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Letters to the Editor of March 23, 2017

Healthcare Foundation thanks hospital board

Dear Editor

The SPHC Board of Directors would like to say “Thank You” to the staff of Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center for their help during our recent wine tasting event on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Thank you to our gracious hosts of Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center – the residents, Marty Schlink, Risa Berry, and the nursing home staff. To the department supervisors who helped organize and schedule staff – Anthony Aldretti, Allen Ortiz, and Debbie McCain. To the Dietary department for use of their kitchen, Shawn Bobian, Nakita Vigil, Kara Archuleta, and Debbie McCain for setting up and helping serve food. To the Housekeeping department, Antonio Sanchez and Ron Martinez who helped with clean up. To the Maintenance department, Greg George, Doug Barela, Lance Martinez, Mark Gomez, and Gene Marsee for helping bring and return wine glasses. Greg, a BIG Thank You for building the platform, and moving tables and chairs.

To Kay Whitley and Lionel Montoya who greeted our guests. To Dave mcGraw who was in charge of the facility door system. To Joe Camacho who was available and on site for PA system set up. To Bethany Way who placed marketing information in the newspapers, KSPK, and Facebook. To Alys Romer, Dale Jacobson, and Derek Kelly (from La Veta Liquors) for preparation of the food. To Rita Kasper and her students, Olivia Krinsky, Carissa Cardenas, and Jordan Reyes for helping to serve food and other assigned duties. To Areli Corral, a former scholarship recipient, who helped serve food. To Eddie West, who helped in the kitchen and serving food. To Jim Hoobler, our auctioneer. To Leon Skaggs, Lance Freeman, Ann Altemeier, and Dr. Ed Donovan, our sommeliers. To Synergy Wine who provided and donated wine. To Lynette Omer, who helped organize the event.

All your efforts helped make our wine tasting event a success to raise funds for our foundation missions.

Thank you again! ~Dr. John C. Davis, President and Stirling Lathrop, Chairman; Spanish Peaks Healthcare Foundation

Thank You for a Successful Event!!

La Veta Trails wishes to express our heartfelt appreciation to the many people who contributed to the success of our first St. Patrick’s Day Bingo event. Many thanks to Ryan, Ali, and the staff of the La Veta Inn who did a fantastic job hosting the event and having an endless supply of delicious fish and chips. Many thanks to the Celtic Orphans – Malea Schmidt, Barbara Kowalik, Sam and Diane Sortore, Jack Yule, and Jonathan James – for setting the mood with their lively music and stories. Oh, Danny Boy never fails to bring a tear to our eyes. We cannot express our appreciation enough to Bruce Johnson, Champion Bingo Caller, who sacrificed his voice about half-way through the event, and to John Costea and Mark White who stepped in to provide their voices when Bruce lost his. A special thank you to La Veta Trails Board members, Sandy Helwig, Jamie Dutton and Stirling Lathrop for their many hours organizing and publicizing the event. Thank you to The Signature newspaper for donating a prize of a year subscription to the paper. To the unknown gentleman who won the Black Out game, thank you for donating your winnings to La Veta Trails. Tanya White, who was covered in green from head to toe, won the prize for the Greenest Costume and Rae Drury who won the prize for the wearing the most Irish bling. Thank you to all of you who attended, listened, sang, played, and helped us raise funds for trails.

Please contact La Veta Trails at if you want to volunteer for trail work. Check out our website for information on local trails. Sincerely, ~La Veta Trails

SPL Book Sale successessful thanks to volunteers

Friends of the Spanish Peaks Library would like to thank all the volunteers that helped out with the March book sale, you all did such a great job and was a pleasure to work with you all. Hope to see you all again and once more THANK YOU.

Sincerely, ~President Dalene of FOL

Uninhabitable vacant structures on 400 block of Maxwell Street

Chief Garcia,

Once again we are writing you in an attempt to direct your attention to the increased criminal activity on Maxwell Street [in Raton] involving uninhabitable structures and suspicious activity associated with the distribution of narcotics.

Maxwell Street has an alarming increase in foot traffic by individuals who are known criminals and drug users.  Cars are continuously accessing our street in speeds that exceed what is permitted by law. It is the belief of my neighbors that Maxwell Street has become a haven for lawless vandals who occupy dwellings unlawfully and distribute illegal narcotics such as meth because of a lack of police presence and citizen engagement.

Questionable persons are now occupying the vacant uninhabitable structures, on Mesa and Maxwell Street owned by Eufrazio Garcia.  These structures continue to pose a serious threat to the public’s health and safety, which have a domino effect on property values that continue to depreciate. These structures are attracting undesirable criminal activity to the area in which our families live and have lived for generations.

We are requesting that the City of Raton inspect these dwellings to determine if the structures are habitable and are legally rented or occupied by persons who have entered a lawful contract with the property owner, to ensure occupants are not squatters. No upgrades or repairs have been made to the structures nor have any permits for home remodeling have been recorded with the City of Raton. Our findings have led us to the belief that these structures are in the diminished condition still and highly likely to be used for criminal activity.

In addition to a meeting, we request and increase in police patrols in the Maxwell Street area, a physical inspeciton of hte recently occupied structures, which are uninhabitable based on the numerous repairs needed in the structures that include proper sewer and water, inspected power lines, and fire extinguisher certification tags.  We weould also like a copy of the inspections/ reports for our records.

The majority of families, which have resided on Maxwell Street for generations, want their neighborhood back.  We demand that this issue is addressed in a swift and lawful manner.  We continue to dance with the same issue that has been brought to the attention of numerous city administrators over the last 10 years with no support or action from the city.

This issue can no longer fall on deaf ears. We are requesting a meeting with city officials, the property owner, and the city attorney at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for your time, together we can preserve Raton’s safety and future. Respectfully, ~Roger Rael, Raton

Letters to the Editor of March 9, 2017

SCCY ROCKS  in the newspaper

Dear Debi and HWJ staff, Thank you so much for the feature on our kids at SCCY ~ I was thrilled to see it and you did a great job capturing our “essence.” It was uplifting for me to have the kids tell it like it is and know that my time, effort, and heart that go into SCCY are so worth it. Thanks for being a part of us and thanks for your belief.

