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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, 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. Individuals 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

Philosophy Cafe talks Language

OUR WORLD  —  Join us on Monday evening, Sept. 13 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 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, a grisly urban legend. Anxious to use these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, he unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.

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.

Girl Scouts Love (Lathrop) State Parks!

HUERFANO COUNTY — This weekend, Lathrop State Park welcomes Girl Scouts for the nationwide weekend celebration Girl Scouts Love State Parks!
On Saturday, September 11th, join us for Archery at 10a.m. and Leave no Trace activities at 1p.m. Participants in both events will meet at the Visitor Center
Call Senior Ranger Jenny Ives at 719-738-2376 for more information.

Community Brunch

WALSENBURG — The Ladies Auxiliary # 1187 will host their community brunch on September 12 2021, from 11 to 1 at the Eagles Hall, 614 Main St., in Walsenburg.  We will be serving pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, and coffee or juice.  The cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children.  We hope to see you there! Your community support is very much appreciated.  All proceeds go back into the community.

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.

Rural Entrepreneurship: 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 6:30 p.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

Story Time at 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. 10, Grandmas and Grandpas (Grandparents Day is Sept. 12)

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.

Three New Art Shows at SPACe
LA VETA —The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta invites everyone to the opening reception for three new shows this Saturday, Sept. 11, 5 – 7 pm. The Clay, Glass, and Fiber show includes gorgeous shawls. ceramic bowls, fused glass dishes and much much more. Acclaimed artist Albert Anderson Clymer is revealing an entirely new collection of interpretive native American paintings in the Fuller Gallery. Prize winning photographer Ted Shafer is sharing a collection of his exquisite photography, also in the Fuller Gallery. So much to see! The Gallery is open Tues., Thurs., Friday, and Saturday 11 am – 3 pm. There is no admission fee and all sales benefit the artists and help to support SPACe, a non-profit members supported organization. Visit the SPACe website, for more information, or call 719 742-3074. The SPACe Gallery is located at 132 W. Ryus, in the Town Park.

Co-ed Softball Season Beginning

HUERFANO COUNTY — Coed Softball will begin Wednesday, Sept. 15 and go through mid November, weather permitting.  For details contact Josh at or at 719 738 3000 ext 114.

Concerts at Deerprint Wine

LA VETA — 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.“
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.

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.

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.

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.
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Water Day & Water Conservancy District 50th Anniversary

HUERFANO COUNTY — The public is invited to attend the observance of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District 50th Anniversary, which will be combined with Huerfano Water Day. 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.

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!


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.

Colorado Native Plant Society 45th Annual Conference

TRINIDAD  —  The Shortgrass Prairie and a Long Look Back conference 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 conference.  Sunday features field trips.  Visit and click on the calendar for the agenda and registration info.  Email for questions.

Community meeting, retail and entrepreneur action plan

HUERFANO COUNTY — Huerfano County is hosting two interactive public workshops to weigh in on the Retail and Hospitality Support and Entrepreneurship Action Plan.  The county received grant funding from the Colorado Workforce Development Council Lives Empowered program and hired RPI Consulting to assist with this important project.  RPI Consulting will present the Draft Action Plan followed by Q&A and group discussion and the event will include the opportunity to comment in writing on posters.
Each workshop has the same format and content so choose from two times and locations or join by zoom: Mon. Sept. 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Huerfano County Community Center, 928 Russell Ave, Walsenburg, or on Tues. Sept. 14, from 5-7 p.m. at La Veta Community Center, 131 E Ryus Ave. There are Zoom options for both, contact Bailee at if you’d rather attend virtually.

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.

“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.

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


Fiesta Otoño in Springer this weekend

SPRINGER  — All are invited to Springer’s annual Fiesta Otoño this Saturday, Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Springer Museum Park.  This free for all ages event is featuring music by Jonathan Castillo y Profundo, a beer garden, a 50/50 raffle and food vendors.  Call 505-587-3825 for more info.   Bring your own chairs!