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Chemigation deadline approaching

BROOMFIELD — The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds those using a closed irrigation system to apply agri- cultural chemicals, including fertilizer, that they must obtain a chemigation permit. The deadline for renewals is Sunday, March 31. This program strives to protect one of our most important resources—water and chemigation permits are an important tool in that effort.

The chemigation program, part of the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Services Division, grants permits and inspects closed irrigation systems (such as center pivot irrigation) to protect aquifers and surface water from possible contamination by agricultural chemicals applied through the closed irrigation systems.

A closed irrigation system includes any device or combination of devices having a hose, pipe, or other conduit, which connects directly to any source of groundwater or surface water, through which water or a mixture of water and chemicals is drawn and applied for agricultural or horticultural purposes.

Those using a closed irrigation system to apply agricultural chemicals, including fertilizer, must obtain a chemigation permit, which costs $45 per system. After March 31, the late fee and permit will cost $90 per system. Those applying for a first-time permit can apply throughout the year. A fine up to $1,000 per occurrence may be levied for those using this process without a chemigation permit.

To obtain a chemigation permit, call Don Gallegos, Chemigation Coordinator at (303) 869-9038. For more on CDA’s chemigation program, visit www.colorado.gov/agconservation/chemigation.

 

Applications Sought for Noxious Weed Grants to Mitigate Natural Disasters

BROOMFIELD — The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is now accepting applications for 2019 Post-Natural Disaster grants for controlling and preventing noxious weeds resulting from these events. This year, the Department plans to award $50,000 in grant funds to local governing entities, conservation districts, non-profit organizations and associations for projects that focus on controlling new noxious weed populations that result from natural disasters such as fire and flood.

These funds are a subset of the $700,000 appropriated annually by the General Assembly for noxious weed management projects statewide. CDA awards these “Weed Fund” grants annually to over 50 counties, cities, conservation districts and non-profit organizations. Following the 2013 floods, a part of this funding has been directed specifically at noxious weed management following large or severe disturbances.

For more information about these grant programs, including the application forms, please visit the Department’s Noxious Weed website at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agconservation/noxious-weed-grants-and-financial-assistance Applications can be submitted starting March 1. Awards will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis until funds are exhausted.

For questions regarding the Post-Natural Disaster Noxious Weed grants, please contact the State Weed Coordinator, Steve Ryder at (303) 869-9034, steve.ryder@state.co.us, or List B Noxious Weed Specialist, Lara Duran at (303) 869-9036, lara.duran@state.co.us.

 

Boot Camp for small business success

TRINIDAD/RATON — Have an idea for a new business or a new idea for an old business? The cities of Raton and Trinidad have joined forces to bring a fantastic opportunity to our local businesses. The boot camp is a 4-week program which pro- vides personalized, expert guidance to take your idea from idea to reality. To learn more and apply visit www.centerci.org. Applications are being processed now and will be accepted until April 1. The boot camp will run during May.

 

Huajatolla Heritage Foundation fall retreat featuring Kent Nerburn

CUCHARA — Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is excited to announce that Kent Nerburn will be coming to Huerfano County September 14 and 15 for an up close and personal re- treat in the beautiful Cuchara Valley. Kent will focus on concepts from his latest book, Dancing with the Gods, with his usual mix of ideas, personal stories, and deep philosophical analysis. Providing guidance and interaction, Nerburn will share his enthusiasm for the arts, imagination, and creativity in every section of this workshop. It will weave together his love of nature, respect for other cultures and his encouragement for all artists to find the freedom, the fulfillment and the joy of a life in the arts. Participants should sign up early as space is limited. Details available soon at www.hhfoundation.org

 

HUERFANO

“Stop the Bleed” program at La Veta Library today

LA VETA — The La Veta Library was unable to present the life saving program “Stop the Bleed” last month due to unforeseen circumstances, but we will be hosting EMT Eddie Ray on Thursday, March 28, 2 pm as he educates us about the proper application of tourniquets, a product called “quick clot” and other essential tips that can make all the difference when time is of the essence! This program, brought to you by the American Red Cross, is important for all of us who live remotely and drive on rural roads when there is not always time to wait for help to arrive. Don’t miss this vital program sponsored by the Friends of La Veta Library.