I will send the article out with our correspondence and get good press for both of us.

Thank for giving us the coverage for our happenings ~ like our take out dinner last month we served over 200 smothered bean/meat burrito dinners. WOW.

We, who can think & do positive, must keep our focus & persevere. ~Jann Vail & SCCY Walsenburg

Attend Walsenburg City Council, learn about projects to improve the city, and run for Salazar’s seat from Ward 3

In the last few months I have participated in some of the meetings with the economic development groups hired to help council work on a strategic plan for the city.

Like many of you, I have been through a number of community meetings in the past and heard reports about how we might improve our city.

I think the latest work from Community Matters is professionally written and worth taking the time to read. I especially appreciate the time they have spent to include many members of the community and work directly with council to create a strategic plan. With our new city administrator’s skill in writing grants to help add to city funds, council will be able to choose projects that can make the city a better place to live and work.

I am hoping that more citizens will attend council meetings (first and third Tuesdays at 6:00 PM) to hear what is being discussed and how this council is spending our tax dollars. Ask to see the reports that have been prepared by EPS and Community Matters. Take a few minutes to talk with city council members and listen to what they want to see happen in your city. Most importantly, look in the newspaper today and consider answering the ad for a person to replace Officer Salazar who has resigned his council seat in the 3rd Ward as of March 1. Council has only allowed two weeks for you to send in a letter expressing interest in being appointed to this seat.

I think I may be the last person to have figured out that several members of the current city council are working towards giving the entire city government to the county to run, not just the police department. It appears that the short notice to fill this vacancy on the council is because several council members have already chosen someone who agrees with this position. It may sound good to eliminate all those city employees, but we all need city services and will continue to have to pay for them, but without local representation. ~Monica Birrer Walsenburg

The unauthorized gate on Old Raton Pass Road

To: Raton, NM Mayor Sandra Mantz, Mayor pro Tem Neil Segotta, Commissioner Ronald Chavez, Commissioner Linde Schuster, Commissioner Donald Giacomo, City manager Scott Berry

Subject: The unauthorized erecting of a gate and signing as private property the Old Raton Pass Road to stop or restrict access to city property.

I wish to make it clear that I have no interest in this matter other than concern that city property that I have used for over a decade now has been gated and signed as private property by unauthorized individuals. I do not own property close to the area, personally I know of no one who does other than the ones who placed the gate and signs there.

As a result on March 1, 2017, I was cited by the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office for being in violation of 30-15-01-1009 and as stated on the violation notice for damage to (sic) “no trespassing” signs he said were illegally posted.

The signs allegedly damaged are signs placed on City of Raton Property, specifically on the Old Raton Pass Road. Property owner(s), who own property beyond the gate and the signs, have constructed, erected and shut a gate and signed the area behind the gate as PRIVATE PROPERTY. The signs further state that trespassing is prohibited. The road in question is the property of the City of Raton and has been open to the public for many years. The gate was constructed and placed on the road in the fall of 2016.

I attended a Raton City Commission meeting on November 8, 2016 and spoke to them on the issue when the subject was addressed at that meeting. Several other people were present at that same meeting to address the commission on the same issue. Later I visited privately, two separate times, with Raton City Manager Scott Berry on this same matter. I have also communicated on this matter with City Commissioner Ron Chavez. This dealt with a gate and signs that had been placed across the road limiting access to the Old Raton Pass Road beyond the gate.

I specifically asked both the city commission at the meeting and City Manager Scott Berry, on two separate private meetings with him, if the city had erected the gate or signed the property? The answer in all cases was no. I then specifically asked if the city had authorized anyone to place a gate and sign the property as private? Again was answer no. From both the city commission and City Manager Scott Berry, the city had neither erected the gate, nor signed it, nor had the city authorized anyone to do so.

I then requested that the city instruct who ever had or has had the gate erected and signed the property beyond as private property to remove both the gate and signs. I further asked that if for some reason, the people who had placed the gate and signs refused that the city do this themselves. Neither the city commission nor City Manager Barry did anything about it. City Manager Scott Berry informed me that an opinion had not been received from some legal entity they were dealing with. The gate and signs remain and I now have been cited by the Colfax County Sheriffs Office to magistrate court for allegedly damaging the private property/no trespassing signs placed there.

It is my hope that the City of Raton and the community in general act to stop this effort by whom ever has erected the gate and signed city property as private. This is an effort to stop the citizens from lawfully accessing property, the Old Raton Pass Road, that in all reality belongs to them. If something is not done the citizens of Raton and general public will lose access to a historical road that belongs to them. The gate and signs are clearly meant to keep citizens away from city property that otherwise has been open to them.

This same issue, the gating of the road and signing, has previously been an issue in Raton and before the city commission. The City Commission has addressed this very issue in the past. Now we have a new owner, or owners, beyond the city limits and on either side of the road that has been gated and signed. The issue has started all over again.

The city has an obligation to its citizens to remove the gate and instruct who ever gated and signed to cease and desist in this effort to prohibit their lawful use of the area. ~Preciliano J. Martin Raton, NM

letters to the editor of February 9, 2017

letter of thanks

The students and parents of Peak View Elementary would like to express their appreciation to all who supported their fundraising event. The fundraiser was organized to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for a group of Peak View sixth and seventh graders to participate in an educational fieldtrip to Washington D. C. in June of this year, a learning experience beyond the classroom. Thank you to all who attended, all who provided items for the silent auction, and to all who contributed with time and dollars. The students will remember this experience forever. ~Santiago Bobian Walsenburg

Letter of thanks

The family of Mary Lou Campagnola would like to thank all of our wonderful family and friends for the amazing support and outpouring we received during this difficult time. We received countless sympathy cards, phone calls, prayers, flowers, food and donations to Sister Carol’s Senior Outreach Program. Our family was very moved by the number of people who attended her funeral services.

