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Upcoming Events for week of March 21, 2019


Chemigation deadline approaching

BRooMFiELd — The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds those using a closed irrigation system to apply agricultural chemicals, including fertilizer, that they must obtain a chemigation permit. The deadline for renewals is Sunday, March 31. This program strives to protect one of our most important resources—water and chemigation permits are an important tool in that effort.

The chemigation program, which is part of the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Services Division, grants permits and inspects closed irrigation systems (such as center pivot irrigation) to protect aquifers and surface water from possible contamination by agricultural chemicals applied through the closed irrigation systems.

A closed irrigation system includes any device or combination of devices having a hose, pipe, or other conduit, which connects directly to any source of groundwater or surface water, through which water or a mixture of water and chemicals is drawn and applied for agricultural or horticultural purposes.

Those using a closed irrigation system to apply agricultural chemicals, including fertilizer, must obtain a chemigation permit, which costs $45 per system. After March 31, the late fee and permit will cost $90 per system. Those applying for a first-time permit can apply throughout the year. A fine up to $1,000 per occurrence may be levied for those using this pro- cess without a chemigation permit.

To obtain a chemigation permit, call Don Gallegos, Chemigation Coordinator at (303) 869-9038. For more on CDA’s chemigation program, visit


Applications Sought for Noxious Weed Grants to Mitigate Natural Disasters

BRooMFiELd — The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is now accepting applications for 2019 Post-Natural Disaster grants for controlling and preventing noxious weeds resulting from these events. This year, the Department plans to award $50,000 in grant funds to local governing entities, conservation districts, non-profit organizations and associations for projects that focus on controlling new noxious weed populations that result from natural disasters such as fire and flood.

These funds are a subset of the $700,000 appropriated annually by the General Assembly for noxious weed management projects statewide. CDA awards these “Weed Fund” grants annually to over 50 counties, cities, conservation districts and non-profit organizations. Following the 2013 floods, a part of this funding has been directed specifically at noxious weed management following large or severe disturbances.

For more information about these grant programs, including the application forms, please visit the Department’s Noxious Weed website at: weed-grants-and-financial-assistance Applications can be submitted starting March 1. Awards will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis until funds are exhausted.

For questions regarding the Post-Natural Disaster Noxious Weed grants, please contact the State Weed Coordinator, Steve Ryder at (303) 869-9034,, or List B Noxious Weed Specialist, Lara Duran at (303) 869-9036,


Boot Camp for small business success

tRiNidAd/RAtoN — Do you have an idea for a new business? Or a new idea for an old business? The cities of Raton and Trinidad have joined forces to bring a fantastic opportunity to our local businesses. The boot camp is a 4-week program which provides personalized, expert guidance to take your idea from idea to reality. To learn more and apply visit Applications are being processed now and will be accepted until April 1. The boot camp will run during May.



SPBA workshop “Business Owner & Manager Training” today

LA vEtA — Spanish Peaks Business Alliance will present a training for business owners and managers Thursday, March 21, 12 pm at La Veta Mercantile. The session, “How to Build a Stronger Team” will help you find and hire employees based on their skills. You’ll learn the what and why to a skills-based approach to talent acquisition and will be provided the tools and templates to adopt new practices. For more information visit: or email Carl Young at


“The Beauty of Italy” presentation at La Veta Library today

LA vEtA — The La Veta Library is proud to present “The Beauty of Italy”, a virtual tour of that beautiful country from Sicily to Bologna. Join us on Thursday, March 21, 2 pm to welcome Donald Andreoli as he shares his wonderful photos and adventures of his 7 tours of Italy. Our presenter was born in Italy and adopted by a La Veta ranching family when he was 10 years old. Over the years, he has become an amazing photographer, studio proprietor and world traveler. Brought to you by the Friends of La Veta Library, free of charge, with refreshments!


Huerfano County Democratic Party meeting tonight

WALSENBURG — The next meeting of the central committee of the Huerfano County Democratic Party will be held tonight, Thursday, March 21, 5:30 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority activity room, 220 Russell Avenue. All Democrats are invited to attend!


