To The World Journal Editor,
In reference to your July 25, 2019 news article, “La Veta Fire Protection District strives for safety”, the tone and content of this article reads more as something written and submitted by the Fire District than it does as being compiled by reporter Manning. The article has no reference to any source of the information, including any interviews or noted as taken at a District meeting of any sort. I apologize if I have this wrong, but if I am correct then the article should have said “courtesy of La Veta Fire”, not by Brian Manning and shame on both La Veta Fire and the World Journal.
I would also like to make a short comment on diesel fumes and what the District has done, or not done, in regards to the mitigation of this serious health issue. The District has two fire stations, the new La Veta Station 1, and an older Cuchara Station 2. Both stations have diesel and gas powered engines under a single roof with a large volume of contained air. The newly installed system at Station 1 to remove engine exhaust fumes uses ceiling mounted air handlers with side building fresh air intakes. This is a very inefficient method to quickly remove these toxic exhaust fumes. There is no engine exhaust removal system at Station 2.
The solution to this health concern is not simple, but there are better systems the District could and should consider before they make the claims stated in the referenced news article.
~Jim Berg Cuchara, CO
Editor’s response: The article in question was written by our reporter Brian Manning, who is a retired New York City firefighter. Manning enjoys doing interviews and writing articles about local volunteer firefighters. It was not intended to be a hard-hitting expose piece on the district.
Open your homes and hearts
To my fellow citizens of La Veta!
In a few short weeks, five to be exact, our town will once again be filled with irresistible Irish and Scottish accents, faces, and music, as The Spanish Peaks International Celtic Fest is coming September 18-22! Every year these Celtic musicians stay in La Veta homes for the duration of the Fest. This is an integral and delightful part of the Festival experience.
I am the housing coordinator for the Fest and this year I am looking for more homes to house folks in. These can be guest homes, empty homes or guest rooms in your home! In particular this year I am looking for homes without cats, as many of the performers have cat allergies. The performers are generally kept pretty busy with events, classes, concerts, but they all need somewhere to rest up, relax, and recharge. I am looking for homes in town or pretty close by.
If you think you might be interested in hosting or know of someone who might, or want to find out more about this opportunity, please call me at 719-250-4826, and we can discuss it further. It is a great and fun way to support the Festival, and housing hosts receive a full concert pass for the Fest!
La Veta, CO
Look for the good
It was wonderful to witness our American Youth in Washington, D.C. performing at the Cherry Blossom Festival recently. This is the way it should be. So… rather than war and unrest and poverty and ignorance it could be singing, dancing, performing, smiles, fun!
This younger generation has a message for all of us. There is always a better way to solve problems. Their way is easier, loving, hopeful and no pain-no dying-no displacement- no breakup of families -no hate. We are all of this planet earth with open hearts and open minds.
So let us listen to our young folks They have better ideas – aren’t dancing, singing and colorful parades a better message than uniforms, guns, tanks killing! Let us listen. They are smarter than we ever were.
I hope that the future will bring all of us some peace!
La Veta, CO
Card of Thanks
Thank you everyone
A big thank you to everyone for all the cards, calls, concerns, and food you sent my way while I underwent knee surgery. You really pulled me through!
La Veta CO
From the family of Marilyn Omer
The family of Marilyn J. Omer would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the family, friends, and neighbors for the many expressions of comfort and concern during the loss of our loved one. We would like to thank everyone for cards of sympathy and all who attended the services. Special thanks to Deacon John Luginbill, Sangre de Cristo Hospice Staff and Volunteers, Council of Governments and Staff, Care Takers -Jan Kelley, Lisa Ingoldby, and Christy Foster, Boies-Ortega Funeral Home, Dr. Michael Moll and Dr. Kevin McClintock.
~Gary and Lynette Omer and Family