In addition, we would like to thank all of you for the wonderful get well cards and prayers that were sent to Mary Lou while she was in the hospital and at the Orchard Park Care Center. She enjoyed getting the cards and was grateful to know so many people cared and thought of her. Thank you for all of the love and support. Sincerely, —Ethel Campagnola and Family, Walsenburg

Letters to the editor of January 5, 2016

Kudos to Cindy and Tim for Christmas dinner

On Christmas Day nearly 100 people blew into Eagles Hall to relish the volunteer work of Cindy and Tim. This couple rounded up other volunteers, put their family into action, cooked, served and cleaned up after a wonderful dinner for the community of Walsenburg.

I served corn and beans and gravy; it was fun.

The guests were grateful, chatted, laughed and put forth good cheer as they savored the hearty dinner. Sweet potatoes were surrounded by an unusually fine recipe. All the other traditional foods were hot and yummy featuring ham and turkey and spicy bean soup. The meal preparation was a tiny bit behind, so guests were supplied with dishes of colorful cookies that calmed their appetites.

Sounds like this enthusiastic couple are “hooked” and have learned through their past dinners for the community the “tricks of the trade.” They plan to be back next year if you’d like to contribute or eat joyously — or both. Keep your eyes and ears open if this sounds good to you.

This completed one more item on my “bucket list.” However, the warm caring experience convinced me to leave the item on my “bucket list” permanently. Last year there were around 200 guests; Cindy and Tim were organizing their additional sharing to groups and individuals with the leftovers as I left.

Congratulations, Cindy and Tim, for yet another gift to the Walsenburg people. You are awesome! and surely “made the day” for many. Many thanks to you and your team. ~A Satisfied, Happy, and Full, Walsenburg Citizen~ Ruth Major

Letters to the editor of December 22, 2016

Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Community (VFC) thanks you

Once again, now at the close of our 8th year of volunteering together, as president of Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Community (VFC) I want to thank all of the wonderfully generous Southern Colorado residents, businesses, churches, and organizations who gave so much to make life in our communities even better and more.

Thanks to you we were able to provide huge bags of gifts for 205 children in need this year in Huerfano, Pueblo, and Custer Counties. We continue our volunteer projects in Huerfano County such as monthly food collections at First Choice and at Charlie’s Market for Dorcas Circle, knitting and crocheting for children and vets, highway cleanup, purchase of supplies for local school programs, and all the other projects we’ve been doing in Southern Colorado for years, and invite you to participate with us as we look forward to exciting new opportunities in 2017. We have a great time together, and we could not do it without you. You do not need to be a VFC member to volunteer with us. I wish you all a lovely holiday and a new year full of joy and happiness. Thank you, as always, for all the wonderful things you do. If you’d like to know more about VFC, please call me at 719-250-6097, or find us on Facebook. Our website is We are a 501(c)(3), and gratefully accept your volunteer or financial help. ~Susan Kalman Colorado City

From the Edmund-sons: Thanks to everyone

Dear editor,

Hats off to our wonderful community! Due to strong winds, dry conditions, and an unfortunate mishap on Interstate 25, a grass fire broke out south of Walsenburg last Thursday night. Our Huerfano County Sheriff’s Department, Huerfano County firefighters and neighboring firefighters were quickly on the scene as well as ranchers from all directions. Some arrived with hand shovels and hoes and others with backhoes and a grader.

By the grace of God, and the efforts of so many good people, the wind died down and the fire was contained. Approximately 2,000 acres burned, but no cattle were injured.

Thank you all for your effort. We are blessed to live in Huerfano County and have such wonderful neighbors. ~The Edmundson Family Walsenburg

Trinidad Area Arts Council update

Many of you have been asking, “What’s happening with TAAC?” The intent of this letter is to address some questions you may have.

Yes, TAAC is experiencing some recent and unexpected challenges, but please be assured that your Board is diligently addressing these challenges. We expect Trinidad Area Art Center to continue providing excellent programs for all ages, a quality art gallery, and coordination with other organizations to provide community-wide events. We appreciate your continued support as we work to engage with our bustling arts community.

These are the challenges TAAC is facing:

1) Due to fiduciary irresponsibility, the Board dismissed its Executive Director. This was a very difficult decision and disappointing situation—an investigation is ongoing.

2) TAAC is currently displaced. Gallery Main was bought and the new tenant is willing to pay a higher rent than TAAC can afford. So far, and for various reasons, other locations the Board has considered are not suitable.

What the Board is doing:

1) Continuing an investigation of TAAC’s financial records.

2) Liquidating as much of TAAC’s belongings as possible without losing important assets.

3) We are temporarily storing TAAC items until they are sold or a new space is found as well as actively researching potential business space in which TAAC can maintain a gallery and its art programs.

4) Staying in touch with our grant funders.

5) Going forward with the Holiday Art Market currently set up in the former Fish Pond store space.

6) Planning future fundraisers.

How can you help?

1) Shop at the Holiday Art Market located at 121 E. Main! We have a number of local, talented artists with highly creative, original, non-commercial wares for sale. The Market will be open through Christmas Eve.

2) Notify the Board of any potential space you are aware of that might be suitable for TAAC to rent in the future. We will consider all options, and we need a place to store our stuff! Until we find a more permanent residence, please let us know of any space that would be suitable to continue art classes.

3) Let us know of anyone who might be interested in becoming a member of TAAC. TAAC continues to be a unique organization: it is the only art program between Raton, NM and Pueblo, offering free children’s art programs, as well as a number of paid adult classes, such as our popular Wine, Women, and Watercolor (which is open to men as well!).

4) Renew your own memberships, buy an art program scholarship for a child, or make a general contribution to the organization. Your financial and social support is greatly appreciated!

TAAC is not a viable organization without you—its friends, members, and supporters. As a board, we owe it to you to keep you in the loop of our projects, our successes, and our challenges. TAAC has dealt with difficulties before and survived them. This is not the first time TAAC has been without walls or struggled financially and with all of you working together with us, we will thrive through this transition.

