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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. In order to get this done, they are running a $25,000 matching challenge until September 24th, so you can double your impact and help finish the new shelter.
To see a video about the 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. Those 16 years of age and older are eligible to apply.

Free construction skills course at PCC’s Pueblo  Corporate College

OUR WORLD  — If you or someone you know is looking to expand their skill set and work in the construction trades, this training is for you! Usually this training is $2,000, but we secured funds to offer this training at NO COST to participants!
Learn about construction career skills, construction math and measurement, intro to hand and power tools, material handling, forklift safety, and more!
Contact Alejandra at


Encore showing of Candyman at Fox

WALSENBURG – This Friday at 3pm the Fox Theatre will show Candyman,  a horror film that is rated R with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes.
In present day Chicago, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, Anthony and his partner move into a loft in the now gentrified Cabrini. A chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman.
The regular showtimes for this weekend will be Shang-Chi and the ten Rings

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.

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.

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, Sept. 16, 2-6 p.m., 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

Learn about Medicinal Plants at SPL

WALSENBURG – On Thursday, Sept. 16th at 1p.m. at the Walsenburg Library, Teresa de Jesus Vigil from San Luis will be sharing her immense knowledge about the natural pharmacy of healing plants in our area. Teresa is nationally recognized for her not only her work with the plants, but she also is a storyteller and poet. Teresa is known for her healing work as a curandero throughout the San Luis Valley. Although there is no charge for this program, a $10 donation is suggested. This special program is brought to you by Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice and Huajatolla Heritage Foundation that are partnering in a Mindful Aging Program. Contact Sandy Dolak at 719-251-1271 for more information.

Listening Session: Rural Colorado Small Business

WALSENBURG – Please join Small Business Majority and My One Hour Office on Thursday, September 16th at 5:30p.m. at 523 Main Street in Walsenburg as we host a listening session to hear directly from small business owners in rural areas about what matters most, what’s working well, what challenges they are facing, what could make things better, and what are the highest priority solutions that should be pursued.
We are looking for small business owners, solo entrepreneurs, or freelancers to join us to share their stories and perspectives. As businesses begin to reopen, we want to hear from you about:
What challenges did you face during the pandemic? What challenges are you currently facing? How your business is faring today? What policies are most important to you as a small business owner?
During the session we will also share resources for navigating safely reopening your small business and innovative ways to build consumer confidence. This feedback will inform our organizations on preparation for outreach strategies, programmatic needs, technical assistance, and accessible program delivery for rural small business owners.

Old Fashioned Camp Meeting Encore

LA VETA — The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble is giving an encore presentation of their Old Fashioned Camp Meeting concert, including an Elvis Presley gospel tune, “On the Jericho Road” on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at 6 p.m., at La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street, La Veta, Colorado.

Story Time at SPLD

WALSENBURG – Story time is every Friday morning from 10:30 am – 11:30 am.  It is open to children ages 0 – 12.  The library is located at 415 Walsen Ave. in Walsenburg.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at (719) 738-2774 or
Friday, September 17, NO STORY TIME Ms. Sherry will be out of town.
Friday, September 24, Animal yoga
Friday, October 1, Fall

Co-ed Kickball Season Beginning

HUERFANO COUNTY — Coed Kickball will begin Sunday, Sept. 19 and go for six weeks, weather permitting. Kickball will take place every Sunday starting at 3p.m. on the Fiesta Park Softball Field at 928 Russell in Walsenburg.
For details contact Josh at or at 719 738 3000 ext 114.