 

Open Mic Night at La Veta Mercantile tonight

LA VETA — Comedy, poetry, singing, acting, or your chance at getting on your soapbox for a few minutes is what open mic night is all about. The next open mic will be Thursday, March 28, 6 pm. Reserve your space soon, because this is a favorite event. Open mice is a free event hosted by world famous blues musician Ken Saydak. Contact the Mercantile to reserve your space: 719-742-3387

 

BVD virus: what’s the big deal?

WALSENBURG — Rio Cucharas Vet Clinic is hosting this in- formative event, Thursday, March 28, 6 pm at Eagles Hall, 614 Main Street. There will be a cash bar and live western cowboy music. We will be holding a rancher seminar in conjunction with Merck Animal Health on the latest in BVD prevention. What is BVD? How do cows get it? Should you be concerned enough to vaccinate? If you vaccinate, which vaccine killed or MLV? What about dairies? Some enjoy some BBQ, hot off the smoker, and a chance to get answers to all your BVD questions.

 

K of C fish fry

WALSENBURG — Knights of Columbus Council 2139 will be having a fish dinner this Friday, March 29, 5 pm at Delaney Hall on E 7th. Adult dinners are $8, children under 10 eat free. The menu is fried cod, french fries, veggie, bread, coleslaw, and dessert. Everyone is welcome.

 

Canvas & Cocktails: The bears are awakening

WALSENBURG — Canvas and Cocktails is an upbeat creative class for the artistic or not so artistic.which will be held Friday, March 29, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Daily Perks, 110 E. 5th Street. The class is taught by Amber Huff. Please RSVP as there is limited space. Canvas and Cocktails class costs $25 per person. For more information call 719-890-1072

 

hONEyhoUSe at the La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — “hONEyhoUSe” is a unique acoustic trio combining the talents of three very diverse and seasoned artists into one unexpected powerhouse force. This trio will be on stage Friday, March 29, 7 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Consisting of award winning R&B/Gospel soulstress Hillary Smith, earthy Blues/Folk singer-songwriter Yvonne Perea, and sweet voiced Mandy Buchanan, “hONEyhoUSe” seamlessly melds the lines of musical genres with their original creations embracing blues, soul, folk and Americana into one sweet Honeyhouse of music. Tickets $15 in advance or $20 day of show.

 

“Tapping Into Your Body’s Wisdom” wellness fair

LA VETA — “Tapping into your body’s wisdom; many paths to wellness” is a free event being presented Saturday, March 30, 10 am-3 pm at La Veta Mercantile.

This unique gathering offers a wide variety of practitioners and experts promoting many different options to pro- mote optimal health. Mini presentations will be given throughout the day and booths will have products for sale and mini treatments given. Contact sandy@dolak.biz for more info.

 

2019 Huerfano County Free Drum Clinic

LA VETA — This year’s Annual Drum Clinic is set for Saturday, March 30, 6 pm at La Veta Mercantile. The clinic will feature solo performances and lessons from professional drummers and percussionists. All players have had years of professional experiences from touring with bands, teaching at schools, recording in studios, etc.. All players will do aQ&A session at the end of the clinic. We will also do a jam session to close out the clinic, so please bring a hand drum or small percussion item to jam with us at the end. The featured performers this year will be: Joe Ca- macho, Ernie Endrizzi, Tobias Jeffus, Atreyu Ortega Ault, David Knight Curtis Whitley, and Sean Bartholomew.

The Adams State University marimba line will also do a performance. Enjoy a FREE learning opportunity that is open to everyone interested. Call Doug Olson at 719-429-7317.

 

Joan Hanley Memorial weekend event schedule

LA VETA — Saturday, March 30, 1 to 2:30 pm the Joan Hanley Art Walk through the town of La Veta will begin at Alys’ Restaurant, 604 S Oak St at 1pm. The five block walking route will explore renowned artist Joan Hanley’s sculptures and paintings in five of La Veta’s public spaces and businesses, and is expected to last 90 minutes.

From 3 to 5 pm a celebration of Joan Hanley’s life and a reception will be held at her former residence, 85 Willis Drive, hosted by her family and open to her friends and acquaintances. Weather permitting, there will be a short walk to her nearby grave marker at the conclusion at 5 pm.

