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Card of Thanks

Derek Cordova Spirit Scholarship Recipients

Derek’s family would like to thank the community, family, & friends, near and far for supporting our fundraisers. We have been giving scholarships for 14 years and have given over $30,000. May you always walk in beauty.
$1,000 Dalyiah Jasenna Cordova -no relation
$500 Kaitlyn Anne Lasley
$500 Kaela Lee Garcia

The Derek Cordova Spirit Scholarship is presented each year to students who best exemplify the example and spirit of Derek James Cordova.

~Lori Cordova
Walsenburg, Colorado

 

Thanks to O’Reilly Auto Parts for Dorcas Circle donation

Dorcas Circle Clothing & Food Pantry says a big thank you to the recently opened O’Reilly Auto Parts Store for the $200 donation presented during their Grand Opening Customer Appreciation Day.

Dorcas Circle relies on money donations, volunteers, and donations of food, clothing, and small household goods. Dorcas Circle provides avail- able food and used clothing to area folks in need.

Dorcas Circle is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm at 911 South Main in Walsenburg. Phone 738- 2291.

 

Sincerely,

Sylvia Landrum Walsenburg, Colorado

 

There he goes again: Hurray for Jenkins

At 7 am Monday, Memorial Day, I hear a knock on my front door. It’s Sheriff Jenkins, last time he popped in to my life, I had a flat tire and he offered to help. This time to save a horse from being run over on the highway in front of my house. This guy is a credit to law enforcement. He reminds me of the long lost adage, peace officer. Yes the real McCoy! Thank you, sheriff.

Sincerely,

~Brendt Berger Walsenburg, CO

Letters to the editor

Thanks to all who helped with the Mother Jones dinner

Thank you to all that made our annual Huerfano County Democratic Party Mother Jones Dinner successful. We were so honored to have our Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser give the keynote address. Carolyn Newman’s portrayal of Mother Jones was incredible. Yvette Vialpando’s catering was delicious. Edie Flanigan’s amazing job at the silent auction and Eleanor Foley’s astounding ability to keep everything running smoothly greatly contributed to our success.

Of course, a big shout out to Kathy Brown for the original idea of this annual fundraiser. Our party is indebted to you for beginning this tradition.

As chairman of our Huerfano County Democratic Party, I would encourage each citizen to fight for their vision for our nation thru unity participation and persistence. It is up to the citizens of our great nation to do the work to realize their vision. Yes we must fight but we also must be the example and connect our power, with love, with compassion, with courage. with humility, with persistence, with hope and with tenderness Realize that in moments like this your actions really do matter.

So, lets roll up our sleeves and get to it.

So once again thank you for all that contributed to making our Mother Jones dinner so successful LET FREEDOM RING.

Respectfully submitted

~ Dale Lyons Gardner, CO

 

Thank you La Veta United Methodist Church

Editor,

Two Peaks Fitness would like to thank the La Veta United Methodist Church and its pastor, Janine Rose, for opening their facility to us for senior fitness classes during the La Veta Flood Mitigation project. Classes are normally held at the La Veta Community Center, but the community center was needed for the project. We received many compliments about the space the church made available for the classes. We are now back at the community center, and we hope all the efforts to clean out the Cucharas River will make a difference with flood mitigation.

~Kerrie Meyler

on behalf of Two Peaks Fitness Board of Directors

La Veta, CO

Letters to the editor

Cheap dog food is not food

The other day I helped a lady put a 40 lb bag of Value Corner brand dog food in her car.

I read the label and it had bone meal and ground corn as the first ingredients.

I told her it is not her fault, but the cheap foods have things in them that do not feed or nourish the dog. It is like us eating cardboard every day. They get full but their bodies are starving all of the time. She said she will have to rethink that food.

Years ago I attended a class on dog nutrition and so many cheap foods make a dog sick over time and lead to diseases. I fed my dog Iams and she started throwing up yellow foam.

It had Ethoxyquin as a preservative, which is a substance used in rubber tires. When I switched her to a food preserved with vitamin E and C, she did not throw up any more.

Also meat by-products can be made with diseased animal waste, road kill and even euthanized pets from shelters, and full of chemicals, hormones, steroids, bacteria, etc. Not anything that feeds a dog or promotes health. Over time, the dog may even gain weight because they are so hungry for food they eat too much, while their bodies are being used as a processing plant for ingredients that are just eliminated later. Millions of dogs are starving for real food and are fed cheap, unhealthy foods.