Concerts at Deerprint Wine

LA VETA — On Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. Patsy O’Brien will be performing at Deerprint Wine. Veteran Irish music critic Paul Dromey (The Irish Examiner) once declared guitarist Patsy O’Brien to be “Ireland’s best-kept musical secret.”  He is an award-winning songwriter with five critically acclaimed CDs to his credit. He has been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered, and is one of Irish music’s most respected guitar accompanists. Born in Co. Cork, Ireland, Patsy began performing his genre-hopping, blues and jazz influenced originals in clubs throughout Ireland. He then took his extraordinary talents to the United States.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

Sandpainting at LVSA

LA VETA — On Saturday, Sept. 18th and Sunday, Sept. 19th there will be a sand painting workshop held at the La Veta School of the Arts.
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.  Class fee is $150.  Lab fee  of $15 will pay for all supplies.  This class is taught by Sharona Nova who is an avid student of world cultures that use sand painting to express their values and traditions. For more info or to register call 719-742-3421 or e-mail

Concerts at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA —The Spanish PeakOn Sunday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. acoustic trio hONEyhoUSe will be performing at La Veta Mercantile. hONEyhoUSe combines the talents of award-winning R&B/Gospel soulstress Hillary Smith, earthy Blues/Folk singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea, and sweet-voiced Mandy Buchanan, “hONEyhoUSe” seamlessly melds the lines of musical genres with their original creations embracing blues, soul, folk and Americana into one sweet Honeyhouse of music. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 the day of the show.
On Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7p.m., Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore will be performing at La Veta Mercantile. At home in nearly any genre of music, Mollie O’Brien moves effortlessly between folk, blues and R&B. She has released a number of Americana albums with her brother, Grammy-winner Tim O’Brien. She is currently based in Denver, and regularly tours and performs with her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, as a duo. Together they have released one studio album, Saints and Sinners and a live CD, 900 Baseline. She has regularly appeared on shows such as A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and contributed vocals to the Grammy-winning album True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. Tickets are $18 advance or  $22 day of show.

Register: Spanish Peaks Half Marathon

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks 3rd Annual Half Marathon will be  Sunday, Sept. 19, with the half marathon and relay at 8:30 a.m., and the fun run at 9 a.m.
Information at Registration at
Scholarships for the half marathon and relay available for teens; contact to register.

Friends of the Library Meeting

WALSENBURG – Friends of the Library, there will be a meeting on Sept. 20 at 1p.m. in the conference room of the Spanish Peaks Library at 415 Walsen Ave in Walsenburg. The meeting itself will be fairly short, and then there will be painting and making of signs to use for book sales.
Anyone who wants to come and help, you are welcomed. Please remember to bring any left-over paint, brushes and old rags you have on hand. Anyone who wants to be a part of Friends of the Library, join us every month. We could use your ideas to make a better program. Thank you.

Water Day & Water Conservancy District 50th Anniversary

HUERFANO COUNTY — In July, Lake Powell reached its lowest point in 50 years; Lake
Mead is holding only about 30% of capacity. The West has been water challenged for a long time, and people in the big cities that rely on that water are starting to notice. What is the water situation and outlook locally for Huerfano County? Find out during Huerfano Water Day, which will be combined with the observance of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District 50 th Anniversary.
The free, all-day event will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Gardner Community Center, Gardner, CO. A ribbon cutting and tour of the new Sheep Mountain Augmentation Facility will be included. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts, will include lunch, and will feature speakers on water issues and updates for Huerfano County. See for the full program. To reserve your spot and help with an accurate meal count, please RSVP by email with number of people attending to: As an alternative, you may leave a message at (719) 742-5581.

Kinetic Sculpture Class  at LVSA

LA VETA — On Saturday and Sunday Sept. 25 – 26, learn how natural forces such as wind, gravity, and hand movement are used in the creation of art.   You will create your own kinetic sculptures by identifying and capitalizing on these natural forces.  Must have some familiarity with hand and power tools.  This class is taught by Kenny Schneider  who created the wonderful locomotive engine wind sculpture on Main St. in La Veta.
Class costs $150 with a lab fee of $40.  Call 719-742-3421 or e-mail for more information or to register.

