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New Mexico Poetry Anthology
OUR WORLD  —  The New Mexico Poet Laureate Program is currently accepting submissions for consideration for publication in the New Mexico Poetry Anthology: Vol. 1. The deadline to send in materials is July 1, 2021.
State residents who have lived in New Mexico for at least three consecutive years are invited to submit original and unpublished poems. Each applicant is allowed to submit up to three poems, and there is no word limit per individual work. Poems can interpret themes such as family history, language, nature, water, and spirituality. Submissions will be reviewed by the editors anonymously.
For more info, including instructions on submitting poems, go to

Stonewall Century Ride

OUR WORLD  —  Register for the 18th Annual Stonewall Century Ride, Saturday August 14th. The Stonewall Century is a challenging 102-mile out-and-back road bike ride along Highway 12, the scenic Highway of Legends, from La Veta to Segundo and back. Turn around wherever you like. For more info, see


MoF hosts two art exhibitions dealing with conflict

WALSENBURG  — The Museum of Friends is hosting two unique art exhibitions until July 24.  Talking it Out Coming to An Agreement & Contemporary Artists Dealing with Conflict. The works on view are not decorative nor depict light subject matter and as such it is recommended that children who visit are accompanied by a parent or care-giver. This content is highly recommended for middle and high-school aged children. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm or by special appointment.

Walsenburg Mining Museum and Huerfano Heritage Center opening

WALSENBURG —  The Walsenburg Mining Museum is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. Phone:  719-738-1992        Website:
The Huerfano Heritage Center will also be open for historical and family information, historical archives, newspapers back to 1898, historical photos and more year-round. The hours are:  Wednesday 2 to 5p.m., Thursday 11 to 3 p.m. and Friday 2 p.m to 5 p.m.  Phone:   719-738-2346 , E-mail:,     Facebook:    The Huerfano Heritage Center-Home/Facebook.
Tours are back! To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, the Huerfano County Historical Society will offer a tour of the Taos Trail, which was an important branch of the Santa Fe Trail, on Saturday, August 28. Historical re-enactors will be at each stop. There will be further details as they are finalized.  For reservations or more info call or leave message at 719-738-2346.

Summer Kick Off: Health and Wellness Fair 2021

WALSENBURG – South Central Colorado Head Start wants you to make your family’s health always your priority.  Participate in this year’s CDI Headstart event and take steps towards a better lifestyle!  Free vision screenings, health vendors, local community resources.  June 22, 2021, 2-6 pm.  375 W. Pine St, Walsenburg, CO 81089.   Contact us at 719-20-0125 or check us out on Facebook.

Fun Fridays!

HUERFANO COUNTY —Field Trips for kids on Fridays. All kids are welcome to join; maximum of 15 kids/activity. Cost: $10 for children of gym members, $15 for non-members.
Registration must be completed the Wednesday prior to each activity for logistics planning.
Drop-offs at Two Peaks Fitness at 8:45 am the morning of each activity.
Our Activities:
• June 25- Pueblo Zoo & Buells Children’s Museum – 9 3 p.m.
• July 9- Colorado Reptile/Gator Farm 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• July 23 – Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center Pool 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Aug. 6- Rock Climbing in Stonewall 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Aug. 20- Cuchara Mountain Park Mini Golf and Frisbee Golf 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ribbon cutting for Everlasting Discomfort

WALSENBURG  — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance are pleased to announce a ribbon-cutting celebration for Everlasting Discomfort Productions LLC, a new business located at 518 Main St in Walsenburg. The event will take place June 19th at noon. Free pizza, soda, and pictures!
Everlasting Discomfort offers the full range of photography and video services, from camerawork to editing and will even assist your project with production needs such as location and talent scouting and storyboard design. Owner Jack Shelton is new to the area but has already become a great community asset, helping capture community events.