Thank you and Happy Holidays,
Sheigla Hartman, Board President

Mallory Pillard, Board Treasurer

Lisa Ward, Board Secretary

Lucy Dunigan, TAAC Assistant

Roberta Lutgens, Board Member

Dewayne Eakins, Board Member

Paloma Nishenko, Board Member

Jay Obrecht, Board Member

Letters to the editor of December 15, 2016

Christmas activities in Cuchara

To the Editor and the Community,

Well, the tree is up and the lights are lit – time to come on up to magical Cuchara Village to experience Christmas in Cuchara. With the exception of Christmas day when we encourage folks to be home enjoying family and friends, there is something going on in the Village everyday from December 23rd to the 31st! Shopping? Check. At the Country Store, Dakota Dukes and Pieces of my Heart. Eating. Check. Good food at the Dog Bar and the Timbers.

Parties and entertainment? Why not! Wine tasting, dinner variety show, and New Year’s Eve parties through out the week. Check the Timbers and the Dog Bar for details.

How about good old fashioned community spirit? You bet. We have it! Join us for caroling in the newly remodeled charming Cuchara Inn and meet Inn owners, Dani and Scot Lynch who will have cookies and beverages for the carolers. Singing will be led by Peggy Hoobler and accompanied in sign language by Lisa Dasenbrock. We’ll gather on Friday, Dec. 23rd at 5 o’clock in the lobby of the Cuchara Inn. Stick around afterwards to see and hear what the Inn is doing next. And then, of course, there is dinner being served at the Timbers and the Dog Bar.

Then on Christmas Eve there is the special candle light service in the Cuchara Chapel at 6 p.m. Do plan to come early if you want a seat, as this is a popular place to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

One other special free community event is the annual “make a gingerbread house” class taught by Pieces of My Heart owner and very talented lady, Lisa Dasenbrock. She’ll host this at the Country Store-Pieces of My Heart shop at 11 a.m. on December 27th, This is always a popular class and good for all ages! You’ll go home with your own hand made treasure.

New Year’s Eve we have the annual Pine Cone drop on Main street at 10 p.m. It’s a short but sweet gather to sing and wish your friends and neighbors a Happy New Year. Folks come out of the Timbers and the Dog Bar and from their other parties for this gathering in the Village.

And one last thing, not necessarily a holiday event, but a timely one nonetheless – an opportunity to learn about the new county community park, to ask questions and to provide input. We invite you to the first community conversation about the park on Tuesday, December 27th at 4 pm at the Timbers. Representatives from the county and the Cuchara Foundation will be there. Snacks and a cash bar, too!

Hope you will take the opportunity to Discover the Magic in Cuchara Village this holiday season. We’ll be waiting for you! ~The Cuchara Merchants and the Cuchara Foundation

Card of Thanks for spreading joy this Christmas Season

Dear Editor,

I am writing to thank and celebrate Raton and surrounding residents for spreading joy to children around the world this Christmas season. The generosity of Raton volunteers, families and groups paved the way for us to meet our goal of collecting 177 shoebox gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child—the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

The greatest joy was seeing local kid’s groups from Young Marines, Youth Alive, AWANA, Des Moines FCA, and 5th Graders along with local churches; kids helping kids throughout the world.

The gift-filled shoeboxes are tangible expressions of God’s love for children around the world suffering from poverty, natural disaster, war, disease, and famine. These children, many of whom have never received a gift before, learn they are loved and not forgotten. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories.

It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though the Raton drop-off location is closed until November 2017, filled shoeboxes are collected year-round at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, North Carolina. Additionally, anyone can conveniently pack a personalized Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift at Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found on the website or by calling Josie Kelly at (575) 445-3996.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project and for those who do so year after year. These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message of hope and continue to transform the lives of children. Sincerely, ~Josie Kelly Relay Center Coordinator NE New Mexico Team Operation Christmas Child, Raton

Poor pitbulls left out in the cold

To Editor-

Due to an accident August 2015, I’ve been limited as far as helping the animals as much as I want.

However I’ve recently received four calls for help.  The address is [redacted] in Walsenburg. What I saw is much worse than I could have imagined.

A very skinny mama pit bull and her pups, if the are alive. Another dog chained, laying in the dirt. NO food out.  There are more pit bulls, I’m told, but I couldn’t see them.

These dogs have no shelter. Forecasted temperatures tonight (12/5) 11-14o, wind gusts to 40 mph Tues. pm 30% chance snow, 12-16o. Wed. pm 10% chance of snow, 0-2o.

Can these poor dogs live?  Or would they want to? Can anything be done? Does anyone care?

While in your warm home tonight think of these suffering animals. Perhaps try to help them, if it is not too late. P.S. Pitbulls are sweet, good natured dogs- I know. I’ve had several… but they need love and care. ~M. Durrum Walsenburg Editor’s note: we redacted the address provided as we at the paper feel it is not our place to call out the person(s) living at the address. We have recommended to Ms. Durrum that she contact local authorities.

Bring Christian hip hop to Walsenburg

To Whom It May Concern:

Derek Zeman is a member of our church as is very concerned for the welfare of the youth of Walsenburg. In his effort to help and guide our yourth he has come up with a plan to bring a popular “Hip Hop” singing group to Walsenburg.

The reason for this letter is to let you know that this is a legitimate and worthwhile cause. The church is behind him and his effort. Please help in his desire to help the youth of our community.

As with all things in our time, it costs money. Our church is small and has very limited resources but we too are contributing to this cause, trusting God to bless the effort and use this group to encourage our young people to live a worthy life.

The influences in our community are not all good and our hgope is to influence those who come to the concert for the good.  We need good honest and upright citizens and Derek is trying to do his part for our youth to become godly, honest and honorable men and women. Please consider helping with this effort.

This is not an effort to bring more members into our church or to teach denominated doctrine. It is an honest effort to rescue our youth fromt he streets, crime, drugs and misery.

There will be no one from our church speaking to those who come, except Derek who is promoting the concert. If you know me, you know I have never asked you for anything or to come to this church. I am asking you now to join this worthy cause for the sake of our children and youth.

Thank you, and may God Bless you.   ~Don Rehling, pastor of First Baptist Church in Walsenburg

Letter to the editor regarding lease of Rio Cuchara Condo #1

Months ago when your contracted workers were trying to fix the roof, there was damage to my property, 1) roof of a 6×12 black enclosed trailer, and concrete spatter on same trailer, also on red Santa Fe and Bronco, but not all.

