The Sandhill Cranes Have Arrived!

The Sandhill Cranes Have Arrived!

February 12, 2018, Monte Vista, Colorado—The Sandhill Cranes have officially arrived in the San Luis Valley. Early Saturday morning, February 10, 2018, birder Ray Esparza snapped a photo of 10 Sandhill Cranes silhouetted against a sunflower-yellow and blue sky in the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Later that day, Monte Vista resident Laura Conchelos heard cranes bugling above her house.

By the second week of March, some 20,000 Sandhill Cranes will have congregated in the Valley, with a majority of them around the wildlife refuge. Just in time for the 35th Monte Vista Crane Festival, which is slated for the weekend of March 9 – 11.

The Sandhill Crane migration through the valley is a wildlife ritual that has been occurring for thousands of years, perhaps even longer. A 3,000-year-old petroglyph discovered on the valley’s west side depicts what appears to be a crane. In Florida, a 2.5 million-year-old Sandhill Crane fossil was discovered. And in Nebraska, a 10 million-year-old fossil of a closely-related crane species was unearthed.

The crane festival originated to celebrate Whooping Cranes in the valley, thanks to a government program aimed at reviving the species dwindling population. But these days, Sandhill Cranes are the well-deserved stars of the show. They flock by the thousands into the valley, amassing in fields and wetlands, wowing onlookers with their graceful courtship dances and sheer numbers. Their daybreak flyouts often fill the skies with hundreds and sometimes thousands of birds. To help guide visitors this year to where its possible to witness sunrise flyouts, refuge staff will be posting the crane’s overnight roosting locations on the festival’s web site and Facebook page.

Events at this year’s festival run the gambit: tours to see cranes and birds of prey; tours to unique Valley destinations; photography workshops; a craft and nature fair highlighting local artists; and bird movies and wildlife talks in Monte Vista’s homey, old-time theater. Local wood carver Tarry Maxson has been selling his hand-carved, painted birds at the craft & nature fair since the festival’s early days. The wood, he says, comes from downed trees donated from nearby farms and other properties. Other artists will be selling everything from wine glasses etched with Sandhill Cranes figures to wildlife-inspired jewelry, photography, paintings, clothing and crocheted items.

Local Valley businesses have also caught the “crane craze.” Three Guys Farms restaurant in the Monte Villa Pub is serving a special craft cocktail dubbed the “Crane-hattan,” and Haefeli’s Honey is selling crane-decorated coffee mugs in their Del Norte store. Be sure to ask wherever you go if the business is doing something fun to celebrate the Valley’s returning winged visitors.

For more information on the Monte Vista Crane Festival, visit or follow the festival’s Facebook page. Registration deadline is March 7, 2018. There are still openings for the Sandhill Crane sunrise and sunset tours.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is Unconstitutional, and is Stealing Money from the U.S. Treasury.

When Congress created The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, they put Elizebeth Warran, in charge of setting it up. It was set up so that funding was not provided through congressional appropriations but it would receive all its funding directly from the U.S. treasury. How and why Congress would do this is the big question. This would be handing the agency its own power and it would not being answerable to anyone, even to Congress!

The agency was set up by the Democrats in answer to the Home Loan Bubble Collapse in 2008, later followed by the Foreclosure Crises in 2010. How is this agency even legal if we are calling this, our government, a democracy? If this is allowed to stand as is, it gives the agency its own power and makes it untouchable, not subject to any congressional control or oversight, which leaves it wide open for all kinds of corruption. In a democracy this should not even be possible, due to our constitution which says in Section 1, article 7 that only the Congress alone has the right and duty to distribute funds to a government agency.

After Richard Cordray announced his resignation on November 24, President Trump, appointed Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to serve as Interim Director of the CFPB until the Senate can confirm a new replacement.

Leandra English, said, “Not so fast, this is my seat!” English came to work and told all the staff she was the one in charge and the rightful director, having been given the position by the previous director.

Mulvaney also came to work and set up his office and then sent a memo out to everyone telling them to disregard any memo coming from Leandra English, that she was not the person in charge. English then went to court and immediately filed a case to try to stop Mulvaney and make the case that she was the rightful Director.

