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Deadline to enter SPACe Photography Show

OUR WORLD — Saturday, June 26 is the last day to submit entries to the annual Photography Show, held by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta. Entries must be submitted digitally, with a limit of 4 per person. Entries can be submitted on the CaFE (Call for Entries) website or by emailing images to Entry forms are available at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus or online at Digital images, entry forms and the $10 fee per piece to enter must be received by SPACe before closing, 3 pm, on Saturday June 26. This is a juried and judged show with awards to be given in 2 categories, Color and Black & White/Monochromatic.
A committee of 3 SPACe Board members will select photos for the show from digital images projected onto a screen. Show judge Michael Pach will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category, after the show is hung. The show will be on display Aug. 3 – Sept. 4. Notification of photography accepted in the show will be sent by June 30. This is a national show, and time is being allowed for photographers to ship their work. Local photographers may hand deliver their accepted entries the week of July 13-16. Complete details are posted on the SPACe website or call 719 742-3074 for more information. SPACe will be open Thurs. & Fri., 11 – 3 and Sat. 10-3.

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State residents who have lived in New Mexico for at least three consecutive years are invited to submit original and unpublished poems.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;00p.m. – 6:00p.m.  375 W. Pine St, Walsenburg, CO 81089.   Contact us at 719-20-0125 or check us out on Facebook.

Open Mic Night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — On June 24th at 7 p.m., the La Veta Mercantile is hosting their first Open Mic Night in over a year! Call (719) 742-3387 or stop in to the store to sign up.

Weekend Activities at Lathrop State Park

HUERFANO COUNTY — Join us at Lathrop State Park this week as we explore the mining history of the region and raptors!
Evening camper programs include

In honor of the Ludlow Massacre Memorial Site, Bob Butero of the United Mine Workers of America will speak on the history of Coal Mining in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties at the park amphitheater on Friday, June 25th at 7:00p.m.
On Saturday, June 26th at 7:00p.m., Diane miller will speak about raptors and the raptor center.
This week in our Junior Programs:
Thurs. June 24th, 10:30: Nature Scavenger Hunt Amphitheater
Friday June 25th, 1:30: Plant & Tree Hike, Wetlands Trailhead
Saturday June 26th, 1:30: Junior Bird Guide, Wetlands Trailhead
Remember to bring your sunscreen, hat, and water, maybe your bug spray too!!
Watch for upcoming programs in  boat safety, tree ring dating, horns and antlers, and ghost hunting!

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.

2021 Western Rendezvous Art Show at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Art Council proudly presents the Western Rendezvous art show which will be on display until July 31st. The opening reception will take place on Friday, June 25th from :p.m.-:p.m. Images of the artists’ works can be seen on the SPACe website,, A YouTube video is also available from the website
The SPACe gallery is located at 132 W. Ryus in La Veta and is open Tuesdays and Thursday – Saturdays from 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
There is no admission fee to SPACe, but donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be provided at the reception. Call 719 742-3074 for information.

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).

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

Wild Plants of Spanish Peaks Country

CUCHARA — Cuchara Mountain Park provides a great outdoor classroom to identify and study the flora of the Spanish Peaks region. The wet winter and spring should afford participants a chance to see many plants that have been in “dry doc” during recent drought years.
On June 27th from 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., local naturalist Bob Kennemer will provide a short lecture followed with a field session as he IDs flowers and discusses the dos and don’ts of foraging.
Come prepared to hike. This class is a field session limited to 12 participants. Register early. No pets and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Donations to CMP happily accepted.
To Register- Email with “Wildflower Class Registration”
in the subject and include your name(s) how many in your group and a contact number.

Eagles Community Brunch

WALSENBURG  — The Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #1197 invites the community again to come join us for a breakfast brunch on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at the Eagles Hall, 614 Main St in Walsenburg, from 11:00a.m. – 1:30p.m.
We will be serving pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, or juice. The cost will be $5 for adults, $2.50 for children.  Your continued support is very much appreciated, and all proceeds from this breakfast brunch will go back to the community.