Roof leaks also ruined food supplies, east side, documented.

Roof leaks in the 2nd bedroom, damage to HP Pavilion laptop screen.

And, while roof was leaking, this year just like last year, said would not pay rent – noted.

So, when I ask to speak to the owner for a second time to discuss damages & lost moneys to household, you said he would come and talk with me.

But thus far that has not happened, just like the conversation that the owner would fix the roof properly when the insurance company paid him. Well it’s been months and coming into winter, I don’t believe its going to be fixed this year, so same problems with melting snow will be problems again.

This will undoubtedly cause me to lose money when I could be teaching.

Just like it did last year’s.

So, when you ask me to pay rent for Dec. 5th thru Jan. 5th, I made a check out, #1065, and you wouldn’t accept it.

That’s on you Rawleigh Salazar, General Manager of the Rio Cucharas Inn & Condos.

I will send check #1065 for rent via certified mail, although you are not real good at responding to certified mail in the past from my arttorney to management of Rio Cucharas @77 Taylor Boulevard, Walsenburg, CO 81089 (Re Rocko’s dog bite, July 13, 2014 on motel property)

Two certified letters from Mintz Law Firm, and no response. ~Steven Shepherd Walsenburg

Thank you to the sheriff’s department

To the World Journal, Our many thanks to the Huerfano Sherriff’s department for their due dilagence on working along side of Darrel and myself to demonstrate the true meaning of “Serve and Protect.” Again mena bigha Thank You. Merry Christmas from the ‘Rio Cucharas Inn’. ~Rawleigh Le Roy Salazar & Darrel Lee Fisher Walsenburg

Warning for lead-foots between Walsenburg and La Veta

Thursday December 1st I was going home from Walsenburg ( I live in La Veta). I admit to being somewhat of a lead-foot so I religiously use my cruise control when on any highway.

Going west when the road widens to two lanes westbound I carefully set my cruise on 65, yes, I know, fudging just a bit.

As I was going up the hill I passed a vehicle pulling a trailer. I immediately moved back into the right lane. As I approached the medical center I met a state trooper. Cruise set on 65, no sweat, right?

Wrong!! The trooper turned around and stopped me about the motel. He came to my truck and asked if I knew why he stopped me, told him I assumed it was for my speed. He said “right, I got you at 73 in a 60 zone.

“WHOA, WAIT A MINUTE HERE, 65-66, I’m guilty, 73, no way. He said he’d cut me a break and charge for 69, which was a 98.50 fine instead of the 170.00 fine for 73.

As you might guess, I’m not a happy camper. The truck has been driven more than 100K miles with nary a whimper as to the speed. He suggested I have my speedometer calibrated.

The next day I was at a dealership and asked about calibration. I was told it wasn’t possible.

So, on my way home I got out my trusty stop watch and timed how long it took from one mile marker to the next on I-25. I don’t have any idea how precisely the mile markers are spaced, but it took me one minute and 6 seconds to cover that distance.

Now this leads me to several conclusions; perhaps trooper Miller needs to have his speed decting device calibrated, perhaps trooper Miller was just trying to get a head start on this months quota, or, perhaps trooper Miller is dishonest ~Howard Hewett La Veta

What goes around comes around

Wow I’m not the only person in town to get their wish. Yes I did vote yes on 300. I had my reasons as well as enough others. Life really is like a merry go round. Sooner or later it will come back around to bit you in the butt.

You brought this upon yourselves. When you mistreat, disrespect and have no consideration for others you will get what you deserve. I have heard Bruce is going to put on more deputies.  I hope and pray he has sense enough not to hire anyone wearing a blue uniform. I do not believe changing the color of ones’ uniform will in any way change your work ethics or habits. Now as of January 1st at least we will get a response to our calls. If you have any sense at all you will use this as a wake up call. I doubt it. ~George Walker Walsenburg

In response to Stephen Miller’s outlook on Walsenburg

Dear Editor:

This is in response to Stephen Miller’s outlook on Walsenburg.

You talk about “our cities name being drug through the Gutter and Trashed”, that is what happened when Drugs and Welfare became the source of income in HUerfano county. Word spread like “WILDFIRE”, Come to Walsenburg have all the babies you want and you will receive Food Stamps, Free Rent, Leap, and of course Disability.

You talk about this town being trashed, I agree, the Yards (Yard GUY) in this community are a disgrace. I know utilities are high in such a small town but it doesn’t cost a dime to bend over and pick the weeds and dispose of them.

You talk about the stigma we need to dispose of in this town has nothign to do with the Police Department. The hard working TAXPAYERS need to dispose of the “YOU OWE ME’s & FREE HAND OUTS”. This community is running out of the people that made this community what it used to be (Farmers, Ranchers, Indpenedent Store Owners, Miners).

In years past the people of Walsenburg were proud “feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one’s achievements or qualities.” One was proud to drive down the streets of Walsenburg, things were taken care of by the property owners and look at it now.

Our world should be taking care of the elerly that made this world what it was not the YOU OWE ME’s. Instead, the elderly are taking care of their Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren from the YOU OWE ME Generation.

I believe you have forgotten about the Stigma that is in everyone’s mind about hte Sheriff Dept.  This change is not going to be free for the taxpayers, just the YOU OWE ME’s.

Every time we have someone (Big City Transplants) that have no clue about this community and what it used to be they think they know what this town needs and act without thinking! The sad thign is all of them didn’t have to make a dime here; they came with their retirmeents or turst funds.

You talk about no taxes staying in this community, that’s because what few people work whether it is here or not, are stretched thin paying for the “YOU OWE ME Generation” in Huerfano County. And most of hte people don’t have to own anything, or pay taxes, because it is given to them. You just have to know the system! Sincerely, ~Jill Sudar Walsenburg

Letters to editor of November 30, 2016

Thank you from Dorcas Circle for fantastic Thanks-giving dinner

The Free Thanksgiving Community Dinner held at the Fiesta Park Community Center was a fun success with 199 hungry guests attending. A huge thank you goes out for the many volunteers, contributors, and donations, including volunteers who helped cook, serve, and clean-up; Yvette Vialpando for her professional organizing and cooking; Charlie’s Market, First Choice Market, Safeway, and Dollar General for generous donations; the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center for delicious pies; the Huerfano County Commissioners and staff for use of the Community Center and bringing donations of food; and all those community folks who donated food and time. The Thanksgiving Dinner was wonderful and Happy Holidays to all!

