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Southern Mountain Loop PEL study

HUERFANO/LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES — The Southern Mountain Loop corridor ex- tends about 82 miles, from Walsenburg to Trinidad along US Highway 160 and Colorado Highway 12. This corridor is also designated as the Scenic Highway of Legends Byway. This study will examine the following needs for improvements to the corridor, as well as produce conceptual design, funding, scheduling, and phasing recommendations to: Improve highway, bicyclist, and pedestrian safety throughout the corridor; maintain and rehabilitate the highway’s pavement and bridges; provide a regional and local bicycle/recreational trail system along the corridor; improve connections and access to communities and recreational areas along the corridor for all visitors and users. Want to follow the progress of the Southern Mt. Loop Hwy. 12 PEL study? Send an email to South- requesting to be added to e-newsletter distribution list!

There will be a public meeting to discuss the Southern Mt. Loop Hwy. 12 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study on Wednesday September 18, 5:30-7:30 pm at Trini- dad State College, 600 Prospect St. Trinidad. It will be held in the Pioneer Room on the south end of the Sullivan Center building!

If you’re planning on attending the Southern Mountain Loop Hwy. 12 PEL study public meeting but need special ADA accommodations to participate, please call 719-488- 5908 and if you require Spanish language translation to participate in this meeting, call 303-578-2505 at least 48 hours in advance.



Navajo Ranch HOA meeting

WALSENBURG — There will be a Navajo Ranch HOA Board Meeting Thursday, September 12, 6 pm at the Navajo Western Water District building.


Family game night at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Come join your friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month for Family Board Games with our fear- less leader, John Costea. Game night is held at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 S Main St in La Veta. This month’s game night is Thursday, September 12, starting at 7 pm. Beer, wine, soda, coffee, snacks, music, and games! The event is free to attend.


Friday Story Time at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — Friday, September 13 is National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day. In honor of that we are going to cook up some fun at our Friday children’s story hour. Please join us at 10:30 for some great stories and yummy Apple Pie. For information call Ms. Sherry at the library at 738-2774 or email her at You can also visit us on Facebook at Spanish Peaks Library District.


Ecosystem recovery after the fire talk and discussion

LA VETA — Join us Friday, September 13, at 6 pm for a discussion: “Post Spring Fire…One Year Later” at the La Veta Community Center, 131 E. Ryus Avenue. Manuel Molles and Derek Sokoloski will present an update on ecosystem recovery one year after the Spring Fire. This talk is a follow-up to their discus- sion in 2018 and will focus on ecosystem recovery across the Spring Fire burn scar along gradients of fire severity, including soil prop- erties and regrowth and survival of herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees. Fire mitigation, flooding, erosion, and altered hydrology will also be discussed.

Manuel Molles is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Derek Sokoloski is the Southeast Area Manager of the Colorado State Forest Service. The free event is co-sponsored by the Town of La Veta, La Veta Public Library, Colorado State Forest Service and La Veta Trails. For more information, contact Marilyn Russell at


Ceramics open house

WALSENBURG — There will be an open house for a new community resource Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, 9 am to 3 pm at 101 1st Street. We will offer ceramic classes/workshops for the community which are beginner friendly for kids, seniors, and adults. If you saw our booth at Mountain Mining Days, you know what we do! Call 719-890-4055 for more information.


Huerfano Water Day

LA VETA — Saturday, September 14, 8:30 am to 4 pm at La Veta Community Center. This is an opportunity to learn “all you’ve wanted to know about our water.” What’s happening with water? Get the low-down (and more)! Coffee & donuts included and a free lunch for the first 90 people who sign in.

Speakers and topics include:
Hon. Doug Brgoch, La Veta Mayor,

Water Commissioner – History of water development; headgate restoration, La Veta update.

Bill Tyner, P.E.,Arkansas Basin, Division 2 Engineer – administrative trends, infrastructure project.

Mark Shea, Arkansas Basin Roundtable Chair – Arkansas Basin Roundtable, working for Huerfano County and presentation of the documentary: “Arkansas River:From Leadville to Lamar”.

Brad Piehl, Watershed Planner – Upper Cucharas River assessment.

Dave Steffan for Arkansas River Water- shed Collaborative – Stream clearing, burn scar mitigation above La Veta.

