Upcoming Events for week of April 9, 2020


Colorado public campgrounds closed

DENVER — As the State of Colorado continues taking measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will close all playgrounds, camp- grounds, camping and camping facilities (in-

cluding yurts and cabins) at Colorado’s state parks as well as camping at State Wildlife Areas effective Thursday, March 26 until further notice. In addition, all US Forest Service campgrounds, restrooms, trailheads, ca- bins and fire lookout rentals, picnic sites and trash facilities are closed to the public. Check with your local National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, or US Fish and Wildlife Service office for specific closures and allowed recreation activities.

Park visitors are reminded to practice-social distancing and maintain at least six feet between other visitors. Anyone demonstrating signs of illness, such as coughing, fever or shortness of breath should stay home. Restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to take soap for handwashing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available.


Senior meals available, To-Go or On-Wheels

HUERFANO/LAS ANiMAS COUNTy — Due to the vulnerable population served in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties, the Area Agency on Aging will practice social distancing measures to prevent any possibility of spreading the COVID-19 virus in our community.

Effective Monday, March 16, meal sites in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Segundo, and Aguilar will NOT be serving meals in their congregate sites. They will, however, continue to cook and serve homebound meals in Walsenburg, Trinidad, Aguilar, and La Veta. Seniors who normally eat at AAA centers and want a meal can arrange to take their meal to go from Walsenburg or Trinidad. Additional sanitation procedures are being practiced to ensure safety for all.

Direct questions or concerns to Veronica Maes 719-845-1133 ext. 225 or vmaes@sccog.net ; Johanna 719-845-1133 ext. 208 or jspleen@sccog.net ; Margarita at the Walsenburg kitchen 719-738-1182; Sayre kitchen in Trinidad 719-846-4515.


It’s time to respond to the 2020 Census!

OUR WORLD — Did you know Census data is used to ensure your local communities receive their fair share of funding for things like hospitals, ambulance services and medical clinics?

That’s why it’s critical for you to respond to the 2020 Census. The data collected be- tween now and Aug. 14, 2020 will be used for the next 10 years, so we only have one chance to get it right.

Didn’t receive a Census form in the mail? No worries. Just go to My2020Census.gov and fill out the survey online using your physical address. Or you can do it by phone, at 844-330-2020. Language assistance is avail- able, if needed. Remember: Respond to the 2020 Census to #ShapeYourFuture.


Downtown Colorado virtual summit

OUR WORLD — Join us Tuesday, April 14 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a dynamic virtual experience sponsored by Downtown Colorado Inc.. The goal of the Summit is to gather ideas to ensure that Colorado has the resources needed to support our communities, districts, and small businesses! We will be developing an action plan together to move into our new reality stronger and more resilient than ever!

Everyone, especially all conference registrants, members, and Challenge Communities will benefit from this interactive on line event with panels, polls, and breakout groups. Discussions include:

Vision: Envisioning the New Local Economy

Components of Place

People/Housing/Business: What was?; What is likely next?; What would be positive impact now? How do we go forward? How do we elevate our communities?

RSVP for Virtual Summit at : http://downtowncoloradoinc.org/event- 3796254
Then help support Challenge Communities April 15-16! Following the Summit, DCI will host five virtual Challenge Studios over April 15-16. Sign up to chime in (to any and all) and support the 2020 Challenge Communities and learn some ideas for helping your own districts!



La Veta Cuchara Chamber virtual meeting today

LA VETA — The La Veta Cuchara Chamber of Commerce will be having its monthly meeting via telephone conference call on Thursday, April 9, 9 a.m.. If you wish to get onto the agenda please contact Gayleene Smith 3 days before the meeting. 719-742-3695.


Star Drug Pharmacy offers prescription delivery

WALSENBURg — Star Drug Pharmacy will deliver your prescriptions for a $5 fee (within Walsenburg city limits). Call us for more information: 719-738-1130 .


