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Long-term care Ombudsman service

hueRFANO/LAs ANIMAs COuNTIes — Under the federal Older Americans Act (OAA) every state is required to have an Ombudsman Program that addresses complaints and advocates for improvements in the long-term care system.

The Ombudsman program advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities, and other similar adult care facilities. Ombudsmen and work to resolve problems individual residents face and effect change at the local, state, and national levels to improve quality of care. Ombudsman responsibilities include:

• Educating residents, their family, and facility staff about residents’ rights and care;
• Providing technical support for the development of resident and family councils;

• Advocating for changes to improve residents’ quality of life and care;
• Providing information to the public regard- ing long-term care facilities and services, residents’ rights, and legislative/ policy issues; • Representing resident interests before governmental agencies; and

• Seeking legal, administrative and other remedies to protect residents.

Ombudsman services for Huerfano and Las Animas counties are provided by the Area Agency on Agency, South Central Council of Governments. For questions or concerns con- tact Elizabeth Kelly at 719-859-5755 or email her at For more in- formation on the ombudsman program watch the youtube video listed here:



Help Museum of Friends win a grant, respond today!

hueRFANO COuNTY — Colorado Humanities is offering grants to community organizations that promote humanities in their area through the CH CARES social media challenge. We are excited to use our collective power to spread the word about the incredible work MoF is doing in the public humanities. The contest will be measured by MoF’s engagement numbers on the CH Cares Facebook page. We have posted the MoF video to our Facebook page:

Community members need to like (and hopefully) share the MoF video by Thursday, July 16. The Colorado Humanities staff will monitor your community’s engagement and react to their posts.


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 may be in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.


Huerfano Dems meet tonight

hueRFANO COuNTY — We are having our July central committee meeting Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m. via Zoom. If you care to join in please email and we will send you an invite. At our meeting we will have updates from our elected officials on events in our county and will have some discussion on upcoming campaigning. Please get involved, we have a very important election on the horizon! There is so much work to do and we need all the help we can get to be successful. We encourage everyone to visit our new website: .


School Nature Trail maintenance

LA VeTA — La Veta Trails invites volunteer stewards to work on the alley connecting Pop- lar St. and the School Nature Trail on Friday, July 17, 8:30-10:30 a.m.. Meet at the corner of Birch and E. Garland. The work will involve picking up litter, removing a pile of branches, removing barbed wire, and trimming a tree. Bring water, wear sturdy shoes, wear eye protection, sunscreen, and work gloves. We will social distance, but please wear a mask if you feel more comfortable. The minimum age requirement for this workday is 16, (or younger with an accompanying parent volunteer). Con- tact: Cindy Campbell,, or 719-890-0009.


La Plaza Inn celebrates 10th anniversary

WALseNBuRg — Karen Wilson is celebrating the entire month of July for her 10 year anniversary of owning an operating La Plaza Inn & Restaurant, 118 W 6th Street.

Our new July lunch special is Fish & Chips and we’re offering 50% off on all appetizers and cocktails from 4-6 p.m. each day. The July entertainment schedule is awesome!

• Friday, July, 17, 6 p.m. there will be live music by Kurt Corsair & Apache Creek Fiddlers (Americana).
• July 10, 6 p.m. enjoy the live music of The Ordinary Two (Jazz, Vocal Harmonies)

• July 18, 7 p.m. laugh with the stand-up comedy of Allan Goodwin. Tickets are $5 for pre-sale, $10 at the door.
• July 24, 6 p.m. Kurt Corsair returns with a one man show (Cowboy & Singer-songwriter).

• July 25, 6 p.m. enjoy the live music of KneeOn Sisters (Rock, Country, Blues).


Drive-In movie every Friday

LA VeTA — The Teens at Spanish Peaks Church will be hosting 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.


Street party, Two Peaks Fitness

LA VeTA – There will be a Street Party on the sidewalk at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St., Saturday July 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Join us with social distancing for our reopening celebration after being closed for two months. Our very own Richard Simmons lookalike will be our special guest as we demonstrate and taste protein shakes, energy bars, and compete in a hula-hoop contest. Come see all the great activities we have in store for both kids and adults! 719-742-3555.


