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Go to and click on the COVID-19 link to get a complete and current listing of all closures and cancellations of events throughout our three county area, and a compilation of all COVID- 19 articles run in print editions of the newspaper.

The total up-to-date number of cases in Colorado, New Mexico, and nationwide are also listed in the COVID-19 page, as well as health tips to keep yourself and your family safe, and updates from state and Federal Health Organizations.

The full listing of events still happening, as well as closures and cancellations by venue are listed on under Upcoming Events in the toolbar.

Here are the events that are still scheduled as of press time, as well as pertinent press releases.



Covid-19 information

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department supplies this information to help people understand COVID-19. Call the Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP) at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. Interpretation is available in many languages including Spanish, Mandarin, and more.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

COLORADO — Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s current goal is to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on your recreation experiences in Colorado. No offices or parks, including camp- grounds, have been closed at this time. However, we are working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), local health departments, and the office of Governor Polis and will follow their advice and protocols on any closures in the future.

Update 3/17/2020: Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be waiving fees for changing and/or canceling camping reservations until further notice. Guests should call our reservations call center at 800-244-5613 or the park where they had a reservation and note they are canceling due to COVID-19. The call center or park can then handle the fee waiver.


Summer seasonal jobs at Colorado State Parks

DENVER — Want to work outside in Colorado this summer? Then apply for any of the hundreds of seasonal positions avail- able at Colorado’s State Parks.

A variety of jobs are available, including seasonal ranger, visitor services, interpreter/education specialist and maintenance. Most jobs start in May and continue into September.

Colorado operates 41 parks in every corner of the state. In 2019 more than 15 million people visited Colorado State Parks.

Anyone interested should go on line to these sites to search for open positions:, or

Interested applicants can also go to a state park office to talk to staff about available positions. Applications, however, must be filed on-line. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife, go to:



Cancellations/closures due to COVID-19 protocols

Spanish Peaks Library — Closed Huerfano Rec Center — Closed

Huerfano Department of Human Services — Phone appointments only. Online at https://colorado-

Fox Theater — Closed.

United Church Walsenburg — Closed

Dorcas Circle — Closed until mid-April

La Veta Library — Events canceled

La Veta Mercantile — Closed

Kathy Hill watercolor classes — Canceled

Museum of Friends — Closed

San Isabel Electric — Closed for in-person payments

Huerfano County business resiliency workshop — Canceled

St. Mary Church Lenten retreat — canceled, as are all gatherings in the Diocese of Pueblo

United Church Walsenburg Community Dinner March 28 — canceled

Flood mitigation meeting March 31 at the Fox — canceled

Water Conservancy District board meeting — postponed

Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble cantata — Postponed until later notice. Please watch for rescheduled dates and places.


Cuchara Chapel service

CUCHARA — The Cuchara Chapel service this Sunday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. is “Pay it Forward”. Rev. Eileen Ramsey will preside. All are welcome; come as you are!


FoxTrot birdfeeder class

WALSENBURG —The FoxTrot will offer a bird feeder and bath all in one class on March 26. Bring your creative mind and use beautiful vintage dishes and depression Ware. Decorating with glass stones, gemstones, old earrings. This will make a beautiful array for your patio or backyard. All materials are included, $15 per person, limited to six people. Call 720-323-4329 to RSVP and go to the FoxTrot Emporium Face- book page to see an example. 114 E 5th St. Walsenburg.


La Veta Creative District logo contest deadline extended

LA VETA — The La Veta Creative District is looking for a visual identity in the form of a logo design. Designs for the logo may be submitted through Friday, March 27 to Kenny Schneider by email at Submissions will be judged by the LVCD staff and the winning designer’s logo will appear on printed materials, social media, and other items, such as T-shirts.

The winning logo will promote the mission of the LVCD, which is “To inspire and cultivate our diverse rural community through the development of the arts and creative industries”. Any colors may be used, however, it should also look good in black & white. For more information contact Kenny.

To keep up to date on events and activities related to the La Veta Creative District, visit the Facebook page “The La Veta Creative District.”