If the court determines that the set up of the agency is unconstitutional (and if we are calling this a democracy it would be.) thus it would be illegal. The whole question of whom is in charge of the agency will not matter, and they will have to shut it down. The idea that an agency can just dip into the U.S. treasury with no oversight, begs the question, who is really in charge and who authorizes these transactions if not congress? Do the we really want agencies taking money from the U.S. Treasury with no congressional oversight at their own discretion? Who decides how much money they take? Doesn’t the U.S. treasury belong to the American Republic?

I think this agency is stealing money from our Treasury. After all, there is no congressional no oversight, they are just dipping into the treasury, taking whatever they want, whenever they want it and using it for their left wing liberal agenda. It needs to be closed. Fire everyone President Trump.

34th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival

Monte Vista, Colorado: 34th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival

March 10-12, 2017

January 4, 2017 – Its nearing that time again when tens of thousands of sandhill cranes descend upon Colorado’s scenic San Luis Valley to feed and rest up for the journey further north to their nesting grounds. It’s a wildlife phenomenon akin to the celebrated march of the penguins in Antarctica. But instead of the penguin’s gakkering and growling, birdwatchers hear the trumpeting of five, six and ten thousand cranes, whose rattling call sounds something like a cross between a tiger’s purr and pigeon’s coo.


“When you have 5,000 cranes all making their rattling calls, it can be deafening,” says Scott Miller, wildlife biologist for the Monte Vista national Wildlife Refuge, where most of the 25,000 cranes congregate in early spring.


The silver-colored cranes stand 4-feet-tall and don a distinguishing red forehead and russet-flecked wings. They feed in the nearby fields by day and roost in the refuge’s wetlands by night. Sandhill cranes mate for life, Miller says, so visitors often see the bird’s ritual courting dance. “They jump up and down, flapping their wings and moving their necks,” he says. “They’re these big lanky birds yet their dance is so graceful.”

Folks who arrive early to the wetlands are often privy to another amazing spectacle when the cranes launch en masse at daybreak and head to their feeding grounds. “When they liftoff, it’s pretty incredible,” Miller says. “You can hear their wings and the sound of rushing wind.”

This year’s Monte Vista Crane Festival includes sunrise and sunset tours, photography workshops, raptor tours, fieldtrips to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Penitente Canyon and more. There’s a daily craft and nature fair with local artists, and Friday night’s movie is “Hoot”—about a group of young friends on a mission to save burrowing owls. The 2017 keynote speaker is avid birder and Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas illustrator, Radeaux (

For details and registration, visit Registration deadline is March 8, 2017. For more information, call the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce at 719-852-2731. For media requests, contact


Media Contact and Image Requests:


     Ruthanne Johnson


Passion 4 Paint : Rock Art @ Lamar Public Library


Theme: Fall/Thanksgiving

We will supply all the materials for this rock painting event (rocks, paints, markers, brushes). You are welcome to bring any supplies you would rather use (rocks included). Make your designs as simple or elaborate as you like. Either way you’ll have a memento that you can display in the house or in the garden for years to come.

People have been painting on rock for centuries. Recently, this art activity has seen a resurgence in popularity.

Rock is an art base that is easily accessible to most people and affordable!

Rocks are like fingerprints–no two are exactly alike–which makes them a great art base!

It’s Free and Fun for the entire Family!

Rock Art

This is a rock not a cat!

Colorado East Bank changes to TBK Bank

Colorado East Bank and Trust merged with and into TBK Bank, SSB on August 1, 2016. At the close of business on Friday, November 4, 2016, the core system of Colorado East Bank and Trust will convert to TBK Banks, SSB’s core system. Accounts will automatically be converted to a TBK Bank, SSB account that most closely resembles your existing account. If, after reviewing your new account(s) you wish to change account type, they ask that you contact your TBK Bank, SSB banker after November 7, 2016 to finalize the process.


TBK Bank
1030 Main Street,
Springfield CO 81073 – 719-523-6900



Main Street Bistro Coffee House

The Main Street Bistro, owned by Brigitte Schaller,  is a coffee shop that serves breakfast and lunch  located at 857 Main Street in Springfield.

