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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. The beautiful new facility will replace the former city pound, which NAAWA has operated as an animal shelter for the past two decades; the old shelter NAAWA currently operates from is deteriorated and NAAWA’s life-saving work has outgrown the outdated buildings.
In order to get this done, they are running a $25,000 matching challenge, so for a short time, you can double your impact and help finish the new animal shelter. A generous donor is pledging dollar for dollar, to match donations up to a total of $25,000 — making your donation to NAAWA go twice as far! We are challenged to raise $25K in 35 days!
If we succeed, we will have a raised a record breaking total of $50,000! Help us succeed by donating today.
To see a video about the new 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. Individuals 16 years of age and older are eligible to apply.

Free Construction Skills Course at 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 $2000, 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

Philosophy Cafe talks Language

OUR WORLD  —  Join us on Monday evening, Sept. 13th at 5 p.m., when we discuss the Philosophy of language. Café regular Kim Krisco suggested this topic and provided two articles that summarize a history of philosophical thought about language:
Because of the very broad nature of this topic, and because Kim is a writer, I would like to limit the discussion to the written word. Kim suggested as a starting point, “the power and limitation” of the written word. Let’s start with those two thoughts [or are they only words?] and we’ll see where the discussion goes from there. It should be fascinating.
This will be a remote meeting from ZoomMeeting, so to get an access link and in order to see the articles that will be discussed, please email Tom Potter at


Fox Walsenburg weekend movie

WALSENBURG – This weekend’s movie is “Respect,” rated PG 13 with a run time of 2 hours and 25 minutes and starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, and Tituss Burgess.
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career — from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom — it’s the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice. The show will play on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for students aged 5-12.

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.

Help out the youth of our community!

HUERFANO COUNTY — This year, SCCY has an abundance of kids attending programming, and we could use your help to continue to promote positive youth development throughout our community.
By sponsoring one youth for $50, you can ensure that that child will be able to attend field trips, continue to learn positive life skills, and be able to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks.
For more info on how to sponsor a child, contact Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth at 719-738-1573. You can send your sponsorship donation to 505 Main St., Walsenburg, CO 81089.
Thank you for supporting the youth of our county so they may continue to realize their dreams!

Labor Day at Lathrop State Park
HUERFANO COUNTY — Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at Lathrop State Park this year with a Mariachi performance presented by the Chavez Huerta School from Pueblo Colorado on Friday, Sept. 3rd at 7:30p.m. in the Amphitheater.
Then, on Saturday, Sept. 4th, join Annette Meserve for Storytelling at the Amphitheater at 7 p.m.

Story Time at the Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG – It is so great to be open again and having children’s story time!  We have been hearing a lot that people don’t know that we are open.  We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m..  No appointments necessary.  Come on in and check out some books, read the local newspaper, do printing and faxing, or use a computer.  Story time is every Friday morning from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..  See the schedule below for upcoming programs.  For information contact Ms. Sherry at (719) 738-2774 or
Friday, Sept. 3, Bees and honey
Friday, Sept. 10, Grandmas and Grandpas (Grandparents Day is Sept. 12)

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.

Old Fashioned Camp Meeting at Villa Jubilee

WALSENBURG – DON’T MISS OUT ON THE LAST CONCERT OF THE SUMMER!  Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble, Southern Colorado’s premier community choir, presents an Old Fashioned Camp Meeting with an uplifting, finger-snappin’, foot-tappin’, hand-clappin’ songfest, at Villa Jubilee, 3001 County Road 330, Walsenburg, CO this Saturday, Sept. 4th at 6p.m.  $10.00 suggested donation.  Call 719-635-3000 for directions and more info.

Concerts at Deerprint Wine

LA VETA — On Sunday, Sept. 5th at 4p.m., Pint & a Half will be performing at Deerprint Wine in La Veta.
Rooted in Salida, CO and Truth or Consequences, NM, and led by songwriter Duke Sheppard (guitar, vocals, harmonica) and Tami Sheppard (vocals, percussion), Pint & a Half’s music rings out with memorable melodies, expansive vocal harmonies and lingering rhythms that celebrate the colorful tradition of folk, blues and country music and expand the group’s larger-than-life sound. Pint & A Half’s sizzling chemistry and talent for personal storytelling simmers during their energetic performances.
On Sunday, Sept. 12th at 4p.m., Dana Cooper will be performing at Deerprint Wine. Dana Cooper is an American singer-songwriter from Missouri. His awards include the 2014 Heritage Musician award from the Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO and Folk Alliance International’s 2015 Spirit of Folk award. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by a long list of artists that include Trout Fishing in America, Rex Foster, Claire Lynch, Maura O’Connell, Pierce Pettis, and Susan Werner.  Fellow singer-songwriter Buzz Holland has said “Cooper is a person who can sing like an angel and play like the devil.“
Ticket prices for each concert are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

CircleTalk Meetings Ongoing

WALSENBURG – Don’t miss out! If you are interested in meeting new people and having interesting
and meaningful conversations this is the place to be. You can be a part of a dynamic program that will meet regularly one hour for 12 consecutive weeks
starting on Sept. 8th at 1p.m. At CircleTalk™ you will experience connection, relationships and community! Each week is designed to share perspectives, laughs, personal stories and get to know your community in a completely new way. Call now to register 719.989.8747. Come see what people are talking about!

Rural Entrepreneurship: New Laws and Q&A

WALSENBURG – On Thursday, Sept. 9, My One Hour Office, 523 Main Street in Walsenburg will join the Small Business Majority, Huerfano County Economic Development, the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center, Good Business Colorado and others in sponsoring a free webinar about new funding opportunities and laws affecting rural entrepreneurs.  What are your greatest struggles? What could make things better? Join others from across Colorado to talk about what matters most today for your business. Come by from 5:30 to 6:30p.m. to be part of the discussion.