Please read the labels, and look up the 7 worst dog foods … you will be stunned, but you will know if your dog is eating food that is feeding him or making him or her sick.

There are good foods, you just have to read the labels and learn what foods are beneficial.

~Marie Whitmarsh Walsenburg, CO

Letters to the editor

A Tale of Two Eds

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Ed Ludvik. I was reminded of another Ed, Ed Joseph.

If it weren’t for these two outstanding, insightful, and determined Eds, we wouldn’t have the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center.

They are gone, but they have left us with this important facility. Many thanks to both of you.

~Jann Faris Vail

Walsenburg, CO

 

Los Huerfanos Animal Welfare Association is looking for members

Are you a loving and caring pet owner who would like to help other pet owners care for their pets? If so, the Los Huerfanos Animal Welfare Association (LHAWA) is looking for you. LHAWA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which provides financial assistance to low income residents of Huerfano County to care for their household pet cats and dogs. Services include spaying, neutering, vaccinations, chipping and other care as deemed necessary by the veterinarian. The cost for these services is shared between the pet owner and LHAWA, thereby making the services more affordable for the pet owner.

The organization has been in existence since 2009 and is funded via a grant from the Animal Assistance Foundation along with donations from Huerfano residents. All services are performed by the Rio Cucharas Veterinary Clinic under the guidance of Dr. Rosemary (Romy) Nicoletta and her outstanding staff.

LHAWA is looking for members to be part of the management team as well as supporting members. Open positions include President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Volunteers should be community minded and of course, pet friendly.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of an organization that contributes toward making Huerfano County a wonderful place to live and to work closely with the Rio Cucharas Veterinary Clinic. Contact Virgilia Goodwin, 719-890-0301, or the Rio Cucharas Veterinary Clinic, 719-738-1427 for additional information.

Thank you.

~ Virgilia Goodwin

Walsenburg, CO

 

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE 4-H SPAGHETTI DINNER

On behalf of the Huerfano County 4-H Council we would like to thank everyone who came out on Sunday April 7, 2019 and supported our annual silent auction and spaghetti dinner. We would also like to thank the following business for donating to our silent auction. Legends Flooring, O’Reilly Auto Parts, The Bear Spot, Walsenburg Lumber, Busy Bee Café & Malt Shop, The Green Elephant Antique Store, Alta Convenience Store, Iconic Dental, Maria’s Salon, Serendipity, Daily Perks, Huerfano Nursery and Garden, City Auto, Kay’s Liquor, Veronica Vigil and Sherri Anselmo.

~ Thank You, The Huerfano County 4-H Council

 

Huerfano Dems thank you so much for the silent auction donations

Dear Editor The Huerfano County Democratic Party silent auction committee would like to give a great big shout out to all the people who donated wonderful items for the Mother Jones Dinner silent auction. We received over 75 different items! This year proved to be the best fund raiser we have ever had. Thanks again!

~Edie Flanagin

Huerfano County Democratic Party

Letters to the editor & Cards of Thanks

Shame on San Isabel Electric On Wednesday April 3rd, I came home to find many trucks along my road, and many trees cut down along and past my northern property line, and one small pinon cut down near my back door, that was very special to me. I have watched that tree grow for almost 17 years.

No one told me about this, when it would be done or why! They had marked the ground with flags a while ago, but nothing was mentioned about this. It was SO invasive and such a mess, I was in shock.

I talked with their manager by phone, told him what happened, and he was told I had been contacted.

That was a big lie! He was very apologetic and understood why I was so upset.

They should have contacted me and met with me to show me where, how and why they were doing this. I found out they will be replacing the underground electric lines and need 10’ clear either side of the line. I understand that, but the small pinon tree near my back door did not have to be cut down. They should have used their heads before just destroying trees without thinking about someone else’s property and the importance of trees in general.

I also had to show the lead guy where my leach field is and that they need to steer clear of it also or they will have to pay to fix it.

Just because a large company needs to do work does not mean they should just trespass on my property, and destroy trees without my knowledge or consent.