Weekend events at Lathrop

HUERFANO COUNTY — Please join us at Lathrop State Park for the following exciting and informative programs this week:
Earn your badge!!  Bring your sunscreen,water, and nature journal!!
June 17th 10:30 Visitor’s Center:
OWL PELLET DISSECTION : ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED! Learn about food chain and owl behavior! Whoooo would have thought it could be so interesting?
June 18th at 1:30 pm at the Amphitheater there will be a Lathrop Big 5 Nature Journal Walk
June 19th at 1:30 p.m. at the Wetlands Walk Trailhead there will be nature journal walk to look at trees.
On Friday June 18th,  Edie Flanagan  will lead a Wildflower hike starting at 7:00 pm at the Amphitheatre.
On Saturday June 19th, Anne Stattleman & Tom Doerk from the Francisco Fort Museum present: TREASURES OF REGIONAL HISTORY INCLUDING THE FRANCISCO FORT MUSEUM

The Moving Vietnam Wall

WALSENBURG  —The Moving Vietnam Memorial Wall is coming! It is scheduled for June 18-20 at the old Lathrop Boys Home, immediately East of the Spanish Peaks Regional Hospital 23500 US Highway 160. The Wall Dedication Ceremonies will be on Friday June 18 at 10 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday the Wall will be open at 8:00AM.
If space is available, you can park in the Hospital Parking Lot, with overflow parking at Triple H Storage 22240 US Highway 160, Lathrop State Park overflow lot (directly across for the Hospital) and the vacant lot next to Andreatta Well Service 1100 W. 7th Street at the West end of town. All locations will have bus service starting at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.. Please don’t walk on Highway 160, wait for the bus! Below is a schedule for the Wall. Hope to see you there! For additional information or questions, call Commander Gary Baldwin, 719-738-2801.  See ad page 18 for details.

Lightning Hall performing at Casa de Pajaros

LA VETA — Lightning Hall is an artist who blends the soulful sound of early acoustic and electric blues with folk, roots rock and other styles. Like revered jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, he plays, and plays well, in spite of serious burn injuries to his hands.
He will be performing on Friday, June 18th from 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at  the Casa de Pajaros Patio. This will be a free performance as a part of the Fridays in Huerfano initiative. Come check it out!

Church Service at the Wall

WALSENBURG  — The United Church of Walsenburg will be conducting services at the Moving Vietnam Wall. Reverend John Stroh will be conducting a church service this Sunday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the Vietnam Wall.  Gospel music will start at 9:30a.m.  You can park at the hospital and either walk to the Wall which is east of the hospital or there will be ATV type vehicles for rides from the parking lot to the speaking area.  There will be canopies with chairs to be able to sit out of the sun.  Signs are posted for directions.

Father’s Day Special at Exit 30 BBQ & Cafe

AGUILAR — On June 20th, Father’s Day, there will be a Father’s Day Special at the Exit 30 BBQ and Cafe. For $12.99 per person, you can have your choice between Smoked Baby Back Pork Ribs or Grilled Salmon along with an included salad, dinner roll, and two side dishes.

Kids K-5 Dance Camp

LA VETA — Through a collaboration between dance instructor Ashley Vandagriff, La Veta Schools, and Two Peaks Fitness, a dance camp is being offered for students in grades K-5 from June 21 – 25. Classes will take place Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m
The cost is $80 per child.
Please donate to the dance camp scholarship fund at Two Peaks Fitness so a child can experience the love of dance!  Register at Two Peaks Fitness: Monday-Friday 9 to noon and 3 to 6  p.m,. or at 216 S. Main, La Veta, 719-742-3555,

SPACe Plein Air Oil Painting

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council is offering a one day Plein Air (outdoors) Painting workshop June 22, in conjunction with the 2021 Western Rendezvous art show. Cheryl St. John, awards judge for the show, will teach the workshop, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm with a lunch break.
Although she will be demonstrating with oils, all 2D media will be accepted. Materials are NOT provided. The cost is $75. To register, call 719 742-3074 or pick up a registration form at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta. Information, a materials list and registration forms are also available on the SPACe website,
Visit to see Cheryl’s amazing paintings. A Colorado native, she also offers workshops in the Vail Valley and Mallorca, Spain. This is a great opportunity to learn how to capture the beauty of our area as well as how to paint what you see.

La Veta Public Library Tails and Tales Summer Program

LA VETA — Our activity next week will be assembling and painting bird houses and learning about local birds. This is a “drop by” program and will be held outside on the La Veta Library’s lawn. Come by Wednesday, June 23rd at 10:00a.m. for story time and anytime between 10:30a.m. & 12:00p.m. for activity. For more info visit our website or call 719-742-3572

Afternoon of Poetry in Honor of Humor

LA VETA — An afternoon of Poetry in honor of HUMOR will be held on Saturday, June 26, from 3-5 pm at the La Veta Public Library (please wear a mask if you have not been vaccinated). Bring poems to read (your own or other favorites!). For more information con tact Tom (742-3776) or Robin (742-3398).