Movie Night at the La Veta Mercantile

LA vEtA — Wear your PJ’s and bring a blanket and watch a movie on the big screen Thursday, March 21, 6 pm at La Veta Mercantile. This kid friendly winter activity features yummy free popcorn and the usual beverages and snacks will be avail- able for purchase. Watch our Facebook page for announcement of the movie selection the week prior.


ARES communication assessment in Huerfano County

WALSENBURG/LA vEtA — Colorado Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) Region 5 District 2 will be conducting a Communications Assessment Exercise Saturday, March 23 between approximately 8 am and 2 pm in the Walsenburg and La Veta areas. The purpose of the exercise will be to evaluate our Amateur Radio Communications Systems and repeaters as part of our planning process for any possible flooding in Huerfano County where our services may be needed.

As well as testing our radio coverage this exercise will also assist our team members from Pueblo to become more familiar with the Walsenburg and La Veta areas. The areas that communication posts will be set up will include vicinity of John Mall High, City Hall. and the Hospital/VA Home in Walsenburg and the Airport and eastern sections of La Veta.

All vehicles participating in the exercise will setup in parking lots and off of any roadways and will include several trailers.


La Veta Gallery on Main opening reception: “Welcoming Spring”

LA vEtA — La Veta Gallery on Main, 210 S. Main, will host its first opening reception of the 2019 season Saturday, March 23, 5-7 pm. Alys’ Restaurant will furnish the wonderful refreshments! The “Welcoming Spring” Show will feature new works by Gallery artists and will run thru April. For more in- formation call: 719-742-3666 or visit:


Saint Mary’s Cemetery clean-up

WALSENBURG — There will be a community clean up of Saint Mary’s Cemetery every other Saturday starting Saturday, March 23. We will need gloves, rakes, weed eaters, wheelbarrows and volunteers. Direct questions to Brie at 719-289-6896. Saint Mary’s Cemetery is on the north side of Walsenburg; follow Main Street to Highway 25. Cemetery is on the right.


Cuchara Chapel service

cUchARA — Services are held at 10 am every Sunday at the Cuchara Chapel, located just south of Cuchara Village on Hwy 12. Rev. Eileen Ramsey presides. All welcome, come as you are. ADA accessible. Special message, “pay it forward” music by Tom Munch.


New Hope Community Church MJ dependency support group

WALSENBURG — New Hope Community Church of Walsen- burg hosts a marijuana dependency recovery support group Sunday mornings at 11 am at 801 Pennsylvania .


K of C pancake breakfast

WALSENBURG — Knights of Columbus will have a pancake or waffle breakfast on Sunday, March 24, 11:30 am to 1 pm at Delaney Hall on E 7th. Adult breakfast is $7 those under 10 free. All are welcome!


Free legal clinic at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — Free monthly legal clinics hosted by the 3rd Judicial District Access to Justice Committee, Southern Colorado Legal Services, and the Spanish Peaks Library District have returned for 2019. The next event will take place Monday, March 25, 1:30-3 pm at the Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen. CLS will provide free, in-person 15-20 minute consultations (depending on turnout), for eligible parties based on CLS in- come and asset criteria.

Topics covered by the clinic include: Domestic Relations Assistance (Dissolution of Marriage/Divorce, Parenting Time/Custody, Child Support); Civil Assistance Evictions, Small Claims/County Civil, Garnishments, Protection Orders, Guardianship/Conservator. For more information regarding eligibility, please call the 3rd Judicial District Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator, Kate Johnson, at (719) 695-6555.


Water Conservancy District meeting

WALSENBURG — The Board of Directors of the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District will meet Monday, March 25, 6 pm at the Walsenburg Housing Authority, 220 Russell Avenue. Agenda items include: grant project updates; Sheep Mtn Aug Facility Phase 3 bid approval; contracts for post-fire flood mitigation project work; early flood warning gage con- tractor recommendation by DWR; Water Day update; director committee reports. The meeting is open to the public. An executive session may be held if needed to discuss ongoing litigation; real, personal or other property interests; receiving legal advice on specific legal questions; and to determine positions on negotiations.