Matt Hardesty, P.E. State Hydrographer – Flood warning gages.

Hon. Dennis Hoyt, Mayor, City of Walsenburg – Walsenburg update.

John Galusha, Huerfano County Administrator – County and Gardner updates.

Hon. Larry Crowder, Colorado Senate District 35 – State Legislative update.

HCWCD Board Members, Scott King, Beaver Edmundson, Lonnie Brown, Sandy White – HCWCD Projects: Huerfano River augmentation, Cucharas storage reservoirs, HCWCD strategic plan.

More details will be on the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District website,


Childhood Development Screenings

WALSENBURG — Want to know more about how your child is growing, learning, and playing? Attend a no cost screening day for children 0-5 years old Saturday, September 14, 10 am to 2 pm at Peakview Elementary School, 375 W Pine Street.

Screenings include Vision, Hearing, Dental, Developmental, Social Emotional, and Lead. Open to anyone in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. For more information call 719-845-0463.


The Art of Storytelling at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Come over to the La Veta Mercantile on Saturday, September 14, from 10 am to 5 pm for a full day of art and storytelling. Huajatolla Heritage Foundation proudly presents four incredible artists that each portray the story of Native Americans in their own unique interpretation. Timothy Nevaquaya represented by his brother Edmond, Carla Romero, David Behrens and Arthur Short Bull will be showing (and selling) their work. You will be able to meet the artists and learn the understanding and motivation that fuels their creativity. Each of them portrays the stories of Native Americans through their medium of choice.

Also Raymond and Gabby Tenorio returning to La Veta for the Art of Storytelling event. Beads, inlays, heishi form divine combination of colors and forms… all with just the eyes for measuring tool! Tenorios show at many prestigious shows throughout the coun- try, but love coming to La Veta. This will please the many collectors of their gifted art- work.

During the day there will be presentations on stage regarding the rich contributions of Native Americans interspersed with haunt- ing flute music. This promises to be a day of riches and learning. Free. Donations appreciated!

Contact Sandy Dolak ( or go to for more information and details.


Edmond Nevaquaya in concert with artist friends

LA VETA — Huajatolla Heritage Foundation proudly presents Edmond Tate Nevaquaya, Chickasaw, son of artist and renowned flute player ‘Doc’ Tate Nevaquaya in concert Saturday, September 14, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. David Behrens and Eddie Three Eagles will also be performing.

Edmond stepped in to represent the Nevaquaya family as a very recent PBS special that featured his brother Timothy’s flute play- ing was just nominated for an EMMY for sound and music and Timothy was invited to NYC to participate in EMMY events. He will be here next summer. Edmond himself is a highly accomplished singer, dancer, and graphic artist, known for his studies of American Indian culture, values, and life ways. He began dancing as soon as he could walk, sing- ing shortly after that, and was playing flute by age 13. He just returned from China on behalf of the United States State Department and the US Embassy China on a trip to foster a better understanding of American culture and the promotion of harmony amongst all peoples of the world.

This is a free concert to thank those that support the vision and work of Huajatolla Heritage Foundation. Donations to continue the cultural literacy work are deeply appreciated. Contact Sandy Dolak ( or go to for more information and details.


Old-fashioned values discussion at the library

WALSENBURG — Native American culture is as popular today as when stories trickled over to Europe hundreds of years ago. What elements in our social image are based in fact? What has been embellished? Some early pio- neers recorded their observations with native encounters, natives who had never seen anyone of European descent. These insights can be valuable for archaeologists who try to piece together life from a deeper past. Join us for a discussion about the values that characterized America from time immemorial on Sunday, September 15 at 1 at the Spanish Peaks Public Library in Walsenburg.


Lathrop State Park seeking input on recreation plan

WALSENBURG — Lathrop is in the process of planning our next 10 years of recreation and natural resource management on the park, and we would like to have your input through the survey link on our website.

We will be taking public comment through Sunday, September 15, and the park management plan will be written over the next year.