~ Marie Whitmarsh

Navajo Ranch,

Walsenburg, CO

 

Cards of thanks

Card of Thanks

The family of Cheryl Vigil Valdes would like to sincerely thank everyone who graciously sent prayers, hugs, cards, condolences and food during this time of our loss. Special gratitude to Walsenburg Housing Authority; the Colistro family and Louis Montoya for meal preparation; Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center and Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care of our sister; Father Stephen, Ray Armijo, and Johnson-Romero funeral home. For everyone, near and far, may you all enjoy angelic melodies of praise and blessings always.

~Patricia Martinez

Walsenburg, CO

 

JMHS Band student’s family grateful for all the support and donations toward the band’s California trip

We like to thank the communities of Walsenburg, La Veta, surrounding areas, and family and friends for buying mattresses and pillows at the JMHS Band Mattress Fundraisers. Also for all the donations to support the John Mall Band trip to San Diego, CA, on their spring break.

Because of your generosity this trip was made possible.

Thank You,

The family of Marissa Martinez,

Walsenburg, CO

Letters to the editor & Card of Thanks

Possible open meeting law violation

It is with great concern that I write this letter to inform the public of what I believe is a possible violation of the Open Meetings Law, (OML).

I first must say that I am not the spokesperson for the Board of Education (BOE) Trinidad School District No. 1.

That the following is my opinion and mine alone.

Colorado Revised Statutes 24-6-402. Meetings – open to the public – definitions

(1)(b) “Meetings means any kind of gathering, convened to discuss public business, in person, by telephone, electronically, or by other means of communication.

(2)(a) All meetings of two or more members of any state public body at which any business is discussed or at which any formal action may be taken are declared to be meetings open to the public at all times.

On March 5, 2019 an email was sent by BOE President to all BOE members asking for us to approve a letter to a parent in response to her concerns that were brought forward to the BOE in executive session.

The email to all members and some telephone conversations I feel was inappropriate and for the following reasons. It was a request for the BOE to come to some consensus (vote) on an issue that requires formal action. This form of action or decision on any matter that requires a vote is to be done only at regular or special meetings that are open to the public.

According to the OML regulations any electronic communication between members of a board whether it be by telephone, electronically etc, that requires some form of a vote, poll or position shall be done in open session. There are other requirements that restrict the communication of more than three or more members of a board that constitutes a quorum.

I feel that it is my duty as an elected official to inform you of this possible violation. The school district is supposed to provide transparency and I hope I have fulfilled that requirement.

Sincerely,

~Patrick Sandoval

Trinidad, CO

 

Disappointed with city council

I am very disappointed in Walsenburg’s City Council in the matter of firing Mr. Toth.

As far as I’m concerned, he was doing his job by following the law even if the people breaking the law didn’t like it.

I attended the meeting and no one was allowed to speak. There wasn’t a reason given for the firing and most of city council had their mind made up.

I have only lived in Walsenburg a short time and most people don’t like the way the city is run. I say to you if you want change then do something about it.

Attend city council meeting and vote in November.

~Jeanette Kossen

Walsenburg, CO

 

Where oh where did the admin go?

Walsenburg no longer has a city administrator. You probably read this in last week’s World Journal. I won’t repeat everything, but I am appalled by what five members of city council did. This was clearly, as I have now stated four times; a firing due to “personal agendas and personal vendettas.” (I did manage to get a few words in even though we were not allowed to speak.)

Charles Vigil and James Hudgens were the only two council members who voted against the firing.

There was no evidence of wrong doing. Some members of city council are rude very often, yet they had the nerve to state that that was the reason Mr. Toth was fired!

City council wants a puppet, not a true administrator! Mr. Toth holds them accountable!

Montoya, Daniels, Martinez, Boehler, and Hoyt fired Mr. Toth for doing his job.

How many does this make now – three or four? Are you going for some kind of record? I think you broke it already?!?!?

They did this without City Attorney Hyatt’s presence.

This is a crucial time for Walsenburg! Yes, Mr. Ellis is very good, but he has his own job to take care of as Finance Officer! Even our Deputy Clerk is new and does not understand a lot yet. Can we count on our City Council leaders?!?!?

People of Walsenburg unite! November is election time. We need our leaders to be here for the city and the citizens, not for themselves. Come to city council meetings and voice your opinions. You have that right! We need more people like Charles Vigil and James Hudgens!! Bring Mr. Toth back!!!!!