Volunteer training at Sangre de Cristo Hospice

WALSENBURG — Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Palliative Care will have a volunteer training workshop Tuesday, March 26, 8:30 am to 5 pm (free lunch included) at 809 Main Street. Volunteers at Sangre de Cristo Hospice give back to the community in many ways both patient based and non-patient based. Examples of patient based opportunities are: providing companionship, reading scripture/books/stories, cooking meals, singing or playing instruments running errands, providing transportation, Examples of non-patient based opportunities include: puppy power hour at the VA clinic, bingo at local centers, games at local senior facilities, crafts with youth centers to give to patients, catering events or baking, parades and community events. For more info call 719-846-3060 or visit


Workforce Center holds Caregiving Career/Job Fair

WALSENBURG —A free job fair event will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 9 to 11 am at the Workforce Center, 928 Russell. The fair offers great job opportunities for people interested in caregiver occupations

The Walsenburg Workforce Center is joining forces with the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, the South Central Council of Governments, and the Las Animas County Rehabilitation Center to present a special career fair devoted to healthcare and caregiving positions.

Caregivers and Home Health Aides are sometimes assigned to assist convalescents or persons with disabilities at the patient’s home or in a care facility. However, most often they are providing companionship, cleaning, cook- ing, daily living assistance, and routine individualized basic health-related services to the elderly.

As that elderly population grows, so does the demand for caregivers. Nationally, there are more than 50 million seniors with 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day. And the in- creased national need for caregivers is mirrored locally. Census data from 2017 reveals that almost a third of the population of Huerfano County is over 65 years old and may now or eventually be relying on caregivers for daily assistance.

Local businesses with full-time and part- time caregiving employment opportunities in Huerfano County will be on hand at the March 27 event to take your résumé and tell you about their job openings. Some may even do on-the-spot interviewing. Job seekers are urged to bring copies of their résumé with them.

Although the atmosphere will be casual, Betty Velasquez stresses that these recruiters will be closely screening the candidates who stop at their table. “So be personable and ready to summarize your skills. If you’re pre- pared, you could walk out of the Walsenburg Workforce Center on March 27 with a great job offer.”


“Stop the Bleed” program at La Veta Library

LA vEtA — The La Veta Library was unable to present the life saving program “Stop the Bleed” last month due to unforeseen circumstances, but we will be hosting EMT Eddie Ray on Thursday, March 28, 2 pm as he educates us about the proper application of tourniquets, a product called “quick clot” and other essential tips that can make all the difference when time is of the essence! This program, brought to you by the American Red Cross, is important for all of us who live remotely and drive on rural roads when there is not always time to wait for help to arrive. Don’t miss this vital program sponsored by the Friends of La Veta Library.


Open Mic Night at La Veta Mercantile

LA vEtA — Comedy, poetry, singing, acting, or your chance at getting on your soapbox for a few minutes is what open mic night is all about. The next open mic will be Thursday, March 28, 6 pm. Reserve your space soon, because this is a favorite event. Open mice is a free event hosted by world famous blues musician Ken Saydak. Contact the Mercantile to reserve your space: 719-742-3387


BVD virus: what’s the big deal?

WALSENBURG — Rio Cucharas Vet Clinic is hosting this informative event, Thursday, March 28, 6 pm at Eagles Hall, 614 Main Street. There will be a cash bar and live western cowboy music. We will be holding a rancher seminar in conjunction with Merck Animal Health on the latest in BVD prevention. What is BVD? How do cows get it? Should you be concerned enough to vaccinate? If you vaccinate, which vaccine killed or MLV? What about dairies? Some enjoy some BBQ, hot off the smoker, and a chance to get answers to all your BVD questions.


Canvas & Cocktails: The bears are awakening

WALSENBURG — Canvas and Cocktails is an upbeat creative class for the artistic or not so artistic.which will be held Friday, March 29, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Daily Perks, 110 E. 5th Street. The class is taught by Amber Huff. Please RSVP as there is limited space. Canvas and Cocktails class costs $25 per person. For more information call 719-890-1072


hONEyhoUSe at the La Veta Mercantile

LA vEtA — “hONEyhoUSe” is a unique acoustic trio combining the talents of three very diverse and seasoned artists into one un- expected powerhouse force. This trio will be on stage Friday, March 29, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Consisting 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 $15 in advance or $20 day of show.


