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Events for March 11, 2021

Events are finally a’happening!
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease up in Our World, we are heartened to see events beginning to be scheduled again.
Please send your event notices to by Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. to get into the paper for that week.
Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Journal is providing a special web page dedicated to accurate and thoroughly vetted, up-to-the-minute information on the pandemic throughout our corner of the world.
Go to: and click on the COVID-19 link to get  a compilation of all COVID-19 articles run in print editions of the newspaper.
The total up-to-date number of cases in Colorado, New Mexico, and nationwide are also listed in the COVID-19 page.

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Virtual 2021 Poetry Out Loud New Mexico State Championship
OUR WORLD — Join six New Mexico high school students via Zoom as they compete to become New Mexico’s Poetry Out Loud state champion at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Admission to the virtual event is free and open to the public. The link to the Zoom meeting is and the passcode is 415464.

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Virtual wellness programs offered through Mt. Carmel Wellness Center
OUR WORLD — There are a variety of free and low-cost programs being hosted online by the Mt. Carmel Wellness Center that range from arts and crafts and exercise groups to cooking for diabetes. To learn more and register for classes and events, check out the community events tab at

Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction
OUR WORLD — There’s no perfect way to talk about alcohol or opioid misuse. But that’s why we
need to talk about it. If you or someone you know needs support, there are resources available in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties.
One option is Medication Assisted Treatment or MAT. MAT fits your schedule and allows you to take medication at home with support from a doctor to decrease cravings and improve recovery.
It’s time we realize that substance misuse or addiction is NOT a sign of weakness. Addiction is a disease which can be treated. Get support and feel better. To learn more, call 719-859-4015, again 719-859-4015.

Scholarships available for new trail building classes
OUR WORLD — Trinidad State Junior College has scheduled four trail building classes this spring in order to provide a career path for those interested in an outdoor oriented career.
Trail Building students will have the  opportunity to learn and practice in a wonderful outdoor environment, since each week-long class will include field work at the new Fishers Peak State Park.
The classes will be held between April 12 and the week of May 17 and are as follows: Intro to Trails, Intro to Trail Maintenance, Planning Sustainable Trails, and Designing Sustainable Trails.
Earlier this year Trinidad residents donated $14,000 to the program, to be used for scholarships.  Students who sign up for all four classes will receive priority consideration for these scholarship funds and may be eligible for up to $1,500 in scholarship support with preference given to students from Las Animas County. Students taking fewer than four classes may be eligible for reduced scholarship support.
To sign up for one or more of these classes or for more information contact Donna Haddow at 719 846-5724 or visit

Grief support circle for those who have suffered loss

OUR WORLD — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice and Mt. Carmel Wellness Center are partnering to bring much needed services to our communities. In these unprecedented times, so many in our area have suffered profound losses. We are offering two free programs to address these needs. The programs are open to anyone in the community that has suffered a loss and feels they could be supported through a grief and bereavement support circle. There will next be one available on Thurs. March 11. either virtually or in person. Sessions will start promptly at 1 p.m.
Kayleen Dowell, a trained facilitator will be offering a judgment-free, safe space in which your feelings of loss and grief are validated by connecting with others who have shared similar experiences and are present to sit with those feelings.
You can register for the Zoom sessions by contacting Laura Jordan at Mt Carmel Wellness Center at 719-845-4800 or If you wish to attend in person with appropriate screening and social distancing contact Sandy Dolak, at (719) 251-1271 or

Visit Sugarite Canyon State Park

OUR WORLD — The Sugarite Canyon State Park is now open for all visitors for day use. As of February 27th, this includes the visitor center and shower building. Stage II fire restrictions are in  place, so only propane and butane fires are allowed. Camping is by reservation only at the Lake Alice Campground. The entry charge is $5 per day per vehicle. For more information, please contact the park at 575-445-5607

Western region virtual career fair for veterans

OUR WORLD — RecruitMilitary and DAV will host the Western Region Virtual Career Fairfor Veterans on Thursday, March 11th from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. MST. Register at

Free well-being support line for teachers and educators

OUR WORLD — Stressed?  Virtual learning and changing plans wearing you down?  Want support from the COVID chaos?  Talk to a trained crisis counselor volunteer who can listen and support you, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week via telephone or text message to 303-724-2500. Free and immediate access to mental health services available as needed.  The well being support line is a free service for all educators and school employees including ECE, K-12 programs, and higher education.  The support line is available to any educator across the state including teachers, administrators, para-professionals, health care teams, and support staff.
Brain Health For All, For Life sponsors this program in collaboration with the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry and CPHE Colorado Spirit’s crisis Counseling Program.