SCCY still providing food for youth – donations accepted at office

WALSENBURG — For the past 20 years we have been providing food for our community’s children. Under normal circumstances SCCY provides after school programs through a partnership with RE-1 school district via the 21st Century grant and also the PREP grant. The kids get homework help, participate in Positive Youth Development Activities and get hot meal for dinner. On Friday’s they get breakfast and lunch, and all summer long 5 days a week they get breakfast, lunch and depending on the program get dinner also.

Myra Trujillo, director made this statement “I urge you to get involved. We intend to do sack lunches that include break- fast as well. If you want to donate anything you can drop it off to me at 513 Main street. My staff and myself will be working diligently to make sure the basic needs for the youth are meet while not able to attend school.”

Pick up times are as follows starting- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday @ 10 a.m..

We are Huerfano county’s longest running youth serving non-profit.” Our mission is to positively engage the youth of Huerfano county through character-building, personal and social responsibility and life-skills development so that they may become successful adult leaders. ” I highly encourage everyone to get to know us and let’s build on what is already in place. Our staff is caring, compassionate and highly skilled in many areas and are passionate about the youth of our community.”


Municipal Court is open March 23

WALSENBURG — The Municipal Court with Judge Shults presiding will be in session Monday, March 23 for those who are scheduled for first appearance or sentencing who wish to appear for their cases. In other words if you have a court date for March 23 it is up to you if you want to appear then or later. Those in risk groups due to health conditions or age should stay home.

All persons who fail to appear for their scheduled March 23rd court date will be granted an automatic continuance with appearance rescheduled to the April 20th, 2020 court date.

All subpoenas for witnesses may be disregarded and will be reissued for a later date. The Municipal Court is exercising caution under current guidelines to avoid public gatherings. Although the number of persons in the courtroom at any one time during sessions of Municipal Court is typically small, in order to keep recommended distances between persons any person scheduled to appear in Municipal Court on March 23rd may be granted, without application, a continuance to the April 20th court date. Court will, however, still be in session on March 23rd, for those who are making their first appearance and wish to appear, and for those standing for sentencing that date who wish to appear. Any witnesses under subpoena are released from that order until such orders are re-issued for a new court date, therefore no trials will be conducted on the March 23rd court date.

This order applies only to the March 23rd Municipal Court session held at the Walsenburg City Hall, and is independent of any other judicial order for other courts in the county. By order of Joel F. Shults, Walsenburg Municipal Judge


La Veta Creative District monthly meeting

LA VETA — The La Veta Creative District will be holding their next monthly meeting at 11 am at the SPACe Gallery Wednesday, March 25. If you would like to be put on the agenda, please contact us FIVE days ahead of time.


4-H fundraiser ~ Shop at home!

WALSENBURG — Our club is participating in two catalog sales until Friday,March 27 to try and raise money for our club. Social distancing makes fundraising hard. Glad we can accept online orders! Last years fundraiser helped our club buy shirts, project manuals and pay enrollment and fair fees. Help us do even more this year!

Columbine 4-H Club of Huerfano County-SHOP FROM HOME -and support our club!

We have a variety of products to choose from. Anything from flower bulbs, candles, snacks, jewelry, kitchenware or candies can be purchased.

The FunPasta catalog also has a variety of products with themed pasta like animals, characters, sports, colleges and even political parties! Soup mixes, pasta sauce, chili mix, gift sets and Vegan or Gluten Free options are also available! *Online purchases can also be made at

If you would like to support our club, please let us know and we will get you in touch with one of our members! Vegan and Gluten Free options available.


Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

LA VETA — The Huerfano County 4-H Council would like to invite you to their annual Spaghetti Dinner and silent auction on Sunday April 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 4-H barn in La Veta, CO. The cost of the dinner is $7 for adults, $5 for kids and children 5 and under are free.



Cancellations/closures due to COVID-19 protocols

City of Champions dinner — Postponed Trinidad History Museum — Closed Carnegie Public Library — Closed

Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness, & Community Center — Cancellation of Market and Youth Fridays

City of Trinidad — Closed for in person payments other business

For utility questions, call 719-846-9843, ext 113. For all other questions call 719-846-9843, ext 0.

Somebody Cares Project meetings — Canceled for March and April

First Responders Basketball Classic — Canceled Homeless Forum at TSJC — Canceled


Free lunch pickup for Trinidad kids start March 23

TRINIDAD — Students age 0-18 have the option of picking up free curb and go meals at Fisher’s Peak Elementary or Trinidad Middle School ( Park Street). From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 Monday – Thursday beginning March 23, 2020.


