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Zoom presentation – Buffalo Soldiers at Ft. Garland

OUR WORLD — Join us on Zoom for our next great history talk Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6 to 7 p.m.. In this lecture, Dr. Michael Sawyer will present “The Buffalo Soldiers and Service in Times of Injustice.”

After the Civil War, Congress established six all-black regiments (consolidated to four shortly after) to help rebuild the country after the Civil War. One of these units, the 9th cavalry of the United States Army, was garrisoned at Fort Garland from 1876-1879.

Dr. Michael Sawyer is Assistant Professor of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies and the Department of English at Colorado College. He was recently appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor of English and Fine Arts at the United States Air Force Academy and is the Founder and Director of the Africana Intellectual Project at Colorado College. In March, Saw- yer published his most recent monograph, “Black Minded: The Political Philosophy of Malcom X.”

The event is free and open to the public. Register for this meeting at:
Please consider supporting the Borderlands Lecture Series by contributing at Our Online Borderlands Lecture Series is generously supported by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.


Active military and veterans free entry to all state parks

DENVER – As a thank you to U.S. military members, Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers active duty military, veterans and the National Guard free admission to all state parks for the month of August.

Military members and veterans, resident and nonresident, can pick up a free August Military Pass at any Colorado state park or CPW office by showing proof of service. Passes be- come available on August 1, 2020.

CPW also offers military benefits for outdoor activities to active duty military, veterans, and disabled veterans. Pro- grams include free admission to state parks on Veterans Day, year-round free entry to all state parks to residents with Colorado Disabled Veterans license plates and free small game and fishing combination licenses for qualified disabled veterans. CPW also offers a Columbine Pass which offers reduced park entrance fees to disabled Colorado residents.



Huerfano 4-H COVID plans

HUERFANO COUNTY — Due to coronavirus restrictions, there will be no “open class” entries at the Huerfano County 4- H Fair this year. The fair is slated for August 5 – 9.

For questions, call the Huerfano County Extension office at 719-738-3000, ext. 131.


La Veta Farmers Market today

LA VETA — The La Veta farmers market for the 2020 season will be every Thursday, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.


Care and Share distribution

LA VETA — La Veta distribution will be Saturday, August 8. Dance Jam every Friday

LA VETA — Come bust a move every Friday 11 a.m. at the La Veta Community Center. This is a fun cardio dance party celebrating many styles and decades! This group exercise is a collaboration between Two Peaks Fitness and dance instructor Ashley Vandagriff. Please pay in exact change at the door.

Two Peaks Fitness Members: $5 Non-members: $10 Questions


Live music at La Plaza

WALSENBURG — Three of our favorites are coming back! The Ordinary Two, Friday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m., Kurt Corsair w/ Apache Creek Fiddlers, Saturday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m. and the KneeOn Sisters!, Saturday, Aug 22, 6 p.m. Make your plans and give us a call at (719) 738-5700 and request your table on the patio. Music starts at 6 and ends at 9. ~PRIME RIB SPECIAL~ every Friday & Saturday!


Drive-in movie every Friday

LA VETA — The Teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be host- ing a Drive-In movie every Friday, 8:30 p.m. at the 4-H Barn. $5 per person, you will be able to watch the movie from the safety and comfort of your car and listen through the radio!


La Veta Village garage sale

LA VETA — Every Saturday through September 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be a garage sale at La Veta Village, 109 E. Francisco Street. There are many items; something for everyone! All donations go toward the Assisted Living Project.


Annual Photography Show at SPACe

LA VETA — Everyone is invited to take a look at the new showing of photography at the SPACe Gallery, 132 W. Ryus. Only 10 persons at a time will be allowed inside, face coverings are required, and social distancing will be observed. The photography will be on display until Aug. 29. The gallery is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 – 3 pm. All photos are for sale, as well as original art, jewelry, and pottery created by SPACe members, in the Gift Shop. Call 719 742- 3074 for information or email Visit the SPACe Etsy Store, YouTube, and the SPACe website – – for images of the winning photos.