SAT/ACT prep

OUR WORLD — The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and eKnowledge are sponsoring the PowerPrep SAT and ACT preparation course. Instructors are professional educators, with advanced degrees. Hundreds of videos and thousands of detailed explanations. The latest innovations in customized, cloud-based, distance learning programming with  diagnostics, tracking, push reports for parents, individual custom study plans, live teacher chat and more. The standard course has a $350 value and is available for only $19.99 and the premium course has a $750 value but is available now for only $39.99. Order your course prep now at

Mediterranean Diet Webinar 

OUR WORLD —  Join CSU Extension-Pueblo County Agent, Laura Griffin to learn how to apply the Mediterranean diet to enjoy good food and improve your health.
During this 2-hour webinar presented on Zoom, Griffin will cover the key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle, how foods in the Mediterranean diet contribute to health, and strategies for incorporating those foods and habits into your life as you sample quick, easy recipes.
The webinar will taker place on Wednesday, March 24,from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Registration is required at and you must register by March 22. For more info, call (719) 583 – 6566.


Let’s play (base)ball!

HUERFANO COUNTY — Youth baseball is in Huerfano County this spring! Ages 4-18. No need to drive to Colorado City. Baseball signups are on March 13 and 27, practices start in April, and gameswill run from May to June. Scholarships are available.
Sign up in Walsenburg at Fiesta Park, March 13 or 27 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sign ups in La Veta will be at the La Veta Community Center, 131 E Ryus, also on March 13 and 27 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
All activities will be in full compliance with Las Animas-Huerfano County Health Department COVID-19 requirements. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook at TwoPeaksFitnessYouthSports and TwoPeaksYouthBaseball.

Free legal self-help clinic

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Library District is hosting a series of free legal self-help clinics on the second Tuesday of every month via computer link for parties without an attorney.
Despite the COVID-19 closures of libraries across Colorado, the Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) clinics will still be held as scheduled.    As a work-around, instead of clinic patrons coming in-person to your local public library (which has limited access), the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron’s telephone directly, during the clinic hours, using the phone number provided.
To be added to the sign-up sheet, please contact your Spanish Peaks Library at  (719) 738-2774 to be added to the sign-up sheet.   Space is limited.

Visit Spanish Peaks County website  for new walking tours!

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Huerfano County Tourism board has put together walking and driving tours of Walsenburg, La Veta, Cuchara, and the Scenic Highway of Legends.  Download the app by visiting either of these links: - or explore our county via the Travel Storys app.
The TravelStorys available now are:
Historic La Veta-From Western Outpost to Cultural Oasis; Historic Downtown Walsenburg-A City Built on Coal; Highway of Legends-Wonder and History, Millions of Years in the Making; Walk Cuchara- Step Back Into The Past

The season has finally arrived to start working on trails. There are numerous locations around the county that will be worked on including the La Veta School Nature Trail, the Walsenburg Sports Complex Trail, and the Huerfano State Wildlife Area in Gardner. If you are interested in taking part or if you want to learn more, contact Marilyn Russell at (719) 890 – 4071

SCCOG still accepting COVID relief applications
WALSENBURG — The South Central Council of Governments (SCCOG) and the City of Walsenburg understand the challenges faced by small non-profits in our community as they try to provide services to our residents even during the time of the COVID-19.  The SCCOG – Walsenburg Coronavirus Relief Fund is designed to provide funding to address unforeseen financial needs and risks created by the COVID-19 public health emergency; that were incurred during the period that began on March 27, 2020 and ended on December 30, 2020. Qualifying nonprofit organizations must have a physical location within the City of Walsenburg.
The South Central Council of Governments will continue to accept COVID Relief Fund Applications to assist individuals who reside in the city limits of Walsenburg, with rent or past due balances on utility bills affected by COVID.
The deadline for application is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.
For information or an application, contact the South Central Council of Governments, 625 N. Polk Avenue or by phone at 719-738-2205.

Eagles meeting
WALSENBURG — The Fraternal Order of Eagles 1187 Aerie is having a meeting on March 18, at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Hall in Walsenburg, 614 Main Street.

Addiction treatment

WALSENBURG — Front Range Clinic is offering confidential, safe, access to medications for addiction treatment at two locations in Walsenburg.  Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m the mobile unit will be at 1818 E. Kansas Avenue.  Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the clinic will be held at 129 Kansas Avenue.  For more information call 1-866-MAT-STAT or visit

Free COVID-19 testing at health dept.

WALSENBURG — The Health Department has expanded FREE COVID-19 testing in Huerfano County.  This free COVID-19 test  is available to all members of the public, regardless of symptoms.  No insurance required
Please call for an appointment.  Testing will be available on:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Appointments are required for testing, call 719-738-2650 for an appointment.  The Las Animas/Huerfano Health Department office address is:  119 E. 5th Street.

Walsenburg area AA and NA meetings

WALSENBURG — AA meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.  NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano County Community Center.

Walsenburg community improvement projects every Friday

WALSENBURG — Join the mayor at Heritage Park every Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for community oriented improvement projects.  There are countless little things we can do to make things better and the mayor is confident that one of them has your name on it!  Come have fun and become part of the solution!

La Veta’s Book Nook is Open for Business!
LA VETA — The La Veta Book Nook is now open three days a week Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Our inventory is growing. In addition to the wide range of books on our shelves, Barbara’s Cabin Chocolates are also available.
Thanks to all our local reader who shop the Book Nook! Not only are the prices a bargain, all proceeds support programming at the amazing La Veta Library!
COVID-19 precautions are required and sales are by cash or check only. The Book Nook is located at 207 S. Main Street in La Veta.