Ridgway Old West Fest

LA VETA — Ridgway’s Old West Fest closes out the summer September 24th-26th with a weekend jam-packed with fun and educational events for all ages. This year, Ridgway Old West features Colorado’s Carin Mari in concert.
Singer-songwriter Carin Mari will perform at 7p.m. Saturday September 25th.  Her concert has been recently moved to the Ouray County 4-H Events Center barn for an outdoor atmosphere.
Carin has toured for nine years with her brothers’ band as well as played lead guitar for Michael Martin Murphey’s Rio Grande Band.  She has released five albums and has won eight Colorado country music awards.
Admittance to her concert is included in the cost of the Festival Pass to the Ridgway Old West Fest.
A complete listing of all West Fest events can be found on the festival website,  Tickets are available on line at a discount when ordered in advance.  You can preview Carin at her website,

Gardening 101 at SPLD

WALSENBURG – The Spanish Peaks Library will be holding it’s monthly program, Gardening 101, on Sunday. Sept 26 at 1p.m. in the library Meeting Room.
This month’s topic is seed saving, preserving, canning, freezing and pickling.  It’s that time of year to harvest the fruits of your labor and keep them to enjoy through the winter, and seed saving can give you a head start on next year’s gardens as well as saving you money.
So, please be sure to join us!  There will be no class for October or November, so you won’t want to miss this one!

SCCY Tamale Fundraiser

HUERFANO COUNTY — Who’s ready for some Tamales? SCCY is taking order for tamales by the dozen.
1 dozen pork and red chile – $20
1 dozen green chile and cheese vegetarian and gluten free – $20
1 pint of Myra’s yummy Chile – $8
Order on our Facebook Page: Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth or call us at 738-1573. Pick up on Friday, October 1st between 2p.m. and 6p.m. at 513 Main St in Walsenburg.

John Mall Homecoming Weekend

WALSENBURG – This year, Homecoming in Walsenburg is scheduled for the first weekend in October. The festivities will kick off on Friday, October 1st at 3p.m. with the Homecoming Parade, followed by the football game against the Sargent Farmers at the John Mall Sports Complex at 7p.m. The Homecoming Dance will take place on Saturday October 2nd at 7p.m.

La Veta Oktoberfest

LA VETA —Save the date Oct. 2 from 10 to 6, for La Veta’s most beloved celebration, Oktoberfest. The music  will be provided by the The Allen Polivka Band and the fabulous Rifters.  As always the event will be held on Main Street in La Veta and is free to the public.  There will be a Biergarten, vendors, food, a special tribute to our veterans and La Veta Royalty plus the Two Peaks Rodder’s car show and a jeep expo. Fun times for the entire family!

La Veta Library Programs

LA VETA — Time to start reading!!  The La Veta Public Library is coll  Collaborating with the Mt.Rose Health Center’s Mindful Aging Program and will be presenting a 3 part program exploring the movie, the book and the issues presented in John Nichols story about the “Milagro Beanfield War”. The issues around water rights and gentrification are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago when the book was published. The book has been called funny, irreverent and wondrously fresh and alive.  The La Veta Library has copies available for you to check out and partake in this fun community read. Upcoming events at 2pm in the LVPL meeting room are:
October 7- we will show the Milagro Beanfield War movie directed by Robert Redford.
October 14 – we will have a guided discussion comparing the book and the movie.  You will enjoy this exchange of ideas even if you have not read the book or seen the movie.
October 21 – we will have a guest speaker form San Luis who is a modern day bean farmer committed to farming in the old ways.


Chamber seeks Board Members

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — The Board of Directors of the Trinidad-Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce is calling for board members for 2022.
If you want to play a bigger role in improving the business climate in our region and in helping our local business succeed, please get connected with us.
For more information, contact the chamber at, or call (719) 846-9285.

“Murder on Main Street” opens at Main Street Live

TRINIDAD  — “Murder on Main Street” opens Friday Sept 17 at 7p.m. and runs two weekends on Fridays & Saturdays only.
It’s a cold case murder mystery from 1947 that you will solve with clues, autopsy reports, interviews, and testimony.  You’ll have a blast! $10 admission  Tickets online at   General seating.