To access the survey through our website, click this link:


Francisco Fort Museum shifts to fall schedule

LA VETA — Francisco Fort Museum announces its fall hours: Thursday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm through Saturday, October 5, when the museum will be closed for the sea- son. With October in mind – mark your calendars: The Crooked Hook Blacksmith will be on hand from 11 am to 3 pm on Oktoberfest (Saturday, October 5th). And, back by popular demand, PRISM Paranormal will be present- ing a program on their recent research at the museum, from 3 to 4:30 pm at the La Veta Public Library, also on October 5. School groups are invited to arrange tours, presentations, and events at the museum Tuesdays through Fridays through the end of October. Additionally, private tours can be arranged with advance notice through the end of October. Call 719-742-5501.


La Veta Village new phone #

LA VETA — La Veta Village, Inc. has a new number, 719-742-3510. Give us a call or leave us a message or simply stop by when you see the flag at 109 E. Francisco St., La Veta.


Bennet staff listens to Huerfano County Sept. 16

WALSENBURG — Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet invites residents from Huerfano County to meet with a member of his Colorado staff in September.

Do you need help dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs, IRS, Social Security Administration, or another federal agency? Do you have a suggestion for Congress that will help your family or community? If so, then Senator Michael Bennet invites you to meet one-on-one with a member of his staff during the upcoming office hours.

Jennifer Barela, Bennet’s Constituent Advocate, will host office hours in Walsenburg Monday, September 16, 11 am to 1 pm at Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue.

To schedule an appointment during Jennifer’s office hours, send an email to

Please include a brief description of the issue you want to address, as this will help her assist you. If you are already working with someone in Bennet’s office, please include that information in your email, as well.

Those without email access can call 719- 542-7550. Constituents do not need to wait for listening session dates to ask for help or share opinions. Please call any Bennet office at any time for assistance.


Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble rehearsals begin

LA VETA — The Sangre de Cristo Vocal Arts Ensemble, the best little community choir in Southern Colorado, invites you to come sing with us! We’re leaving our Summer Song Fest fun and jumping into our annual Christmas Cantata – this year we’ll perform a Celtic Christmas Cantata. Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 17, 6 pm at La Veta United Methodist Church, 416 S. Main Street. Rehearsals will be held each Tuesday, 6 pm at the church.

We welcome sopranos, altos, tenors, baritones, and basses in all shapes and sizes and ages – that includes a special invitation to high school students in the area as well! If you have an open heart and a love of music, you’ll find a spot with us. See you on the 17th of September! Call Kalima at 742-5333 if you would like more information.


Stuffed animal sleepover at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG — The Walsenburg Woman’s Club (GFWC) is hosting its 2nd annual stuffed animal sleepover the Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Ave, Friday, September 19, sleep- ing over to the 20th.

Children are to bring their stuffed animals to the library on Friday, September 19 from 5-6 pm. There will be a story time and they will leave their “pets” to spend the night. The next morning on the 20th, they will go pick up their “pets” for another story time and light breakfast. For more information, call Sherry Pierson 719-738-2774.


Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival

HUERFANO — Now in its 15th year, the festival is a favorite destination for world-class artists throughout the Celtic world, and is an opportunity for the artists and attendees to interact very closely in workshop and perform- ance formats. This year’s festival takes place between Thursday September 19 through Sunday September 22, with things happening all day and into the evening on each day. There are events for both non-musicians as well as musicians of all levels. Story-telling, concerts, workshops, demonstrations, dancing, singing, and more fill the schedule. Free concerts, classes, and workshops are available. Major concerts will take place on each of the four days, in Gardner, Walsenburg, and La eta. Tickets and more information can be found at Queries can be addressed to the Festival phone, 719- 742-3722.


Join the JMHS homecoming parade Friday, Sept 20

WALSENBURG — The 2019 John Mall High School homecoming parade, to be held on Friday, September 20, welcomes community entries. Vehicles will be allowed to participate in the parade only if they have returned the nec- essary registration form to Ms. Lisa Lane at John Mall High School by Thursday, September 12. All decorated parade floats and vehicles are to be parked by 12:50 pm on Friday, September 20. To get involved, contact Ms. Lane at


Opening reception at La Veta Gallery

LA VETA — The next show at La Veta Gallery on Main is “Smith Silversmith” Jewelry by Val Smith. The opening reception will be held Saturday, September 21, 5 to 7 pm with refreshments by Alys. The show will run through October. For more information call 719-742- 3666 or visit


La Veta Homecoming week

LA VETA — Be prepared for the upcoming Redskins Homecoming Week Monday, September 23 through Friday, October 27!