“Tapping Into Your Body’s Wisdom” wellness fair

LA vEtA — “Tapping into your body’s wisdom; many paths to wellness” is a free event being presented Saturday, March 30, 10 am-3 pm at La Veta Mercantile.

This unique gathering offers a wide variety of practitioners and experts promoting many different options to promote optimal health. Mini presentations will be given throughout the day and booths will have products for sale and mini treatments given. Contact for more info.


2019 Huerfano County Free Drum Clinic

LA vEtA — This year’s Annual Drum Clinic is set for Saturday, March 30, 6 pm at La Veta Mercantile. The clinic will feature solo performances and lessons from professional drummers and percussionists. All players have had years of professional experiences from touring with bands, teaching at schools, recording in studios and so much more. All players will do a Q & A session at the end of the clinic. We will also do a jam session to close out the clinic, so please bring a hand drum or small percussion item to jam with us at the end. The featured performers this year will be: Joe Camacho, Ernie Endrizzi, Tobias Jeffus, Atreyu Ortega Ault, David Knight Curtis Whitley, and Sean Bartholomew.

The Adams State University marimba line will also do a performance. Please come and enjoy a FREE learning opportunity that is open to everyone interested. For inquiries, call Doug Olson at 719-429-7317.


Joan Hanley Memorial weekend event schedule

LA vEtA — Saturday, March 30, 1 to 2:30 pm the Joan Hanley Art Walk through the town of La Veta will begin at Alys’ Restaurant, 604 S Oak St at 1pm. The five block walking route will explore renowned artist Joan Hanley’s sculptures and paintings in five of La Veta’s public spaces and businesses, and is expected to last 90 minutes.

From 3 to 5 pm a celebration of Joan Hanley’s life and a reception will be held at her former residence, 85 Willis Drive, hosted by her family and open to her friends and acquaintances. Weather permitting, there will be a short walk to her nearby grave marker at the conclusion at 5 pm.

On Sunday March 31, 12 to 5 pm a free show of Joan Hanley’s life of fine art, from her teen years to contemporary will be held at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 South Main Street. The show will include dozens of original works of art (drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs) spanning Joan’s 65-year career, and will be curated and narrated by her son and professional artist, Joe Bartos from noon to 2 pm. Light snacks will be provided, and refreshments are available for purchase.

For more information on any of the Joan Hanley memorial events, call her son Peter Bartos at 443-370-3585.


Stand-up Comedy with Mike Stanley at the Fox

WALSENBURG — Originally hailing from Motown, Mike regularly tours, both domestically and internationally. Don’t miss out on an incredible opportunity to catch the man in action – this high level of killer stand-up is too remarkable to sit out.

Yeah, he’s pretty hilarious, but more than just coarse anecdotes about life and sex, there’s an enviable amount of heart and warmth behind Stanley’s humor. His high energy and cutthroat delivery has made him a crowd favorite in comedy clubs and college campuses all over the country. He breaks down day to day subjects with a keen wit and drives his points home fearlessly. This is an act you will not want to miss Saturday, March 30, 8 pm. Tickets available at or at the theatre.


Art for a Cause sidewalk sale

WALSENBURG — Art for a Cause is sad to be closing their doors on March 31. They will hold sidewalk liquidation sales (weather permitting) from now until March 31. Art for a Cause will still continue to do pop-up classes as needed or requested. Please call Karen at 719-890-4055.


Bill Hearne Trio with Don Richmond

LA vEtA — Bill Hearne Trio will perform Wednesday, April 3, 7 to 9 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Tickets $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Bill Hearne calls it ‘The Road:’ that metaphorical ribbon of honky-tonks, roadhouses, empty whiskey glasses, prison cells and unrequited love lined with signposts and mile markers tattooed with names like Haggard, as in Merle, Williams, as in Hank, Owens, as in Buck, and Lovett, as in Lyle. Being legally blind, Bill has never actually driven The Road himself, but he sings with such authority of the tales he’s heard while riding shotgun that you’d never know it.

