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Head Start now enrolling

WALSENBURG/ TRINIDAD —  CDI HS serving South Central Colorado Head Start is now enrolling pre-school children ages 3-5 years old.  The program offers high-quality early education, parent education and activities, hearing, speech and language services, health & dental, healthy meals, service for children with disabilities, in-person & virtual services and dual language learning.
Call now to apply for the Walsenburg Center at 719-420-0564 or apply online (for both Trinidad and Walsenburg) at
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.  Transportation is not provided.  Staff will provide information and referrals for local transportation opportunities as available.

Local Filmmaker Zane Barber’s latest short film Seventh Wolf premiere at FOX Theater in Walsenburg
OUR WORLD —On Saturday, May 29th at 7:30p.m. the FOX Theater in Walsenburg will be hosting the premiere of Seventh Wolf, a medieval fantasy short film that was filmed in Huerfano County and which features several Huerfano residents. The story is about justice for innocent blood spilled by corrupt authorities. Tickets are $8 a piece and are sold in sets of 2 for $16.
There will be a Q&A after the screening with some of the cast and crew, as well as some of the props and wardrobe from the film itself!
On Friday and Sunday, there will be free showings of two other movies. Call (719) 695-2199 for more details!

United Church of Walsenburg services with the Lutheran church of Trinidad

OUR WORLD  — The United Church of Walsenburg will be having services  30 May at 1000,  jointly with the Lutheran church of Trinidad.  Please join us at 510 Pine St. Trinidad.  Our church will not be holding local services.

New Mexico State Museums and Historic Sites have now all reopened
OUR WORLD  —  The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) announces that the state’s eight museums and seven of its historic sites have now all reopened, allowing visitors to explore and learn more about the state’s rich heritage in person. View new exhibitions and revisit popular permanent collections at DCA’s museums and explore interpretive exhibits at our historic site’s visitor centers. For more information, including days and hours of operation at individual institutions, visit


Farmer’s Markets in Huerfano County

LA VETA – Thursdays 3-5 next to the library on Main St.
GARDNER – Saturdays 10-12 under pavilion next to Methodist church
WALSENBURG – Sundays 12-3 at Heritage Park on Main St.
For more info call (719) 281-0100

Vendors invited to Art in the Park

LA VETA —  Artists and fine crafters are invited to become vendors at this year’s annual Art in the Park, held in the La Veta Town Park, July 3 and 4. Vendors will be spaced 10′ apart, with foot traffic going in one direction, to comply with health department guidelines for the Covid pandemic. The number of booth spaces is about half of normal, so apply early. Applications are available on the SPACe website,, or at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta. Booth spaces are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Call 719 742-3074, Tues., Thurs., or Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Artists’ Choice show on display

LA VETA —  Everyone is invited to see the new art show, Artists’ Choice, now on display at the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus in La Veta. There will be an opening reception Memorial Day weekend, Sat. May 29, with refreshments provided. Visit with the artists and your friends. Enjoy viewing an assortment of media and styles by 17 area artists. Images of the artwork may be seen on the SPACe website, The Gallery is open Tues, Thurs, Fri, and Sat, 11 – 3. Call 719 742-3074 for information.

Chamber of Commerce and Business Alliance to celebrate the La Veta Farmer’s Market

HUERFANO COUNTY — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance are pleased to announce a ribbon-cutting celebration for the La Veta Farmers Market, which is celebrating their 10th season this year,   on May 27th from 3:00-5:00p.m. The market is located next to the La Veta Public Library. The market starts at 3pm with the ribbon cutting starting at 3:15. All necessary COVID precautions will be taken.
The La Veta Farmers Market is open each Thursday from 3  p.m.-5 p.m next to the La Veta Public Library. Favorite vendors Shii Koeii Farm, Red House Pies, Dannys, Landon, and Karen Shaw will be back with some new vendors too! There will be free fudge while supplies last!

La Veta Fire Protection District Auxiliary’s pancake breakfast and open house

LA VETA —  The La Veta Fire Protection District Auxiliary is hosting a Pancake Breakfast  and Open House on Saturday May 29th from 9:00a.m to 12:00p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and kids aged five or younger get in for free. Come eat and converse with our local fire and EMS personnel.