They have a daily lunch special that is listed on their face-book page at:

Their phone number is 529-0999 and their hours are from 7:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Main Street Bistro, Springfield CO

Main Street Bistro

Main Street Bistro, Springfield, CO

Smothered Burrito special

Smothered Burrito special



Man Attacked by Black Bear, South Park CO

Jerry Neal
CPW Statewide
303-866-3203 x4604

SOUTH PARK, Colo. – A man sustained minor injuries after being attacked by a black bear near Red Hill in South Park. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officials said the attack occurred at approximately 5 p.m. Friday evening.

The man, who was scouting for a hunting trip, was walking near a stream when he encountered a bear. The bear attacked and knocked him to the ground. The man fought off the attack and the bear ran away.

The victim sustained minor injuries to his hands, legs and abdomen. Paramedics treated the man for his injuries, but he was not hospitalized. Responding wildlife officers interviewed the man and collected samples of his clothing for DNA evidence.

“Thankfully, the injuries were not severe,” said Northeast Regional Manager Mark Leslie. “This looks like a chance encounter where the bear was likely startled.”

CPW officers have set traps and have asked for assistance from the USDA Wildlife Services to track the bear. Once captured, the bear will be euthanized and a necropsy will be performed to determine if the aggressive bear has rabies or other abnormalities.

CPW warns hunters and tent campers in the area to take precautions to avoid potentially dangerous encounters. Food should be stored in bear-proof containers and away from tents and campsites.

For more information on camping and hiking in bear country visit:

The hunter’s name is not being released.


Kirks Kitchen, Springfield (Main Cafe)

Art by Andrea Keenan, Springfield, Colorado

Art by Andrea Keenan

Kirk’s Kitchen, located at 973 Main Street (where the sign still says “Main Cafe”) was opened the week of the Baca County Fair. They are serving Breakfast, Lunch and dinner and are open from 7:o0 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and  7:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Saturday. Closed on Sundays.

They are serving American food, like Chicken Fried Steak, Hamburger steaks, Chicken Strips, Catfish, Shrimp, etc.  They also serve Mexican food.  Enchiladas, Tacos, Burritos and Crispitos.  The owner is Cody Kirk.  He and Jerri-Ann (Kirk) Montoya do a great job with the cooking.

The walls of the cafe are graced by the metal art work of Andrea Keenan, of Prairie Metal Works, and they are for sale.

Kirks Kitchen, Springfield Colorado

Art by Andrea Keenan, Springfield Colorado

Art by Andrea Keenan

Lamar Annual fall Art Show.

All Artists are invited to enter the annual fall art show. To encourage greater participation we are offering cash awards for Best-of-Show, First Place in each the five categories listed below; Area Award for best depiction of a landmark within a 100-mile radius of Lamar (a statement must be attached to the wire or base of the work); Popular Choice Award, and President’s Choice Award. Certificates are awarded for first, second, third, and honorable mention for each category and each division (if any) of the categories. There are no cash awards for first places in the subdivisions of the five categories (if any). Cash Awards 1 Best of Show Award – $500.00 5 First Place Awards – $150.00 1 Area Award – $100.00 1 Presidents Choice Award – $100.00 1 Student Award – $50.00 1 Popular Choice Award – $50.00

Rules and Procedures

Entry, Eligibility, and Requirements: Printed copies can be obtained by calling Bev Middleton at 719-940-4451 or Jeff Alexander at 719-336-4780.

Original works not previously entered in a SECAG Autumn Art Show. Works will be displayed and judged according to the following categories: 1. Painting, 2. Artisan Works, 3. Drawing & Prints, 4. Photography, 5. Three-Dimensional. Please note: Categories will be sub-judged in subdivisions when five or more works are entered (ex. oil, china painting, etc.).

Student Category: A student category is available for artists who wish to enter their work for competition with others of similar age and experience level. Student entry fee is reduced to $10 for 3 pieces and $5 for one additional piece. Students may choose to register with regular entries for show prizes but must pay full registration. Student qualification – 21 years of age or less, attending school with a current student ID.

Registration: In-person submission of entries will be Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Shore Arts Center, 115 Main Street, Lamar. Registration is $30 for one to three (1-3) entries. One additional entry can be registered for $5.

Entered works must remain on view for the duration of the exhibition and must be picked up on Thursday, October 27 immediately after 8:00 p.m. unless special arrangements are made at registration and entry time.

