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All Smiles from Raton High School Class of 1997

The Elks Lodge in Raton on Saturday evening, June 10, was the place for many to take a stroll down memory lane. Twenty years later, the class’s fun and merriment still flowed, even stronger than ever. Pictured above, L-R Sherrie Mata, Franklin Intveld, Jessica Jiron, Nicole Ballard, Carla Romero, Genni Prator, Christina Duran, Hector Gonzales,… Keep Reading

La Veta FFA competed at state convention

by Denali Douglas LA VETA — This past week, LaVeta FFA attended the State FFA Convention in Pueblo, Colorado. LaVeta’s FFA chapter competed in Parliamentary Procedure and Creed Speaking. Chapter member Denali Douglas was victorious in Creed Speaking, and is looking forward to competing at nationals. Although our team for Parliamentary Procedure, which was comprised of… Keep Reading

La Veta beautification project underway, volunteers needed

by LaRissa Morris LA VETA — Summer is in full swing, the rains were fantastic, and now the heat is really making all the plants burst forth! Many volunteers have helped to make the downtown area of La Veta look brighter and well-cared for with many hours of work on the flower planters and gardens.… Keep Reading

Huerfano County 4-H Council meeting

by Kylee Faris LA VETA — On Sunday, June 11, 2017, the Huerfano County 4-H Council meeting was called to order by President Rachelle Andreatta.  The American Pledge was led by Kylee Faris and the 4-H Pledge was led by Brianna Trichie.  Those present at the meeting were Carl Beeman, extension agent; Bobbie Andreatta; Kylee… Keep Reading

Springer Chamber president staying another year

by Sherry Goodyear SPRINGER — Some good news greeted members of the Springer Chamber of Commerce for their June meeting. All thought that President Louise Portillos would be resigning her post at the end of June, but Portillos announced her decision to stay on another year, much to the relief and joy of the group.… Keep Reading

Trinidad Area Arts Council board member charged with theft of art funds

by Bill Knowles TRINIDAD — Bree Anne Wetherhold-Pappan, former director of the Trinidad Area Arts Council (TAAC), has been charged with theft of the organization’s funds and will face a jury trial in Las Animas County starting Sept. 19, 2017. The initial report of the alleged theft was filed on Dec. 2, 2016, after the… Keep Reading

Al Trujillo: in the service of others

by Bill Knowles TRINIDAD — Al Trujillo, Veteran’s Service Officer for Las Animas County, has spent his working life serving the needs of others. He retired from the Colorado State Patrol and then took on the part-time job working with the 1,700 or so veterans in the county. Since he began working as the Veteran’… Keep Reading

In a Galaxy on Third and Rio Grande in Raton

RATON — About 110 excited kids came out to this year’s Vacation Bible School at the First Baptist Church in Raton. This year’s theme was ‘Galactic Starveyors’. While there, fifteen volunteers taught children about the amazing and wonderful things designed by a Creator who is bigger than the vastness of his creation. Along with learning… Keep Reading

Flag Day in Raton: retirement with respect

RATON — When a flag becomes tattered and no longer fit for display, it should be burned with respect. On Flag Day, June 14, there was a flag retirement ceremony on Historic First Street in downtown Raton. The event was sponsored by the Raton Elks Club, Raton Fire Department, VFW, Young Marines, and Dennis Downing… Keep Reading

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