Oktoberfest Half-Marathon

HUERFANO COUNTY — REGISTER NOW for the Oktoberfest Half-Marathon Saturday, October 5.

The run includes a 1,800’ net elevation drop on Hwy 12 with a gradual descent from Cuchara to La Veta. Register now at or on the day of the race beginning at 7 am. For more information, call 719-742-3555


Oktoberfest 5K fun run

LA VETA — Not ready for a half marathon? Enter the 2019 Oktoberfest 5K fun run which will be held Saturday, October 5, 8:30 am.

Please register in advance at or


FCPA Show Choir fall rehearsals beginning soon

LA VETA — We’re baaaack!!! Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Show Choir is excited to start our third season of entertainment. This is a non-auditioned choir and offers a community singing experience start- ing Thursday, October 10, 5-6:30 pm at Mountain View Baptist Church, 707 South Main, La Veta. (This temporary venue change is due to a scheduling conflict at the theater because of rehearsals for the upcoming Carol Burnett Show, opening October 25)—so take your fabulous voices out of the shower and join in preparing a show for mid-February. The FCPA Show Choir is under the primary direction of Sam Sortore, but also includes the conducting experience of Peggy Arnold-Hoobler and Joanne Vargo. Let’s get together and see what happens. Questions? Call Di Sortore at 303- 882-7764.


Waste tire collection event for 81055 residents

LA VETA — There will be a free waste tire disposal event in La Veta Saturday, October 12, 8 am to 2 pm at the LV Fire Department, 100 Birch Street. This event is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Health & Envi- ronment and sponsored locally by NGO Huerfano Organic Waste Services (HOW).

Bring your old used passenger and light truck tires. The limit per household is 9. Tires with rims will not be accepted. An ID with a La Veta zip, 81055, is required, if we don’t know you! This program is for households only, not for commercial businesses such as tire shops. A similar tire disposal will be held in Walsenburg for residents of the 81089 zip code area next fall. Any questions leave a message at 303-449-6483.


Scary Story Contest time!

HUERFANO COUNTY — Do you enjoy all things spooky, creepy, and just plain frighten- ing? La Veta Library is holding its 11th 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! Sub- missions are due Thursday, October 24. Prizes will be awarded October 31. For more information, contact the library or email step- Let your dark inner artist shine through!



Back to School night at Primero

WESTON — Tonight, Thursday, September 12, the Primero School District will be hosting Back-to-School night from 4-6 pm. Activities on slate include dinner and tours of the new facility, plus a chance to meet teachers and re- view classrooms/class schedules, and information about community organizations and clubs. Information will also be available for the 21st Century program and opportunities to join the Booster Club or get involved with the District Accountability Team. There will also be available reviews of state assessment data from last year.


Movies at the Mitch

TRINIDAD — “The Sons of Katie Elder” will be presented Thursday, September 12, 7 pm at the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, 150 E Main Street. This classic western movie stars John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer and more.

“The Elder boys return to Clearwater, Texas for their Mother’s funeral. John, the eldest, is a well-known gunfighter and trouble follows him wherever he goes. The boys try to get their ranch back from the town’s gun- smith who won it from their father in a card game, after which he was murdered. Troubles come, however, just because they carry the Elder name.”

$5 Admission or free for Museum Members. For more information call 719-846- 4224


Childhood development screenings

TRINIDAD — A no cost screening day for children 0-5 years old will be held Friday, September 13, 10 am to 2 pm at SCCOG Early Learning Center, 1225 Rosita Avenue.

Screenings include Vision, Hearing, Dental, Developmental, Social Emotional, and Lead. Open to anyone in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. For more information call 719-845-0463.


Free educator’s workshop: teaching geo-literacy

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad History Museum, 120 S Chestnut St, is hosting an educators workshop, “Teaching Geo-Literacy”

Friday, September 13, 1 to 4 pm. This event is limited to 15 participants. If you have questions or would like to register, email: . Snacks will be provided. As participants will also receive a $40 stipend for attending.


