Letters to the Editor
Plea to the town of La Veta
To the Mayor and Town Board Trustees, and the Citizens of La Veta. Some Information Regarding the Geology and Hydrology of La Veta and Huerfano County
1. Fracking threatens the quality of our surface water, which includes streams, lakes, and irrigation ditches, and the groundwater deep in the earth and up through the groundwater table closest to the surface.
2. Fracking pollutes the air by releasing toxic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s).
3. Our geology is fragile because it has been fractured by cracks created by the magmas that uplifted our region. The molten magmas, under very high temperature and pressure, fractured the sedimentary layers wherever they contacted them, creating spaces that allow water to pass through them. This created our igneous intrusive landforms that range in size from the large Spanish Peaks, the smaller sills and radial dikes and intrusive conduits such as Goemmer’s Butte, the Huerfano Butte and the Black Hills that crisscross the western part of our county.
4. Thus, virtually all of the dikes and large igneous intrusives have aquifers in the contact zones with their metamorphosed sediments where the magmas came into contact with them.
5. This allows fluids (and toxins) to move without restriction through our geology.
6. Note that our clean groundwater was created by glacial runoff over the last three million years, and that is not happening anymore because the glaciers are gone.
The toxification of our clean groundwater and air is not worth any price that we can get for our water.
Just this year we have been given a “Gift.” We have finally received enough precipitation to begin to replenish our ground water aquifers, our surface water, and our reservoirs (the town lakes, etc) and the Cucharas River.
We have been given a new lease on our quality life here in our valley. The drought has been momentarily put on hold. We can still live here longer; we can have our gardens, go to our La Veta Library, look around and see these fantastic views (never better than they have been this year), have our farmer’s markets, and have our Community and continue to interact with each other!
Where will we even go if we don’t have good water? We are not going to find a better place to live anywhere else.
My Sincere Thanks to The Mayor and the Town Trustees, and our Citizens, for all that you do for the Town of La Veta. ~ Larry Harris, Geologist and Resident of La Veta for 37 years
Love a Parade…
If you love a parade – or better yet – would like to be in a parade, you’re in luck. The La Veta/ Cuchara Chamber of commerce is seeking those interested in showing off their stars and stripes in this year’s annual Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 1. The theme of this year’s parade is “La Veta – Then and Now.”
If you’d like to participate by sharing your interpretation of the American Dream in costume, contraption, or a traditional float, we’d love to see you in this year’s parade. We welcome individuals, organizations, agencies, and civic, church, and school groups.
Those interested can contact the Chamber of Commerce at ParadeLaVeta@gmail.com or by calling us at 742-3676. We hope to see your sparkle there! ~La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce
I am greatly disappointed the subject of school closure for Gardner Elementary has been brought up again. It is important the community understand they have a voice and let their elected officials know what they want done.
Gardner Elementary is important to Huerfano County— its loss would be devastating.
Below are highlights from my letter to the school board and administration. I am sharing it with the community to encourage them to speak out on this issue.
I entreat you to consider all of the facts that make Gardner Elementary the best K-8 school in Huerfano County. Gardner fills a need not met by other schools in the county. When I realized you were considering school closure for Gardner I wrote a list of the things that make it the only school I would send my kids to in Huerfano County.
Peakview and La Veta have their own strengths and I am not diminishing the efforts of those working in these schools and their niches in the county.
Gardner is unique to all of my experience in schools as a student attending, as a teaching student for practicums, and as an employee.
If I did not have personal reasons to leave the county, I would continue with my employment at Gardner School happily.
The following are strengths making Gardner School a positive and indispensable asset to Huerfano County.
1. Gardner students are kind and responsible. Having worked in La Veta Schools I came to know students who had attended Gardner Elementary. It was readily apparent students who transferred from Gardner consistently demonstrated cooperation, kindness and responsibility to a level significantly higher than their peers.
2. Gardner provides opportunities to practice higher order thinking skills. Gardner’s monthly STEM activities exposes students to structured challenges, and the opportunity to build problem solving skills. Students in each group range from Kinder to 8th grade. This allows them to interact in a structured situation where each, regardless of age, has something to contribute to solving the challenge. The collaborative, communication and problem solving skills they use mirror real world situations.
3. Gardner School does an excellent job of fostering and maintaining community, parent, student and teaching relationships. Gardner has a large number of volunteers without student connections in the school. Pam is also focused on developing relationships with community, parents and school staff and administration, resulting in a school culture promoting community and parent buy in and support.
4. Small class sizes: The class sizes in Gardner allow for greater flexibility within the classroom.
5. School culture: Pam fosters an environment focused on learning, supportive relationships and excellent performance. Students at Gardner feel safe, feel important and as a result participate at a high level and are making great strides in their skill sets.
6. Minimal discipline issues: The environment created by school staff teaches students to work together as a team and support one another. Discipline issues in Gardner are minimal. The overall atmosphere helps student feel safe and accepted which promotes learning and high performance.
7. Leadership teaching: The students at Gardner are given many opportunities to practice being leaders. STEM days, quarterly class led programs and morning meetings give students opportunities to lead group activities and work as problem solvers.
8. Whole Child Approach: Students learn better when they are not stressed or worried. Gardner staffers help students identify what is distracting them and give them very basic tools to help them focus on classroom learning. Helping kids learn to redirect their thoughts improves student performance, and classroom management.
This combination of positive and proactive elements do not exist at any other school in the county.
Parents choose to send their children to Gardner,because it fills a very important niche not filled by the other schools in the county.
The conditions and practices at Gardner have been extremely beneficial to my own children’s development and education. They have excelled at Gardner because of the positive atmosphere, the cooperative and supportive environment, and the ability that teachers have to meet students’ needs.
It would be grave mistake to take this resource away from the community. ~Erin Hall Phoenix, AZ
Card of Thanks
Thanks for helping clean up the museum
On behalf of the Huerfano County Historical Society and the Francisco Fort Museum Board of Directors I would like to thank all of the volunteers who pitched in on May 6, to clean up the Francisco Fort Museum grounds.
The high winds and heavy snows this winter resulted in a lot more downfall and clutter on the museum grounds.
Your extra effort is appreciated. Additionally, the town maintenance staff also hauled away truckloads of larger branches and leaves.
The museum couldn’t get by without the care and dedication of these volunteers.
Thanks so much! ~Bob Kennemer, Director Francisco Fort Museum, La Veta
Thank you from the family of George Arthur
I’d like to thank my family first and foremost for all the love and support they’ve given me since George passed.
My sister Deborah DeVan Inge, Edgar, Conzuelo, Joe, Brenda, Taylor, and Simone DeVan. I love you all.
Thanks to Manuel Serrato, who drove George back and forth to Pueblo to his doctors’ appointments.. You’re a special friend.
Debbie Davis and her mom Mary Duggan who did the meal… it was delicious.
Thank you both so much, and Amber Pacheco also. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the house, sent a card, or called. It was all greatly appreciated.
Morgan, Charlie, Cody, D.J., thanks for all the help.
Charlie & Cindy Weir, thanks.
Delphine and Tonnie at Boies-Ortega, thank you so much.
Thank you all for helping me with George.
I will always remember your support, kindness, and love. ~Gladys DeVan Arthur Walsenburg
To anyone I may have forgotten, charge it to my head and not my heart.