Wine Tasting, Auction for SPAWP

CUCHARA — On June 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cuchara Mountain Mercantile, there will be a wine tasting and auction fundraiser to benefit the Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection.
There will be 6 to 8 wines with food pairings, an auction of wines following the tastings, a silent auction and wine expert game.
Tickets are $50 per person and are available from the Cuchara Country Store, the La Veta Mercantile, Higher Ground Coffee or from SPAWP members.

Spanish Peaks Library Summer Reading Program

WALSENBURG  — Learn about animals in our “Tails and Tales” summer reading program.  It will start on July 1st at the library located at 415 Walsen in Walsenburg.
Starting June 26 you may register and begin logging your reading.  We are doing our registration and reading logs online this year.  It is through a program called READsquared.  You will be able to earn badges and prizes by completing missions and logging your reading.  You can reach it at
We will be welcoming back Ann Lincoln with her Marvelous, Amazing, and Magical Animals show on July 5.  Then on July 13 we will welcome Kyle Groves for a fun and exciting magic show.  More information to come next week.If you have any questions contact Sherry at 719-738-2774 or

Mindful aging program

WALSENBURG  — Anyone interested in optimizing their future years is invited on Wednesday June 30th at 2PM at My One Hour Office at 523 Main in Walsenburg. Come learn what progress is being made towards making Huerfano County more Age Friendly. Bring your interest and great ideas and we will share all the good things that are occurring. Veronica Maes from Area Agency on Aging will be guest speaker sharing available resources. contact Sandy Dolak:; 719-251-1271

Free bicycle repair clinic

LA VETA — Need a new tube? Lube? Bring your bikes and trikes to the Spanish Peaks Cycling bicycle repair clinic, Thursday July 1, 2-6 pm, to get them fixed for free!
In front of the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main St in La Veta.
Donations always appreciated to help us purchase more bike parts. For questions, email

La Veta Independence Day Parade

LA VETA — Hallelujah as we slowly return to normalcy!  The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce is again organizing this year’s La Veta Independence Day Parade, which will be held Saturday July 3rd on Main St in downtown La Veta. (For those participating with floats, line up for the parade starts at 9:30 at the La Veta Schools on E. Garland.)
This year the Las Animas-Huerfano County District Health Department requires that no candy be thrown to the spectators and that bystanders do not gather close together in the downtown proper area. Please find your place along the parade route and spread out.
The theme of the parade this year is Memories of History.
We welcome participation by individuals, organizations, agencies, civic, and church, and school groups. Please contact LaRissa Morris for more information  808-936-0663

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 9:00.
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.


Carnegie Public Library Summer Reading Program

TRINIDAD — Carnegie Public Library in Trinidad is excited to announce the start of our Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales, which begins with our Summer Reading Kickoff, Saturday, June 12 from 6-10 p.m. at Central Park in Trinidad. We will have a table set up for Summer Reading registration, as this will be the last day for participants to register. This free community event will also include food provided by Lee’s BBQ, a performance by the Mt. Carmel Youth Orchestra, a story read by our children’s librarian Phyllis Kilgroe, a movie shown in the park, and a raffle for two participants to each win a bike donated by Trinidad Community Foundation.
Other local businesses will have booths set up at the event and will provide fun activities for the participants. This event is provided in partnership with Southern Colorado Family Center. I’ve attached our promotional materials, including a schedule of events for the rest of the Summer Reading Program, as well as our Facebook event for the kickoff.

Aguilar’s summer reading program

AGUILAR — The Aguilar Public Library is happy to announce our Summer Reading Program for 2021  themed “Tails and Tales” June 25th and 26th.
*Fri, June 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
>Crafts – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
>Lunch – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
>Puppet Show – 1:00pm – 1:30 pm
*Sat, June 26th @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
>Workshops – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
>Lunch Break 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
> Ann Lincoln Entertainment  presents
FOAM PARTY @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm (outside entertainment)
**If weather doesn’t cooperate Magic show will be the alternative @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in the Community Center.For info call 719-941-4426.