P.S. I noticed some clean up around the areas of those who were cited. Where are all the other letters people were going to write?

~Carmen J. Lara

Walsenburg, CO

 

Card of Thanks

La Veta Trails says THANK YOU!

La Veta Trails wishes to express its deep appreciation to the World Journal and Mark Craddock for the wonderful feature story about the volunteer flood mitigation project in La Veta.

Mark’s article celebrated the volunteers and the community spirit that is fueling them. Volunteers return to the work day after day despite the working conditions. Some days they get wet and other days just plain dirty. They always work with smiles and wonderful team camaraderie.

We want to update the numbers that Mark reported. As of March 29th, a total of 127 individual volunteers have spent 1,450 hours on the flood mitigation effort. The number includes the volunteers who work in the channel, volunteer sawyers and the volunteers who cook and feed them every single day. Thank you for honoring the people who are making a difference.

Please contact La Veta Trails at info@lavetatrails.org if you want to volunteer for the flood mitigation work.

~Marilyn Russell

La Veta, CO

Letter to the editor

Possible open meeting law violation

It is with great concern that I write this letter to inform the public of what I believe is a possible violation of the Open Meetings Law, (OML).

I first must say that I am not the spokesperson for the Board of Education (BOE) Trinidad School District No. 1. That the following is my opinion and mine alone.

Colorado Revised Statutes 24-6-402. Meetings – open to the public – definitions

(1)(b) “Meetings means any kind of gathering, convened to discuss public business, in person, by telephone, electronically, or by other means of communication.

(2)(a) All meetings of two or more members of any state public body at which any business is discussed or at which any formal action may be taken are declared to be meetings open to the public at all times.

On March 5, 2019 an email was sent by BOE President to all BOE members asking for us to approve a letter to a parent in response to her concerns that were brought forward to the BOE in executive session.

The email to all members and some telephone conversations I feel was inappropriate and for the following reasons. It was a request for the BOE to come to some consensus (vote) on an issue that requires formal action. This form of action or decision on any matter that requires a vote is to be done only at Regular or Special meetings that are open to the public.

According to the OML regulations any electronic communication between members of a board whether it be by telephone, electronically etc, that requires some form of a vote, poll or position shall be done in Open Session. There are other requirements that restrict the communication of more than 3 or more members of board that constitutes a quorum.

I feel that it is my duty as an elected official to inform you of this possible violation. The School District is supposed to provide transparency and I hope I have fulfilled that requirement. Sincerely,

~Patrick Sandoval

Trinidad, CO

Letters to the Editor – March 21, 2019

How to fight a law

Even though I am strongly in favor of the Red Flag bill, you may choose to oppose it. But should opposition be in the form of an ill-conceived resolution which puts our county commissioners or the sheriff in the position of interpreting the U.S. or Colorado Constitutions?

We are a nation of laws predicated on three coequal branches of government.

It is up to legislative bodies to craft laws.

It is up to the judicial branch to interpret those laws, including determining their constitutionality.

It is up to the executive branch, of which law enforcement is a vital part, to enforce those laws.

This proposed resolution short-circuits this foundational — and constitutional — principal.

If you choose to oppose the Red Flag law, do so within the framework of our constitutional institutions. Lobby state legislators. Make phone calls or write letters expressing your views and concerns. If the law passes, fight it in court, up to the Supreme Court if necessary, which is empaneled specifically to render judgment on constitutional questions.

But do not order our chief law enforcement officer to ignore the law.

Suppose the Red Flag law passes, the sheriff refuses to enforce a lawful order of the court, and someone dies. This resolution, if passed, would be Plaintiff’s Exhibit #1 in a lawsuit against the county and its sheriff’s department, which it would frankly deserve to lose.

The Attorney General’s Office has concluded that HB 19-1177 is constitutional. If “Concerning Creation of an Extreme Risk Protection Order”1 (“HB 19-1177”) is passed into law, won’t we as citizens of Huerfano County, expect all law enforcement officers to uphold their oath to enforce the laws fairly?

Is it in the best interest of our county for the Huerfano county BOCC to entertain a resolution that may be in conflict with the law of the land?