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 cur- rent 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, July19 Rev. Jim Tucker will preach about “Learning to Wait” with special music by Eldaa Royer.


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.


Two Peaks Fitness senior group exercise

LA VeTA — Two Peaks Fitness senior group exercise is every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the La Veta Community Center:
• Yoga Stretch: Monday, Wednesday 9:15 a.m. • Swiss Ball: Monday, Wednesday, 10 a.m.

• Senior Pilates/Fresh Start: Monday, Wednesday, 11 a.m.
• Hatha Yoga: Friday, 9 a.m.

These mild group exercise sessions will be held in compliance with current COVID-19 restrictions. Maximum of 10 participants, with social distancing required. You will be asked to wear a mask if physically possible. The community center and all equipment will be sanitized in accordance with Health Department regulations.

These activities are free to SilverSneakers, Renew Active, and Two Peaks Fitness members; $5 daily fee if you are not a member.


Watercolor workshop at SPACe with Kathy Hill

LA VeTA — Kathy Hill’s Watercolor Painting Workshop will be held Tuesdays, July 21, and 28 at 9:30-12:30. The fee is $35 with a $5 fee for materials payable to the instructor. Classes are held upstairs at the gallery in the park, 132 W. Ryus. Face coverings of your choice are to be worn, and we practice social distancing. We welcome questions, and can be reached at 719 742-3074, or via email at


Men’s Bible study group

WALseNBuRg — New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, 801 Pennsylvania, invites any men interested in Bible study and fellowship to meet with others beginning Wednesday, July 22, 6 p.m.. All are welcome to this lay led time of encouragement, friend- ship, and support regardless of church affiliation.


The Rifters Hosted by Jim & Peggy Hoobler

LA VeTA — Come enjoy an open air lawn concert Thursday, July 23. Bring your own beverage and lawn chair to 707 East Virginia Street. Tickets are $20 per person if you pay by July 22nd or $25 on day of concert. Must pay in advance to PO Box 252, La Veta, CO, 81055. Call 719-742-5496 or 719-989-1530 for questions.


Jane Butler ’s Art Dolls show-reception at La Veta Gallery on Main

LA VeTA — There will be an opening reception for Mary Jane Butler’s Art Dolls show Friday, July 24, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at La Veta Gallery on Main. Takeaway snacks provided! Show runs through August 25. For more information visit:


Davis Estate Auction

LA VeTA — Stop by 311 N Main for the Dale and Rosemary Davis Estate Auction Saturday, July 25, 9:30 a.m.. Household, equipment, vehicles, and more will be auctioned off! Cash or good honorable check day of sale will be ac- cepted. All sales are final. For questions call Jim Hoobler Auction Company 719-989-1530.


Western Rendezvous show ends July 25 at SPACe

LA VeTA — SPACe will be opening an Esty store for access to purchasing artwork online. The SPACe website also provides images of artwork in the show. The SPACe Gallery in the Park is located at 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, Colorado and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am – 3 pm. The artwork for 2020 Western Rendezvous show will be displayed until July 25.


La Veta athletics golf tourney, register by 7/27

WALseNBuRg — Have a swinging good time at the La Veta Open Saturday, August 1 at the Walsenburg Golf Course. This is a 4 per- son, 18 hole Scramble with 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $75 per person. Register by Monday, July 27. Lunch is included. $400 hole in one payout sponsored by H & H Services.


FNB Trinidad school supply drive now through 7/31

WALseNBuRg — Huerfano County school children need your help now more than ever! Although the future of local schools opening

for the fall semester due to COVID-19 has yet to be determined, The Huerfano County Branch of The First National Bank in Trinidad is resolved to continue its efforts to support the youth in the community by holding its 20th annual “School Supply Drive.” Whether funds are used to assist students with needs at home or in school, the Bank is committed to providing resources for children in the area.

Mail or drop off your donation to The Huerfano County Branch at 135 West 6th Street, Walsenburg, Colorado 81089 by July 31st. First National will match the first $1,000 in donations! Help The Huerfano County Branch of The First National Bank in Trinidad support Huerfano County Students as they build their own bright futures and donate cash for school supplies today! Visit or call 719-738-3594 to learn more.


