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Upcoming Events for week of October 8, 2020

The Mediterranean Diet-Webinar

OUR WORLD — Join CSU Extension-Pueblo County Agent, Laura Griffin, to learn how to apply the Mediterranean diet to enjoy good food and improve your health Thursday, October 22, 1 to 3 p.m.; registration deadline is Wednesday, October 21. A link will be provided at registration. Registration required at: . For more info, call 719- 583-6566.

During this free 2-hour webinar presented on Zoom, Griffin will cover: The key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle; How foods in the Mediterranean diet contribute to health; and Strategies for incorporating Mediterranean foods and habits into your life as you sample quick, easy recipes.


Mental Health Colorado to host online candidate forums

DEnVER — As a nonpartisan organization, Mental Health Colorado doesn’t endorse candidates, but the nonprofit advocacy group is educating candidates and constituents from all parties about the urgency of supporting healthier minds across the lifespan for all Coloradans. Mental Health Colorado will host a series of candidate forums ahead of election day with one goal: ensuring all Colorado voters are confident that anyone they are voting for will lead us in the right direction on mental health.

During each forum, Mental Health Colorado will ask candidates questions about what’s at stake for mental health in this election, why voting down the ballot matters for mental health, and what supporting improved mental health across the lifespan looks like from the perspective of the office they seek.


District Attorney and Board of Education – Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12 p.m.

Registration is live, and the forums are free to attend. Reg- ister at: Mental Health Colorado has a platform on their website where candidates can submit a statement regarding their respective mental health priorities. Candidates also have the option to consult with Mental Health Colorado staff about policy priorities for mental health. The platforms, consultations, and forums are a part of Mental Health Colorado’s goal to make sure mental health is on every ballot.


Patrick J. Kennedy featured at virtual Mental Health Colorado fundraising gala

DEnVER — For 37 years, Mental Health Colorado—the state’s leading mental health advocate—has hosted their annual Tribute Gala fundraiser. For the first time, the event will be virtual and former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy will give the keynote. With former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers as the host, attendees will hear stories of hope, recovery, and courage, while paying tribute to those working to achieve healthier minds across the lifespan for all Coloradans by ending shame and discrimination, improving access to housing and support, and prioritizing mental wellness for Colorado’s children.

In 2015, Kennedy co-authored the New York Times Best-seller, “A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction,” which details a bold plan for the future of mental health care in America. In 2017, he was appointed to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Reggie Rivers, former Denver Bronco, will be interview- ing Kennedy for Mental Health Colorado’s Virtual Tribute Gala on Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.. Registration is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. Register and donate at


A new meat school coming to a town or computer near you!

OUR WORLD — Are you interested in learning more about production, processing and selling high quality meat through diverse market channels? Would you like new ways to manage risk in your livestock business and improve your profit- ability? If the answers are yes, then you’ll want to check out the Western Meat School.

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN), an Extension program housed at Oregon State University, is collaborating with Colorado State University and other institutions to offer this 6-week class. Funded by Western Extension Risk Management Education grants and the Globetrotter Foundation, the Western Meat School is an accessible and affordable way for farmers and ranchers to learn the most practical aspects of producing and marketing meat while deepening their understanding of the full niche meat supply chain. You can attend classes at one of 4 sites in Colorado: Montrose, Rocky Ford, Pueblo or Colorado Springs, or from your own home computer.

All speakers will be brought to you via the Zoom webinar platform. Classes cover marketing, production, and process- ing topics – all critical for direct marketing high-quality meat. Classes will also include a live beef animal evaluation and yield analysis demonstration with Nathan Parker of the Oregon State University Clark Meat Science Center, and similar “hoof to rail” demonstrations on pig and lamb carcasses at the University of Wyoming Meat Lab. Participants will receive a text and gain access to a resource guide, recorded videos, and optional add-on modules, one on hogs (breeds, forages and finishing) and another on meat pricing.

Registration is open now, the deadline to enroll is October 28th. Classes begin on November 4th and run every Wednesday evening through December 16th (skipping Thanksgiving week). Visit the Western Meat School website to learn more and enroll. For more information, please contact Martha Sullins, Colorado State University Extension, at


Time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census

OUR WORLD — Don’t miss your chance to get counted in the 2020 Census. Households that have not been counted are encouraged to respond today, as time is running out.