Outdoor coffee with Sandy White

WALSENBURG — Join Sandy for coffee from 9 – 10 a.m., Saturday, August 8 at La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th. From 9– 10 a.m., Monday, August 10, at the H&H Café, 902 W. 7th. From 10 – 11 a.m., Friday, August 14 at the Rolling Smoke Garage BBQ, 110 E 5th Street.


17th Annual Stonewall Century Ride

LA VETA — Ride the Highway of Legends (Colorado State Highway 12) in the Stonewall Century Ride Saturday, August 8. Riders can go the entire 102 miles from La Veta to Segundo and back or turn around at any time! This ride is known for the homemade goodies at the aid stations and the friendly people in the area.

This is an annual fundraiser for the La Veta and Stonewall Fire Protection Districts. This ride is scenic, challenging, and delicious. For registration information, see or

Register online through Wednesday August 5 or during packet pickup August 7 at the La Veta Grandote Golf Course, or onsite August 8 at the Golf Course.

Music begins at noon. Everyone welcome! The Huerfano County Health Department has given us guidelines to make this ride safe.


Gardner Farmers Market

GARDNER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

Please wear masks, or please follow current County/State guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home. Have a neighbor purchase items for you, or contact us.

For more info: Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or


Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This summer please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, August 9, The Rev. Don Goodwin presents “A Worthy Prayer” with special music by Tom Munch.


Watercolor painting with Kathy Hill

LA VETA — Join Kathy Hill for the weekly Tuesday gathering, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 133 E. Virginia, to learn about painting with watercolors. The gathering is limited to four people. Each week a new subject is introduced on to watercolor techniques. $20 per session. Materials provided for $5 more. Face masks are required, and social distancing practiced. Call 719-742-5756 for details, and please leave a message if there is no answer.


Joyful walking & intuitive movement

LA VETA — We walk and make with gentle, intuitive movement stops along the way each Tuesday morning, 10 to 11:30 a.m. with yoga teacher Ruth, dance instructor Ashley and peach pilgrim Laura. Starting location may change weekly. For the current week’s starting location check our FaceBook page “Joyful Walking in La Veta” or call 630-864-8992 or 415-233-2632. Due to COVID-19, gathering size limited. While it is not required, you can reserve your space in advance by calling one of the above numbers. Walks are free. Donations accepted but not expected. Please bring masks, hats, water, sunscreen, walk- ing shoes. Come once, once-in-a-while, or weekly.


Free legal clinic

WALSENBURG — Despite the COVID-19 closures of libraries across Colorado, the Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) clinics will still be held as scheduled. The next VPC in Walsenburg will be held Tuesday August 11, 4 to 5 p.m. As a work-around, instead of clinic patrons coming in-person to your local public library (which is closed), the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron’s telephone directly, during the clinic hours, using the phone number provided.

To be added to the sign-up sheet, please contact your Spanish Peaks Library at (719) 738-2774 to be added to the sign- up sheet. Space is limited.


Huerfano Republicans to meet in person and online August 11

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Republican committee will hold its August 11 meeting in person at 511 Main Street in Walsenburg (being COVID safe) and online using the Zoom videoconferencing software. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m.. To attend online, members should write to for the link. Now, more then ever, it is time to get involved for the sake of our nation.


Walsenburg Farm & Makers Market Sunday

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Farm and Makers Market will be held each Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park, 400 Main Street. Strict social distancing and masks will be required. Let’s work through this together and build our community. Love and light to all.



Mt. San Rafael Golf Tournament

TRINIDAD — It’s time for the Annual Mt. San Rafael Hospital Golf Tournament! Enjoy an amazing day of golf at our beautiful city course, all while playing for a great cause Friday, August 7, 10am Shotgun Start at Trinidad Municipal Golf Course.

For more information contact Kim Lucero at (719) 846-8053 or via email at


Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — July Senior Day at Books & More bookstore, 132 N. Commercial Street, is Friday,August 7. Most items 50% off. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..


Give your pet a day of their very own!

TRINIDAD — Do you have the cutest pet in the world? Of course you do! Show off your pet while supporting a great cause: reserve a special place for your pet in our 2021 Noah’s Ark Fundraising Pet Calendar!