Opening day of the L&M Ranch Store

LA VETA —  On Thursday, May 27th, the L&M Ranch store is celebrating its opening day!The store is located at 198 County road 440 and will feature the ranch’s signature pasture and organically raised meats.
Lamb, beef, and pork are available by the cut along with free range organic eggs, yarn and roving, small batch ranch made soap and hand cream along with other hand crafted items.
There will also be selected produce, plants, and food items from other regional Colorado farms, ranches, nurseries, and food creators.

La Veta Visitor Center opens Memorial Day Weekend – volunteers needed!

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce will be opening the La Veta Visitor Center, located at the Historic Train Depot next to the La Veta Town Park, on Memorial Day weekend. The Visitor Center will be open Thursday through Monday from 10am-5pm. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The visitor center is operated with trained volunteers and is a wonderful way to welcome people to the area and help plan their visit.  We will be following COVID-19 regulations and masks are required to enter. If you’d like to volunteer we’d love to have you! Two volunteer shifts are available, either one or two days a week or on a fill-in basis. The first shift is 10-1 and the second is 1-5.
A big thank you to the town of La Veta for providing this location free of charge. If you are interested in helping out, please call for more information. Training starts the middle of May.
Contact: LaRissa Morris 808-936-0663

Memorial Day Activities at Lathrop Park

HUERFANO COUNTY—  On Friday, May 28, at 7:00p.m., the park naturalist will present LNT, Leave No Trace, an activity for all ages about the principles of outdoor conservation at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater.
On Saturday, May 29th, at 9:30a.m., the park naturalist will lead Ten Things for children and families, a scavenger hunt for ten things that can be found at lathrop State Park. Everyone will meet at 9:30a.m. at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater.
On Saturday, May 29, at 7:00p.m., at the Pinon Campground Amphitheater, District Wildlife Manager Bob Holder will present a very informative and highly entertaining program on bears and other Colorado wildlife.
Lathrop State Park invites both campers and community members to enjoy these programs. Any vehicle in the State Park must display a current park pass. Don’t forget that a park pass may be checked out from the Spanish Peaks Library!

Francisco Fort Museum opening

LA VETA —  After careful consideration, the Town of La Veta and the Francisco Fort Museum are excited to announce that the Museum’s doors are opening Memorial Day Weekend. The Fort will be open Saturday the 29th, Sunday the 30th, and Monday the 31st from 10:00 am to 4 pm.   Seasonal hours will resume on Tuesday, June 1st and the Museum will be open 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. This is the proposed schedule through Labor Day. There will be free admission on Memorial Day weekend.
All Huerfano County COVID protocols will be in place. Masks will be required for inside spaces. The Museum staff and board strive to create a positive and safe environment for visitors and staff.   We look forward to welcoming you back into the Museum and into history. For additional information check out our website and Facebook page.

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 further information call or leave message at   719-738-2346.

La Veta Public Library Tails and Tales Summer Program

LA VETA — Our summer programs kick off this year with special guest Travis sauder, Colorado parks and wildlife officer. He will be doing a program called “Hides and Horns” using skull, antlers, and hides to talk about different adaptations. There will also be a scavenger hunt around town with a prize for finishing. This is a “drop by” program and will be held outside on the La Veta Library’s lawn. Come by Wednesday, June 2nd, anytime between 10:30 and 12:00p.m. For more info, visit our website or call 719-742-3572

HCCC Zoom meeting

HUERFANO COUNTY—  The Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) will meet Thursday, June 3rd, 12 p.m. via Zoom. To receive an invitation to the meeting email: Bailee Harris at: The HCCC will continue to meet virtually through the summer.

Friends of the Library Book Sale – volunteers needed

WALSENBURG  — The Walsenburg Library Friends of the Library is having un upcoming book sale on Thursday, June 3rd, from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m and Friday, June 4th, from 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. The Friends of the Library could use a few volunteers to set up and take down and sort books – there are a lot this time.
If interested, come on by the Walsenburg library on June 3rd at 8:30a.m. to help or call Suzanne at (719) 746-2423 or Dalene at (719) 738-1184. Hope to see you all there!

Live Music by Amy Coffman

WALSENBURG  —on Friday, June 4th and saturday, June 5th from 6:00p.m – 8:00p.m. there will be a live performance by Amy Coffman at 118 W 6th st in Walsenburg.

“CrossKnit”in the Park – make your own knitting needles!