La Veta Village food services

LA VETA — If you or someone you know is a 60+ year old senior or have a pre-existing condition that puts you at high risk, you live in the 81055 zip code, and are in need of transporting groceries from Charlies’s to home contact: Susan at 719-989-8361 or lvvfoodservices@gmail.com. If you would like to volunteer to help physically or monetarily, please contact Ed Donovan at 719-472- 4957 or edfdonovan@gmail.com


Huerfano RE-1 to provide breakfasts/lunches to all children 0-18 years

WALSENBURg/gARDNER — Huerfano RE-1 will have sack breakfasts/lunches avail- able for drive through pick-up at Peakview School and Gardner Elementary. Pick up days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Each pick up will have at least two breakfasts and two lunches for each child in the household. All children 0 to 18 years old are eligible for free breakfast and lunch regard- less if they are enrolled in RE-1.

The first time families visit the pick up sites, the children must be in the vehicle. After the initial visit, a laminated pass card with the number of children in the household will allow the pass holder to pick up the correct number of lunches without the children present. To pick up the sacked breakfast/lunch at Peakview: Vehicles will drive through between Peakview School and the West Wing building entering via the back of John Mall HS. Sacks will be located at the back doors of the Peakview cafeteria. To pick up the food at Gardner: Please follow the directives of personnel upon arriving


Republican meets canceled

WALSENBURg — We want to keep all our members safe, so we have canceled our meet- ing for Tuesday, April 14 due to the stay-at- home order because of COVID-19. Stay home, stay healthy.


Virtual free legal clinic

WALSENBURg — The upcoming Huerfano County Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) Free Legal Clinic will be held Tuesday April 14, 4 to 5 p.m.. Contact your local library at (719) 738- 2774 during regular work hours to be added to the sign-up sheet

Despite the COVID-19 closures of libraries across Colorado, the Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) clinics will still be held as scheduled. We’re able to do this and keep clinic patrons safe because our volunteer attorneys already work remotely. As a work-around, instead of clinic patrons coming in-person to your local public library (which is closed), the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron’s telephone directly, using the phone number provided to your library staff. Although VPC clinic patrons will see a slight shift in how our free legal support is delivered, they should experience no significant disruption in service.

Your local library staff will schedule all appointments, and the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron directly by telephone. For this reason, it is especially important that a reliable phone number be included for scheduling clinic patrons. Contact your local library at (719) 738-2774 during regular work hours to be added to the sign-up sheet. Space is limited.


Huerfano restaurants offering take out


Alys Restaurant & Catering

(719) 742-3742 Open Thurs., Fri., and Sat. Must call before 3pm to reserve pick up.

Corners Diner
(719) 742-3361

Legends on Main
(719) 742-3996 Open Tues. – Sun. 11am-1pm & 5pm-7pm Sunday Hours 10am-2:30pm

Mission Deli Mesa
(719) 742-3483 or (719) 989-5980 Offering specialty casseroles and grass fed beef.

Paradise Coffee
(719) 742-3680 Thursday – Monday 6:30am – 2:00pm

Ryus Avenue Bakery
(719) 890-4770 Open Tues., Thurs., Sat. 7:00am- 2:00pm



(719) 738-3960 7:00am-9:00pm

Alpine Rose Cafe
(719) 738-1156 7:00am-3:00pm

Carl’s Jr.
(719) 738-1002 6:30am-10:00pm

Coco’s Kitchen
(719) 717-2093 11:00am-3:00pm

Corine’s Mexican Restaurant
(719) 738-1231 8:00am- 9:00pm

Crafty Canary Brewery
(719) 890-1113

First Choice Deli
(719) 738-3200 7:00am-9:00pm

(719) 738-3030 8:00am-3:00pm Tues. – Sat.

H&H Cafe
(719) 890-1651 7:00am-3:00pm

La Plaza inn
(719) 738-6955 11:00am-8:00pm Tues. – Sat.


Nando’s Bar & grill
(719) 738-2730 11:00am-3:00pm

Rollin Smoke BBQ
(719) 890-1177 11:00am-8:00pm Thurs. – Sat., 11:00am – 4:00pm Sun.