Bill is widely recognized as one of the most amazing flat-picking guitarists any- where, and this combined with his brilliant interpretations and encyclopedic knowledge of country and folk music make him one of the most well-respected and iconic performers active in his genre. Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, and Jerry Jeff Walker have all been guest performers on his albums.

In the trio, Bill is backed by Bob Goldstein on lead guitar, mandolin & banjo, and either Zeke Severenson or Dave Toland on bass, along with Don Richmond.

For the event link on Facebook go to:


Huerfano Soup at La Veta Mercantile

LA vEtA — The next Huerfano Soup at the La Veta Mercantile, sponsored by Bachman & Associates will be held Thursday, April 4, 6 pm. One dish + one vote + one passionate community = Huerfano Soup.

Huerfano Soup is a monthly community- based potluck where participants, through this micro-granting dinner, assist a variety of projects in Huerfano County. A potluck item and a $5 donation makes you eligible to vote on the evening’s presentations. As a diner, you will hear three five-minute pitches from community members who need funding for projects that are beneficial to the community.

Enjoy the best $5 dinner in town with your friends, then choose the winning proposal to receive the evenings donations.


Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Live is presenting a free show on April 7 from 2 to 3 pm at the Spansh Peaks Veterans Community Liv- ing Center. It is open to the public. The show is sponsored by C&S Garden Supply.



3rd Thursday heritage night at THM: “Dreamcatchers”

tRiNidAd — Each month Trinidad History Museum, 312 E. Main Street, we will be host- ing a heritage night focusing on a different aspect of Southern Colorado life. This month the program “Dreamcatchers” will be Thursday, March 21, 5 to 7 pm. Enjoy treats, sweets, and hands on activities. These programs are geared towards adults but all ages are welcome.


Youth Fridays at Mt. Carmel

tRiNidAd — This program at Mt. Carmel, 911 Robinson Avenue, will take place every Friday from 9 am to 2 pm concluding on May 10 for students in grades 5-8. Activities will include arts and crafts to foster creativity, a delicious lunch with cooking and nutrition lessons, kid yoga for a healthy mind and body, and much more. There are only 20 spots available. $35 tuition for nine-week program. Register: 719-845-4877


Carnegie adult reading program: Inner Space

tRiNidAd — The next event in the adult reading program at the Carnegie Public Library will be held Friday, March 22, 5:30 to 6:30 pm. This program is “Inner Space” where we explore looking the other “direction”.


Luisa Torres film screening at THM

tRiNidAd — Trinidad History Museum, 312 E Main Street, will be hosting a speaker series in 2019 to accompany the opening of our new exhibit “Los Remedios: Health and Wellness in Southern Colorado.” The next event in the series is a film screening —Luisa Torres Friday, March 22, 6 pm. All events free and open to the public. For more info, call 719-846-7217.


Gallery Row garage sale & flea market

tRiNidAd — Gallery Row, 149 E Main St., indoor sale will be Saturday, March 23, 10 am to 3 pm and includes handmade items, crafts, and more. For info contact Paula Little, 719- 680-7189.


Storytime puppet club at Aguilar Library

AGUiLAR — The Aguilar Public Library will host Storytime Puppet Club the second and fourth Saturday each month. the next puppet club will be Saturday, March 23. The puppet club will meet 12 to 2 pm and refreshments will be served. There are two ways to sign up for the club: sign up at the library, 146 W. Main or call 719-941-4426. Please provide adult supervision for the younger children.


Fire Line at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Come out to Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6 in scenic Gulnare Saturday, March 23, 7:30 to 11:30 pm for live music and dancing to the music of Fire Line. There is a $5 cover charge. All month Spanish Peaks Inn has Lent specials Tuesdays and Fridays. Come down any day for daily food specials and lodging. For more info, call 719-941-4288.


Crystal Healing Method Workshop

tRiNidAd — Emily McClellan of Taos, New Mexico, will teach the science of crystals, the chakras, and the intuition and healing properties of specific crystals Sunday, March 24, 11 am to 3 pm at Jupiter’s Child Massage Studio, 135 E Main St #3.