Chronic pain self management classes online

TRINIDAD — We are holding this class via conference call or online at the regularly scheduled time until further notice. Additional instructions to access the conference calls will be sent to the email you provided and posted on social media. Learn techniques for managing fatigue, frustration, poor sleep and isolation in these classes Thursdays, during March, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Learn about tools for managing pain and tracking improvements. Learn exercises for improving strength, flexibility and balance. Learn how to manage medications. Learn how to effectively communicate with healthcare providers, family and friends. PLUS! On Saturday 4/18 Learn to make healthy food choices and prepare meals for managing inflammation and optimizing nutrition. Call 719-845-4894 for more information or to sign-up!


Stress management online

TRINIDAD — We are holding this class via conference call or online at the regularly scheduled time until further notice. Learn to manage your stress and become more mindful with various techniques in this class Tuesdays, through March, 5:15 to 6 p.m.. The class will run every Tuesday through March. Call for more information 719-845-4894.


Crochet at Aguilar library

AGUILAR — “The Crochet Group” will meet every 4th Friday of the month beginning in March from 12- 2 p.m.. The first meeting will be Friday, March 27. Please come share your knowledge, patterns, new friendships, and conversation! Tools and yarn provided if you are new to the craft!


Free movie at the Aguilar library

AGUILAR — Come out for a free movie and popcorn Saturday, March 28, 12 to 2 p.m. at the Aguilar Library. This month will show “Peanut Butter Falcon” rated PG-13. Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage.


Hunter education class at Prator

TRINIDAD — There will be a Hunter Education class Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29 at the Prator Range. Students will need to register on line. or google Colorado hunter education Classes.


Las Animas County writing contest

TRINIDAD — Wanted, all K-12 students to participate in the Las Animas County Writing Contest. This contest is open to all themes and genres; fiction, poetry, and creative essays. Students will compete in 4 grade groups: K-2/3-5/6-8/9-12. There will be 8 first place winners, two from each group receive cash prizes. 2nd and 3rd place winners, from each group also receive cash prizes. All entries will be available as a book. A limited number will be for sale at the awards ceremony.

Submission must be original and may include artwork. All work must be submitted by Friday, April 3. For more information call or email Dustin Hyman: 719-846-5709;

Visit to submit your entry. The writing contest awards ceremony will be Thursday, April 30, at Trinidad State Campus, Massari Theater, 5:30 p.m..


Santa Fe Trail Festival call for vendors

TRINIDAD — Summer is coming! So is our annual Santa Fe Trail Festival. We would love to have you or some talented individuals you know join us as a vendor. The festival this year will be downtown on June 12 & 13. Feel free to contact us for more information. Have a great day. TLAC Chamber of Commerce, 719-846-9285.



Cancellations/closures due to COVID-19 protocols Local restaurants limited

RATON — Attention visitors and locals: Please be patient with our local restaurants in the coming weeks as the State of New Mexico Environment Department has issued a new order regarding occupancy in restaurants, bars, and breweries effective today: “Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, the amended public health order directs that all restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries, and other food establishments shall operate at no greater than 50 percent of maximum occupancy and no greater than 50 percent of seating capacity. In addition, tables and booths may not seat more than six people, and all occupied tables and booths must be separated by at least six feet. Patrons may not be seated at bars, and standing patrons will not be served.” Our area restaurants, bars, and brewery are all concerned for their guest’s well-being but will try and maintain a comfortable guest experience until this order is lifted.


City of Raton, most services open

RATON — All City of Raton services are running at regular hours including utility payments. The library and Aquatic Center are limiting the number of patrons to 10 at a time. The visitor center is closed at this time. Please visit the City of Raton website at or visit the City of Raton Facebook page for updates.


Capulin Volcano visitor center/ store — closed

CAPULIN — The road to the top of the volcano will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All trails will be open to the public. Restrooms at the top of the volcano will be open. or call us at 575-278-2201


Capulin Spring Equinox dark sky event

— canceled CAPULIN — For more information visit or call us at 575-278-2201.


New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women meeting — Postponed


Need help with pet food?