Census takers in Colorado are currently following up with households that have not yet responded – and it’s making a difference. More than 96% of Colorado housing units have been accounted for so far. We urge Coloradans to cooperate with census takers to make sure everyone living their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.

It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail — all without having to meet a census taker. This is the first year the census has been con- ducted primarily online, which has helped with responses during the pandemic.

Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge.

The Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are working together to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees. Census takers are trained to follow CDC recommendations.

Ways to respond now: Online at; by phone at 844-330-2020 in English and 12 Non-English languages; by mail using the paper questionnaire mailed to non- responding addresses


Hospice volunteer training

LAS AnIMAS/HUERfAnO COUnTIES — Mt. Rose Health Center Palliative Care and Hospice is planning a fall volunteer training, Friday, October 30 in Trinidad. We are seeking volunteers both for Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. There are many roles individuals can fill that provide invaluable support not only to patients, but perhaps even more so to families. In home volunteers may spend a few hours a week providing companionship, respite for family members, reading to patient, helping record their stories and the all-important role of being a good listener. All volunteer work does not need to be done in the home; errands can be run, weeds pulled, a dog walked, a meal cooked, administrative help in the office are just a few of the many other things that keep hospice wheels turning If you want to be part of an amazing organization doing great work please give me a call. There is a place for everyone. PLEASE CONTACT: SANDY DOLAK;; call or text: 719-251-1271



Meet the Candidate: John Galusha

WALSEnBURG — John Galusha, candidate for County Com- missioner District 1 will be hosting informational meetings each Thursday thru Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 511 Main Street. If you have questions or concerns about the future of Huerfano County, please join us. For additional information call 303-419- 0694 or 719-248-4541.


Last La Veta farmers market

LA VETA — The last La Veta farmers market for the 2020 sea- son will be this Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m. on the grassy area in front of Francisco Fort Museum on Main St. COVID regulations are in effect so please check the La Veta farmers market FB page for details.


Meet Amos Mace at local farmers markets

LA VETA/GARDnER/WALSEnBURG — Come tap elbows and talk with Amos Mace who will be in La Veta, next to the Library, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 3-5 p.m.; in Gardner under the pavilion next to the Methodist Church on Saturday Oct. 10, 10 a.m. – Noon. Come meet and discuss issues. If people have question or would like to schedule a meeting with Amos please call 970-309-1799.


Coffee with Sandy White

LA VETA/GARDnER/WALSEnBURG — Join Sandy for coffee Friday, October 9, 9 to 10 a.m. at GOP Headquarters, 511 Main Street, Walsenburg; Wednesday, October 14, 9 to 10 a.m. at H&H Café, 902 W. 7th Street, Walsenburg; Saturday, October 17, 9 to 10 a.m. at Walsenburg Golf Club (Lathrop State Park), 1399 C.R. 502.


Live music at Walsenburg Golf Course

WALSEnBURG — Kurt Corsair with the Apache Creek Fiddlers will perform Friday, Oct. 9, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Walsenburg Golf Course Clubhouse. Come out for great music, food, beverages, and awesome view!


Gardner farmers market

GARDnER — The 10th season of the Gardner Farmers Market will run every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.(until Oct. 17) under the Pavilion next to the Methodist church.

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

Gardner Farmers Market, 865-247-9749 or


Inner Idea Artists, Clay & Fiber Art show and reception at SPACe

LA VETA — The public is invited to see the new artwork on display now at SPACe, 132 W. Ryus. There will be a reception Saturday,. Oct. 10, 5 – 7 p.m.. The Inner Idea Artists are show- ing works by 6 of their members: Peggy Zehing, Marta Moore, Mary Sewell Cooper, David Zehring, Rena Kaplowitz, Maggie MacIndoe, and Lana Thomas. In the Main Gallery, Mary Scott, Judy Sims-Barlow, and Ann Gethen are offering exquisite wearable pieces created from an array of fibers. Robin Richards is also sharing some of her amazing cloth sculptures. Nicole Copel and Lori Hannon both have original, functional art made with clay.

