have been hearing a lot that people don’t know that we are open.  We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am – 4 pm.  No appointments necessary.  Come on in and check out some books, read the local newspaper, do printing and faxing, or use a computer.  Story time is every Friday morning from 10:30 am – 11:30 am.  See the schedule below for upcoming programs.  For information contact Ms. Sherry at (719) 738-2774 or
Friday, August 27, No Story Time (Ms. Sherry will be out of town)
Friday, September 3, Bees and honey
Friday, September 10, Grandmas and Grandpas (Grandparents Day is Sept. 12)

Walking Tour of Historic Walsenburg

WALSENBURG – On Saturday, Aug. 28, there will be a walking tour of Walsenburg that will highlight several of the important historical sites.
It will take just a bit of imagination, but with the help of knowledgeable tour guides, walkers may visit the sites of Walsenburg’s fort and its well-known adobe hotel and learn about the buildings now gone and the history which once took place there. The tour will also visit a few building which are still standing.
Speakers at each site during the two-hour walk will give clues of life 140 years ago up to 90 years ago.  Registration will be at the Huerfano County Community Center, East 10th Street and Russell 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Groups of 20 will start out with their guide along the Cucharas River and then will cover six blocks.  A shuttle bus returns walkers to the starting place.  Cost is $15 and includes handouts.  No advance reservations will be taken.  In case of misty rain the walk will go on as scheduled.  If a downpour begins, the tour is cancelled.  For more information call the Huerfano Heritage Center 719-738-2346 or Carolyn Newman 719-738-2840.  The day of the walk call 719-989-0651.

Huerfano area AA and NA meetings

HUERFANO COUNTY — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.

Blues at LV Mercantile

LA VETA — On Friday, August. 27th at 7 p.m., the Claudettes will be performing at the La Veta Mercantile. Come on down for an evening of live Blues and good company. Tickets are available at

Community Barn Dance

LA VETA — The La Veta Village Auxiliary will hold a Community Barn Dance on Saturday, August 28, 7 to 9 p.m., at the 4 H Barn in La Veta, Colorado.
Bring the whole family and spend some time with friends and neighbors.   Cass Cruz and the new local band “Menagerie” will play a variety of music.
A money donation, taken at the door, will be used to purchase kitchen needs at the new La Veta Village Assisted Living facility which will be opening in January of 2022.
We will be selling soft drinks.  No Alcohol, please.
Come join the fun!

Pint & a Half at Deerprint Wine

LA VETA — On Sunday, September 5th at 4p.m., Pint & a Half will be performing at Deerprint Wine in La Veta.
Rooted in Salida, CO and Truth or Consequences, NM, and led by songwriter Duke Sheppard (guitar, vocals, harmonica) and Tami Sheppard (vocals, percussion), Pint & a Half’s music rings out with memorable melodies, expansive vocal harmonies and lingering rhythms that celebrate the colorful tradition of folk, blues and country music and expand the group’s larger-than-life sound. Pint & A Half’s sizzling chemistry and talent for personal storytelling simmers during their energetic performances.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

CircleTalk Meetings Ongoing

WALSENBURG – Don’t miss out! If you are interested in meeting new people and having interesting
and meaningful conversations this is the place to be. You can be a part of a dynamic program that will meet regularly one hour for 12 consecutive weeks
starting on September 8th at 1p.m. At CircleTalk™ you will experience connection, relationships and community! Each week is designed to share perspectives, laughs, personal stories and get to know your community in a completely new way. Call now to register 719.989.8747. Come see what people are talking about!

Conversation on Community Growth at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — “It Takes a Village, It Takes Us ALL”. Thursday September 9 at 6 pm. Hosted by La Veta Public Library as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities Grant. Happening at La Veta Mercantile at 300 S. Main St, La Veta. A conversation exploring how our community best benefits by using healthy communication, collaborations and encouraging positive change.
Join us in discussing the benefits of a supportive community, which includes healthy conversation and communication skills, embracing change, collaboration, partnerships, positive growth, sustainability, and inclusion. Our goal is to cultivate community growth and sustainability through encouraging ideas that benefit the entire community.
Refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact

Register for Spanish Peaks Half Marathon

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks 3rd Annual Half Marathon is an out and back run on Highway 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends, designated a National Scenic Byway in February 2021. This year on Sunday, September 19, the course includes a gradual outbound ascent totaling 756 feet of elevation gain and a smooth, even  downhill cruise when the first half’s work is done. The turning point is arguably at one of the most scenic areas of the Highway of Legends with the stone dike formations looming to the east.
The Half Marathon is a Raba Cinco event.
New this year is the 2-person Half Marathon Relay. Also available is a Fun Run option.
The Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay begin at 8:30 am, with the Fun Run at 9 a.m.
All runs begin and end at the La Veta Town Park.
Information at Registration at
Scholarships for the half marathon and relay available for teens; contact to register.

  Calling all former and possible new vendors! ArtoCade 2021 is happening this year on Saturday, Sept. 11 and it will be a great opportunity to sell your goods or get the word about something important you care about.
Setup is at 8 a.m., the parade is at noon, and teardown will take place at 4 or  p.m., depending on the crowds, so there will be ample opportunity for folks to see your booth.
If you are interested in having a booth at ArtoCade this year, contact Vendor Coordinator Susan Palmer before September 1 at or (805) 603-6181.