On Sunday March 31, 12 to 5 pm a free show of Joan Hanley’s life of fine art, from her teen years to contemporary will be held at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 South Main Street. The show will include dozens of original works of art (drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs) spanning Joan’s 65-year career, and will be curated and narrated by her son and professional artist, Joe Bartos from noon to 2 pm. Light snacks will be provided, and refreshments are available for purchase.

For more information, call her son Peter Bartos at 443-370-3585.

 

Stand-up Comedy with Mike Stanley at the Fox

WALSENBURG — Originally hailing from Motown, Mike regularly tours, both domestically and internationally. Don’t miss out on an incredible opportunity to catch the man in action – this high level of killer stand-up is too remarkable to sit out.

Yeah, he’s pretty hilarious, but more than just coarse anecdotes about life and sex, there’s an enviable amount of heart and warmth behind Stanley’s humor. His high energy and cutthroat delivery has made him a crowd favorite in comedy clubs and college campuses all over the country. He breaks down day to day subjects with a keen wit and drives his points home fearlessly. This is an act you will not want to miss Saturday, March 30, 8 pm. Tickets available at FoxWalsenburg.com or at the theatre.

 

Saint Mary’s Cemetery clean-up

WALSENBURG — There will be a community clean up of Saint Mary’s Cemetery every other Saturday, starting Saturday, March 23. We will need gloves, rakes, weed eaters, wheelbarrows and volunteers. Direct questions to Brie at 719-289-6896. Saint Mary’s Cemetery is on the north side of Walsenburg; follow Main Street to Highway 25. Cemetery is on the right.

 

Cuchara Chapel service

CUCHARA — Services are held at 10 am every Sunday at the Cuchara Chapel, located just south of Cuchara Village on Hwy 12. Rev. Eileen Ramsey presides. All welcome, come as you are. ADA accessible. Special message, “pay it forward” music by Tom Munch.

 

Free pancake breakfast at New Hope Church

WALSENBURG — New Hope Community Church of Walsenburg, 801 Pennsylvania, hosts a free pancake breakfast every Sunday at 9 am. A marijuana dependency recovery support group meets Sunday mornings at 11 am .

 

Art for a Cause sidewalk sale

WALSENBURG — Art for a Cause is sad to be closing their doors on Sunday, March 31. They will hold sidewalk liquidation sales (weather permitting) from now until March 31. Art for a Cause will still continue to do pop-up classes as needed or requested. Please call Karen at 719-890-4055.

 

Peakview celebrates spring!

WALSENBURG — Peakview School will celebrate spring with spirit events April 1 through 4. The students will celebrate by hav- ing special dress up days. Monday, April 1 is Pajama Day; April 2 is Crazy Hair Day; Wednesday, April 3 is Twin Day (you and a friend dress as twins); and Thursday, April 4 is Color Wars between classes. Thursday colors for each class are: Pre-K through 2nd grade dress in the Rainbow; 3rd grade dress in blue; 4th grade dress in red; 5th grade dress in orange; 6th grade dress in green; 7th grade dress in purple; and 8th grade dress in black and white. A CMAS pep assembly will be held at the end of the school day on Thursday.

 

Historical Society meeting

LA VETA — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society will be held Wednesday, April 3, 4 pm, in the Capps Build- ing at Francisco Fort. The public is invited to join us as we plan for a busy summer.

 

HCCC meets April 4

WALSENBURG — Come to the Huerfano County Communication Coalition (HCCC) meeting to share your organizations upcoming events and hear what everyone else is up to. The next meeting will be Thursday, April 4, 12 pm at the Huerfano County Ambulance annex on Main Street. Lunch will be served. Want to be on the agenda? Call Debbie Channel at 719-250-9367 or email: dchannel@sprhc

 

Walsenburg / Huerfano County public flood meeting

WALSENBURG — Join us at the Fox Theatre or online for the Walsenburg / Huerfano County joint public flood meeting Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 pm at the Fox Theatre. We will be posting a link for online viewing!

 

Bill Hearne Trio and documentary screening at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — Bill Hearne Trio will perform Wednesday, April 3, 7 to 9 pm at La Veta Mercantile. Tickets $10 in advance or $12 at the door. A documentary about Bill and Bonnie Hearne titled “Mexico Rain” will be shown at 7 pm fol- lowed by the performance by Bill Hearne and Don Richmond.