Face masks are required, social distancing is observed, with a limit of 10 visitors at one time and no food or beverages are allowed. Disposable gloves and hand sanitizer are avail- able for guests. There is no admission fee and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information visit the SPACe website, or call 719-742-3074.

SPACe is open Tues, Thurs. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The show will be on display until Nov. 7. SPACe, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, is a nonprofit organization supported by memberships and donations.


Cuchara Chapel on line

CUCHARA — This fall please watch the Sunday Cuchara Chapel service online. Go to and click on the Worship Service Tab. This Sunday, Oct. 11 the message is “The Life We Share” with guest musician Tom Munch.


Ann Klikus 4-H Scholarship now available

LA VETA —A donation of $200 in memory of Ann Klikus, rancher’s wife, homemaker and La Veta School Head Cook was received by the Huerfano County Extension Office to honor her lifelong commitment to the students and community of La Veta. The donation will be used for scholarships to support 4- H youth in the Snowy Range 4-H Club in La Veta. The monies were donated to assist 4-H’ers in the La Veta club who need financial help with their 4-H enrollment, attending conferences, camps, or leadership events. To apply for the scholarship funds, youth in the Snowy Range 4-H club can contact the Huerfano County Extension Office. The Huerfano County Ex- tension Office and the 4-H program would like to thank the anonymous donor who has entrusted these funds to us.


Free virtual 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 clinic will be Tuesday, Oct. 13, 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. Please contact your Spanish Peaks Library at (719) 738-2774 to be added to the sign-up sheet. Space is limited. Library staff will be checking messages, so leave a message.


Lauren Boebert joins the Republicans via zoom

WALSEnBURG — The Huerfano County Republic Committee will meet Tuesday, October 13, 5:30 p.m. to welcome Lauren Boebert, Congressional candidate for District 3 via zoom (the link will be sent out later). Then, at 6 p.m., we will convene our regularly scheduled monthly meeting. We are grateful for the amazing support and the number of volunteers helping with candidate help, phone calling and headquarters staffing.

You are making a difference in this extremely crucial voting year. Join us in person at 511 Main Street or on Zoom, then feel free to come eat with us at the La Plaza Inn after the meet- ing. Remember, we have free candidate signs and a variety of Trump paraphernalia for sale.


Free Diabetes Self-Management Classes

WALSEnBURG — Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center is pleased to offer the public a series of FREE classes to help those with diabetes improve their health by learning more about self-care.

These informal classes — held both online and in-person – – will review healthy eating, active lifestyle tips, blood sugar monitoring techniques, medications, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing health risks and more.

Participants will learn in group and individual sessions, guided by a Certified Health Care team, resulting in a Personalized Diabetes Management Plan and the knowledge to better manage diabetes.

The classes will be held Wednesdays at 3 p.m on: Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4. These classes are completely free of charge. To register, please call Ellen White at 719-738-5200 Ext. 407.


Huerfano Parks and Recreation District regular meeting

WALSEnBURG — The Huerfano Parks and Recreation Dis- trict Board of Directors has called a Regular Meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 4:30 p.m at the La Plaza B&B Inn, 118 W. 6th Street. The purpose of the meeting will be to conduct the business of the Huerfano Parks and Recreation District. The public notice and agenda will be posted at 118 W. 6th St. For more information about the meeting, contact Marilyn Russell, Chair, Huerfano Parks and Recreation District, at


Huerfano Dems meeting

HUERfAnO COUnTy — We are having our July central committee meeting Thursday, Oct. 15 , 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 this year! There is somuchworktodoandweneedallthehelpwecangettobe successful. We encourage everyone to visit our new website:


Stand-up Comedy Returns to Fox Walsenburg

WALSEnBURG — Derrick Stroup headlines when stand-up comedy returns to Walsenburg Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. Derrick is an Alabama native and is not your average slow-talking Southerner. with the cadence of a pissed-off auctioneer, he locks people in with his detailed stories and over the top energy. Derrick tours the South regularly and loves a Waffle House that’s clean and cares about its customers. Tickets are (2) for $40.


Spooky story contest

HUERfAnO COUnTy — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frightening? La Veta Library is holding its 12th annual Scary Story Contest! This year middle school, high school students, and adults can enter in any or all of three categories: Short story and poetry; image and sculpture; and film and music. A $50 first prize – donated by the La Veta Galleries Supporting the Arts – will be awarded to top student in each category! Submissions are due Monday, October 26. For more information, contact the library or email Let your dark inner artist shine through!