Put your pet’s photo on our 2021 calendar! It’s super affordable and easy! Date spaces are only $20 each.

Sign up now because this deal ends Friday, August 7th! To reserve your pet’s calendar space order online here or visit our Noah’s Ark Thrift Store or call 719-846-8578 to order by phone.

All proceeds from calendar sales go to support the shelter animals and programs of Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association in Trinidad, Colorado. Thank you for your support!


ROAR Relay for Life car wash & bake sale

TRINIDAD — Help support the fight against cancer Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Corradino Auto Body & Radiator, 124 N. Maple Street. Get a car wash, fill your tummies with delicious bake sale treats and burritos (gluten free too), and bid on awesome silent auction items. Silent auction items can be viewed and bid on ahead of time on our facebook page: ROAR4RFL)!All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.


Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square August events

TRINIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has a full slate of events for August.
.•Saturday, Aug. 8, American Legion Post 11 Membership Drive.

•Saturday, Aug. 15, 6 to 9 p.m. Open Mic

•Sunday Funday for Members only Sunday, Aug. 16 with live music food and drinks available.
•Saturday, Aug. 22, Harlan Ashe Project, 6 to 9 p.m.
•Saturday, Aug. 29, 6 to 9 p.m., Songwriters’ Series

•Sunday, Aug. 30, members only, Live music food and drinks available.

All Saturday events gates open at 5 p.m., $5 entry, and BYOB also BYO blankets, chairs and smile. Food and drinks available for donations. All proceeds go to the LACVC.


Free legal help at the Carnegie Library

TRINIDAD — While the library is open for curbside service only, you can still sign up for free legal help. The next legal help day is Tuesday, Aug. 11, 3 to 4 p.m. Call 719-846-6841 to sign up. On the date and time of the event, the attorney will call you.


Youth football camp

TRINIDAD — Southern Colorado Family Center will be host- ing a free youth football camp with the support of Primero and Trinidad high football teams Saturday, Aug. 15 at Central Park. We will have two sessions from 8:30-10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m to 12 p.m. Only 20 spots are open per session. Pre registration is encouraged, or registration is at 8 a.m. that morning. To pre- register call/or text Julie Mattorano at 719-251-6509 or email at Donations welcome.


Carnegie Library now open

TRINIDAD — The Carnegie is open in a limited capacity with restrictions and social distancing, so here are some things to note before your visit:
•All patrons must wear face masks and be screened at the door.

•The library is open for seniors (50+) only from 9-10 am, Monday through Friday. The remaining open hours will be for all other patrons.

•There can be up to 10 patrons at a time in the library, with only one family at a time in the children’s area . Everyone must maintain social distancing.
•Computer assistance is by appointment only, otherwise, first come first served.

•Our restrooms will be closed to the public.
•In order to accommodate all users, patrons will not remain in the library for longer than one hour at a time.

Please be patient with us as we learn how best to serve you while keeping everyone safe and healthy. We are still doing curbside service to serve as many people as possible and keep the library less crowded.


GOAL High School schedule for fall

TRINIDAD — At GOAL High School, Trinidad Student Drop- In-Center, 326 North Commercial Street- Suite 20, all courses and curriculum will remain online. The site will be open to students, however staff and students will be capped at 50% capacity. A COVID screening, including temperature check will be done at the door and all visitors, students, and staff are required to wear masks. The site will be set up specifically for optimal social-distancing. The first day of classes is Monday, August 31. Orientation is done by appointment throughout the month of August; however, enrollment will remain open through October 1st. For more information or to enroll, go to our website at or call 877-776-4625 or Communications Coordinator, Gunnison Pagnotta at 719-744-3090 or email to


Free video streaming at the Carnegie

TRINIDAD — Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Library and Books & More bookstore, the Library is offering a new service starting Monday, July 13. It’s called Kanopy. It’s a video streaming service, similar to Netflix, but instead of paying for it, you have free access using your library card account. The Kanopy collection includes feature films, documentaries, and television programs. You can access up to ten films per month for free. Ka- nopy includes a special section just for young children. Stay tuned for more information coming on our website and Facebook page. If you don’t have a library card, call us at 846- 6841 and we will open an account for you!