Community Health Needs Assessment

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — Mt. San Rafael is working to complete their Community Health Needs Assessment; an important tool, completed every three years, that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis.
A community health needs assessment gives organizations, like Mt. San Rafael Hospital, comprehensive information about the community’s current health status, needs, and issues. This information helps develop a community health improvement plan by justifying how and where resources should be allocated to best meet community needs.
To assist with this process is a community survey.  The survey asks about health, current health practices, and impressions of the overall health of the Trinidad community.  The survey is available in both English and Spanish and in paper form or electronic. To complete the survey electronically, use the links below.

Main Street Live presents The Rainbow Fish

TRINIDAD  — “The Rainbow Fish” tells the story of the most beautiful fish in the ocean and his journey to learn to share.  An adorable children’s play that will touch the hearts of all ages!  Opens Friday, Aug. 20 at Main Street LIVE in Trinidad and runs two weekends.  Visit for special show times and pricing.  Tickets online and at the door.  719 846 4765 for info.
Please call if there are any questions. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for folks under 17.

Trinidad Family Dental Meet and Greet

TRINIDAD  — On Friday, August 27th from 11a.m. – 3p.m., come join the folks down at Trinidad Family Dental at 2124 Freedom Road in Trinidad for food, entertainment, prizes, and most of all, welcoming of our new doctors, Dr. Parker Kastelic and Dr. Kelle Ellis!
We will also be handing out school supplies while supplies last. If there are any questions, please contact Demi at (719) 422-5696

Trinidaddio Blues Fest

TRINIDAD  — On Friday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 28, the Blues are coming to downtown Trinidad! This is a free event, but you can help to keep it free by donating at
There’s a huge line-up! On Friday from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., the following folks will be playing: Deborah Stafford & the State of Affairs, Los Albuquerque Blues Connection, Zakk DeBono & the Broken Circle, and Vanessa Collier.
On Saturday, Ken & Johnny, The Claudettes, Bob Margolin wsg Johnny Iguana feat the Delta Sonics, Vanessa Collier, and Bernard Allison will all be playing. The line-up is tentative, check for updates.  Trinidaddio Concert Series is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Trinidad Tourism Board.

Aguilar Library Bag-O-Books

AGUILAR  — Aguilar Public Library will continue to have Bag-O-Books until the end of September. Fill a bag (provided) with any amount or combination of hardcover, paperback, audio, CD’s, and/or children’s books of your choosing for a $5 donation, or of any amount given would be greatly appreciated. We accept cash or checks. All proceeds will go towards future youth and adult events in the community!

Better Angels: The Firefighters of 9/11

TRINIDAD  — The CORAZÓN DE TRINIDAD CREATIVE DISTRICT is honored to host the exhibition, Better Angels: The Firefighters of 9/11, commemorating the firefighters who lost their lives saving others on September 11, 2001. Painted by Trinidad artist Dawn Siebel, the small individual portraits of the 343 firefighters will be on display at 210 W Main Street, Space to Create Commons, in Trinidad. The exhibition will open Saturday, Aug. 28 and will continue through Nov. 20, 2021. Gallery hours are 10-5 Wednesday through Sunday.  Closed Monday and Tuesday, except Sept. 6 and Oct. 11.


Music from Angel Fire opens box office

COLFAX COUNTY— Music from Angel Fire today opens box office for sale of tickets for 10 concerts between Aug. 20 and Sept. 4. Online sales may be completed at or by telephone at 575-377-3233 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Jim Brown, president of the Music from Angel Fire board of directors, says, “Tickets for individual concerts or the season are now available.” During this 37 th season for the summer chamber music festival, concerts will be presented in Angel Fire, Taos, Las Vegas, and Raton, NM.
Dates for concerts are:
 Thursday, Aug. 26, in Angel Fire
 Saturday, Aug. 28, in Taos
 Sunday, Aug. 29, in Raton
 Wednesday, Sept. 1, in Angel Fire
 Friday, Sept. 3, in Angel Fire
 Saturday, Sept. 4, in Angel Fire
For more info, contact Martha Bryant at 620-518-2733 or

Sugarite State Park Summer Program

COLFAX COUNTY— There are numerous delightful summer activity opportunities available at the Sugarite Canyon State Park. Pop by any Saturday for Coffee with a Ranger at 9 a.m. at Lake Alice Campground. Coffee, doughnuts, nature, conversation.
Also, every Sunday at 9 a.m. there is a Coal Camp walking tour! Join Ranger Rick for two and a half hours to explore Sugarite’s historic coal camp.

Raton Family Dental Meet and Greet

RATON— On Saturday, August 28th from 11a.m. – 3p.m., come join the folks down at Raton Family Dental at 1100 South 2nd Street, Ste C in Raton  for food, entertainment, prizes, and most of all, welcoming of our new doctors, Dr. Parker Kastelic and Dr. Kelle Ellis!
We will also be handing out school supplies while supplies last. If there are any questions, please contact Demi at (719) 422-5696.

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