Hillary Helfant meet & greet at THM

TRINIDAD — Meet the museum’s newest Creative-in-Residence , Hillary Helfant, and learn about her upcoming workshops Friday, September 13, 5:30 to 7 pm. Trinidad History Museum is located at 120 S Chestnut Street. For more information call 719-846-2361.


Chili/Salsa Festival

TRINIDAD — A chili/salsa festival cookoff sponsored by Trinidad Round Up Association will be held Saturday, September 14, 9 to 10:30 am at Cimino Park, Modica & Convent Avenue.

Divisions are precooked red chili, pre- cooked green chili, and salsa. $20 cash entry to pre-register, $25 day of event. Divided jack- pot prize money.

Entries will be accepted from 9am-10am. Judging at 10 am. Sampling to follow judging, $5 taste test sample bag. Register at Buhr Chiropractic or call 719-680-0424


“Forgiven not Forgotten” presentation for those who lose a loved one

TRINIDAD — Juanita Adams speaks on grief, bereavement, and healing after a loss, both from professional training and from personal experience. Adams is a credentialed counselor and therapist who will offer a free session on the topic of “Forgiven not Forgotten,” Saturday, September 14, 10 am to noon at Hope Pregnancy Center and Heart of Trinidad Fellowship, 1532 Santa Fe Trail. Registration is by phone at 719-846-4889; 719-680- 1059; or by email at

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Art Car Parade

TRINIDAD — It’s time for the 2019 ArtoCade Extravaganza in Trinidad! The fun starts Saturday, September 14, 12 pm with a parade on Main Street. Following the parade, parade attendees can meet the cars and their makers and peruse the shops of various vendors, all of whom will be located right downtown!

FREE, family-friendly, and fun-filled shenanigans are guaranteed! For more general information, to enter your car in the parade, to volunteer, become a vendor, or be a sponsor, please see the ArtoCade website here:

From 6:30 pm-midnight, the Cardando Party will be held at the Cartopia Museum, 2702 Freedom Road. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase at Art Cartopia Museum Tues-Sat 10-4, Sunday-Noon-4. Tickets are also available at the ArtoCade booth during the parade and at the door.

Entertainment at the party: ~ Aerial Aura – Aerial Acrobatics!~ Theatre of Dreams – Dream Masterz Theatrical Illusion Team from Castle Rock, CO!~ Chrystalline and Guardian – Belly Dance Burlesque, LED acts, Sword Bal- ancing, Contact Juggling and More! ~ DJ aNew – Professional DJ from Den- ver, CO!

Other Fun Activities: Dancing to all genres of music; Dance Contest – Trophy awarded to the winner; Costume Contest – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Cash Prizes; Car Artist Awards; Door Prizes; Interactive Art; Henna Artist; Vendor Booths; Cash Bar with Adult Beverages; and Food Trucks.


Kickin’ It For Kids Kickball Tournament

TRINIDAD — Sign up for a day of fun, raffles and prizes, while supporting a great cause Sunday, September 15, 8 am at Central Park, 700 Smith Avenue. All proceeds go to Trini- dad Police Department’s Annual Shop with a Cop Event. Co-ed teams 8-11 players, 12 years and up! $100 a team. Best Team Theme wins a Prize! To register contact Community Service Officers Temple Young or Courtney Festi at the Trinidad Police Department at 719-846- 2993.


Breakfast buffet at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — This Sunday, September 15, 8 am to 12 pm treat yourself to a delicious all you can eat buffet at Spanish Peaks Inn. The cost is $10 per person and you won’t leave hungry! Spanish Peaks Inn also has Taco Tuesday and dinner specials on Thursday and Friday nights. Want to learn line dancing? Come out Tuesdays at 3:30 pm and join our line dancing group, we are doing country and hip hop!

For more information contact: 719-941- 4288 or email


Purgatoire Little Britches Rodeo entries due Sept.16

TRINIDAD — The annual Purgatoire Little Britches Rodeo will be held Saturday and Sun- day, September 21, 10 am and 22, 9 am at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds, 2200 N Linden Avenue. For more information call 719-850-0570, or visit Close date for entries is September 16.


Senator Bennet Staff Hours

TRINIDAD — Senator Michael Bennet’s staff will be on hand to help citizens dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs, IRS, Social Security Administration, or another federal agency Monday, September 16, 3 to 5 pm at Trinidad Public Library, 202 N. Animas. For more information call 719-846-6841.