Aguilar Library curbside

AGUILAR — Aguilar Public Library, 146 W Main, is offering curbside service outside the building during normal business days and hours (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; Wed * 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm) for the com- munity and surrounding areas. If you are needing copies, a specific or audio book, DVD’s, or check out a Colorado State Park Backpack please call at 719-941-4426 or email We will gladly check them out, bag the items, then bring them outside to you. The staff will practice social distancing as well as wearing face- mask and gloves upon delivery.


Carnegie library online Story Time!

TRINIDAD — Virtually join Ms. Phyllis every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for stories and songs! Please register in advance to receive the virtual meeting invitation:


Senior services, Aguilar Care & Share

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The Agency on Aging coordinates food distribution in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties and is provided through South Central Council of Governments. All area Agency on Aging programs are for residents 60 years or older, assessments and reservations required. Make reservations/cancellations one day in advance at 719- 846-3336. Call 719-845-1133 ext 208 or ext. 225.

Take out lunch meals are provided in Trinidad Monday through Friday at the Sayre Senior Center. Also available, homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Trinidad and Tuesday and Thursday in Aguilar.

In Aguilar, the regular Care & Share distribution is at 125 E. Main Street, for Aguilar/Ludlow area residents only (proof of residency required). Every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be an emergency food distribution for those in dire need.

For all distributions, please do not show up too early, bring a pen, and stay in your vehicle. Please wear a mask.



Raton GOP ribbon cutting & grand opening

RATON — Representative Jim Towsend, HD 54 House Minority Leader will be the keynote speaker today, Thursday, Aug. 6, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raton GOP headquarters, 100 2nd Street. Also in attendance will be US Representative CD3 candidate Alexis Johnson, State Senate SD8 candidate Melissa Fryzel, and State Representative HD67 Jack Chatfield have agreed to attend. A light dinner will be served.


Capulin Astronomy Nights

CAPULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights. The next date is Saturday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. Times vary by month, but all observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the Visitor Center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes.


Summer services at Johnson Mesa

JOHNSON MESA — The weekly worship services at Johnson Mesa will run through Au- gust 9. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m.. This Sunday, Aug. 9, Layspeaker Ned Ortiz- Methodist Church, Raton will speak. Attendees are encouraged to observe the Covid-19 guidelines of the CDC and our New Mexico governor.

The Annual Picnic will be held on August 16th, and will begin with a potluck dinner at noon, followed with the worship service and an afternoon of fellowship. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.


Raton Recycling Center

RATON — The Raton Regional Recycling Hub Facility, Armex Building, 420 East 4th Ave. will be open Wednesday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Accepted Materials: Corrugated card- board and brown paper bags; mixed paper including junk mail, magazines, and newspapers; plastic #1 bottles with necks, caps, and labels like water and soda bottles or salad dressing; plastic #2 bottles like laundry detergent, milk, and juice jugs (no motor oil products); steel / tin cans clean soup, vegetable, pet food, and sauce containers; aluminum beverage cans, clean food containers, pie pans, and foil. Visit the website: for more information.

In Raton, there are non-governmental organizations where you can take selected recyclables. Citizens for the Developmentally Disabled, 230 E 4th Avenue, will pay a variable rate for aluminum cans and some types of copper. Call them at 575-445-5674 for collection days and times.


Colfax Rapid Response

RATON — Colfax County Rapid Response is a volunteer firefighting community based organization. Our next meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. at the Colfax County Courthouse, 230 North 3rd Street.

Currently we engage in Wild land and Structural fires. When called upon we serve a civic duty, which is to protect the communities and citizens in Colfax County. Colfax County Rapid Response meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Colfax County Courthouse at 7 p.m.. We are constantly looking for new volunteers.