Respectfully submitted ~ Dale Lyons Gardner, CO

Letters to the Editor – March 7, 2019

Chili Cook off Thank you

Dear Editor,

The LaVeta Oktoberfest Committee would like to thank everyone who braved the cold and snow Saturday night and supported our fundraiser” Mardi Gras Chili Cook Off.”

We greatly appreciate the 18 chili chefs who gave of their time and talent and whipped up some of the best chili this side of the Mississippi! The competition was fierce, but first place ribbons and gift certificates were awarded Barr Warren (best green), Marge Thonpson (best red) and Mary Ann Nelson (best “Mysterie’).

We also appreciate those who donated prizes and bid on items in the Silent Auction, which added to the fun.

A special thanks to Monique at the Mission Deli for graciously allowing us to hold out event at her establishment . It was a great evening with good friends and food and all money earned will go towards scholarships and community outreach.

Again, many thanks to everyone who made our 3rd Chili CookOff a big success!

~ The La Veta Oktoberfest Committee

La Veta, CO

 

Beware black water

When the water in the river gets black, there is a flood coming. The black water is water from rain that fell on the burn scar and ashes from the Spring Fire.

~Ptolemy Withrow, age 7, Walsenburg, CO

 

Thanks Lathrop State Park for plowing Cuerno Verde trail! a wonderful winter gift!

I want to give a shout out and thanks to the staff and crew at Lathrop State Park for keeping the roads and the Cuerno Verde hiking trail plowed this winter. It is wonderful to have a safe path to use even when the deepest snow hits the area. Being able to enjoy the park all year is a real treat. Thanks!

Sincerely, ~Edie Flanagin

Walsenburg, CO

Thanks from Linda Barron, outgoing TLAC Chamber of Commerce president president

I would like to take this opportunity to first thank the good Lord for all the blessings that he has placed down on me throughout my life.

I think about where my path has led me through the past years and it brings me back to where it all began many many years ago from the other side of the world in Vietnam. I remember being a very young teenager, trying to survive during the Vietnam War and not knowing what the future held. At the age of eight years old I would carry a basket full of vegetables to the market to sell before I could head to school. At the age of 13, I was selling Coca-Cola on Highway 1 to the GI soldiers, to help the family survive. I have fond memories of when I was 14 years old when I got a job in Long Binh with the US Army, when the American soldiers took me under their wings and would work with me daily to teach me my ABC’s. This gave me the opportunity to continue to go to school, which was not an option for a very young female in Vietnam to do and allowed me to graduate in 1968. I was also very grateful for the GI soldiers that were there helping me and my family survive. Thinking back to where I came from to where I am now allows me to show my community how eternally grateful I am for what this country has done for me and my family.…… so, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to take a minute to thank the military veterans.

When I first came to the United States from Vietnam, my oldest daughter Loan was two months and two days old. Being a young new mom in a new country was very frightening, but those that know me and knew my daughter Loan would know that we took on this new adventure together.

During my presidency these past two years, the tragic loss of my oldest daughter and son-in-law Loan and Dan Maas as well as my mother were especially difficult for me, especially with them occurring in such a close timeline. Those that know me well, know that these two life events took a huge impact on me both physically and mentally.

I would like to give the Board of Directors of the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce a very heartfelt and special thank you for your dedicated love and support to me during this time. You have been especially supporting to both me and my family and I will forever be grateful.

Though these were the most difficult times of my life, with the support of all of you, I never lost the stride of doing what was best for our community.

As I look back to the beginning of my adventure with the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce, my journey began with all of you back in 1994 when I filled in for my husband Stanley Barron and served as your President in 2000 and served on the Board of Directors until 2002. I returned to the Board of Directors in 2014 and have now served as the president in 2017 and now 2018.

I look back at the beginning of my current term and remember the obstacles that not only me, but the Board of Directors were challenged with. I remember thinking that some of these tasks seemed to be impossible but, with strength, support, and corroboration, we have made huge strides and accomplished more than we thought possible.

Thank you to everyone here tonight for your support as the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce President for the past two years. I want to especially thank the past and current office staff and volunteers at the chamber, and the many generous businesses who have supported the success of the chamber during my tenure. You are very much appreciated.

~Linda Barron, Outgoing President, Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce.

paid for by Linda Barron

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