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
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 samaritanspurse.org/occ. 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
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
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