22nd Annual International Tournament

RATON — The Annual International Golf Tournament will be held Friday to Sunday, Aug. 14 to 16 at Raton Country Club. Three person scramble, Stableford scoring. Entries accepted thru Aug. 12 so please sign up quickly as spots will fill up. Only 8 teams per flight


Drive-thru car show at MCMC LTC

RATON — The residents at MCMC Long-term Care, 900 S 6th St., have been cooped up for a very long time and would LOVE to have a drive-thru “car show” come by. Come on out, Saturday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. and let’s put some smiles on those faces! Hit me up if you have any ideas, want to participate, want to cruise after…let’s give these seniors a day to re- member! Cars, motorcycles, whatever you got!


Kindergarten Round Up – Longfellow School

RATON — Bring your entering kinder student for meeting with teachers, initial assessments, snacks, and fun Wednesday, Aug. 19, or Thursday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longfellow School 700 E. 4th Street. For updates Follow our Facebook Event Page: 316044/


Raton Regional Aquatic Center open

RATON — 2020 Summer Hours of Operation- Covid-19 social distancing rules are in place, locker rooms are open.


6am-10:30am Laps swim/exercise
10:00 am-11:30 am Parent and Me Swim for patrons with swimmers 10 years and younger (Tues & Thurs ONLY)
1:30pm – 5:30pm OPEN SWIM
4:30pm – 7:30pm Laps swim/exercise


8 am-11 am Laps swim/exercise SUNDAY-Closed

The Raton Regional Aquatic Center charges an admission fee to the facility not a swim fee. Admission fees apply to all patrons, regard- less of whether they are swimming or not. We cannot accept Credit or Debit Cards at this time. Call the Aquatic Center @ (575) 445-4271 for special pool accommodations, party reservations and pool rentals.


Hungry Hearts lunch on Saturdays

RATON — Hungry Hearts will resume serving lunch every Saturday at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store location, 401 S. 4th St. Free lunches will be served on a drive-through, take-out only basis from 12 to 1 p.m. (while supplies last, first come-first served). Walk- up guests will be served as well. We ask that all guests, whether drive up or walk up, please wear masks. As always, lunches are free and anyone is welcome. Drive-through guests should enter from the north end of the Thrift store parking lot.


The Angel Fire Art & Farmers’ Market

ANGEL FIRE — The Angel Fire Art and Farmers Market is held every Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all summer at Frontier Park in the heart of Angel Fire.

Our market is a weekly showcase featuring a diverse selection of local and regional artists, great live music, food artisans & fresh produce. The market provides resources and opportunities to help grow small endeavors and provides a meeting place for a vibrant local community.

Commonly found at our market:

-Fresh regional produce
-Hatch Green Chile roasted on the spot

-Farm fresh eggs
-Local meat and dairy products

-Artisanal bread and baked goods -Raw honey & much more…

We are asking visitors to take the following precautions:

-Park at least 1 space away from others

-Wear a mask
-Utilize hand sanitizers upon entering and exiting

-Stay at least 6 ft away from others


MCMC Auxiliary Thrift Shop

RATON — The MCMC Thrift shop is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at their location on South 2nd Street next to Old City Market Building. Please only bring donations during our operating hours.

*PLEASE* we cannot accept large furniture and appliance type donations, we have no way to store them or to move them. Thank you for your understanding.


Elk’s Thrift Store opens

RATON — Elks Lodge Thrift Store, 1180 S 2nd Street will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm. Only three patrons allowed in the store to meet social distancing guidelines. Thrift store proceeds assist with our community projects sponsored by Elks Lodge #865.


Alternatives to Violence Thrift Store

RATON — Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays weekly. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Historic First Street in Raton next to the Patchwork Phoenix. Accepting donations during open hours, please.


Open Hands Thrift Store ~ Cimarron

CIMARRON — Open Hands Thrift Store, 357 E 9th Street, will be open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Customers must wear masks and only 3 shoppers allowed inside at a time for social distancing guidelines.

We are only taking donations on Friday and Saturdays. If items are left at the shed they must be thrown away, so please follow the safety and drop off guidelines. We will take furniture by appointment, please call the numbers on the door. Thank you for helping us get through this time.