Bill Hearne calls it ‘The Road:’ that metaphorical ribbon of honky-tonks, roadhouses, empty whiskey glasses, prison cells and unrequited love lined with signposts and mile markers tattooed with names like Haggard, as in Merle, Williams, as in Hank, Owens, as in Buck, and Lovett, as in Lyle. Being legally blind, Bill has never actually driven The Road himself, but he sings with such authority of the tales he’s heard while riding shotgun that you’d never know it.

Bill is widely recognized as one of the most amazing flat-picking guitarists any- where, and this combined with his brilliant in- terpretations and encyclopedic knowledge of country and folk music make him one of the most well-respected and iconic performers active in his genre. Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, and Jerry Jeff Walker have all been guest per- formers on his albums.

In the trio, Bill is backed by Bob Goldstein on lead guitar, mandolin & banjo, and either Zeke Severenson or Dave Toland on bass, along with Don Richmond.

For the event link on Facebook go to: www.facebook.com/events/602675396871300/

 

Movie matinee at La Veta Library “Green Book”

LA VETA — Join us on Thursday April 4, 2 pm at the La Veta Public Library for our monthly movie matinee featuring “Green Book,” which critics have called one of the best films of the decade. Mahershali Ali won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a world class Black pianist who hired an Italian-American bouncer to drive him on a concert tour through the deep south in the early 1960’s with the help of the “green book” to guide them to the few establishments that were safe to stay and eat at. It is a wonderful film about the friendship that developed despite dangers and racism that they faced on this journey of a lifetime. Brought to you by the Friends of La Veta Library. For info, call 719-742-3572.

 

Huerfano Soup at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — The next Huerfano Soup at the La Veta Mercantile, sponsored by Bachman & Associates will be held Thursday, April 4, 6 pm. One dish + one vote + one passionate community = Huerfano Soup.

Huerfano Soup is a monthly community- based potluck where participants, through this micro-granting dinner, assist a variety of projects in Huerfano County. A potluck item and a $5 donation makes you eligible to vote on the evening’s presentations. As a diner, you will hear three five-minute pitches from community members who need funding for projects that are beneficial to the community. Enjoy the best $5 dinner in town with your friends, then choose the winning proposal to receive the evenings donations.

 

Youth mental health first aid-no cost course

WALSENBURG — This groundbreaking free course will be offered Friday, April 5, 8 am to 5 pm (one hour break for lunch) at Peakview Elementary School. The free course is hosted by Huerfano and Las Animas Counties Early Childhood Advisory Council. The course teaches participants the risk factors and warn- ing signs of a variety of mental health challenges that are common among adolescents and young adults. YMHFA is implemented around the U.S. and the world. Research has shown that the training enhances behavioral health literacy, reduces stigma, increases knowledge of professional and self-help resources, increases participants’ confidence helping in a crisis situation, and improves behavioral health of participants.

Access to services in remote rural and frontier counties can be logistically challenging- not to mention the challenge of fighting stigma in a small town where everyone knows your business! This MHFA class matches the strengths of rural communities with their unique barriers to accessing care.

This course will be taught by Reggie Graham. You MUST Register at: http://www. mhfaco.org/findclass/attend/800

 

VFC food drive at First Choice Market

WALSENBURG — Help out those in need in our community by donating non-perishable food or cash at the Volunteers for Community/Dorcas Circle donation table set up at the door at First Choice Market, Friday, April 5, 1 to 5 pm. Please bring or purchase non- perishable food items at the Market and/or monetary gifts are much appreciated. Please make sure that all items have a current expiration date. Dorcas Circle also accepts items at the food bank, 911 Main Street, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We serve the entire Huerfano County area. Your help is urgently needed. Thank you in advance for helping out our community!

 

Tintype Photography with Tim Brown

LA VETA — Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get your handcrafted tintype photograph made Friday & Saturday, April 5 & 6 at La Veta Mercantile. Salida tintype takes one of a kind portraits. Each tintype is hand- crafted using the same equipment and technique as in the 1860s. This early photographic process, known as Wet Plate Collodion, captures a timeless beauty that cannot be created digitally. No one tintype can be reproduced, and each portrait is as unique and different as the subject itself. The end result is a compelling portrait, leaving the imprint of your beauty on the plate. Tim Brown Photography will be taking reservations for tintype portrait sessions, $39 for one person, or $49 for a portrait of two. Must sign-up to reserve your session.