Take survey, join meeting on Fishers Peak State Park

TRINIDAD — Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants the public to share its thoughts about the development of Fishers Peak State Park in an online survey, and the agency has scheduled a public meeting June 24 to update everyone on the master plan that will guide development of Colorado’s 42nd state park.
The 10-15 minute online survey is a chance for people to offer their opinions on recreation opportunities they would like to see at Fishers Peak as well as their priorities regarding conservation of the flora and fauna there.
The survey is gathering public input on education initiatives, park operations and community involvement at Fishers Peak. Take the survey at this link. The survey will remain active and collect responses until July 5, when it will close.
To learn more about the master planning process and the park, visit
The meeting will take place on Thursday June 24 at 6:00p.m. The link to join is:
The password is 445149

Visual Journaling for your Soul

TRINIDAD — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice is pleased to offer another opportunity for enrichment through the Mindful Aging Program.
On Saturday June 26th, an Art Journaling workshop will be offered at 1PM in Ziccardi Hall at Mt. Carmel Wellness Center in Trinidad. Lori Holdread will be teaching and offer not only creative guidance, but also philosophy behind this healing art form.
It is free and all supplies provided. It will be offered again at 1PM in the beautiful Cuchara Mountain Park on July 17th. All ages welcome.
Register for Trinidad event by contacting Laurie Jordan at Mt. Carmel (719) 845-4894. Register for Cuchara event by contacting Sandy Dolak:; 719-251-1271

Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles Race

AGUILAR — The Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles is a new five mile race course at the base of the East Peak of the twin Spanish Peaks (Wahatoya) in the Las Animas/Huerfano County border area of Southern Colorado. Access is made easy from I-25, with a pre-race assembly point in the town of Aguilar – at 146 West Main Street (Park site near the Library and Fire Station) – in preparation for a pleasant 15 minute caravan to the “backroads” location.
Packet pickup and pre-race instructions will take place at the 146 West Main location in Aguilar between 7:30 and 8 a.m., Saturday, July 24th.  Online registration ($25) is strongly encouraged, however, late registration ($30) is permitted for those arriving no later than 7:45 a.m. Race officials/hosts will lead the participants by vehicular caravan from the packet pickup location to the starting point for the race at the intersection of Las Animas County Roads 54.2 and 41.4.
To register or for more information, visit


Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous

RATON — From June 13th – 20th there will be a re-creation of the Mountain Man Era in Raton. Visitors will be able to experience what it was like in the pre-1840’s on the Santa Fe Trail.
There will be learning seminars, (hide tanning, shooting, archery, etc..) a traders’ row, eateries, shooting competitions, etc. Dogs are allowed, so long as they are leashed and cleaned up after.
Admission is $45 for adults ($30 goes to NRA Whittington Center) and $10 for juniors between 12-15. Maximum of $90 for immediate family.
For more information, contact Joe “Dirty Shirt” Kierst at or (575) 425-5433 or contact Derik “Savage” Stevens at (720) 550-9234

Coffee with a Ranger at  Sugarite

COLFAX COUNTY— On June 19th and 26th, Sugarite Canyon State Park is hosting Coffee with a Ranger at 9:00a.m. Join us for coffee, doughnuts, and presentations on everything from volcanos to growing up in a coal camp. Presenters are different each week and the refreshments are always free!

“Faces on the Moon’ Moon Talk at Sugarite

COLFAX COUNTY— Have you ever heard of the “rabbit in the moon?” On June 19th at 8;30p.m. at the sod Pocket Amphitheater at Sugarite canyon State Park, Ranger Ricks will share the legends and science behind how the moon got its spots and give an up-close telescope view of its surface, dress warmly.

‘Whatever it Takes’  Raton Open Rodeo

RATON — On June 26th and 27th, there will be a rodeo in Raton! The Saturday rodeo starts at 1:00p.m. and the Sunday rodeo starts at 12:00p.m. Everyone pays admission and contestants must compete in western attire. NO WALK-UP ENTRIES due to COVID. Monday, June 21st & Tuesday, June 22nd from 5:30p.m. – 9:30p.m. The call-in number to register is (719) 580-3022
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Services at Little Rock Church on Johnson Mesa

COLFAX COUNTY— On June 27th, July 11th, and July 18th, services will be held starting at 2:30p.m. at the little rock church  on top of Johnson Mesa.
On June 27th, there will be a message by Lisa Jo Bezner, the pastor of the Methodist Church in Raton/Des Moines.
On July 11th, there will be a message by Ernie Vineyard, the Clovis Distr. Supt., NwTX Conf, from the United Methodist Church.
On July 18th, the message will be delivered by Ned Ortiz, the Ret. Salvation Army Minister from the Lay Speaker-Methodist Church in Raton.

Raton AA meeting

RATON — AA meetings are every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday night, at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 4th and Tiger Drive in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.