A reminder: Dorcas Circle Food Pantry andClothing Bank is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm, at 911 S Main, Walsenburg, 738-2291. ~Sincerely, MaryAnn Chamberlain Acting for the Free Thanksgiving Community Dinner Committee Director of Dorcas Circle Food Pantry and Clothing Bank

Facebook thoughts on the election

The World Journal, with the intent of promoting understanding among our citizenry is asking our readers and Facebook friends to thoughtfully, and respectfully share their thoughts regarding the 2016 election results, whether on the national or local levels, Trump and Clinton supporters, pro or con Walsenburg’s police/sheriff question, school funding issues, term limits funding for city or county governments… your choice. The following are from this week’s Facebook invitation to comment.

More on Walsenburg’s Initiative 300

Heartbroken and terrified

As voters, we were put in charge of making some very important decisions, not only for our Country, but for our State and local community as well. These decisions will effect people’s lives and the lives of their family’s. I have to say that I felt a decent amount of anxiety when making a choice on the state’s assisted death proposition. That was a difficult one. Locally, I am pleased with the 3A outcome and openly disappointed with the passing of Initiative 300. 3A will benefit our kids greatly. Will it solve all of our financial problems? No, but it will get us to a better, more productive and stable place than we are now. As for 300, I feel it was an easy and immediate solution for those who had personal issues. I don’t believe it was a logical solution, I don’t believe it will be a beneficial outcome for our community, and I do believe our city and county have some very troubling times ahead of them. Not only was all of the important collection of community data disregarded, but there were no details about this initiative provided to the people before it went to a vote. We’re going in blind. We know nothing. There is a TREMENDOUS amount of work to be done, and not nearly enough time to get it complete. Ready or not, 12:00 am on January 1st is fast approaching, and crime doesn’t wait for anyone. One agency has lost it all and this community is about to lose some very dedicated, and all around good people. The other agency has an enormous task of providing protection for over 1600 sq. miles of land and approximately 3,000 people. The impending death of the Walsenburg Police Department has me both heartbroken and terrified all at once. ~Heather Gonzales Walsenburg

Was the vote on 300 valid?

I read with interest Virgilia Goodwin’s letter to the editor questioning the validity of the close vote to abolish the Walsenburg police department and replace it with the county sheriff dept.

Virgilia has a very good point and I suspect the vote was illegitimate.

This proposition is indeed a county wide issue and not just Walsenburg’s. To limit the vote to only those who reside in Walsenburg is a travesty of justice.

It is a county wide sheriff department and this obviously effects the whole county. I have a business in Walsenburg that I work every day and yet because I live just outside the city limit I have no say in how my business is protected. There is something quite wrong with this picture.

If Walsenburg’s legal council is not up to the task of recommending a legitimate vote then I think the state attorney general’s office should intervene. Sincerely, ~Brendt Berger Walsenburg

Happy for nation and hopeful for Walsenburg

I’m happy for our nation and I’m hopeful, even more so than I have ever been about Walsenburg. It seems like now, the topic is community conversation, “How do you feel and why?” I dare say, this is a new sentiment I’ve not seen in quite a while and I believe our communicating with one another is exactly what is going to keep us within the standards of civil unity and progressive motion.

I believe this is ultimately for and about our community’s opinions on 300, more than it is, about other ballot issues.

I am more aware personally of people losing friendship over the one local initiative than over the president elect… especially those locally, the fact may generate an effect of social division amongst our community and a place to discuss our viewpoints under mediation is a fine place to start.

Hoping we’ll all be accepting of one anothers viewpoint, although admirable, is also I’m afraid, pointless.

As it concerns 300 I feel like the majority of its opposing voters did so willing to ignore and disinclude our city’s name being dragged through the gutter and trashed. The things that have happened, what has taken place in this community’s history… The opposition ignores those stigmas, they’ll only do the same during a discussion focussed on allowing the citizens to see each others opinion more clearly.

The pro 300 side will, in theory, present their negative experience in negative slanderous form and half of this population, will continue hating the other half until well beyond January first of next year.

I doubt if we’ll be seeing eye to eye anytime soon.

I am willing to offer my opinion on 300 specifically one last time, now that it has been passed, this Yard Guy has concerns elsewhere.

I feel like the yes on 300 was only one step our town will need to take in order to rid her of her stigmas.

I am saying, out of the Town’s stigmas needing to be cleaned up, Walsenburg Police history nearly tops that list.

I’m not saying we’ll never need a police department ever again… I’m saying, I’m glad we’re getting a break from the police department for as long as Sheriff Newman will have it and or those who fill his shoes someday.

We have at least five city departments including the police department our new administrators have to juggle with the others. I’ll name them:

• The mayor’s office and his immediate staff and or income alone.

• the utilities department.

• the city work crews… Their few departments… the mowers, the water guys, the gas fellows., mechanics, etc…

• The Police …and all their equipment and weapons and vehicles… The radios the lights, the car decals, computers,…

• the administrators office, the admin staff, …

Maybe even another, the city courts…  Tech computer operations … utilities… taxes… The city juggles a lot…

There is $600,000 easy, in the police department, perhaps more.

Half of those payroll dollars never make it back to Walsenburg. Those officers do not live here, do not pay taxes here and do not understand our community from the sidewalk itself.

In the community those police are from, they call the earth our homes are built on, “Dirty Burg,” and guess who else does not live here?

Since the year 2000, 1,080 of our population. Almost half of our town doesn’t even live here anymore. What’s more? Only half of our town pay the taxes, utilities and fines to live here. Our city operates on half of her strength and I know bringing at least one third of the police department budget back to Walsenburg, or keeping two thirds of it here in our sheriffs office, is a lot better than watching it go to a struggling finance display of juggling departments, some of which, keeping the stigmas our town faces, steadily over our heads.

