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Public Service Announcements March 29, 2018

Music teacher seeking support for Raton music programs

RATON — My name is James Dougherty and I teach guitar chord theory here in Raton. I hear that the music programs in Raton are suffering because of lack of funding. Because music is one of the best ways to keep kids involved in school, I would like to put together some sort of benefit to raise money for a music program in the schools. Maybe local musicians or music lovers would like to sponsor a film for Classic Night at the Movies at the El Raton to donate to a music fund for the schools? Would any other local (or not so local) individual or band be willing to perform for such a benefit? Please let me know if you are interested. 575-445-9101 (H) 575-707-3389 (C)


Help for Jeannie Pomeroy

RATON — Jeannie Pomeroy has had some health issues this past year and her wish is to be able to stay in her own home with a roof over her head. We have been able to procure supplies at a very reasonable price and found someone that would install. We are now asking for donations to help pay for the project and hoping you will help us make Jeannie’s wish come true. There is a GoFundMe site -or drop your contribution off at the World Journal office next to the El Raton Movie Theater.

Casa del Gavilan Added To National Register of Historic Places

CIMARRON — Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn has recently been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn, located just outside of Cimarron, is now one of less than 30 properties in New Mexico listed on the Register operating as an inn, hotel or bed and breakfast. Its inclusion on the list signifies that the National Park Service deemed the home historically significant and worthy of preservation.

Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Cimarron, New Mexico, is the historic inn, Casa del Gavilan, (House of the Hawk). This grand adobe villa was built between 1910-1912 for Jack and Gertrude Nairn, formerly of Hartford, Connecticut. When completed, artists and writers from far and wide came to enjoy the Nairns’ elegant hospitality and to capture the majestic beauty that is New Mexico. With twelve-foot high ceilings, vigas, and eighteen-inch thick walls, Casa del Gavilan is a showplace of early Pueblo-revival architecture featuring artwork and sculptures by Frederick Remington, Charles Russell, Robert Redbird, and others. Casa del Gavilan is located in a very remote, rural setting and guests treasure the peace and quiet of the location, and the sense of tranquility in and around the Casa and offers exceptional views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and access to plentiful hiking trails.

Casa del Gavilan is one of the earliest Pueblo Revival homes in New Mexico and helped to usher in a uniquely American style of architecture based on the early indigenous culture of the Rio Grande Valley that is today well-known around the world as “Santa Fe Style”. The authentic architecture of the home qualified it for a place on the National Register, which requires that submitted properties should embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction.

Before its consideration for National Register status, Casa del Gavilan was first admitted to the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties by the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The State Historic Preservation Division typically approves around 10 nominations for the New Mexico Register and sends those to the National Park Service for National consideration.

In addition to the Inn’s inclusion on the National and State Registers, Casa del Gavilan was recently named as one of the Top 25 B&Bs of 2017 by It is the only property from New Mexico included on the list. For more information, visit Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn.

Kent Nerburn, author of Neither Wolf nor Dog, is coming to Huerfano County

LA VETA — Internationally respected author, Kent Nerburn will be facilitating a retreat, July 31st through August 4th in La Veta and Cuchara. The retreat, BRIDGES: RESPECTING THE PAST, SHAPING THE FUTURE, will offer 4 days of insightful inspiration and learning. Harper Collins publishers tabbed Mr. Nerburn as, “One of the few writers who can respectfully bridge the gap between native and non-native cultures”.

Kent Nerburn addresses the research and the development of relationships with Native Americans, in which he has discovered profound and coherent spiritual traditions unique to the Americas and as ancient as any in the world. These traditions share the same values and great truths with other great traditions—one creator, oneness, compassion, respect, and mindfulness of the Divine within each individual and all of creation. Mr. Nerburn challenges that in our modern era, we, too, have much to learn from the indigenous traditions. It is in this spirit that the retreat has been created. Mr. Nerburn will be joined by talented and knowledgeable speakers and facilitators to optimize the sharing and learning experience.



The retreat will lead up to the Huajatolla Heritage Festival which will be held August 4th and 5th in La Veta Town Park.

This is an incredible opportunity to be in the company of one of the most respected spiritual and cultural champions of our time. Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is excited to announce that registration is now available online at Registration is limited to 40 people.


Omnibus Bill includes more USDA funds to address opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON — The Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today praised an omnibus spending bill that includes an additional $20 million for a key USDA program that is helping address the nation’s opioid crisis. The funding comes at a time when President Donald J. Trump is pursuing an ambitious agenda to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. The $20 million supplement is being provided in USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. Advanced technologies supported through the DLT program give rural communities all the modern tools possible to fight the opioid epidemic, including: 1) Prevention: making sure doctors’ offices and pharmacies are connected to real-time controlled substances (opioid) patient registries; 2) Treatment: training health care providers on how to identify and treat addiction; 3) Recovery: providing remote access for addiction treatment counseling DLT grants are available to most state and local governmental entities, federally-recognized tribes, non-profit groups, for-profit businesses, or a consortia of these.

The $20 million supplement is in addition to $29 million that Congress provided for the DLT program’s annual budget this year. The $29 million also may be used for opioid-related projects, but, unlike the $20 million, it is not specifically targeted to those purposes.

The DLT program has been particularly effective in addressing generational poverty, which is often is linked to rural isolation and a lack of access to education. These factors can lead to a sense of isolation and desperation that sometimes results in drug abuse.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

‘Paycheck Checkup’ taxpayers should check their withholding

WASHINGTON — Following recent tax changes and the approach of the April tax deadline, the IRS is launching a special week beginning Monday, March 26 to encourage taxpayers to do a “paycheck checkup” to ensure they are having the right amount of taxes withheld at work.

The week-long campaign will show taxpayers how a “paycheck checkup” can help them prevent having too much or too little tax withheld from their paychecks. These steps can help avoid an unexpected tax bill or potential penalty at tax time in 2019. And with the average refund topping $2,800, some may prefer to get more money in their paychecks now.

The campaign will also show taxpayers how the Withholding Calculator tool on can help them accomplish a “paycheck checkup” and decide if they need to change their withholding with their employer. Several categories of taxpayers will be especially encouraged to review their tax withholding.