Holy Trinity Academy open house

TRINIDAD — Holy Trinity Academy will hold an open house and ribbon cutting at our new location in the old Chronicle News Building Monday, September 16, 4-6 pm.


Presentation on Princeton Scholarship

TRINIDAD — There will be a presentation on Princeton University’s academic programs and admissions process by Ricky Canton, Princeton Admissions Officer Monday, September 16, 7-8 pm at Mt. Carmel Wellness & Community Center, 911 Robinson Avenue. The presentation is hosted by Mary John Goree Las Animas County Scholarship Foundation. This presentation is open to the pub- lic and all students who are interested in Princeton.


Divorce in a Day

TRINIDAD — Colorado 3rd Judicial District with local volunteer attorneys will host a Divorce in a Day Tuesday, September 17, 9 am to 6 pm at the Courthouse. For more information contact Family Court Facilitator Bob Major, 719-695-6569 or


Walleye Association meeting

TRINIDAD — The next meeting of the Colorado Walleye Association- South Chapter, will be held Tuesday, September 17, 6 pm at City of Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Drive.


TLAC monthly luncheon

TRINIDAD — The next luncheon of the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce will be Wednesday, September 18, 12 to 1 pm at TSJC- Pioneer Room. The cost of the meal is $12, please register in advance or by phone 719-846- 9285. Anyone is the community is welcome.


Nostalgic Movie Night

TRINIDAD — The next nostalgic movie at the Carnegie Library, 202 N. Animas, will be presented Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The movie,“The List of Adrian Messenger”, and the popcorn are free! This is a great who-dun-it with George C Scott and Kirk Douglas.


Women’s Vote Commission collaborative meeting

TRINIDAD — There will be a Women’s Vote Commission Collaborative Meeting, Wednesday, September 18, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Trinidad History Museum- 120 S. Chestnut. The year 2020 is the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. As the first state to give women the right to vote by popular referendum in 1893, Colorado has a lot to be proud of as we recognize progress and rally together for greater empowerment and equality. Let’s re- member those who fought on our behalf, explore the stories of success and setback, and most of all, let’s continue to vote.

We invite any interested organizations and groups to join us for meetings to share plans, questions, and ideas.


TSJC President’s Office Art Show: Mescalero Sands

TRINIDAD — Trinidad State will host an art show of historic photos from the Mescalero Sands of eastern New Mexico in the President’s Office on the Trinidad Campus. The show will open with a reception on Thursday, September 19 from 4 to 5 pm. The artist, Cal- vin Smith will be there to answer questions and light refreshments will be served. Then from 5 to 6 pm in the Pioneer Room, Smith will do a presentation on the months he spent over a period of years studying the area. Those who miss the reception can view the show during normal office hours until Thanksgiving in the Berg Building, Room 218.


Third Thursday Heritage Nights- Sunflower Harvest:

TRINIDAD — What can you do with sun- flowers and which ones are native? Sun- flower Harvest is the next topic for Heritage Night Thursday, September 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Trinidad History Museum, 120 S. Chestnut. Kirby and Abigail will be serving up 15-20 minute history lessons, and then they will all create a hands on experience. For more information call 719-846-2361.


Borderlands Speaker Series: Eliseo “Cheo” Torres

TRINIDAD — Trinidad History Museum’s free speaker series continues Friday, September 20, 6 to 8 pm when Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, will speak about the ancient art of curanderismo, or Mexican folk healing. Since he was a boy growing up on the border of Texas and Mexico, Eliseo Torres, known to everyone as “Cheo,” has been fascinated by the folk traditions and folkways of Mexico and of his Mexican American roots. Both of his parents were versed in aspects of herbal lore and heal- ing, and as he matured he learned from them a love and respect for the history and folk knowledge of the ancient art of curanderismo, or Mexican folk healing.

He received his three degrees from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and served in a number of job positions. Now an administrator at the University of New Mexico, where he is Vice President for Student Affairs and a member of the faculty of the College of Education, Cheo teaches three classes on traditional medicine and regularly lectures and gives presentations on the history and lore of curanderismo to audiences ranging from scholars and students of Latin American culture to people hoping to become knowledge- able about alternative and traditional medicine, including lay people and medical professionals alike. He has published four books on his life and his research in traditional medicine emphasizing medicinal plant and rituals and published by the University of New Mexico Press and Kendall Hunt Publish- ing Company.
For more information call 719-846-2361.