 

John Fullbright at La Veta Mercantile

LA VETA — La Veta Mercantile welcomes John Fullbright Saturday, April 6, 7 pm. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 the day of show. Fullbright possesses a keen ear for memorable melody and a unique approach to harmony, moving through chord progressions far outside the expected confines of traditional folk or Americana. His performances are stark and direct, a deliberate approach meant to deliver the songs in their purest and most honest form.

 

Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws

WALSENBURG — Walsenburg Live is presenting a free show Sunday, April 7, 2 to 3 pm at the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center. It is open to the public. The show is sponsored by C & S Garden Supply.

 

Friends of the La Veta Library

LA VETA — Friends of the La Veta Library will meet Monday, April 8, 1 pm in the La Veta Library. All are welcome.

 

La Veta RE-2 Pre-K and Kindergarten screenings

LA VETA — La Veta Preschool and children new to La Veta Schools entering Kindergarten will be screened Friday, April 12, 9 am to 1 pm by appointment. Screenings will be for fine/gross motor skills, speech/language de- velopment, vision and hearing, and preschool well-child checkup provided by Spanish Peaks Regional Health Clinic.

Screenings will be by appointment only, please call the La Veta Elementary office at 742-6417 to schedule. Please allow 2 hours to complete the process.

Participation in this screening does not guarantee enrollment in La Veta Schools. Students must be 4 years old by June 1. In-district children have prioritized registration privileges, all incoming preschoolers and new kin- dergarten students to the district need to bring birth certificate, immunization records, and insurance information the day of the screening.

 

Wind Farm Career Fair

LA VETA/PUEBLO — Fagen Inc., a heavy industrial contractor is interviewing with the possibility of on-the-spot hiring for a wind farm construction project located in Walsenburg CO. Applicants are encouraged to bring resumes, but not required to the career fairs being held in La Veta at the La Veta Mercantile, 300 South Main Street, Tuesday April 16, 10 am to 3 pm or at Pueblo Workforce Center, 212 W 3rd St, Wednesday April 17, 10 am to 4

pm. These positions available: Tower erectors, Ironworkers, Millwrights, Concrete Finishers, Riggers, Form Carpenters, Equipment Operators, Rodbuster, General laborers. If you are unable to attend, please visit www.fageninc.com to fill out an application.

 

LAS ANIMAS

Southern Colorado Family Center Bowling Tournament

TRINIDAD — Join us for this team bowling event fundraiser to support the Southern Colorado Family Center Saturday, March 30, 3 to 5 pm at Trinidad Lanes, 823 Van Buren Street. Register by calling Julie Mattorano: 719-251- 6509

 

Spur of the Moment at Spanish Peaks Inn

GULNARE — Come out to Spanish Peaks Inn, 22590 CR 41.6 in scenic Gulnare Saturday, March 30, 7:30 to 11:30 pm for live music and dancing to the music of Spur of the Moment. There is a $5 cover charge. All month Spanish Peaks Inn has Lent specials Tuesdays and Fri- days. Come down any day for daily food specials and lodging. For more info, call 719-941-4288.

 

A Taste of Tango

TRINIDAD — Come help us create a tango dance community in Trinidad every Sunday, 1 to 2 pm at The Hot Yoga Studio, on Main Street. Argentine beginner tango lessons are free on Sundays, no partner is necessary. Teachers are Tito and Barbara. For more in- formation email bbamusing@gmail.com or call 720-244-5748.

 

Culebra Range Scholarships deadline extented

TRINIDAD — The Culebra Range Scholarship committee announces that we have ex- tended the deadline for scholarship applications to Sunday, March 31. This will give an extra opportunity to students who weren’t able to make the end of Feb deadline. We hope this will help some students apply.

Students interested in applying can either contact us directly at tomandlindaperry@gmail.com or contact your local high school counselor. Donors willing to partner with us and contribute to this program for our youth and the local environment can contact us at tomandlindaperry@gmail.com.

