Briefs for July 03, 2008

Tourism board

WALSENBURG- The Huerfano County Tourism Board will meet at 8 am, Thursday, July 3, 2008, at the county commissioners′ meeting room in the courthouse to review invoices and to handle any other matters brought before it.

Celebrate the 4th at Lathrop

LATHROP- No fireworks? No problem! We have live music!  We will be able to celebrate the Fourth of July in a big way with live music instead of live firecrackers.  Nashville based singer/ songwriter Hack Andrews will perform a variety of songs, including some patriotic tunes this Friday, July 4, at 7:30 pm at the ampitheatre. CDs will be available for sale after the show.   

    Then, on Saturday at 7 pm come back to the ampitheatre and enjoy the Windy Valley Pack Goats.  The Knutson Family will be educating us on the useful-ness and benefits of utilizing pack goats with a live demonstration.  They bring the pack goats to the park to assist us in understanding these truly amazing animals! No dogs will be allowed at this presentation. 

    All events are free, but a valid parks pass is required to enter the park.  In the event of inclement weather, programs will be held at the Visitor’s Center. 

    If you have a special talent or area of expertise that you would like to share, contact the interpretive ranger at Lathrop at 738-2376.

Walsenburg Club

WALSENBURG- The next meeting of the Walsenburg Club  will be Ladies Night on Thurs. July 10 at the Walsenburg Golf Course club house.  Cocktails will be served at 6 pm, followed by the meeting and a full filet dinner with hors’ doeuvres.   Cost is $20 which includes tax and tip.  To make reservations, call Marlene Menghini at 738-2111 or Bob Armour at 738-1215 by July 8. 

Conservation District Board Position Available

WALSENBURG-  THe Upper Huerfano Conservation is seeking someone to serve as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate must be registered to vote pursuant to the “Colorado Uniform Election Code of 1992” and (1) who has been a resident of the District for not less than 30 days, or (2) who, or whose spouse, owns taxable real or personal property within the District, whether or not residing within the District.

    The person selected will be asked to attend monthly meetings, (every 3rd Thursday of the month) and various conservation  meetings, tours and workshops throughout the year.

    If interested in this position, please contact Mollie Fuller, District Manager, at 719-738-1171.  Selections for this position will be made at the July 17th board meeting.                                    

                                 

Conservation district meeting

WALSENBURG-  The Board of Supervisors of the Upper Huerfano Conservation District will meet at 5:30 pm, Thursday July 17, 2008 at 711 Walsen Ave. Ste. A, Walsenburg.  The meeting is open to the public. 

 SPRHC honors staff

WALSENBURG– Long term employees of SPRHC were  honored in this quarter’s recent ceremony at the facility.  Employees received pins and other recognition at the celebration.

30 Year Honoree: Debbie McCain;

10 Year Honorees: Karen Pino and Esther Wyland;

5 Year Honorees: Sandy Dolak, Steve Perkins, Joyce Hohn, Kimberly Corsentino, Cathy Coy, Hayla Shrout, Nancy Evans, Karla Iraheta, Lindsey Pacheco, and Janet Fink;

2 Year Honorees: Dr. Michael Mills, Diana Torres, Mike Cluggish, Pat Cluggish, Maria Hatcliff, Paula Conder, Theresa Borden, Geraldine Harmes, Michelle Goins, Cindy Maez, Jayme McGraw, Ginny Bayes, Andrea Lewis, Rebecca Chandler, and Eyvonne Bernal.

    In addition to honoring employees for their years of service, the facility recognized the “Employees of the Quarter,” one each from the nursing home, hospital and shared services.  Winners for the quarter were Maribel Mendoza of Colorado State Veteran Nursing Home, Kay Clutter of the hospital and Mark See from shared service departments. Nomination boxes are placed throughout the facility so that employees could suggest a co-worker who exemplifies the “Improve The Lives We Touch” Mission Statement and the “ICARE” guiding principles (Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect & Excellence). A team of employees make the final selection. Besides the honor of the title, other recognition is provided. See photos on www.huerfanojournal.com.

Electric Co-op communicator earns national recognition

PUEBLO- San Isabel Electric Association Member Relations Manager Ashley Valdez of Pueblo West has earned national recognition for her knowledge and professionalism in the electric cooperative industry.

    Valdez was named a professional Certified Cooperative Communicator (CCC) through an intensive program offered by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators.  The council is affiliated with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), of which San Isabel Electric in Pueblo West is a member.

    She met the requirements for the professional certification by submitting a detailed portfolio of work samples.  These had to demonstrate her skill as an electric cooperative communicator, showing both knowledge of the industry and how to communicate effectively.

    Having passed that evaluation, Valdez then took a rigorous four-hour written examination designed to test her knowledge of the electric industry and how co-ops differ from other utilities; her skills in member, employee and public communication; and her knowledge and skill in mass communications and marketing. The test included lengthy essay questions, case problems, short writing assignments and short-answer questions. The test was administered by an educational consulting firm whose principals conduct similar examinations for many national organizations throughout the United States.

    Since 1985, when the program began, more than 300 electric cooperative communicators have attained CCC status.

    The CCC credential is offered by the national organization in order to improve the practice of mass communication and marketing communication in the electric cooperative field. This is done through the establishment of professional development goals, identification of a body of knowledge and skills necessary to the practice of electric co-op communication, and recognition of those individuals who have demonstrated a professional level of excellence.

Country Showdown

by Mollie Fuller

WALSENBURG- The Washington School Auditorium was packed with friends, family and community members to listen to and support the participants of the 27th Annual Colgate Country Showdown.  It was a jam packed evening of fun and talent and, as the evening wore on and the competition got stiffer, the judges could see it would be difficult to choose a winner.  Congratulations to the winner,  Rich Owen; runner up,  Sarah Pacheco; and  and tied for third,  Jolie Korinek and Mark McDonald.

    The winner of the showdown here will go on to the state competition being held in Colorado Springs and from there the winner will compete for regional winner and then national.

     This year’s contestants  were:  Camry Lauren, Alamosa; Sandy Wilcox, La Veta; Rich Owen, Monument; Sarah Pacheco, Walsenburg;  Jolie Korinek, Rahmah; Kyndal Murphy, Pueblo West;  Sage Larsen, Sanford; and Mark McDonald, Trinidad.

     The participants ranged from 8 yrs old to 46 years old.  Judges for the evening were: Ione Glumac, Mollie Fuller, Benny Means and Sharon Ulrich.

     Special thanks goes out to Susan Varner of KSPK for all her hard work in organizing this year’s event.  Also deserving a big thanks are: KSPK’s Paul Richards, Chris Galvan, David Raye, and Randy Wright plus extra help from Michelle Lessar; thanks to the Huerfano County Sheriff′s Department and the Walsenburg Police Department; Sound was done by Ken Campion of Trinidad,  filming for television was Scott Richards and his film crew from PCC in Pueblo; Re-1’s Patricia Martinez and Billy Armijo, Re-1 custodian for the venue; and a special thanks to the sponsors of the event: Charlie’s Market in La Veta, The Signature in La Veta, Coca Cola of Trinidad, and Andy′s Smokehouse Barbeque in Walsenburg.