2021 SPACe Members Show

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) is excited to present the 2021 Members Show, on display now until April 3. Twenty SPACe members are showing their original artwork, sharing a variety of styles, media, and subjects. There is an opening reception this Saturday, March 13, 5 – 7 pm, with a maximum of 15 people in the Gallery at one time. Face masks will be required and social distancing observed. For a glimpse of the show, visit the SPACe website, Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 am – 2 pm and Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm., located in the La Veta Town Park, 132 W. Ryus Ave.

The La Veta Village Auxiliarly calls for new members!

LA VETA — The La Veta Village Auxiliarly, which supports the La Veta Village Assisted Living Facility, needs new members to keep with fundraising and resident activities. For information, call Sarah Hoffman at 719-250-2496 or Lynn Ramsey at 719-742-6400

La Veta Village food services

LA VETA —  La Veta Village Food Services are no longer be taking reservations or making calls.  Food boxes will be distributed on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis.  Boxes will be distributed on the FIRST and THIRD Saturday of each month as follows:  March 6, March 20.
Boxes will be distributed between 10a.m. and 11a.m. at the La Veta Fire House, 100 Birch Street
● Participants will wear a mask at all times
● Participants are not to exit their vehicles
● New participants will be required to sign up with the LVV Food Service Program during check in


Free tax help without leaving home is available through Trinidad State

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Families with a 2020 income of less than $66,000 can get free tax filing help through a partnership between Trinidad State, volunteers and     To begin the process, visit  Those without computer access at home can visit a public library.

Las Animas County Creative Writing Contest

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The 2021 creative writing contest is open to K-12 students enrolled in ANY Las Animas County School (homeschoolers are also eligible). Cash prizes are awarded in four age groups: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. This year, all local seniors are eligible to win one, of at least three, $500 dollars
scholarships to Trinidad State College.
Submissions are welcome in ANY writing genre and must be under 1,500 words. Each student may submit only one original work and artwork may be included.
All submissions must be received by March 15th.
To submit, go to .
All entries will be published within an awards book which will be available for purchase at First National Bank. An awards video will be released on March 15.

Curbside service at Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — These curbside services are available at the Carnegie Library:
Books and DVDs:
 Visit the online catalog: to place items on hold.
 Then call or email us & arrange to pick up the items outside.
 Return items to the book drop outside the front entrance.
Printouts faxes and document scanning:
 Fees—
Copies are 10 cents per page for black and white, 50 cents per page for color. Outgoing Faxes are 1 dollar per page. We will give you a confirmation page after the fax is sent.
Incoming Faxes are 50 cents per page. Call to let us know you’re expecting a fax. Scans to email are free.
 For digital documents—you can attach the document to an email and send it with instructions to For printouts, let us know how many copies of each document you want and any special requests.
For faxes, we need the fax number you are sending to. If you want to also send a cover sheet, you can use one of
our blank coversheet templates. Cover sheets count as a sheet and add $1.00 to the charge.
 For hard-copy documents — Call us when you arrive outside the library. We’ll meet you and get your documents and can usually process them (scan, fax, printout) in a few minutes.

Main Street Live in Trinidad opening up again with comedy theatre production

TRINIDAD — The community theatre comedy production entitled “Social Security” by Andrew Bergman will open Friday, March 19 and run through March 28. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. General admission and limited seating for social distancing. Tickets are $18 and available online at and one hour prior to showtime. 131 W. Main Street, Trinidad. Please call Gloria Hall for more information at (719) 846 – 4765.


Hungry Hearts lunch Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will is serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St.  Free lunches are 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 are served as well.  All guests, whether drive up or walk up, should 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.

Springer child find screening

SPRINGER — On March 24 there will be free developmental screenings available  for children aged 0-5 in the areas of: Hearing/vision, learning, fine/gross motor, speech/language, social skills, listening/attending. The screenings will take place at the Springer Elementary School. Please bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and social security card.

Raton Cycling Club

RATON — The Raton Cycling Club is gearing up to hit the road again! There will be a group ride on April 3 at 11 a.m. beginning at Hwy 555 and Gardner Rd. The club is open to cyclists of all skill levels. For more info, contact Robert McIvor at 575-445-4852 or email

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 men and women 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.

Al-Anon meeting

RATON — Al-Anon comes to Raton thanks to support from the World Journal and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton.  Meetings are every Thursday at 6 p.m. at 240 Rio Grande.  Al-Anon is a self-supporting group that seeks to assist the family and friends of people who are abusing alcohol or other substances.  Come and give support, come, and be supported.  Questions?  970-568-6969.

Free transportation for veterans for medical appointments

NE NEW MEXICO —  The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services is partnering with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to launch a pilot program to provide free transportation for veterans for VA or VA-approved non-VA medical appointments.   The first phase of this innovative program will serve military veterans in the following counties:  Cibola, Colfax, Guadalupe and Socorro.
Veterans must make reservations three days in advance for these free round trips by calling the DAV at 505-582-4544.  If you are interested in volunteering as a driver, call the DAV for details.