The Branson Hi-Lo Gravel Grinder

BRANSON — Sign up now for the best gravel ride in Las Animas County to be held Saturday, Sept 21, 9 am, in Branson, Colorado. There will be 28 and 50 mile routes.

Register at:, Branson Hi-Lo Country Gravel Grinder. Find out more at Facebook: Branson Hi Lo Gravel Grinder.


Corazon Critter Show

TRINIDAD — The Corazon Gallery in Trini- dad, Colorado will be accepting entries for The Critter Show on Wednesday, September 25 from 10 to 5. Critters for this art show may be real or imaginative. The fee for entering is $10 per piece. The reception for The Critter Show will be Friday, September 27 from 5 to 7:30 at the Corazon Gallery, 149 E. Main, Trinidad, Colorado. For more information call 846-0207.


Bar NI Ranch Community Service Grant applications available now

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund is accepting grant proposals from previous and new applicants, in the areas of education, youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services and civic or public benefit. Grant awards will be made to 501c3, non-profit organizations in the Purgatory Valley with projects that serve to inspire awareness, expand horizons, create independence, and foster personal growth.

We strongly encourage projects focusing on youth and environmental education, exploring creative ways to ignite the spirit, facilitate dreams and address root causes of problems rather than just treat affected conditions. Creative collaboration is strongly encouraged.

For a proposal packet, please contact Tom Perry at to- The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, September 27, 2019.


2nd Annual Boncarbo Poker Run

BONCARBO — The 2nd Annual Boncarbo Poker Run, hosted by Boncarbo VFD Auxiliary and firefighters, will take place on Saturday, September 28, from 9 am to 6 pm. There will be two runs- the first by motorcycle or car, driving the Highway of Legends. The second run is off-road, through Spanish Peaks Country, to Ludlow and Gulnare Inn. ATVs must have a spark arrester.

Registration is from 9-11 am, runs leave 10-11:30. The event begins and ends at the Boncarbo VFD 14589 CR 57.7. Last hand starts at 4 pm. Riders are $25, additional hands are $15 each. Cash prizes available. Proceeds benefit the Boncarbo VFD. Contact Mike Lambert at or find the Boncarbo Poker Run on Facebook for more info.


Meet the candidates

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Las Animas Chamber of Commerce will host a meet the candidates forum on Tuesday, October 8, 5 pm- 10 pm at the Massari Performing Arts Center, Broom St, Trinidad, CO 81082.


TLAC 2019 Business Expo

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad-Las Animas Chamber is excited to announce they are now taking applications for participants for the 2019 Business Expo. Come join us this year on Friday, October 18 from 9 am-4 pm at the TSJC Pioneer & Leone Rooms! Businesses throughout Las Animas County need to sign up soon. Booths are free to TLAC members and $50 for non-chamber members. (If you choose to become a Chamber Member we will credit the $50 toward your membership) Lunch is $15 per person. Please RSVP by October 4. Call 719-846-9285 for more information.

The expo is open to the public with no entry fee. Come visit our local businesses and see what they have to offer! Door prizes drawn every hour!



Hummingbird Banding

CAPULIN — Are you curious about hummingbirds or love these amazing animals? Weather permitting, will be catching and banding hummingbirds to monitor the populations in the Park Friday, September 13, and Friday September 20, at 6 am at Capulin Volcano National Monument, 46 Volcano Road. Come out to see them up close and personal on Friday morning!


Drop off is Friday, Sept. 13 for the 43rd Annual InBank Art Exhibition and Sale

RATON — Drop off for the Annual InBank Art Exhibition is Friday, September 13, 9 am to 12 pm, Artists should Download Artists Prospectus or pick one up at the bank. The Awards Reception will be Friday, Sept. 20, 6 pm in the InBank, Inter- national Room, 200 S. 2nd Street. Purchase Award Patrons Day, Tuesday, Sept. 17. (Interested in becoming a Patron? Please come by…) 8 am – 6 pm The show opens to the public Wed., Sept. 18, through Fri., Sept. 20, 9 am to 5 pm.