(719) 890-4471 Mon.-Fri. 7:00am-6:00pm Subway
(719) 738-1332 Mon. – Thurs. 7:00am- 10:00pm, Fri. 7:00am-11:00pm

Taco Bell / KFC
(719) 738-2480 10:00am-10:00pm

TC’s Diner – Closed
(719) 989-7141

Tina’s – Closed


Facebook activities to do from home

HUERFANO COUNTy — Here are a few fun pages you can follow on Facebook to enjoy at home!

La Veta Public Library: www.facebook.com/la.vetalibrary/

“Every Monday we will post a different challenge that can be completed while in quarantine! You will post your challenge (sometimes a picture, sometimes a video) and here is an important part: you MUST tag us in it and put the specific challenge hashtag! Otherwise we won’t see it, and we want to see your creativity!”

go Outside and Howl at 8pm: www.facebook.com/groups/howlat8/  “Every night at 8pm in your time zone, take a minute to step outside and let out a cathartic howl! We’ll post up daily themes that may or may not be very, very, very important. INVITE YOUR PEEPS! Let’s see how many people the world over we can get to howl in one night!”

Colorado Parks & Wildlife: www.face- book.com/ColoradoParksandWildlife/ Follow their page for interesting facts about wildlife around the state! Also follow this page below for Jackson Lake State Park – “Reading with a Ranger” every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!, https://www.face- book.com/JacksonLakeSP/


Huajatolla Heritage Festival canceled

LA VETA — Sandy Dolak announces that the Huajatolla Heritage Festival scheduled for June 6 and 7, 2020 has fallen victim to the pandemic that has invaded every aspect of our lives. In March, we started getting cancellations long before we were coming to the realization that our lives were being changed forever. The festival is not being rescheduled at this point. Our plan will be to offer some smaller events once we understand the longerterm implications and when we can safely gather again.

A piece of good news is that the extraordinary performers, Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle, have committed to coming to La Veta at a “to be determined date” in a celebration of life. Please follow all the guide- lines and stay home. Or if you must go out, be responsible and wear a mask while honoring the 6 foot rule. And if you are wringing your hands about this, please wring them under hot water with soap!



Free lunch pickup for Trinidad kids

TRiNiDAD — Students age 0-18 have the option of picking up free curb and go meals at Fisher’s Peak Elementary or Trinidad Middle School (Park Street). From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday – Thursday.


Hometown Pharmacy offers free delivery

TRiNiDAD — Hometown Pharmacy will de- liver your prescriptions for free (within 6 miles of the store) through April 30. Call us for more information: 719-845-0069 or visit www.htpcolorado.com .


Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare hours of service change

TRiNiDAD — At this time, NAAWA will re- main open for adoptions, as well as for lost & found services Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; we will be closed Sundays & Saturdays. We will continue to help pets in our care find homes through adoption, continue to help lost and found pets, and continue to help pets in dire medical need. NAAWA will continue to regularly disinfect public space areas and surfaces throughout our campus.

We urge you to keep your pets in your homes. If you have a pet that you need to surrender, we ask that you keep the pet in your home as long as possible. All owner surrender services are only provided by appointment by calling 719-680-2385, high emergency circumstances will be given top priority.

If you find a stray cat or dog after-hours, please contact the Trinidad Police Department at 719-846-4441. Our local police department can access our facility after-hours if a pet needs to come into shelter.

If you have an animal medical emergency, please contact one of our local veterinarian offices: Trinidad Animal Clinic 719-846-3212 or Fisher’s Peak Vet Clinic 719-846-3211.

To protect the community and halt the spread of COVID-19, we are suspending the following services: public vaccine & microchip clinics, community TNR programs, educational programs, events & fundraisers, volunteer & useful public service programs, out of state transfer-in programs.


Mt. Carmel Weekly Wellness schedule

TRiNiDAD — In an effort to minimize the COVID-19 exposure, we are offering the following programs via Zoom video or call-in options. If you’re not already enrolled, and would like to join these virtual programs/classes call or email: Laura Jordan, 719-845-4894 or ljordan@mtcarmelcenter.org . Please note: Some of the class/program details may have changed since you attended them in person.