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.

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

La Veta Public Library Summer Program

LA VETA — Dinosaur ‘Eggscavation” – Next Wednesday we will be learning about dinosaurs and doing
dinosaur activities including excavating dinosaur eggs! This is a “drop by” program and will be
held outside on the La Veta Library’s lawn. Come by Wednesday, June 30 th – 10:00 AM 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.

Spanish Peaks Library Summer Program

WALSENBURG – Bubbles on the lawn will be our kick-off event for this year’s Summer Reading Program.  It will take place on Thursday, July 1 at 1:00 pm.  Come play with bubbles and register for summer reading.  On Friday, July 2 there will be an animal themed story time at 10:30 am.  Then get ready for some excitement when we have Ann Lincoln’s Marvelous, Amazing and Magical Animals ( A Magic & Juggling & Comedy Performance with Real and Pretend Pets) on Monday, July 5 at 11:00 am.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at 719-738-2774 or

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

Sidewalk Book Sale and Bake Sale at the Book Nook

LA VETA — On Saturday, July 3rd, from 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m., there will be a sidewalk booksale in front of the Book Nook on Main Street in La Veta. At the same time, in the same place, the La Veta Auxiliary will be having a bake sale. So come on down for some baked goods and a book!

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

Youth Art Workshop in La Veta

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta is holding an art workshop for young people ages 9 – 14 in the La Veta Town Park July 5 – 9 from 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Sign your girls and boys up to be trekkers, exploring the arts of the desert Southwest. Cochiti storytellers from clay, Zuni charms or Anasazi bowls, and Navajo painted rug designs with drawings of elk skulls are among the possibilities. All materials are provided for a fee of $25 per child.
Upon attending all 5 days of the workshop, the fee will be refunded, thanks to a generous grant from the Bar NI Community Service Fund. Register online through the SPACe website or come in to SPACe to sign up. You can also print the registration form and mail it with a check. Call Becky at 719-964-0451 for more information.

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.

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 6:00 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the


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
If you need to confirm please call Aguilar Public Library @ 719-941-4426 during business hours as follows ….Sun & Mon CLOSED, Tues,Thur,Fri,Sat 10:00am-2:00pm, Wed 12:30 – 4:30. You can also leave a message and we’ll call you right back.
(If weather doesn’t cooperate a Magic Show will be the alternative at the (Community Center)  at the same time.
For info call 719-941-4426.

CPW loaning backpacks and park passes

AGUILAR — Colorado State Parks & Wildlife offers backpacks containing a free pass to entrances into Colorado State Parks that can be checked out for 1 week. Must be 21yrs & present current drivers licenses upon check out. Ask about reserving your free State Parks Pass and Backpack @ Aguilar Public Library 719-941-4426 or just drop in @ 146 W Main St, Aguilar CO 81020, during business hours – Sun & Mon CLOSED,Tues,Thurs,Fri,Sat 10:00am – 2:00p.m., Wed 12:30-4:30.

Take survey, join meeting on Fishers Peak Master Plan

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

Grand Opening of Trinidad Trends

TRINIDAD — The Grand Opening of Trinidad Trends, 131 E. Main will take place on Friday, July 2nd. Trinidad Trends is a multi-vendor marketplace at
131 E. Main St. in Trinidad. We provide affordable spaces for artists, collectors, and others to display and
sell their work. Trinidad Trends is owned and operated by Urban Neighborhoods, Inc.

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


Coffee with a Ranger at Sugarite

COLFAX COUNTY— On June 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!

‘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 Methodist Women’s Bazaar

RATON — Raton’s Methodist Women are having an Outdoor Bazaar,  Saturday,  July 10th, 2021 from 9 am to 1 pm behind the church at 4th and Tiger Drive.
Come and get some crafts and homemade baked goods!

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.