by Bill Knowles
LA VETA- A beautiful Labor Day weekend drew a crowd of several hundred people to Town Park in La Veta. They came to enjoy a fundraiser the Citizens for Huerfano County (CHC) staged in an effort to raise money for legal action, membership, and awareness.
The Labor Day rally raised $3,700 and membership in the non-profit Citizens for Huerfano County swelled to over 300.
Kicking off with music at one in the afternoon on Saturday, Sept. 3, the funder ran until 1 pm. Musicians included DNA, Jacque Gipson, Johnny Watson and Fred August, Jill Whitmore, Clark Dimond, Jana Knowles and Peggy Kemp-Henry. Interspersed between the musical performances, speakers addressed the issues.
Brett Corsentino, a local organic dairy farmer, spoke about his struggles with an energy company and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. “It doesn’t matter if you are right in your complaint, it always goes in their direction no matter what. Land values go down and land productivity goes down,” Corsentino said. “On my farm, generations of work has been lost. It took an energy company only 10 years to run it into the ground and COGCC took 10 years after the fact to respond. They are like vampires, they come and go as they please.”