WALSENBURG  — Join us in Heritage Park at 424 Main Street in Walsenburg on Friday June 4th from 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m for an intergenerational DIY maker event. Whether you’re young, old, or somewhere in between, YOU are invited to learn to make your own knitting needles, try your hand at Extreme Knitting, and get to know your neighbors.  All materials will be provided free of charge while supplies last so be sure to arrive early.  Bring a chair, a knitting project if you’ve got one, and join in the fun!  No experience necessary.  Call or text Sandy Dolak 719-251-1271 for more information.

Gardner Valley School Garden open to the public

GARDNER  — Beginning Saturday, June 5th , the vegetable and flower gardens at the Gardner Valley School will be open to the public two mornings a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays,  starting at 10. We invite you to join us to plant, weed, water, learn, share in early produce, feed the birds and have fun.
The program will likely be continued through July. So, grab your hats and sunscreen and come on down, everyone is welcome. For more information, call Johnny at 746-2345. Follow us on Facebook at: Friends of Gardner Valley School.

New Hope Ministries of Walsenburg hosts Crystal Rivers

WALSENBURG  — Come join us June 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. with Crystal Rivers at New Hope Ministries of Walsenburg.  108 Kansas Ave Walsenburg Co, 81089. Christian group who makes music to the Lord.  Psalm 95:1 says, let us sing for joy to the Lord and shout joyfully to him.  All are welcome to come and make music unto our Lord who is worthy of all praise. See you there.

Mad Hatter Tea Party at Alys’

LA VETA — By royal decree, the Queen of Hearts invites you to the Mat Hatter Tea Party at Alys’ Restaurant, serving Alys’ famous desserts! Join us June 6 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. for a fundraiser for the Friends of the La Veta Public Library at Alys’ Restaurant! Dress up and wear your favorite hat, $25 at the door (cash or check). Please RSVP by calling (719) 742-3828.

Crafty Canary under new ownership and now with outdoor patio

WALSENBURG  — The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Peaks Business Alliance are pleased to announce a ribbon-cutting celebration for Crafty Canary Brewery, located at 107 E. 5th St. Walsenburg.
The Canary was purchased by Walsenburg native Aubrey Lykins in July 2020.
And now the Canary has outside patio space to enjoy beer and cocktails while watching the sunset.
The celebration begins June 12th with a ribbon cutting at 2 pm. A complimentary glass of bubbly will be provided for the ribbon cutting and then food and drink will be available for purchase. “Bo Jingles” and “Brent Loveday & the Dirty Dollars” will be performing at 6pm!
The Crafty Canary is open Wednesday and Thursdays 3-9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11am- 9 pm. Extended hours coming soon!

3D archery shoot at Cuchara Mountain

CUCHARA — Come out to the first Cuchara Valley Archery 3D shoot at the Cuchara Mountain Park on June 12th! All ages and experience levels welcome. Registration will be from 7 am – 10 am. Shooters will start upon registration. $30 – Adults, $20 – 18 and Under, FREE 10 and Under. Visit to learn more!

La Veta Booster Club corn hole tourney

LA VETA — Come out to the Mission Deli Mesa at 923 S Oak Street in La Veta on June 13th at 1:00p.m. for a corn hole tournament benefiting the La Veta Schools Booster Program! 40 Teams MAX so be sure to register asap, deadline is June 11th at noon. $25 per person. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! Register at or call Tomi at (719) 989-8953 or Kelli at (303) 775-4225.

Sand Painting at the La Veta School of the Arts

LA VETA — On Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th, the LVSA will host a sand painting workshop.
This class is an exploration of the symbolism, balance, harmony and symmetry used to create the traditional sand paintings of many cultures. The first day will be spent learning about the sand painting in many cultures in the world. The second day will be spent creating original sand paintings. Participants will gain a better understanding of the cultural values portrayed and how sand paintings have helped sand artists find balance in their own lives. Lab fee will pay for all supplies. (Lab fee $15) $150.

SPACe Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop

LA VETA — On Tuesday, June 22nd ,from 9:30a.m. – 3:30p.m. there will be a Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop with Cheryl St. John sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Arts Council. The price of the workshop is $75. Register early to save a spot. 719 742-3074.

Registration now for the 3rd annual Spanish Peaks half marathon, half marathon relay, and fun run

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.


Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Meeting

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — On Thursday, May 27th from 2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. This is a reminder that the Southern Colorado Economic Development District (SCEDD) is hosting  a meeting that is important to Las Animas’ County’s future. Your input is needed. SCEDD is in the process of developing a CEDS for all of our 13 SE Colorado counties. This session is the part of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) process for Las Animas County. At these meetings we will be taking an in depth review of your county, and the funding needed to help your county prosper.
We encourage you to go to the SCEDD website and fill out a project form. ( There is also a sample project form attached.
You are encouraged to review and fill out project forms with as many ideas as you desire. These project forms will aid SCEDD by getting the information included in final CEDS document. Email the forms or bring them with you to the session. The SCEDD website has additional forms information. See these forms as a wish list for ways to help Las Animas County prosper.
The meeting is a hybrid, being held both live at the Las Animas County Commissioners Chamber and via Zoom. Zoom link:
Passcode: 577kFK

Fishing Tournament

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The Stonewall Fire Auxiliary is hosting the 2 nd annual Fishing Tournament at Monument Lake Resort on Saturday, June 5. 2021. Registration starts at 7am, fishing starts at 9am. The cost is $20 for adults and youth (under 16) is $15. No license is required as that is Colorado’s free fishing day. Early registration has begun at; with adults @ $15 and youth (under 16) at $12. There is a park entrance fee collected at the gate or office. The tournament ends at 3pm and awards begin at 4pm with $3,000 in cash prizes. The day doesn’t end then. The country band, The Break room, will be playing in the meadow following awards and later on the patio of the Monument Bar & Grill, Estin McGraw with “Estin and the 86’d’ will be playing.
You can then head up to the Monument Bar and Grill and listen to the acoustic guitar of Estin McGraw with Estin and the 86’d on the patio. There is no cover charge for either.
Please come and join us for a fun filled day with lots of food, prizes, and great entertainment while supporting the Stonewall Fire Department.
For more information contact 719-868-2249 or

Father’s Day Baskets Fundraiser

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Get your father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, son, boyfriend, or special man one of 3 amazing gift baskets for Father’s Day! Or just get one for you! we have done the hard work getting all the goodies gathered for you. All you have to do is get your name in for the raffle drawings. The baskets are worth at least 4125 or more each. Each ticket is $5 each or $20 for 5 tickets. Drawing will be Tuesday, June 15th and pick up is at Corradino Auto Body in Trinidad, CO until Friday, June 18th. you can see the baskets at Corradino and put your name in or call kendra &719) 946-5510 or (719) 680-0693. all proceeds go to American Cancer Society ROAR for Relay for Life!

Registration now open for ‘Rad Dirt Fest Gravel Bike and Trail Run Event

TRINIDAD —  As off-road endurance events continue to gain popularity throughout the country, Life Time is excited to announce The ‘Rad Dirt Fest,  a new off-road cycle and trail run event based in Trinidad,  featuring views of the Spanish Peaks, small town charm and miles of smooth gravel and trails. The inaugural event, which will take place Oct. 2-3, 2021, offers three gravel cycling distances and two trail run distances. It also coincides with a town celebration commemorating the 200th year of the Santa Fe Trail.
The off-road cycle race will offer three distance options for athletes on fast, fun and clean gravel: a short 38-mile loop with 2,720 feet of elevation gain, a 90-mile course with 5,000 feet of climbing and a 162-mile grind with 10,800 feet of elevation gain. In its inaugural year, the trail run will take athletes on two scenic routes on the outskirts of Trinidad: an approachable half marathon option with 1,000 feet of elevation gain and a 50k route with 3,200 feet of climbing. As the town evolves and grows its trail network, the running courses will also evolve, allowing The ‘Rad to grow alongside the town of Trinidad.
Registration for The ‘Rad opened Tuesday, April 13. Learn more and register at  Or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Springer Red Devil Booster Club

RATON — The Springer Red Devil Booster Club is Reforming and looking for members to join and help with the various organizations in the school (Athletics, Academics & Clubs in the School).  The Board is in need of at least 5 Board members( President, Vice President, Treasure, Secretary and Public Relations) Plus several members to help with the organization of events and activities.
If you would like to help please come to a meeting on May 24th at the Springer Schools Board Room at 5:30pm. Please wear  a mask. For More information, please call Superintendent Julie Crum or Principal Christina Hildago @575-483-3432.

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.

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.  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 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.