I felt like 300 needed to happen, it was only one step in ridding our town of her stigmas and almost the half of this community who did vote. Almost half want to disinclude these facts pretending like ‘Burg has not got this problem. ~Stephen Miller Walsenburg

Bad behavior after Electoral College outcome

This is the fourth time in America’s history that a candidate has won based on the electoral college. This is the first time (that I know of) when people acted so badly about it. It is almost like the cryers and protesters have forgotten or don’t care, that those other votes counted too!! It is what it is, it is time to move on America!!! I am afraid we have a generation of people who cannot cope with losing. How will they cope with a real crisis, a cancer diagnosis or any of the other truly horrible things that can happen!!! ~Jana Floersheim Raton

Letters to the editor & Cards of thanks of November 22, 2016

Trinidad City Manager Gabriel Engeland responds to bogus letter

I am disappointed in the decision of the newspaper editor to print a letter from J.J. Lopez in last week’s “Letters to Editor” section.

The city received the same letter from Mr. Lopez. In the version he sent to us, he provided an address. I tried to go to the address listed on the letter by Mr. Lopez, to ask him personally about his falsehoods, but the address doesn’t exist. It appears the paper has printed a fake letter, covering fictitious events, from a person who doesn’t exist– or has simply forgotten where he lives.

I have never uttered the words ungrateful bastards in my life and I certainly didn’t say it as “Mr. Lopez” alleges. The meeting in question was attended by the Union President and the Union Vice President and the words were simply never spoken. Further, The City Council voted unanimously to provide all city employees $500 bonuses in December of this year at the last Council Meeting. The bonuses were recommended to the City Council by me due to the exceptional work of the employees this year. I am grateful for the city employees and I appreciate the hard work they do–often with little recognition. I was proud to recommend the bonuses to Council, just as I was last year when Council also approved bonuses for all employees.

To address the comments on insurance the letter writer raises, the city buys insurance on the open market like most businesses in America. The insurance companies raised rates this year, not the city. Insurance rates have been steadily increasing for Americans for several years. The city pays nearly 80% of the insurance cost for each employee, meaning when the insurance goes up for individual employees, it also goes up for the city, but at a much more substantial rate. We do our best to work with our insurance agents to keep costs affordable, but we do not have the power to control costs in a free market.

If “Mr. Lopez” or any Trinidad citizen would like to talk about the direction of the city, or any other topic, I have an open door policy at my office at City Hall. I have never turned away a citizen or employee wishing to speak. The address is 135 N. Animas in Trinidad and my office is on the 3rd floor. I would appreciate the opportunity to hear your concerns, questions, or compliments and I can assure you the address I provided isn’t fake! Thanks, ~Gabe City Manager City of Trinidad, CO

World Journal apology to Gabe

The World Journal apologizes to Trinidad City Manager Gabe Engeland, for allowing a bogus letter defaming Mr. Engeland into last week’s newspaper.

This is only the second time in nine years we have been duped into running a false letter. The first time was the spark for us requiring an address from letter writers, which “Lopez” provided.

The address that was given for the bogus letter does indeed show up when searched for on Google Maps, but we had our Trinidad reporter go by the location, only to find an empty lot. He also checked at the assessors office, and they confirmed it is a bogus address.

This incident illustrates we also need to require a phone number, so we can call and verify the letter writer’s identity. That policy is now in place to help prevent similar problems in the future. ~Gretchen & Brian Orr Publishers, World Journal

Card of Thanks

Spanish Peaks communities care deeply about their elder citizens

The Board of Directors at La Veta Village would like to thank area residents who came out on Friday night to support our Senior Assisted Living Community fundraiser at the Walsenburg Golf Club. We are also extremely thankful to Sharon Riley, who single-handedly organized a really nice event.

Community gatherings like Friday night remind us that the “caring gene” runs deep. We are finding residents across Huerfano and Las Animas Counties who care deeply for their elder citizens and who want to see Assisted Living options that allow seniors to remain in their community, as healthy and active as possible, for as long as they desire to do so.

This fundraiser was our first of many to come. We are on an ambitious path to raise $150,000 over the next few months. This money will enable us to solicit matching grant funds and show community support towards this project. La Veta Village will not only be revitalizing the old Cheese Factory, but will bring a $3 million dollar project into our town that will create economic benefits and future jobs. We will eventually be hiring 10 employees. We encourage all residents of Huerfano and Las Animas Counties to give generously to this project.

Please go online at, mail your contribution to La Veta Village, Inc., P.O. Box 143, La Veta, CO 81055 or call us at 303-885-1214. Your generous contributions will help us “Prepare for Our Tomorrows, Today”. Our plan is to be open in 2018. ~Leslie Lord, Board of Directors La Veta Village Inc.

letters to the editor of November 16, 2016

Upset with Trinidad city manager

To the Trinidad City Council,

The city manager recently offered the city union employees a stipend of $500 per employee but at the same time he was raising their insurance premium by the same amount. So what did the employees stand to gain?

The union employees held a meeting where they voted to reject his offer of the stipend. His response to their rejection was, “Why those ungrateful bastards”. This was said in the presence of two union city employees who can probably testify that this took place.

What gives this city manager the right or authority to abuse and disrespect our city employees in this manner? Did he have the authority to offer the stipend in the first place?

How would you council members feel if your sons or daughters were refered to as “ungrateful bastards”? Not very good, I don’t suspect. You must do something about this man.

You were elected to represent all citizens of Trinidad including city employees. Some response is expected from you. You must look into this issue. ~J.J. Lopez Trinidad

pedestrians concern

It has taken me over 10 years to write this about the concerns I have for pedestrian safety. I have driven up and down North Hendren and 90% of people walking on this street walk with their backs to traffic! This is very dangerous and back in my school days we were taught to always walk facing traffic.

I personally had an encounter where a 15 year old girl was “horseplaying” with friends and stepped off the curb as I was driving by and was sruck with my side mirror. It knocked her “head over heels” and was lucky to be only bruised! She could have been killed!’

Another time I was driving west in the afternoon sun on West 3rd Street, I was taking a chance with blinding sun when the shade of a tree gave me a glimpse of 3 girls walking out from the curb with their backs to me. I avoided them, but they never knew how close I came to hitting them with my car.