Summer Reading Program at Spanish Peaks Library

WALseNBuRg — Although the library is not open for patrons to come in, we are still having a summer reading program. Join Ms. Sherry online for a virtual “Imagine Your Story” summer reading program. You can begin by registering with READsquared. This program can be downloaded to your Android or iOS device. Once you have it downloaded choose Spanish Peaks Library District. It can also be found online at On READsquared you can log your reading and complete missions and other fun activities. Check our Facebook page at Spanish Peaks Library District or our website for more information. You can also email Ms. Sherry with questions,


La Veta Library now open

LA VeTA — The La Veta Public Library re- opened this week. To maintain social distancing and for the safety of our staff and patrons, some of our services and policies have changed. For further details please call 719- 742-3572 or visit our website: .

Face masks are required to enter our facilities. (Masks not required for children under 3 and patrons with health issues. We are limited to 10 people at a time and visits are limited to 30 minutes. (Only two visits per day.)

Please maintain social distancing while browsing and at the customer service desks. The teen room will remain closed except to ac- cess books. Only one family group at a time allowed in the family room. Computer use is also limited to 30 minutes. The furniture has been arranged to maintain social distancing, please do not move the furniture.

Curbside service is available by appointment to our at risk patrons. Detailed information is available on the website.


Spanish Peaks Catholic Community new schedule

AguILAR/ gARDNeR/ LA VeTA/ WAL- seNBuRg — The new Mass schedule is effective now. Face masks required, social distancing observed. Call 719-738-1204 if you are in doubt.

•st. Mary, Our Lady of sorrows in Walsenburg: Sunday-10:30 a.m.; Mondays-No Mass; Fridays-8 a.m.
•st. Anthony of Padua in Aguilar: Sunday- 8 a.m.; Tuesday-9:30 a.m.

•Christ the King in La Veta: Sunday-12:30 a.m.; Wednesday-9 a.m.
•sacred heart in gardner: Saturday-4 p.m.; Thursday-10 a.m..

Fr. Isaac’s day off is Monday. Funerals will be scheduled Tuesday – Friday only. Confession will be held on Saturdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at St. Mary Church. Appointments will be available Tuesday-Friday.


Lathrop swim beach open

WALseNBuRg — Great news, our swim beach is now open with appropriate social distancing precautions. #socialdistancing #summerfun #besafe


Spanish Peaks Library curbside pickup

WALseNBuRg — Curbside Pickup is now available at SPLD Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Place your holds ahead of time, send your print jobs via email, and library staff will package everything up and bring it outside.

Visit or call 719-738-2774 for more information.


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.

The fair board is in the process of planning the revised county fair. Further details concerning whether the fair will be open to the public and other details will be published when they are finalized.

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



Carnegie Library now open

TRINIDAD — Good news! We are back and open to the pub- lic starting this week. We are 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 9-10am, 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. Come see us or call and we’ll come out to you!


New free video streaming service 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 Net- flix, 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. Kanopy 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!


Primero HS Cheerleaders fundraiser

TRINIDAD — Support your Primero High School Cheer- leaders! During the month of July, Lee’s BBQ, 825 San Pedro, will donate $0.50 to the squad for every Big Brother hamburger that is sold. This will help the squad pay for their uni- forms and attend camp.


Care and Share food distribution

TRINIDAD — The next Care and Share food distribution will be held Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m. at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds. the 10 to 11:30 time slot is for seniors only. 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. is for everyone.


ROAR for Relay for Life bowling tournament

TRINIDAD — Roar for Relay for Life is having our 2nd annual 9 pin no tap tournament Saturday, July 25, 1 to 5 p.m. at Trinidad Lanes, 823 Van Buren Street. Entry is $15 a person for 3 games, shoes are free. must pay & register your team ahead of time.

Come bowl and fight back against cancer at the same time! We are also having a dress-up contest so dress in the 1950s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s theme or your favorite rock star. Contact either Kendra Doherty 719-680-0693, 719-946-5510 or Sharon Vallejos 719-680-1249 for more information.


