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WALSENBURG — Four minutes – that’s what it took to change the reels in the projector in the old movie theaters. Walsenburg men – and thousands of men all over the nation – were asked to volunteer giving four-minute talks to the movie crowd. Because it was September 1918, the start of World War I,… Keep Reading

This Week in History, for June 18, 2020 by Nancy Christofferson

Walsenburg 1895: About 100 members of the Woodmen of the World of Walsenburg were joined by some 200 members from Trinidad to take the special train to La Veta Thursday morning to attend a picnic with that town’s Woodmen. Afterward they continued to the top of La Veta Pass to admire the scenery and wildflowers.… Keep Reading

Local long-term facilities are COVID-19 free – National Guard testing last week shows no cases at SPRHC, Trinidad Inn Nursing Home

By Mark Craddock   LAS ANIMAS/HUERFANO — The region’s two long-term care facilities got a clean bill of health this week, following COVID-19 testing of all employees and residents of the facilities by the Colorado National Guard last week. Of the 252 tests administered Wednesday at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center and Veterans’ Community Living… Keep Reading

Huerfano prison abuzz with activity but CoreCivic says no reopening is imminent

by Mark Craddock and E.E.Mullens   WALSENBURG — The Huerfano County Correctional Center in Walsenburg was abuzz with activity Thursday, June 11, as a helicopter placed nearly a dozen new air-conditioning units on the roofs of buildings at the mothballed facility. But speculation that the activity portends a reopening of the prison, which has been… Keep Reading

A waiting game

by Jaye Sudar   WALSENBURG — Will there be school in August? What will it look like? How will we teach our students? How will we transport them? These and many more questions haunt superintendents across the nation. It’s a waiting game where the rules change daily. Huerfano RE-1 Superintendent Mike Moore explained to the… Keep Reading

This Week in History, for June 11, 2020 by Nancy Christofferson

Walsenburg 1876: Dear editor: In regard to the article in the Huerfano Independent of June 3, the Middle Creek Toll Road is impassable except for light wagons, not freight. /s/Henry T. Sefton, St. Mary’s, Colo., June 9, 1876. 1881: The Walsenburg coal mines produced 6,598,000 pounds of lump coal during May and 609,500 pounds of… Keep Reading

National Guard tests residents, staff of SPRHC, Trinidad Inn

  by Mark Craddock WALSENBURG — More than 170 employees of of the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center and Veterans Community Living Center, as well as all residents at the facility, received COVID-19 tests Wednesday, with the help of the Colorado National Guard. Members of the Joint Task Force Test Support, with members from both… Keep Reading

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