National Book Festival Events

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — The Library of Congress is hosting the annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., from September 17th through 26th. This year, they are taking special pains to reach out to local libraries to help them present programming from the festival. Trinidad Public Library is excited to present six interviews with featured authors recorded at the festival. We’ve chosen authors from a variety of genres, including children’s, young adult and adult literature. Here’s a brief schedule:
On Friday, Sept. 17th, at 3p.m. at TSC’s Freudenthal Library, room 312, there will be a viewing of the interview with YA graphic novelist Trung Le Nguyen, author of the Magic Fish.
On Saturday, Sept. 18th, at 1p.m. there will be a remote Zoom viewing of the interview with Tana French, author of adult mystery books such as The Searcher and The Likeness.
On Monday, Sept. 20th at 6p.m., there will be a viewing of the interview in the main toom of the Carnegie Public Library with Michael J Fox, actor and author of adult non-fiction books such as No Time Like the Future.
On Wednesday, Sept. 22nd at 10a.m. at the Freudenthal Library, Seminar room A, there will be a viewing of the interview with Dan Gutman, author of the My Weird School series.
On Friday, Sept. 24th at 3p.m. at the Freudenthal Library, room 312, there will be a viewing of the interview with Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas, authors of the Wow in the World series.
On Saturday, Sept. 25th at 1p.m., there will be a remote Zoom viewing of the interview with Kazuo Ishiguro, author of adult fiction books like The Remains of the Day.
If you have any questions, contact Tom Potter by emailing or call 719-846-6841
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts Diez y Seis de Septiembre Event

TRINIDAD  — Save the date for Las Animas County
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre event!   There will be food, music, and fun Saturday, Sept. 18 from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Southern Colorado Coal Miners Park. For more info call Yolanda at 719-846-8234.

“Trails to Trinidad” Benefit

TRINIDAD  — Help support Trinidad’s historic 1908 Fox West Theatre and Fishers Peak State Park by taking part in Trails to Trinidad, a day long festival that takes place virtually and in-person on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
You can start the day with a tour of a historic synagogue built in 1889 from 10a.m. – 1p.m. Bagels, lox and conversation can be enjoyed for just $10 at Temple Aaron which is located at 407 S. Maple Street and is known as the most historic synagogue in the Mountain West.
A free public gathering will launch Trails to Trinidad at the Miner’s Museum Courtyard from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy food carts, merchandise from local vendors, live music, Trinidad’s own Art Cars and activities for the kids.
From 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., a Telethon will be broadcast from the Fox West Theatre and Upswing Gallery that will feature musical acts and entertainment. Jay Gillespie, host of Trinidad’s Cougar Nights, will emcee the event which will be live streamed across multiple media platforms including the Fox West Theatre’s Facebook page and YouTube channel bringing together audiences from across the country.
Watch parties are planned at the TriniDAD Lounge and in private homes up and down the Front Range and across the country. Participants are encouraged to post photos and use the hashtag #TrailsToTrinidad.
Learn more at


Colexico Experience: Spaghetti & Westtern Film Festival

RATON  —  On October 15th and 16th, We’re bringing Colorado and New Mexico together (Colexico) by locomotive and teleporting some lucky festival goers to the “Rocky Mountain Land Of Enchantment” for a weekend of scenic train rides, western films and pasta-paloozas.
You are invited to participate in one of three experiences; The Trinidad Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Trinidad, Colorado, The Raton Experience, in which all festival activities take place in Raton, New Mexico, and The Colexico Experience, in which festival goers will utilize Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Train to spend their nights in Trinidad and the day in Raton, experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes found on both sides of the border.

No matter what package you choose, the weekend will feature a pasta dinner provided by local eateries, your choice of classic or new western film viewing, comedy, and dancing.
Colexico Experience Passes are going fast and all train seats must be reserved by October 1, 2021. Learn more and get your tickets while they last at