I always try to tell my family how they have to watch traffic and assume they have a chance to jump out of danger if needed. I read a book called A Walk Across America where the author did just that, and one time in Texas 100 degree heat, he walked with his back to traffic to enjoy shade. Well, he got hit by a car!. He survived but spent much time in the hospital. ~Charles Grandbush Walsenburg

Good job, La Veta Schools

Once again, Max and I would like to commend La Veta Schools for their patriotism. The program today was a display of American pride and honor. To involve all students in this experience is a rarity in schools across our country. Honoring veterans of all branches of the military was the focus of the day. Elementary classes performed individual songs under the direction of music teacher, Cheryl Shultz. It was evident that school staff contributed time and effort creating a memorable experience for the students and community in attendance. The Preamble was recited by eighth grade students.

Thank you to the administration and staff for contributing so much to ensure that La Veta students are learning to become great American citizens! ~Max and Sharon Vezzani Walsenburg

Stop Dumping your trash on Bear Creek!

Dear Editor,

I would appreciate it if you got the word out that BEAR CREEK ROAD IS NOT FOR DUMPING TRASH. I know the irresponsible parties probably won’t or can’t read this message, but maybe their friends, family, and children will see it and pass it on.

Bear Creek Road is County Road 340.  it is our neighborhood.  Please don’t dump your trash on our property! Someone has to remove the trash, and I am getting tired of doing it. I am not your mother and you are no longer six years old, so please pick up after yourself! ~Kathy Carpenter, Property Owner on Bear Creek Road

Facebook thoughts on the election

The World Journal, with the intent of promoting understanding among our citizenry is asking our readers and Facebook friends to thoughtfully, and respectfully share their thoughts regarding the 2016 lelection results, whether on the national or local levels, Trump and Clinton supporters, pro or con Walsenburg’s police/sheriff question, school funding issues, term limits funding for city or county governments… your choice. The following are from this week’s Facebook invitation to comment.

Why didn’t county citizens get to vote on the sheriff taking over police protection for Walsenburg?

I’m disappointed that the sheriff/police question 300 was offered to city dwellers only. Those of us that live in Unincorporated Huerfano County are dependent upon the sheriff’s office for protection/coverage and we are certainly affected by this ballot issue but weren’t allowed to vote on it! Very unfair! ~Virgilia Goodwin Huerfano County

Talk and get involved!   Democracy is participatory

Regardless of party, for too many years, we have let the government run itself. We sit in our little bubble and let things happen. We delegate, because we ‘know’ that our local, state, and federally elected officials will do the ‘right’ thing, because they are of party “X”, and that party always does the right thing.


They are human just like us, and if we don’t talk to them, tell them what we think, and make our views known, we can’t expect them to do what we want, represent what we want, or behave in a manner that will make us happy/comfortable, etc.

It also means that we have to talk to each other. That means attending meetings, or becoming informed on issues as well as having opinions other than “Well, he/she said it was a good idea.” We have City, County, School Board, and other meetings every month that have little to no attendance or commentary. The most interaction might be reading an article in the newspaper or listing to the gossip at coffee.

Democracy is participatory. We have to be involved. If you don’t vote, don’t complain is often spouted by people. I’d like to add a further set. If you aren’t informed, if you don’t give opinions, write/call/email your governmental representatives you aren’t participating in your country.

I’m not perfect. I could be more involved. Yet, I’m a publicly elected official. I am on a number of boards. I write/call/email our representatives. And… I will chat with anyone who wants to talk about how to improve our government on the local, state and Federal level. ~Jaye Sudar Walsenburg

Letters to the editor November 9, 2016

November 9, 2016

Stolen political yard signs

For the second time the signs to vote No on 300, have been stolen from our yard! When we noticed the signs missing, we immediately went to the provider, who originally give us the signs to post, only to discover that other replaced signs had been stolen.

This just goes to show what the opponents of 300 are made of, they are nothing more than thieves in the night.

Stealing the signs might be only a misdemeanor but since they came into our yard to get them, we can add criminal trespass to the charge when they get caught. ~David Roesch Walsenburg

Christian music brings peace and joy

Salvation is an opportunity to spend Eternity after death in Heaven with Your Creator. This opportunity is a free gift offered to all, only by faith in Christ Jesus, without surrendering our lives to Christ before passing in this life, the opposite comes true, Eternal separation from God your Father. Let’s come out and make a change together. The record label God Over Money is a rap/hip hop group dedicated to spreading the life changing Gospel of Christ. This event will be sponsored to make it free to the entire community. Come out share Christ’s peace and joy as we enjoy some wonderful worship music. If anyone would like more information, would like to donate, or become a sponsor, please call Derek and Jamie Zeman. He hears our prayers, thanks and may God Bless us all. 719-281-9927 ~Derek and Jamie Zeman Walsenburg

Letter to the Editor and Winter Sports Enthusiasts:

Spanish Peaks Alpine Alliance (SPAA) is hosting our first winter event on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the La Veta Inn, which is a meet-and-greet social hour and free film, as well as give-away prizes. All are invited to attend, and we hope to bring together people who are interested in alpine sports, such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing and backcountry touring.

SPAA is a non-profit organization newly formed to promote, monitor and encourage participation in alpine recreation activities in Huerfano County. Our organization is working with Huerfano County through their newly established recreation advisory committee to help identify, maintain and promote usage of designated trails throughout the county. Not only will our efforts create recreational opportunities, but also will promote tourism to the area and stimulate our local businesses.

As part of this effort, the county purchased a snowmobile and groomer to maintain the identified trails. Our volunteer members will perform the grooming, report on snow conditions and conduct various events to promote alpine activities. The pilot trail will be on Cordova Pass Road and will be open to the public for snowshoe and cross country enthusiasts. There will be a sign-in box at the trailhead, which will help us monitor usage.

Please come to our event on November 19 to support our efforts and like/follow us at It will be a great time and an excellent way to meet people who share a love for outdoor activities. Put it on your calendars! ~Janet Richards, President Spanish Peaks Alpine Alliance Cuchara

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