“Good ole’ boy” article
I thought a reporter reported “the story.” They didn’t pick sides, but reported all sides. Eric Mullens seems to be taking sides.
This is what I recall from the last city council meeting. Mayor Eccher did give temporary permission to R.A.I. to dump limbs from trees at the “tree dump” site. He may have made a “unilateral” decision, but he did this with the best of intentions. This was during the destructive snowstorms we had in March. Remember all the broken tree branches; downed electric poles; people with no power, some for very long periods of time? Carol Dunn remembers! See her article on page 8 (in last week’s paper.)
We did find out that some decisions require the city administrator to access the situation and make a determination. People do not always know there are rules for certain things but when your city is in crisis mode you make decisions with good intent as Mayor Eccher did.
I wonder why Officer Craig Lessar, who followed this company into the site, never said anything to them? Officer Lessar said there were other things besides tree limbs there, but he did not see R.A.I. dump them! I often wonder how something that seems so simple can be turned into a major issue! I see that clarification is needed on this. So, could we get the clarification and move on (and maybe change the lock at the “tree dump” site)!?
We have no city police force, Leslie Klusmire was fired, Indiana will become a one way (same direction as Pennsylvania), all initiated by one or more city council members – for the city or themselves?
People of Walsenburg, come to city council meetings and see what is going on!
CONGRATULATIONS MAYOR ECCHER ON RETAINING YOUR MAYORIAL SEAT!!! ~Carmen J. Lara Walsenburg, CO
Voter turnout was disappointing
To the Editor; The recent election DID take place and when I looked at the results of how many took advantage of said election… well… I was a little more than upset that this county could not even turn out a 50% ballot return- on a mail-in election! The results of the election may or may not agree with my beliefs, but that is not the point. The POINT is that less than half of the ballots sent out were returned, and yet 100% of the people were willing to give an opinion that I am supposed to value. NOT ANYMORE! The first question I will ask when anyone starts to give me their personal rant or opinion will be to say, “Did you vote in the last election?” If they chose not to vote, it should either embarass them, or they should shut up. But they probably won’t.
Yes, I realize that it is your right not to vote. My suggestion then would be that you remove your name from the voter registration, put on your blinders and go back to your snug troll hole and above all, keep your opinions to yourself. As for myself, I will ask, “Did you vote?” ~John Carlson Walsenburg, CO
Congrats to La Veta school for veterans program
Congratulations to the La Veta School facility and students who worked so hard to give a beautiful program to honor veterans for their service to our country.
The outstanding performances included presentations by the pre-school and kindergarten singing “America the Beautiful”; kindergarten through fifth grade singing and signing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”; first through third graders reciting the preamble; second graders performing a skit while a recording of Johnny Cash singing “Ragged Old Flag and the third graders “What Heroes Gave”; all were excellent and inspiring.
Our honored veterans were: Fred Falk and Gary Bridges.
The “All Veteran Color Guard” included the following:
David Rogers, Donna Adams, Brian Chiquette, Justin McCay, Tucker Shrout, Gary Baldwin, Courtney Graham and Bill Shepard.
Thank you, one and all, for participating and showing all veterans what they mean to us. We are forever in their debt.
Sincerely, ~Donna Adams La Veta, CO
Kudos to Cindy Campbell!
Cindy Campbell recently completed two terms of service on the La Veta RE2 Board of Education. She deserves our community’s thanks for her generous service to Huerfano County children. As a parent of two La Veta students, as a volunteer in the classroom, as a creative member of the school’s Wellness Committee and as an energetic contributor to development and sustenance of the LV School, the students, parents, teachers, staff and administration all express their gratitude for all that Cindy has done for the La Veta school.
Not the least of Cindy’s contributions has been her service as a member of the Board of Education. We are grateful for the great work that Cindy and others did to review and update the school’s many, many policies. Importantly, Cindy helped keep the Board focused on its primary purposes.
Cindy, thank you for your many contributions to the school and to our mission that “all La Veta students graduate as lifelong learners and productive citizens”. ~Ed Donovan, President, Board of Education, La Veta RE2 School District
Kudos to Eleanor Foley!
Eleanor Foley recently completed yet another term of service on the La Veta RE2 Board of Education. At its most recent meeting, the Board of Education found it difficult to find the time to acknowledge Eleanor’s countless contributions to the La Veta school. Everywhere in our community you will meet people who know Eleanor, know of her tireless work for the school and are grateful for Eleanor as a citizen, a teacher and a school Board member. As a teacher, as a substitute teacher, as a member of our VocAg Committee and a tireless advocate for strong vocational and agricultural programs at our school, as a vocal advocate for a stronger focus on science, technology, engineering and math, Eleanor is an articulate and forceful reminder that our students can only succeed if we support our teachers. It is hard to imagine where our school might be were it not for Eleanor’s multiple terms of service on the Board of Education and for her many other hours of volunteer service to the school. Our school, its students, families, teachers, staff, administrators and fellow Board members truly cannot thank Eleanor enough for what she has done and will continue to do for our school.
At the heart of Eleanor’s service is that she cares. The almost daily hugs that she receives from students and teachers is a testament to her love of our school and her dedication to public education.
It is not a cliché to say that we are nearer our vision of “becoming a model for rural education in Colorado” because of Eleanor’s service to the school. We are grateful. Thank you. ~Ed Donovan, President, Board of Education, La Veta RE2 School District
Volunteers for Community (VFC) Needs Volunteers from Huerfano County
Since its founding in 2009, Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Community (VFC) has provided numerous services to Huerfano, South Pueblo and Custer Counties. Past and/or current projects include financing and supporting the Community Garden in Walsenberg, collecting food for the needy for the Dorcas Circle food bank, roadside litter pickup in all three counties and, just in Huerfano County, classroom help to teachers at Peakview, visiting vets and knitting lap blankets for them, and giving warm clothing and backpacks to RE-1 students, as well as support of other RE-1 projects, the John Mall High School prom, the Los Huerfanos Animal Welfare Association, the Museum of Friends, Mission:Wolf, the Walsenburg SK8 Park, and, the biggest project, every year buying and wrapping Christmas presents in Huerfano, Custer, and South Pueblo County for children who might otherwise not have expected any presents at all. In 2016 VFC spent over $4,000 on more than 100 Huerfano County children.
However, as volunteer support has increased in South Pueblo County and Custer County, it has decreased to almost no volunteer support in Huerfano County. As a result, the Board of Volunteers for Community is considering not providing any services to or implementing projects in Huerfano County, including providing Christmas presents to children in need in Huerfano County. This would be a tragic decision, because it is so preventable. All Huerfano County needs to do is have a few individuals volunteer a couple of hours a month to Volunteer for Community activities, including a few hours to help with the VFC major fundraiser, a huge yard sale, which is both productive and fun. The other volunteers are friendly, fun and motivated to help each other. They work on the yard sale all year long. Volunteers’ efforts benefit Huerfano County.
Almost all of us have a few hours each month to give to being a volunteer for something. Why not consider Volunteers for Community? If you think you can do it, you can. To learn more about Volunteers for Community and what volunteer opportunities there are, please call Susan Kalman at (719) 250-6097. We guarantee that you will find that being a Volunteer for Community will be one of the most rewarding things you can do. Signed, ~Stirling Lathrop, Bonnie Rose, John Carlson, and Susan Kalman