RATON — For short-term, emergency assistance, the Raton Humane Society sponsors a Pet Food Bank. Supplies include free food for cats and dogs, kitty litter, and bedding. Call the Raton Animal Shelter at 575-445-8640 or visit the shelter at 448 Hereford Avenue. If necessary, call dispatch, 445-2704, and ask to have the animal control officer meet you at the shelter. To donate supplies, follow the the procedure. Shelter hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday to 9 a.m.


Census 2020 is important to N.M.

COLFAX COUNTY — The census is easy. The questions are simple. Your responses are secure! Why does the 2020 Census matter to New Mexico? New Mexico receives $8,692 per res- ident in federal funding. Did you know, just a 1% undercount in New Mexico means a loss of $780M over the next ten years?

The more you know…Census Bureau staff are sworn for life to protect confidentiality and are subject to $250,000 fine and/or up to five years in federal prison for wrongful disclosure of information.

How do I participate? You can take the census online starting Thursday, March 12, by phone, or by mail. For more information, visit from your personal phone, computer or public library.

Spread the word: Answer the Census—it only takes 10 minutes to help New Mexico.


Raton Little League coaches meeting

RATON — Anyone who is interested in coaching or helping the little league this year is encouraged to attend the coaches meeting, Friday, March 20, 6 p.m. at Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd. We have opening ceremonies set for April 25, 2020.


Benefit carwash

RATON — We are having this wonderful event, Saturday, March 21 at Raton Visitor Center, 100 Clayton Road to let people know who we are & what we do. On this day we are doing a $10 car wash. All Proceeds will go to an organization VALLE DEL SOL. Valle del Sol is a nonprofit organization with a history of caring for the community by helping men, women, children, families and the elderly each year through healthcare, human service, and leadership development programs.


Cimarron Civic Club pancake breakfast fundraiser

CIMARRON — The annual pancake breakfast and silent auction hosted by Cimarron Civic Club will be held Saturday, March 21, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Cimarron United Methodist Church, 31082 US Highway 6. Come on out for this great community event that raises money for scholarships and donations in Cimarron.


Nominations sought for NM Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, are seeking nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

The annual Governor’s Arts Awards are New Mexico’s highest and most prestigious artistic honors and are intended to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the arts. Nominations may be submitted by individual state residents or representatives of businesses or organizations in New Mexico. Self-nominations are discouraged.

Nominations for the awards may include living New Mexican artists working in any discipline who have demonstrated outstanding achievement; individuals who have consistently made significant or distinguished contributions to the arts in New Mexico; and businesses, nonprofits or foundations with sustained involvement in and support for the arts.

Nominations must be received by Friday, April 3. They may be mailed or hand-delivered to New Mexico Arts, Suite 270, 407 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501. Nomination forms are available online at awards/ or contact New Mexico Arts at 505-827-6490, 800-879- 4278 (statewide), or email Awards are scheduled for Sept. 2020 in Santa Fe.


City of Raton Neighborhood Watch Meeting

RATON — There will be a Neighborhood Watch meeting Tuesday, March 31, 6 p.m. at Raton City Hall Commission Chambers, 224 Savage Ave. The public is invited to attend the North of I-25 Neighborhood Watch meeting with guest speaker Melissa Kennelly. Ms. Kennelly is currently serving as the Division 2 District Judge by appointment from our governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. She is running to keep that petition and has agreed to attend the Neighborhood Watch meeting in order to present her views and to answer questions.


Out of this World

Veronika String Quartet March 22 performance in Westcliff — Postponed


Senior meals available, To-Go or On-Wheels

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTY —Due to the vulnerable population served in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties, the Area Agency on Aging will practice social distancing measures to prevent any possibility of spreading the COVID- 19 virus in our community.

Effective Monday, March 16, meal sites in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Segundo, and Aguilar will NOT be serving meals in their congregate sites. They will, however, continue to cook and serve homebound meals in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Aguilar, and La Veta. Seniors who normally eat at AAA centers and want a meal can arrange to take their meal to go from Walsenburg or Trinidad. Additional sanitation procedures are being practiced to ensure safety for all.

Direct questions or concerns to Veronica Maes 719-845- 1133 ext. 225 or ; Johanna 719-845-1133 ext. 208 or ; Margarita at the Walsenburg kitchen 719-738-1182; Sayre kitchen in Trinidad 719-846-4515.