Many of these classes will continue through the end of April 2020 and many of them will be continued virtually into the un- foreseen future. The Weekly Wellness Schedule will be emailed, you guessed it, weekly. Tuesday:

8:00 a.m. – Get Strong (resistance training)

5:15 p.m. – Stress Management


8:00 a.m.- Mindfulness Mornings (breath work and stretching)

8:00 a.m. – Get Strong (resistance training)

11:00 a.m. – Chronic Pain Self-Management (classes end April 9, 2020). If you would like to sign-up for the next session of Chronic Pain Self-Management, call the number provided above.

5:15 p.m. – Stress Management


8:00 a.m. – Mindfulness Mornings (breath work and stretching)

12:00 p.m. Health Talks – Overcoming Obstacles and Optimizing Health (Week 1: Immune Health)

Zoom Log-in or Call-in instructions

Join Zoom Meeting by computer: Click on the link provided or copy it to your browser. Once you do this you will be asked to install Zoom, continue to follow the instructions on your screen. Join Zoom Meetings by phone:

Dial by your location, +1 720 707 2699 US (Den- ver); One tap mobile +17207072699,538684549# US (Denver)

Cooking Matters and Cooking for Chronic Pain at Mt. Carmel will be rescheduled for a later date.


Las Animas restaurants offering take out

TRiNiDAD — (Please call restaurant directly to confirm hours)

Bella Lunas Pizzeria – Closed

Big Daddy’s – (719) 422-8363

Bob & Earl’s – Closed After the 29th

Brix Sports Bar – (719) 422-8273

Burger King – (719) 846-9445

Collie’s Pastries – (719) 846-2255

Domino’s – (719) 259-3030

El Rancho – (719) 846-9049

Family Seed ii – (719) 845-8057

Fisher’s Peak Soup Kitchen – (719) 680-0427

Great Wall – Closed

Habanero’s – (719) 422-8190

KFC / Taco Bell – (719) 846-7723

Las Animas grill – (719) 422-8438

Lee’s BBQ – (719) 846-7621

Mario’s Tacos – (719) 680-8589

McDonalds – (719) 846-3322

Mission At The Bell – (719) 845-1513

Moose’s – (719) 216-3517

Nana & Nano’s – (719) 846-2696

Perkatory Coffee – (719) 846-2014

Pizza Hut – (719) 846-2236

Red Neck grill – (719) 422-8177

Sita’s Kitchen – (719) 859-5574

Sonic – (719) 845-0402

Starbucks – (719) 846-2246

Tequila’s – (719) 846-2246

The Cafe – (719) 846-9049

The Coal Stove, 719-859-2692

The Coffee Can – (719) 220-4252

The Shopping Bag – (719) 868-2255

The Purple Toad – (719) 497-0230

Tony’s Diner – (719) 846-6000

Tutti’s Scoops – (719) 845-8508

Wendy’s – (719) 845-9143

Wonderful House – (719) 845-1888


Santa Fe Trail Festival call for vendors

TRiNiDAD — Summer is coming! So is our annual Santa Fe Trail Festival. We would love to have you or some talented individuals you know join us as a vendor. The festival this year will be downtown on June 12 & 13. Feel free to contact us for more information. Have a great day. TLAC Chamber of Commerce, 719-846-9285.


Apogaea 2020 postponed

TRiNiDAD — Given the immense uncertainty in throwing a major event under the current circumstances, as well as being cognizant of our civic responsibility to discourage the kind of social gatherings that generally need to go into the planning and building of our awesome event before we even set foot in Trinidad, we’ve decided the best thing for now is to postpone Apogaea 2020 for at least two months. We’re fortunate enough to have a landowner who is flexible and we are looking at dates in mid to late August. Of course we’re also watching the news carefully, so stay tuned for updates.

For any deadlines pertaining to grants or ticket sales, consider them extended and keep an eye out for new information. For more in- formation and discussion, the next board meeting, next Sunday, is open as always to you, the amazing Apogaea community. This time we’re going to do it completely virtual, online, for the first time ever. Please find the connection information on our home page as it becomes available.



Raton Senior Center — Closed for all activities. Meals will be available for pick-up and meal deliveries will continue.