 

Introduction to Aromatherapy

TRINIDAD — This introductory presentation, Monday, April 1, 7 to 8 pm at Hearth of the Goddess, 149 E Main St #4, aims to define aromatherapy and introduce the basic methods of practicing it at home. A $2 donation is encouraged, but is not necessary. Seating is limited, so please RSVP before the event 719-680-3663

 

Canvas & Conversation

TRINIDAD —The monthly Canvas and Conversation at Mt Carmel Wellness Center, 911 Robinson Ave. will be Monday, April 1, 6- 8 pm. The cost for the class is $25 per person which includes art supplies, snacks, glass of wine and wonderful conversation! Call Patricia Duran at 719-845-4875 to reserve your spot or email Patricia at pduran@mtcarmelcenter.org.

 

First annual Trinidad Photography Contest call for entries

TRINIDAD — Trinidad Photography Gallery, 319 W Main Street, will host the First Annual Trinidad Photography Contest with cash prizes of $250, $100, and $50 to be given at the show opening. A $5 entry fee per ready-to-hang photo- graph, maximum of five entries per person will be accepted. All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, April 3 at the Trinidad Photography Gallery. There is no theme.

The show’s opening reception sponsored by THCU will be held on Friday, April 5, from 5-7pm. For more information call 214-336-4229.

 

“The Green Show” accepting entries

TRINIDAD — The Corazon Gallery, 149 E Main St #1, in downtown Trinidad will host a “Green Show.” All area artists and media are welcome. Entries will be accepted Thursday, April 4, from 10 am to 4 pm. The entry fee is $10 for each piece with no limits. The gallery reserves the right to disallow any work they feel is inappropriate or not the quality they are expecting.

Visit corazongallery.org for more information, or call 719- 846-0207.

 

“The Green Show” opening reception

TRINIDAD — The Corazon Gallery, 149 E Main St #1, in downtown Trinidad will be hosting a “Green Show” opening reception, Friday, April 5, 5 to 7 pm. The show will be on display until April 19. Visit corazongallery.org for more information, or call 719-846-0207

 

Watch Battery Replacement Day

TRINIDAD — Bring your watch batteries, car remotes and hearing aids in for battery replacement Thursday, April 4, 10 am to 4 pm at Mt. San Rafael Hospital, 410 Benedicta Avenue. Need a link taken out of a watch band or one added? We can do that, too! Service provided while you wait or drop off your items and pick them up before 4pm! Fashion watches and glass jewelry will also be available for sale. For more information call 719-846-9213.

 

Care Kits at Carnegie Public Library

TRINIDAD — Join us on the first Friday of each month at the Carnegie Public Library, 202 N. Animas Street, to assemble Care Kits for those experiencing homelessness, and learn about some of the challenges they face. This month we will meet on Friday, April 5, 3 to 4 pm. We’re seeking donations of new socks, soft food (like applesauce cups,) toothpaste, tooth- brushes, deodorant, soap, band-aids, baby wipes, and so on. If you’ve been wanting to help, but not sure how, this is a great opportunity to get involved! Call for more information: 719- 846-6841

 

2019 Spring Fling

TRINIDAD — The Annual Holy Trinity Academy Spring Fling is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 9 am to 3 pm at Sebastiani Gym. Make sure to bring the family to see all the goodies and support local community members!

 

Spring Cleanup Days at the Good Food Project

TRINIDAD — The Good Food Project Farm, 33812 St. Hwy 12 (Jensen), is having Spring Cleanup Days every Saturday in April, 8 am to 12 pm. Spring cleaning participants earn vouchers to use at the Farmers Market. Watch for the signs, mile marker 68.

 

Miners Classic Adventure Ride

TRINIDAD — Join the fun Saturday, April 6, 7 am to 5 pm for a great adventure ride in Las Animas County. This ride is part of the Explore Las Animas Dirt Series. Adventure rides are not races. They’re about having fun hanging with like minded people who want to explore and ride hard. Rides are timed, but not for competitive purposes. Again, all roads are open and you must obey traffic laws.

7 am registration/sign in, the start is at 9 am. The ride finish is at Elm Street Train Depot (approx 3 pm), followed by dinner (approx 4 pm.)