Free private well water testing

ANGEL FIRE — NMED and NMDOH will be offering up to 200 free water tests for private wells serving homes not connected to a public water utility to residents of Angel Fire and

Taos and surrounding communities in Colfax and Taos Counties. The event is open to anyone with a private well.

September 13, 3 – 6 pm at the Angel Fire Community Center, 15 Cs Ranch Rd., Angel Fire, NM 87710.

September 14, 8 am – 12 pm at the Taos Farmers Market Taos Plaza near the info booth by the Gazebo

For event details visit: ment/water/private_wells/TestFairs.html

More information about private wells available at:


USDA Farm Bill discussion

RATON — The Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD’s) invite the public to participate in the local work group hosted by Colfax SWCD in cooperation with the Mora/Wagon Mound SWCD, Western Mora SWCD and Tierra Y Montes SWCD Friday, September 13, 10 am to 1 pm at the Colfax County Courthouse 1st floor conference room, 230 North 3rd Street.

The local work group will provide input to the SWCD’s and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on the EQIP implementation for Colfax, Mora, and San Miguel Counties. Members of this work group include federal and state agencies and local and state wide organizations. Every- one is vital in making the Farm Bill work for our cooperators. For more information contact: Kenneth Alcon, District Conservationist, Team 4 at 505-425-3594, ext. 3.


Suicide Prevention walk

RATON — The Colfax County Health Council presents a Suicide Prevention Walk, Saturday, September 14, 9 am at Roundhouse Memorial Park. The cost is $10 per person or $25 for a team of four; to sign up contact Ashley Vigil at 575-707-0371, 575-445-8191, Ericka, or Mona at 575-445-2379.

Music, food, and drinks provided. Pets welcome on leash.


Walk with a dog!

RATON — Raton Parks and Trails final walk this summer for their “A Prescription for Better Health, Come walk with us!” program is the easy “Walk with a Dog!” Saturday, September 14, 9 am. Join health specialist and dog lover, Nichole Romero at Roundhouse Memorial Park. Meet at the Aquatic Center. Bring your dog, or ask to walk one from the Animal shelter, Call 445-8640 for information. As always bring water, good walking shoes, hat and sunblock! All dogs must be leashed.


Zukefest 2019!

RATON — Join the fun Saturday, September 14, 1 – 4 pm at The Raton Visitors Center outdoor gathering venue on the corner of Clayton Highway and 2nd Street in Raton for Zukefest 2019! Kids build zucchini cars from 1 pm to 2 pm then race their cars at 2 pm, prizes awarded. We hope you’ve been growing those zucchini! A weigh off happens at 3 pm. Entry is free please bring your entry by 2:30 pm for judging and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd heaviest.

There will be t-shirts, music, and tons of zucchini fun…. celebrate the zucchini!! The Farmers market continues through October 6th each Saturday 1 to 4 pm.


John Walker at the Shuler

RATON — The Shuler Theater in Raton is proud to present “The Magical Piano of John Walker” on Saturday September 14, 7 to 9 pm. Walker and his band will play familiar favorites including Western Classics and more in the legendary “bent note” style of the great Floyd Cramer. Cramer’s rock ‘n’ roll style of piano playing and distinctive slide-note was possibly the biggest influence on post-50s country music. See ad page 25 for more information.


Capulin Astronomy Nights

CAPULIN — Come join Capulin Astronomy Rangers for our summer series of astronomy nights, Saturday, September 20, 7:30 pm. View planets, our moon, galaxies and more through giant telescopes under some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. Times vary by month, but all observing will be done in the outdoor classroom area West of the Visitor Center. Please wear warm clothing and leave the pets at home. Bring flashlights to get to and from parking, but keep them put away at the telescopes.


27th Annual Fish Fest and 1st Annual Pike Round Up

EAGLE NEST — We are excited! The 27th Annual Fish Fest and 1st Annual Pike Round Up will be held September 21 through 29 at Eagle Nest Lake State Park, 42 Marina Way. It is only $20 for the entire tournament for both the Fish Fest and Pike Round Up. Catch a tagged fish and be eligible for the FOUR jackpot drawings. Each tagged fish caught wins a prize worth at least $50. The largest pike caught each day will win a prize worth at least $50.