Raton Public Service — Limited to drop box and drive up window also accept- ing online or telephone payments


COVID-19 N.M. statewide response referral numbers

NEW MEXiCO —These numbers are important for all New Mexicans.


• If you are unemployed/underemployed and need assistance route to Department of Workforce Solutions Call Center 1-877-664- 6984

• If you are a small business/employer and need assistance route to Economic Development Department for Small Business = 1-505-827-0300


• If you need assistance obtaining food
a. School age children route to Public Education Dept = 505-827-6683
b. Senior / Adult with disabilities:
i. Seniors Who Need Groceries or Meals = 1- 800-432-2080
ii. Emotional Crisis, Mental Health, or Sub- stance Abuse = 1-855-662-7474
• SNAP benefits route to HSD/Income Sup- port Division = 1-800-283-4465
• WIC route to Department of Health
a. WIC Questions on food or formula avail- ability = 1-505-469-0929
b. WIC Operations Manager = 1-505-819- 7028
c. WIC General Questions = 1-866-867-3124


• If you need assistance obtaining health insurance route to HSD/Medicaid = 1-800-283- 4465
• If you are not eligible for Medicaid, you can apply for affordable health insurance on- line.This is through the NMHIX. Visit: www.bewellnm.com or call 1-855-996-6449


• If you need assistance with housing/utilities route to:
a. Housing–Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) Emergency Housing 1-800-444- 6880

b. Utilities HSD Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program 1-888-523-0051

FAMiLy & MiSC.

• If you need assistance with childcare route to 1-800-691- 9067 NM Kids Child Care Resource Center
• If you have complaints about facilities not closing route to 505-469-2940/505-629-2845
• If you want to volunteer or need a volunteer route to 505- 476-2200


Local restaurants limited

RATON — Attention visitors and locals: Please be patient with local restaurants in coming weeks as the State of New Mexico Environment Department has issued a new order regarding occupancy in restaurants, bars, and breweries effective today: “Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, the amended public health order directs that all restaurants, bars, breweries, eateries, and other food establishments shall operate at no greater than 50 percent of maximum occupancy and no greater than 50 percent of seating capacity. In addition, tables and booths may not seat more than six people, and all occupied tables and booths must be separated by at least six feet. Pa- trons may not be seated at bars, and standing patrons will not be served.” Our area restaurants, bars, and brewery are all concerned for their guest’s well-being but will try and maintain a comfortable guest experience until this order is lifted.


Medicine Shoppe offers free delivery

RATON — Medicine Shoppe will deliver your prescriptions for free (within 6 miles of the store) through April 30. Call us for more information: 575-445-0075 or visit www.medicineshoppe.com/1387.


Need help with pet food?

RATON — For short-term, emergency assistance, the Raton Humane Society sponsors a Pet Food Bank. Supplies include free food for cats and dogs, kitty litter, and bedding. Call the Raton Animal Shelter at 575-445-8640 or visit the shelter at 448 Hereford Avenue. If necessary, call dispatch, 445-2704, and ask to have the animal control officer meet you at the shelter. To donate supplies, follow the procedure. Shelter hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday to 9 a.m.


Deadline extended in nominations for Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

SANTA FE — The last day to submit nominations for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts has been extended. The new deadline is May 30, 2020.

Nominations must be submitted by individual state residents or representatives of businesses or organizations in New Mexico. Self-nominations are discouraged.

Eligible nominees include individual living New Mexican artists working in any discipline who have demonstrated outstanding achievement; individuals who have consistently made significant or distinguished contributions to the arts in New Mexico; and businesses, nonprofits, or foundations with sustained involvement in and support for the arts.

All nomination submissions must be mailed to New Mexico Arts, Suite 270, 407 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501. Nomination forms are available online at http://nmarts.org/governors-arts-awards/, contact New Mexico Arts at 505-827-6490 or 800-879-4278 (statewide), or email michelle.laflamme-c@state.nm.us.

Administered by the New Mexico Arts Commission and New Mexico Arts, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the annual Governor’s Arts Awards are New Mexico’s highest and most prestigious artistic honors and are intended to celebrate extraordinary achievement in the arts.

Events for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are scheduled for September 2020 in Santa Fe.


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