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Public Service Announcements: May 12, 2016

May is Mental Health Month: Colorado Crisis Services Offers Support

DENVER — According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime, and everyone will be affected or impacted through their friends and family. With May being Mental Health Month, the Colorado Department of Human Services would like to remind Coloradans about the statewide crisis services available through Colorado Crisis Services. Individuals seeking mental health, substance use or emotional help for themselves or someone they know can access Colorado Crisis Services for support and resources. Colorado Crisis Services resources include:

  • The Colorado Crisis Support Line: The support line [1-844-493-TALK (8255)] is available toll-free 24/7, 365 days a year and provides callers with an immediate connection to a crisis counselor. Services are available in more than 100 languages.
  • Chat Crisis Service: Available at, this service allows users to chat online with Masters level crisis clinicians or chat specialists to receive emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide assessments. This chat feature is available seven days a week from 4 p.m. to midnight.
  • Text Crisis Service: Available 24/7, this text service is the latest resource for individuals needing mental health, substance abuse or emotional help. Anyone can text the word TALK to 38255 from anywhere in Colorado about any type of crisis and text with a Masters level crisis text counselor.
  • In-person Services: Individuals can access in-person services through 24-hour walk-in crisis locations, mobile response teams and respite care facilities throughout the state. The nearest walk-in crisis location for Southern Colorado is 1302 Chinook Lane,Pueblo, 81001. • Crisis Stabilization Units: Some walk-in locations provide crisis beds for 1-5 days, for either voluntary or involuntary treatment.

“With a variety of crisis service options now available, anyone in Colorado can get the emotional support and resources they need for themselves or for a loved one,” said Dr. Liza Tupa, the Deputy Director of Community Programs at the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health. “We want to encourage all Coloradans to use these services before, during and after a crisis.” Learn more at

HCWCD accepting bids for water leases until May 26

WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Water Conservancy District has announced it is accepting proposals from decreed water users along the Huerfano River and its tributaries for the lease of additional water supplies available during the 2016 irrigation season.

In addition to commitments under its 2016 Substitute Water Supply Plan, HCWCD expects to have an additional 20 acre-feet of water during summer irrigation season. The additional water is projected to be available for diversion at the headgates of decreed water rights users in the Huerfano River basin as a supplemental source of water. The leased additional water must be taken on a monthly basis if and when available from HCWCD under its SWSP.

Proposals must include: the quantity desired, the bid price per acre-foot, the location of the point of diversion with an accurate means of measurement, the type of use, and the monthly delivery schedule requested. At its May 23, 2016 monthly meeting, which is open to the public, the HCWCD board will consider submitted proposals in the order they were received, with a final deadline for proposals of May 26, 2016.

Consideration will be given to the bid price, the location and type of use, the timing of the proposed deliveries, and the condition of the measurement flume.

For complete information, see the legal ad in this issue. Contact Carol Dunn, District Administrator, with questions: 719-742-3597.

Hoofing it for conservation, Youth 17 and under run free

WET MOUNTAINS — A trail run combined with breathtaking views and a chance to help preserve the southern Colorado landscape are in store for runners and walkers participating in the Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run on June 5.

Entering its fourth year and often welcoming over 350 participants, the 5k and 10k races will be held on Bear Basin Ranch, a 2,400-acre protected ranch located in the Wet Mountains 11 miles east of Westcliffe.

Runners are hoofing it for a good cause — the San Isabel Land Protection Trust — which works with landowners to protect land, water, and wildlife in southern Colorado while there is still time.

Salida usually takes the top male and female finishes including Kenny Wilcox (10k) and Kristy Falcon (10k). Falcon is expected to return to defend her title. While the competition is fierce with top finishers winning gear from Patagonia, all levels are welcomed.

Participants can walk or run the adventuresome and scenic 5K, or run the gnarly 10K. Thanks to a youth sponsorship program, young runners 17 and under run free. To redeem free entry, youth participants must register online by May 28th using discount code youth.

“The purpose of our event is to raise awareness about the importance of land conservation,” said Ben Lenth, Executive Director of San Isabel Land Protection Trust. “What better way to do this than by welcoming our community and other visitors to this beautiful, protected ranch and allowing them to experience it first-hand.”

The Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run is organized by San Isabel Land Protection Trust. In partnership with landowners, San Isabel has protected over 40,000 acres of land, 174 water rights, and 61 miles of stream frontage in Southern Colorado.

The Hardscrabble courses are intended to provide a sense of accomplishment for runners and walkers, with challenging, fun and scenic 5K and 10K routes on rugged equestrian trails, two-track jeep roads, and short stretches of cross-country meadow.

The race begins at 10 am on June 5. The start and finish are at 8,913 feet elevation. The courses feature 475 feet of vertical gain on the 5K and 1,083 feet of gain on the 10K, with the 10K topping out at 9039 feet. Both routes have short but steep sustained climbs that may require many participants to hike or walk. There is one aid station for the 5K course and two for the 10K.