This ride gets its name from the number of former mines that dot the landscape along the course. Trinidad-Las Animas County was the supply and transportation center for the region’s coal mines. The coal from these mines was highly prized for its quality in creating coking fuels for Colorado’s smelters. Names like Berwind, Chicosa, Majestic, and Tabasco all speak of a bygone era that left its mark on Las Animas County’s his- tory. A portion of the ride includes a stretch of the Pony Xpress 160 route. This route will not disappoint cyclists looking to get in some early season miles on dirt on rolling front range roads. $75 registration fee, for more information: 303-775-8486 or email juan.delaroca@gmail.com or visit explorelasanimas.com

 

Network Council meeting

TRINIDAD — Come share what’s going on with your organization and hear what everyone else is doing at the next Net- work Council meeting, Thursday, April 4, 8:30 am at the Trinidad Community Foundation Office Chamber Conference Room in the John Building.

 

Local writing contest for K-12 students

TRINIDAD — The TSJC creative writing group is sponsoring a K-12 grade creative writing contest which is open to all themes and genres: fiction, poetry, and hybrid writing. Students will complete in 4 groups, K-2, 3-5, 6-8. and 9-12. There will be 8 first place winners, 2 from each group. Each winner receives a cash prize and pizza party for their classroom. 2nd and 3rd place winners from each group also receive cash prizes. Selected works will be available as a book!

Submissions must be original and may include artwork. All work must be submitted by Friday, April 5. For questions and to submit work: trinidadstate.edu/creative-writing.

All contestants are invited to the writing contest awards ceremony on Thursday, April 25, 6 pm at the Berg Little Theater on the TSJC campus.

 

Fun & Friendraiser

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad State Educational Foundation’s Fun & Friendraiser is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 6 to 10 pm at Brix Sports Bar & Grill, 231 E Main Street. The event features a silent auction, dinner, guest speaker Todd Romero – Sports Host/Reporter with Altitude Sports, and Hall of Fame induction, honoring Laura DeBella and Mike Dixon. Tickets are $50 per person. Reserve yours today! Call Toni DeAngelis at (719) 846-5520. Proceeds from this year’s Fun & Friendraiser benefit TSJC Athletics.

 

Autism support group meeting

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Autism Awareness Chapter will hold their monthly support group for families with a loved one with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Developmental Delay Thursday, April 11, 6 to 8 pm at the Trinidad Community Center, 1309 Beshoar Avenue. A complementary dinner is served sponsored by Shandy Clinic. There will be a presentation followed by round table discussion.

 

Youth job fair in Trinidad

TRINIDAD — Calling all youth between 14 and 24 years of age, Friday, April 12, 1 to 4 pm at the Trinidad Workforce Center, 140 N. Commercial Street, there will be a job fair especially for young folks. Please bring your resume and dress for success! For more information call 719-846-9221.

 

Rag Tag art show at the A.R. Mitchell Museum

TRINIDAD — Rag Tag, Raton Art Group and Trinidad Art Group, art show is currently showing their work at the A.R. Mitchell Museum, 150 E, Main Street in Trinidad. A group of seven artists, some from Raton and some Trinidad, each invited one additional artist to join them in a collaboration of comraderies and experimentation to create this collection of a fourteen person art show which includes photography, 3 dimensional wall art, acrylics, oils, watercolors and other mediums.

Artists showing their work are Terry Bumpus, Sally Elliot, Jenifer Ghormley, Frank LaLumina, Paula Little, Kathy Longinaker, Roberta Lutgens, Cindy Montoya, Charles Murphy, Mary Newton, Yvonne O’Brien, Jennifer Parisi, Martin Pavletich and Lois Peterson.

This show runs through the first week in May. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call 719-846-4224.

 

Vendors, start planning for Santa Fe Trail Days Festival

TRINIDAD — Once again, the Santa Fe Trail Days Festival is returning to downtown Trinidad June 28 and 29. There will be food, crafts, music, plus much more and fun for all ages. Vendors of food and non-food items are welcome to apply at the Trinidad and Las Animas County Chamber office, 136 W Main St, or call the Chamber office 719-846-9285, or email lynn.schecter.tlacc@gmail.com for an application or information. Spaces are limited. Application deadline is June 15.

 

COLFAX

Call for photography artists today

RATON — Ralph R. Solano Memorial Exhibit & Sale announce a call to artists for the upcoming exhibit and sale. Artists need to drop off work on Thursday, March 28, 10 am to 2 pm at the Old Pass Gallery. A prospectus can be picked up at the Old Pass Gallery. For additional information or questions, contact director@ratonarts.org or call (575) 445-2052.