Time to plan for the 2020 Parade of Lights!

WALSEnBURG — The 31st annual Holiday Parade of Lights will be held Friday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.. The theme this year is “Christmas, Past and Present!”. The parade entry forms are at Legends Flooring & Interior, 726 Main Street. For more information call 719-738-2033.



Survival is Insufficient – call to artists

TRInIDAD — The Corazón de Trinidad Creative District invites all artists and creatives in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico to submit their work to an online multimedia salon, focusing upon the theme: “Survival is Insufficient.” Participants will share how they have continued to be creative during the pandemic. Featured works will include pieces that are thematically connected to artists’ experiences and insights related to the pandemic, as well as other works completed as they have carried on with their lives.

People working in all media, including crafts, music, writing, performance arts, quilting, dance, painting, happenings, printmaking or any other creative medium are invited to participate.

Works submitted should be done during the pandemic. As a salon, works represented will reflect experiences during this unique and challenging season. Original work only. This multimedia salon will include visual, musical, literary and performance pieces, with images or self-produced YouTube videos.

This salon will take place on the Creative District website. The salon may be accessed through the Corazón de Trinidad Creative District website, or through the Creative District Facebook page beginning Tuesday, September 22.

Complete submission guidelines are available at Survival is Insufficient Submission Guidelines. If you have questions, contact Doug Holdread at or 719-680-3900


Pumpkin Patch open Saturdays and Sundays

HOEHnE — Come out and pick your pumpkins each Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. through October at Nicol’s Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75! Call Mary to schedule a private time for groups – 719-680-1402


Fort Wootton’s Veterans’ Memorial Square events

TRInIDAD — Fort Wootton, 204 S. Chestnut St., has music every Saturday.

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.


COVID Small Business grant program

LAS AnIMAS COUnTy — Las Animas County has set up a COVID Small Business Emergency Grant program. The County is now accepting applications for this grant. Get the documents needed to apply for the grant by contacting LAC at or call 719-845-2562, 2568.


2nd Annual Fall Festival

HOEHnE — Nicols Cottonwood Corner, 19990 County Rd 75.1, is offering this event free to the intellectually and developmentally disabled and their families. Come out and participate in our pumpkin patch Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.! This is an outdoor event. Social Distancing and masks encouraged per CDC Guidelines. For more information con- tact us at 719-220-4558


Free legal help at Carnegie Library

TRInIDAD — While the library is open for curbside service only, you can still sign up for Free Legal Help on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 3 to 4 p.m.. Just call the library at 719-846-6841 to sign up. On the date and time of the event, the attorney will call you during the hour. Please call the library (846-6841) to reserve a time slot.


Leaders of the Future student registration now

TRInIDAD — High School students are invited to join Mt. Carmel’s Leaders of the Future program which begins virtually Monday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This well-developed program offers expert advice to help prepare students for the road ahead.

Knowledgeable guest speakers will present valuable in- formation about career opportunities, scholarships, and trade schools. We will also provide instructions on how to write resumes and essays.

All Students: Receive a drawstring backpack filled with a water bottle, mechanical pencils, a notebook, highlighters, 8MG USB and masks, and much more!

Seniors: Apply for $1000 scholarship (2 available) Application and essay required.
Register here:…/leaders-of-the-fu- ture-3


Apishapa Valley Heritage center winter hours

AGUILAR — The Apishapa Valley Heritage Center at 132 Main St. in Aguilar will be available for visitors by appointment only for the coming Fall-Winter months. Our collection of local history, photos, business ledgers and much more is priceless! Call Charlie at 719-859-0918 or Pat at 719-406-5203.


Safe Trick or Treat Drive Thru Art Car Scare A Thon

TRInIDAD — Halloween in Trinidad will look a little differ- ent this year. The annual Safe Trick-or-Treats for Kids and Costume Contest usually held downtown will not be taking place. Instead, families are invited to a “Safe Trick-or-Treat Drive- Thru Art Car Scare-a-Thon” Friday, October 30, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds.