Everyone will practice giving and receiving a session. The cost is $95 and limited to eight people. Please RSVP at 719- 859-3711.


A Taste of Tango

tRiNidAd — Come help us create a tango dance community in Trinidad every Sunday, 1 to 2 pm at The Hot Yoga Studio, on Main Street. Argentine beginner tango lessons are free on Sundays, no partner is necessary. Teachers are Tito and Barbara. For more information email or call 720-244-5748.


Keeping Trinidad Hispanic history alive application deadline March 25

tRiNidAd — A free workshop for community members and high school students will be held Friday, April 5, 8:45 to 4 pm at Carnegie Public Library. Applications must be received by Monday, March 25. This workshop will discuss why it is important to record the experience of hispanics in Trinidad/Las Animas County in the past and present.

Learn how to preserve and keep information about sources you or your friends may have at home, like old photos, newspaper articles, clothing or tools.

Enjoy a free lunch at the southern Colorado Coal Miners’ museum with time to explore its collections. Become an advocate! Get hands on practice at presenting a small exhibit of hispanic related sources. All participants will receive a $100 gift card, and high school students can ask their teachers about getting extra credit for this workshop.

For more information and to apply phone or send an email with your name, contact information, whether you are a community member or student, and a short statement of why you would like to participate to: Mallory Pillard, 719-846- 6841 or


Cooking Matters at Mt Carmel

tRiNidAd — Cooking Matters is a free class which meets once a week for 6 weeks. The first class begins Thursday, March 28, 4 to 6 pm at Mt Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robison Avenue.

The first hour is a comprehensive nutrition lesson. The second hour is devoted to preparing and sharing a healthy meal with the class and then you will leave the class with all the ingredients needed to take home and prepare the dish again.

The classes will run from March 28 to May 2. Call Ashley DiPaola at 719-845-4877 to register.


Culebra Range Scholarships deadline extented

tRiNidAd — The Culebra Range Scholarship committee announces that we have extended the deadline for scholarship applications to Sunday, March 31. This will give an extra opportunity to students who weren’t able to make the end of Feb deadline. We hope this will help some students apply.

Students interested in applying can either contact us directly at or contact your local high school counselor. Donors willing to partner with us and

contribute to this program for our youth and the local environment can contact us at


Canvas & Conversation

tRiNidAd —The monthly Canvas and Conversation at Mt Carmel Wellness Center, 911 Robinson Ave. will be Monday, April 1, 6- 8 pm. The cost for the class is $25 per person which includes art supplies, snacks, glass of wine and wonderful conversation! Call Patricia Duran at 719-845-4875 to reserve your spot or email Patricia at


“The Green Show” accepting entries

tRiNidAd — The Corazon Gallery, 149 E Main St #1, in downtown Trinidad will host a “Green Show.” All area artists and media are welcome. Entries will be accepted Thursday, April 4, from 10 am to 4 pm. The entry fee is $10 for each piece with no limits. The gallery reserves the right to disallow any work they feel is inappropriate or not the quality they are expecting.

Visit for more information, or call 719- 846-0207.


Care Kits at Carnegie Public Library

tRiNidAd — Join us on the first Friday of each month at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas Street, to assemble Care Kits for those experiencing homelessness, and learn about some of the challenges they face. This month we will meet on Friday, April 5, 3 to 4 pm. We’re seeking donations of new socks, soft food (like applesauce cups,) toothpaste, tooth- brushes, deodorant, soap, band-aids, baby wipes, and so on. If you’ve been wanting to help, but not sure how, this is a great opportunity to get involved! Call for more information: 719- 846-6841


Spring Cleanup Days at the Good Food Project

tRiNidAd — The Good Food Project Farm, 33812 St. Hwy 12 (Jensen), is having Spring Cleanup Days every Saturday in April, 8 am to 12 pm. Spring cleaning participants earn vouchers to use at the Farmers Market. Watch for the signs, mile marker 68.