 

Business Round Table meeting today

RATON — We will be combining the BRT meeting with the Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, March 28, 12 pm at Pappa’s Sweet Shop, 1201 S 2nd Street. We will be discussing the on- going economic development initiatives in Raton and give an update on the first Recharge Our Community Economy work- shop. See you there! #GrowRaton

 

Cimarron Civic Club pancake breakfast

CIMARRON — Come out for a delicious $5 breakfast including pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee Saturday, March 30, 7:30 to 10:30 am at Cimarron United Methodist Church, 108 N 2nd Street. Stay and bid at the silent auction which includes aerial sight seeing trip, drone, Amazon Echo, outdoor goods, gift cards, local photography & art, and more.

 

Mandala Center worship service

DES MOINES — The monthly worship service at the Mandala Center led by the Rev. Tim Sexton will be Sunday,March 31. The service begins at 3 pm followed by a pot luck dinner. TMC is located at 96 Mandala Rd. 3 miles west of Des Moines, New Mexico. For more information call (575) 278-3002.

 

Open house of new Coal Camp Kitchen

RATON — The Center for Community Innovations will be debuting the Coal Camp Kitchen in The Raton Convention Center Tuesday, April 2 from 11 am to 2 pm. We will be have food and refreshments to give information about the newly renovated commercial kitchen.

 

John Taft retirement party

RATON — John Taft is hanging up his overalls and retiring from the City of Raton as animal control officer for 31 years. The Raton Human Society is giving him a retirement party Fri- day, April 5, 5:30 pm at Pappas Sweet Shop, 1201 S 2nd Street.

John Taft has worked with our Society closely for all those years so we want to send him off in style. We’re inviting anyone and everyone – not just members of the humane society. Please call Barbara Bonahoom to make a reservation! Hope to see you there to spend an evening with John and our supporters.

 

Brews and Brushes fundraiser

RATON — Raton Professional Business Women group is host- ing a fundraiser for the Raton Scholarships Friday, April 5, 6 to 8 pm. Enjoy a Friday evening creating your tropical masterpiece with paint and canvas at Raton’s own Colfax Ale Cellar, 215 South 2nd Street. Raton Chamber President and author, Dee Burks will be our instructor. Ticket includes 1st drink and your opportunity to help a deserving Raton Graduate fund their upcoming college year a little easier!…

 

4th Annual Western Dinner & Dance

RATON — The NRA Whittington Center is presenting the 4th Annual Western Dinner & Dance featuring Syd Masters & The Swing Riders Friday, April 5, at the NRAWC Shotgun Center. Dinner will be at 6 pm, dancing to follow at 7 pm.

Only 80 tickets will be sold, $40 per person or $75 per couple. Door prize drawings will be held throughout the evening. Call the NRAWC for tickets at 575-445-3615.

 

Retreat House Quilters: quilt exhibit at Raton Museum

RATON — Retreat House Quilters has about 14 members who have made quilts that will be on display along with other historical artifacts through the month of April at Raton Museum, 108 South Second Street. There will be a reception held on Saturday, April 6, 1 to 4 pm to kick off the exhibit.

 

Child Find Des Moines 2019

DES MOINES — Child Find is a free screening for children ages birth to five years old. This year’s Des Moines Child Find is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 9 am to 5 pm at the Des Moines School Special Education Office, 500 Des Moines Avenue.

Target areas include: vision, hearing, learning, speech and language, as well as fine and gross motor skills. Parents may register pre-K children for Kindergarten, but must provide a social security card, birth certificate and immunization record. For an appointment call Rhonda Wingo at 575-278-2611. Child Find is sponsored by: High Plains Regional Education Cooperative #3 and Des Moines Municipal Schools.

 

Historic exhibition at Di Lisio building A clothes line tribute to Raton’s business leaders open now

RATON — “A Clothes Line Tribute to Raton’s Business Leaders” opened Monday, March 18 and will run through April 12, Monday – Friday, 10 am to 2 pm at 144 South Second Street. The “old shoe store” at the Di Lisio building offers a ready avenue to view poster presentations, newspaper articles and advertisements from 1918 continuing through 2018.

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