Aguilar Library curbside service

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 community 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.


Trinidad Community Center now open

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Community Center is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday- Saturday, CLOSED on Sundays. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the building at one time. No showers will be allowed. A 1.5 hour time limit will apply to all patrons, on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-in before entering and follow posted COVID-19 rules. A plan is being formulated to submit to the Las Animas County Health Department to open the Trinidad Aquatic Center.


Colorado Welcome Center is open

TRINIDAD — The Colorado Welcome Center will be reopen- ing this week. We will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues-Sat.


Apishapa Heritage Center now open

AguILAR — Apishapa Heritage Center located at 131 E. Main St. is opened for the summer Our summer hours will be 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Appointments are encouraged. Contact information at: or 719-680-1393


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: https://www.carnegiepublicli-


Mt. Carmel wellness free virtual classes continue including fun kid’s classes

TRINIDAD — Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center brings you FREE virtual programs and classes to help you remain active and connected during this challenging time. These classes are available to anyone through the Zoom app. You can participate using your computer or smartphone.

See our weekly wellness schedule, followed by instructions to log-in on your computer or call-in from your phone. Get the schedule by signing up for the weekly email at: “Mt. Carmel of Colorado”

Contact Laura at (719) 845-4894 with questions.


FNB Trinidad school supply drive

TRINIDAD — Las Animas County school children need your help now more than ever! Although the future of local schools opening for the fall semester due to COVID-19 has yet to be determined, The First National Bank in Trinidad is resolved to continue its efforts to support the youth in the community by holding its 20th annual “School Supply Drive.” Whether funds are used to assist students with needs at home or in school, the Bank is committed to providing resources for children in the area.

Mail or drop off your donation to The First National Bank in Trinidad, Main Bank, Motor Bank or Wal-Mart Branch by Friday, July 31. The First National Bank will match the first $1,000 in do- nations!

Help First National support Las Animas County Students as they build their own bright futures and donate cash for school supplies today! Visit or call 719-846-9881 to learn more.


Las Animas Fair youth livestock and market sale

TRINIDAD — Please come and support the youth of Las Animas County at the Livestock Market Sale Saturday, August 1 sponsored by the Las Animas County Fair. Registration starts at 12 p.m. and the sale begins at 2 p.m. in the Outdoor Pavilion at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds, 2200 N Linden Avenue.


Tire removal service

LAs ANIMAs COuNTY — If you have piles of tires to be re- moved or know of tires abandoned that need removal, call the Las Animas-Huerfano Counties district health department at 719-846-2213. We have a waste tire removal program.


TSD #1 free summer lunch program

TRINIDAD — The free summer lunch program provides nutritious lunches for kids and teens all summer long. The free lunches will run through Friday, August 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eckhart Elementary School, 1021 Pierce Street. Due to the Covid 19, lunches will be curbside pickup. In bad weather you may pick up lunches in the cafeteria by the double doors where the benches are located. Kids and teens 18 & under eat free; adult Meals $3.75. For more info, call 845-2051or 846-3324


SCCOG senior services, 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. Please 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 are homebound meal deliveries Monday through Friday in Trinidad and Tuesday and Thursday in Aguilar.

There will be a regular Care & Share distribution at 125 E. Main Street. This distribution is 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.



MCMC online trustees board meeting

RATON — Notice is hereby given that Miners Colfax Medical Center Board of Trustees will be holding its regular meeting Friday, July 17, 1 p.m.. This event will be live streamed here on facebook


Capulin astronomy nights

CAPuLIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights at Capulin Volcano National Monument, 46 Volcano Rd. The next astronomy night will be Saturday, July 18, 8 p.m. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. 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 August 9. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m.. This Sunday, July 19 Pastor Ed Buerkle of Calvary Baptist Church in Raton, NM 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 en- couraged to bring their instruments.


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 al- lowed in the store to meet social distancing guidelines. Thrift store proceeds assist with our community projects sponsored by Elks Lodge #865.


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 fol- low 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.


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 arti- sans & 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