Local writing contest for K-12 students

tRiNidAd — The TSJC creative writing group is sponsoring a K-12 grade creative writing contest which is open to all themes and genres: fiction, poetry, and hybrid writing. Students will complete in 4 groups, K-2, 3-5, 6-8. and 9-12. There will be 8 first place winners, 2 from each group. Each winner receives a cash prize and pizza party for their classroom. 2nd and 3rd place winners from each group also receive cash prizes. Selected works will be available as a book!

Submissions must be original and may include artwork. All work must be submitted by Friday, April 5. For questions and to submit work:

All contestants are invited to the writing contest awards ceremony on Thursday, April 25, 6 pm at the Berg Little Theater on the TSJC campus.



Recharge Our Community Economy Workshop today

RAtoN — The first of four free workshops will take place Thursday, March 21, 9 am to 3 pm at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S 3rd Street. The other three workshops will be held April 18, May 23, and June 20. Registration begins at 8:30am, lunch is provided.

Help make our economy ROC! Your participation in this workshop could make a difference to the future health and wealth of Raton, New Mexico.
• Re-charging our community’s 8 Forms of Wealth (Individual, Social, Intellectual, Natural, Built, Political, Financial and Cultural);

• Re-building your confidence and effectiveness as a community leader, business owner, social or civic member and as an individual;
• Re-discovering and analyzing the value chains of industries within the community and learning how to add wealth to these businesses and our community.

Register by calling or emailing Patricia Duran: 575-224-6718,


Raton Ambassadors meeting & Ice House ribbon cutting today

RAtoN — Congratulations to The Icehouse Restaurant, 945 S 2nd St., for their one-year anniversary! The Raton Ambassadors will hold a ribbon cutting followed by their monthly meeting Thursday, March 21.

Please stop in to say “Congratulations!”


Parent play night tonight at Longfellow

RAtoN — Got kids 0-5? Come to this free parent play night tonight, Thursday, March 21, 5:30 pm at Longfellow Elementary School. This is an adult-oriented event where parents can learn great activities in everyday moments, fun and easy ways to build child confidence, and books to read aloud. Childcare is available with the 5:15 sign in. A spaghetti dinner will be served and door prizes awarded. This early childhood family engagement event is sponsored by Growing Great Kids of Raton and the Family Development Program of the University of New Mexico. For more information call Emma at 575-383- 1322 or Longfellow Elementary at 445-9261.


Hungry Hearts Lunch

RAtoN — St. Patrick / St. Joseph Thrift Store, 401 S. 4th St serve free lunches every Saturday, 12 to 1 pm .


Historic exhibition at Di Lisio building A clothes line tribute to Raton’s business leaders open now

RAtoN — “A Clothes Line Tribute to Raton’s Business Leaders” opened Monday, March 18 and will run through April 12, Monday – Friday, 10 am to 2 pm at 144 South Second Street. The “old shoe store” at the Di Lisio building offers a ready avenue to view poster presentations, newspaper articles and advertisements from 1918 continuing through 2018.


1,204 Miles for Youth: An adventure benefiting Zia Youth Center starts in Raton

RAtoN — It was January – a year into their efforts to open a Youth Center in a small, economically-struggling mountain town in the rural Southwest – and Linda Headley and Jeff McLean were feeling frustrated with their progress. McLean, a running enthusiast, decided that training for a Marathon might help him gather focus. The Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati was to take place on Cinco de Mayo, providing ample time to train. Headley decided she would run in the 5K the day before the Marathon. A friend from Raton, now living in Cincinnati, offered a place to stay. An adventure was beginning to take form and a spark of inspiration would soon ignite into something much bigger.

The team plans to inspire and encourage youth in their community to believe that anything, even a 1,200 mile hike, is possible. In addition they plan on blogging their journey to Cincinnati – presenting stories of funny and trying moments, photographs, videos, and fun facts about places traveled through – to raise awareness for their entity and also inspire others to do what is often hard, all while helping fund a vital organization in a community where it is indispensably needed.

The journey, slated to last 43 days, with an average of 28 miles on McLean’s soles daily, will commence Friday morning, March 22, at Enchanted Grounds, 111 Park Avenue. Bring your running shoes! Those who are interested can join the team as they make their departure out of the city toward Clayton!