In cooperation with the Art Cartopia Museum, the City of Trinidad Police Department, and Las Animas County Sheriff’s Department, The First National Bank in Trinidad plans to sponsor this “reverse parade” with the hope to keep everyone safe. Cars full of parents and children will drive around the perimeter of the fairgrounds to view the “Spooktakular” Art Cars that will be parked along the route. Trinidad merchants have donated enough candy to fill 1,000 bags of treats that will be handed out to the youthful occupants in the cars as they drive out.

Here’s to a Happy and COVID-19-Safe Halloween! For more information about this event, visit



Absentee voting 2020 info

RATOn — Rayetta M. Trujillo, Colfax County Clerk announces that anyone wishing to absentee vote in-person for November 3, 2020, general election may do so beginning October 6, 2020 through Saturday, Oct. 31 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Regular office hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.. Anyone desiring to vote by mail may request an application at or from the County Clerk’s Office (575)445-5551. Every Registered Voter was mailed an Absentee Application in September. If you have moved and need to up- date, your address, please call the Clerk’s Office. The last day for the County Clerk to receive your application for an absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 20, 2020.


Luna Offering Eight-Week Courses-register now!

SPRInGER/LAS VEGAS — Luna Community College is offering a number of eight-week courses set to begin the week of Oct. 12. Registration for the classes is now open and will continue through Friday, Oct. 16.

Those seeking more information and details about how to enroll are advised to visit or call 505-454- 2550.

The college typically offers a select number of short-term courses for various reasons, including the fact they may fit more readily into some students’ schedules.

This fall, the offerings include Cultures of the World, Introduction to Business, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to Short Fiction, First-Year Seminar for College Students, U.S. History II, Algebra with Applications, Music Appreciation: Western Music, American National Government, Introduction to Video Game Development, Introduction to Sociology, History of Christianity, Introduction to Psychology, Medical Terminology. More classes, including one in bak- ing, are expected to be added to the list.

Tuition rates at Luna remain among the best values in the Southwest, starting at $40 per credit hour for in-district residents. Additionally, financial assistance is available.

Classes will run through the end of the fall semester on Dec. 4. As with most of the classes this semester, they will be offered online to help ensure the health and safety of students and others in the campus community.


Invitation: get involved now! Colfax County Democratic office opens

COLfAX COUnTy — Colfax County Democrats invite you to become involved in local efforts leading to the most important election of our lifetimes. Are you a newcomer or simply new to politics? Join us on our Facebook page ‘Colfax County Democrats’ or email us at to find out about meetings or resources. Our headquarters on 2nd Street (next door to Solanos) will begin to be staffed in the next few weeks, so stop in and say hello.


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.


Haunted Street drive-thru Trick-Or-Treat

RATOn — The safe trick or treat this year will be a drive through only event, Saturday, Oct. 31, 4 to 5 p.m. in Raton. Drive South on First Street From Ripley Park. All North Bound Traffic on First will be blocked from Cook Avenue to Savage Avenue. Trick -Or- Treaters MUST remain in their vehicles. Tune into KRTN to hear spooky sounds as your family drives down the street collecting treats from our participating businesses. Elk’s Lodge will also be on-site handing out Hot Dogs!!!


Out of this world

Call to artists

PUEBLO — The Creations for Conservation Art Show is look- ing for artists to participate in this year’s show. The event will be a little different than in past years in that we are asking art- ists to 100% donate pieces. Art will be up for sale during the online show on Nov 11-15 and all proceeds will be going to help the Pueblo Zoo animals as well as going to help conservation of native species through Rocky Mountain Wild.

Intake for art collection will be at the Pueblo Zoo on November 1 from Noon-7pm, November 2 & 3 from 9am-7pm, or Saturday the 7th by appointment. Artists who donate art will receive a pass to the Pueblo Zoo!

All mediums are welcome with an animal or nature theme and both professional AND amateurs are welcome to join. Please let us know if you have a website or business card you would like displayed in the show along with your pieces. We want to make sure everyone who sees the show knows where they can find the artists!

We are also looking to film a few artists working on their pieces, do a video highlighting a local gallery, and other interviews with artists just talking about what they do. If you or anyone you know would like to do this please let us know and we will schedule a time for filming.

If you have any questions, contact Brittany at You can also visit the event’s web- site for more information below!