Conversation on Community Growth at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — “It Takes a Village, It Takes Us ALL”. Thursday Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.. Hosted by La Veta Public Library as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities Grant. Happening at La Veta Mercantile at 300 S. Main St, La Veta. A conversation exploring how our community best benefits by using healthy communication, collaborations and encouraging positive change.
Join us in discussing the benefits of a supportive community, which includes healthy conversation and communication skills, embracing change, collaboration, partnerships, positive growth, sustainability, and inclusion. Our goal is to cultivate community growth and sustainability through encouraging ideas that benefit the entire community.
Refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact

Conversation on Science, Religion, Buddhism at Cuchara Mercantile

LA VETA — An amazing opportunity is coming to our area. Dr. David Westmoreland and Dr. Arri Eisen have been involved for over 15 years in an unprecedented intellectual endeavor. They were both teaching at Emory University when the Dalai Lama invited the University to integrate modern science into the education of the thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in exile in India. This project, the Emory Tibet Science Initiative, became the first major change in the monastic curriculum in six centuries.
The singular backdrop of teaching science to Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns offered provocative insights into how science and religion can work together to enrich each other, as well as to shed light on life and what it means to be a thinking, biological human. Dr. Westmoreland and Dr. Eisen are now both teaching at the Air Force Academy.
They will be sharing their experiences on Saturday Sept. 11 th at 1p.m. at the Cuchara Mercantile. This extraordinary event 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. Although there is no charge for this event, donations will be gratefully accepted. Contact Sandy Dolak at 719-251-1271 for more information.

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.

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.
Call 719-742-3421 or e-mail for more information or to register.

Register for 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, Sept. 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 a.m., with the Fun Run at 9 a.m.
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.

Artist Lecture by Rich Alford
TRINIDAD  — On Thursday, Sept. 2nd from 5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., local artist Rich Alford will be speaking on his work and practice in the Pioneer Room of the Sullivan Building at Trinidad State College.
Rich Alford is a retired sociologist who now pursues his artistic interests full-time. He retired five years ago and moved with his wife, jody Alford, to Trinidad. After dabbling in various art media for years, in 1990 he picked up a coy of Edward’s Drawing with the Right Side of Your Brain, and soon discovered he could learn to draw. Drawing led to painting, and recently stained glass. He became a partner in Marketplace Gallery in Downtown Trinidad. He has been selling oil landscapes of the local mountains, plains, and skies.

Network Council Meeting

TRINIDAD  — This Thursday, Sept. 2nd will be the 1st Thursday of September and we will be holding our monthly Network Council meeting at 8a.m. to notify our community of upcoming events and give everyone an opportunity to see what we and others are bringing to the community and to find ways that we all can collaborate to mutually support those events.
We’ve just enjoyed a fabulous weekend of music with the Trinidadddio Bluesfest and we are bursting with upcoming exciting events like Labor Day Rodeo and Parade, Artocade, Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial, and much much more.  Please join us via Zoom at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday and share what this Fall will be bringing our community.
Password: 877576

Chamber seeks Board Members

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY  — The Board of Directors of the Trinidad-Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce is calling for members to sit on the Board for 2022.
If you’re a Chamber Business Member and 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, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at, or call (719) 846-9285.

Senior Days at Books & More

TRINIDAD  — Senior Days at Books & More Bookstore 132 N. Commercial St., Trinidad, will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3-4.  Store hours Friday are 11-4:30 and Saturday 10-4.  Most items 50% off.  Phone is 719 846 8522.

Colorado Native Plant Society 45th Annual Conference

TRINIDAD  — We are celebrating our 45th anniversary, our volunteers, stewards, scientists, pollinators, education programs, and plants.  The Shortgrass Prairie and a Long Look Back will take place Sept. 10-12.  Friday will feature a rare plant symposium ($15) and a Friday night social ($10).  Saturday will be a conference ($65 members, $75 non-members; $30 for student members and $40 for student non-members).  This will include lunch and free links to all the talks.  For those who cannot attend in person, the cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members to access the talks after the conferences.  Sunday features field trips.  Visit and click on the calendar for the agenda and registration info.  Email for questions.

Ribbon Cutting for Paradox Beer Co.

TRINIDAD  — On Wednesday, Sept. 15th at 5:15p.m., there will be a ribbon cutting for new business Paradox Beer Company which is located at 316 N. Commercial Street in Trinidad.

Aguilar Library Bag-O-Books

AGUILAR  — Aguilar Public Library will continue to have Bag-O-Books until the end of September. Fill a bag (provided) with any amount or combination of hardcover, paperback, audio, CD’s, and/or children’s books of your choosing for a $5 donation, or of any amount given would be greatly appreciated. We accept cash or checks. All proceeds will go towards future youth and adult events in the community!


Music from Angel Fire opens box office

COLFAX COUNTY— Music from Angel Fire today opens box office for sale of tickets for 10 concerts between Aug. 20 and Sept. 4. Online sales may be completed at or by telephone at 575-377-3233 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Jim Brown, president of the Music from Angel Fire board of directors, says, “Tickets for individual concerts or the season are now available.” During this 37 th season for the summer chamber music festival, concerts will be presented in Angel Fire, Taos, Las Vegas, and Raton, NM.
Dates for concerts are:
 Friday, Sept. 3, in Angel Fire
 Saturday, Sept. 4, in Angel Fire
For more info, contact Martha Bryant at 620-518-2733 or

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