For more information contact Linda Headley, 575-447- 4974 or email Also, if you are interested in following their journey, you can read all about it at:
Enchanted Grounds Coffee


Raton Cycling Club group ride

RAtoN — The Raton Cycling Club will have their next group ride Saturday, March 23, 12 pm. The ride will start at Raton Aquatic Center then travel up through Sugarite Canyon State Park and back. To become a member and participate or if you need more information contact Robert (Mac) McIvor at 505- 859-6683 or email


Women’s Luncheon at Mesa Church

RAtoN — Join us Saturday, March 23, 12:30 pm for a Women’s Luncheon at Mesa Church. The guest speaker is Hannah Hagelstein with her message STOP.

As women, the enemy seeks to distract, discourage and ultimately destroy us by attacking the very thing that controls our actions… our minds. His lies are deliberate, but so are Christ’s words. STOP is a message to remind us that Christ has given us the chance to stop the enemy in his tracks and to walk in the truth that our Heavenly Father has purposed for us.

Free lunch will be served, so invite all your girlfriends!


The OK Factor at the Shuler Theater

RAtoN — Raton Arts and Humanities Council presents The OK Factor Sunday, March 24, 2 pm at the Historic Shuler Theater, 131 N. 2nd Street.

New-classical crossover duo, The OK Factor is cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan. Based in Minneapolis, Olivia and Karla are passionate about composing, performing, and teaching, creating unique and unexpected musical experiences for their audiences all across the Midwest.


Space-a-Cade Puppet Show

RAtoN — Lenny has crashed landed on earth and needs to reboot his rocket ship’s power crystal! Puppeteer Meghan Casey has a show all children will enjoy, so bring your young ones Wednesday, March 27, 10 am to the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library, 244 Cook Ave for a great time! For more information call 575-445-9711.


Classic Night at the Movies “Aladdin”

RAtoN — Join us during spring break week on Wednesday, March 27, 7 pm for FREE MOVIE NIGHT at the El Raton Theatre, 113 N 2nd. The child-friendly movie is”Aladdin”. Donations benefit Raton Professional Business Women’s scholarship


Call for photography artists

RAtoN — Ralph R. Solano Memorial Exhibit & Sale announce a call to artists for the upcoming exhibit and sale. Artists need to drop off work on Thursday, March 28, 10 am to 2 pm at the Old Pass Gallery. A prospectus can be picked up at the Old Pass Gallery. For additional information or questions, contact or call (575) 445-2052.


Mandala Center worship service

dES MoiNES — The monthly worship service at the Mandala Center led by the Rev. Tim Sexton will be Sunday,March 31. The service begins at 3 pm followed by a pot luck dinner. TMC is located at 96 Mandala Rd. 3 miles west of Des Moines, New Mexico. For more information call (575) 278-3002.


4th Annual Western Dinner & Dance

RAtoN — THe NRA Whittington Center is presenting the 4th Annual Western Dinner & Dance featuring Syd Masters & The Swing Riders on April 5, 2019 at the NRAWC Shotgun Center. Dinner will be t 6 pm, dancing to follow at 7 pm.

Only 80 tickets will be sold, $40 per person or $75 per couple. Door prize drawings will be held throughout the evening. Call the NRAWC for tickets at 575-445-3615.


Raton Cycling Club announces mountain bike ride at Sugarite

RAtoN — Raton Cycling Club is having a mountain bike ride in Sugarite Canyon State Park in celebration of National Trails day, Saturday June 1. A 12 mile mountain bike ride will start at the visitors center, go north on the Lake to Lake trail to L. Maloya. From there, we will proceed to Opportunity and Ponderosa ridge trails around Little Horse Mesa, then back down Lake to Lake trail to the visitors center. Folks that are not up to the full ride could jump off at various locations or simply turn around. Wee need to get this event out there so folks can plan ahead. Contact Robert D McIvor, Park Superintendent, Sugarite Canyon State Park at 575-445-5607 with questions or suggestions.