After the race, entrants will be treated to a post-race fiesta that includes a gourmet lunch by Kalamata Pit Catering, live music by Bruce Hayes, awards and prize drawing for fantastic gifts, including items from Patagonia. All of this and more is included with the $40 race registration fee if received by May 28.

For more information or to register visit: or contact San Isabel at 719.783.3018. The Land Trust is still seeking additional youth sponsors.

New structure announced for Mt. Carmel, Health, Wellness & Community Center

TRINIDAD — In 2007, Jay Cimino founded Trinidad Community Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) 3. Its mission is to serve the community in education, health & wellness, economic development, recreation, and communication. Over the past nine (9) years TCF has donated $275,000 to the community.

In 2011, Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness & Community Center opened its doors; its mission is to provide integrated healthcare, wellness, and community spirit. The Center promotes the rich heritage of Las Animas County by creating partnerships that not only attract businesses but also cultural and social opportunities. Today, Mt. Carmel is still growing, with the opening of the new Center of Healthy Living later this year and with the continued development of Downtown Trinidad.

Mt. Carmel announces a transition in leadership reflecting their growth. Karl Gabrielson, who for the past three years has led the Center as Chief Operating Officer, will transition to the Trinidad Downtown, LLC as General Manager. This new LLC is working in conjunction with a number of State and Federal revitalization initiatives as well as civic-minded State Foundations. Its mission is the preservation and repurposing of the historic buildings in downtown Trinidad while jump-starting the area’s stagnant economy. Mt. Carmel’s appreciation of Gabrielson’s hard work in getting the Center off the ground and running as a well-functioning enterprise, is expressed in its selection of him for the this new endeavor. With Gabrielson’s in-depth background in development and construction projects, he is well-suited to and excited by his new role in the revitalization and development of downtown Trinidad.

Starting May 27, 2016, Felix Lopez will assume responsibilities of the Chief Operating Officer of Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center in Trinidad. Lopez is well-known in the community as the past president of Trinidad State Junior College. For the past several years, Felix has served as Vice President for Student Success at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. Lopez’s story is one of success from his immigration from Tlaltenango, Zacatecas, Mexico to Trinidad to the Presidency of TSJC. He began his higher education career at TSJC as a non-English speaking student and worked his way through the ranks from a student worker as a dishwasher to become the Chief financial officer and eventually, the President of the college. After his success at Pike Peak CC, Lopez feels it is the right time and opportunity to return to Trinidad and lead Mt. Carmel HWCC.

Since 2011, Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit has provided integrated healthcare and wellness programs while serving as a venue for a wide array of community, social and civic events.

Mt. San Rafael Hospital employees donate to AADA

TRINIDAD – Acknowledging the critical services Advocates Against Domestic Assault (AADA) provides to those in Las Animas County and the importance of educating others on available resources for those experiencing domestic assault, Mt. San Rafael Hospital employees recently provided a donation to representatives from AADA.

Employees were permitted to wear jeans on Fridays for a month so long as they contributed $2 each Friday jeans were worn. Both the Hospital and Clinic staff and physician teams participated in the “Jean Friday” event.

“It was really important for us to do something meaningful with the donations received from our ‘Jean Friday’ events. And, it was important to give back to a group providing critical resources to the citizens of our community, providing for those that need a little extra help,” said John Tucker, Chief Executive Officer for the hospital.

Donations received from future Jean Friday events will be also be donated to various non-profit organizations in Las Animas County.

Downtown Colorado, Inc. Releases Nomination Form for 2016 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence

DENVER — Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI), a nonprofit membership organization committed to building better communities through educational and technical assistance, is pleased to announce the release of the nomination forms for the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence.

This annual awards program recognizes the progress occurring in revitalizing Colorado’s historic downtowns and neighborhood business districts, and the contributions these districts and individuals are making to Colorado’s quality of life and economy. Past winning projects have been visionary and creative problem-solving solutions accomplished through local grassroots efforts, strong partnerships and innovation.

The 2016 award categories are: Best Use of Public Space, Best New Addition to Downtown, Best Event, Festival or Recurring Activity, Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation of an Historic Building, Vicki Mattox Downtowner of the Year.

Complete the 2016 Governor’s Awards Nomination Form today Nominations must be received by June 30, 2016 at 5 pm for projects completed between October 1, 2012 – May 6, 2016. The Early Bird submission price per entry is $50 and must be submitted by June 1, 2016. Submissions received between June 2 – 30, 2016 will be $75 per entry.

Established in 1982 as the Colorado Community Revitalization Association, Downtown Colorado, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that aims to build better communities by providing assistance to Colorado downtowns, commercial districts and town centers. Organization members represent downtown organizations, local governments, development and improvement districts, consultants, individuals and others involved in downtown and community development. For more information, please visit

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