Membership: The registration fee automatically includes the cost of the following year’s membership in the Southeast Colorado Art Guild. All members will receive notice of meetings, workshops, and programs. Members are encouraged to participate. Sale of Art Entries: While entries not for sale (NFS) will be displayed, artists are encouraged to offer their art for sale. Payment for works sold will be made at the end of the show, and sold works cannot be removed before that time. A 20% commission is retained by the Guild.

Sale of Art Entries: While entries not for sale (NFS) will be displayed, artists are encouraged to offer their art for sale. Payment for works sold will be made at the end of the show, and sold works cannot Continued on back of page be removed before that time. A 20% commission is retained by the Guild.

Delivery & Pick-Up: entries will be brought in on Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to the Shore Arts Center, 115 Main Street, Lamar. Entries may be shipped to Jeff Alexander, 706 East Cedar Street, Lamar, CO 81052, on or before Friday, October 14. Return shipping will incur a shipping and handling fee. Arrangements can be made by contacting Jeff Alexander at 719-336-4780. When pre-arrangements are made and Thursday (Oct. 27) pick-up is not possible, entries will be safely stored until they can be picked up or shipped to the owner.

Installation Requirements: All entries must be ready for installation, and presented professionally. This applies to student entries also. If special handling or installation is required, please include instructions. All framed works must have picture wire attached so that the point of hanging is slightly below the top of the picture.

Works, other than sculpture, cannot exceed 60” (5 feet) in any one direction or weigh more than 60 pounds. All entries must meet acceptable community standards. The guild reserves the right to refuse any entry for any reason.

Miniature Exhibit: All exhibiting artists are invited to submit works for sale for no more than $50, and no larger than 8” X 10” (or 7” square). Two-dimensional works must be framed. Packaged Greeting cards may also be included in the sale. These works will not be judged and no commission will be charged.

Public Viewing: Tuesday-Thursday, October 25–27: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. A wine and cheese reception will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Shore Art Center. Awards will be given out at 7:30, prior to checkout. For this reception, anyone under 21 yrs. old must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is funded by the Southeast Colorado Arts Council and the Boeken Trust

Walsh Main street gets new blacktop

For over ten days the main street was blocked off to give time for the new blacktop to dry and when I arrived there on October 13th it was open. Other streets in Walsh are also being black topped so you may find some of them blocked off.

Colorado Abandoned Photography Show October 15th

Photography and Music Come Together at Brew Unto Others Coffee Shop
Lamar, CO – Colorado Abandoned, a photography show by artists Lex Nichols and Vincent Gearhart will be on display starting with an artist’s reception Saturday, October 15th from 5pm to 6:30pm at Brew Unto Others Coffee Shop at 119 South Main Street in Lamar, CO. Colorado Abandoned is a photographic presentation that has captured visually alluring items, artifacts and locations left abandoned to the elements of the southeast Colorado environment. It portrays dilapidated, broken-down, out-of-place or just plain interesting photography. Vincent and Lex have traveled throughout the southeastern part of the state capturing the abandoned essence of the plains in photographs. The ‘Colorado Abandoned’ show will be on display at Brew Unto Others through the end of October.

As an added bonus for the evening, the Nichols Family will be performing directly after the artist’s reception from 6:30pm to around 8:30pm.  Lex Nichols and his daughters, Daryl and Kloey Nichols, will bring a fun mix of music ranging from Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift using strong vocals along with guitar, ukulele and flute instruments.   Please come out Brew Unto Others and enjoy The Nichols family as they combine their instrumental talents and warm vocal harmonies to bring you an evening of music that you will not soon forget.

Lex Nichols

Lex Nichols
Lex Nichols was born and raised in Rocky Ford. At about 15 his stepmom bought him his first camera and his interest in art and photography really took off. In 2003 he started Lex Nichols Photography and was doing photography full time by 2004. He earned a Professional Certification through the Professional Photographers of America specializing in portrait lighting, landscapes and digital art (Photoshop). Lex began teaching digital art, photography and Photoshop at Otero Junior College while also running his business. In a few years his wife Jennifer joined the LNP team and now runs the business from their home in Rocky Ford.

Lex has been featured in Outdoor Photographer, Cowboys and Indians, Balloon Life and numerous other national publications. Currently, Lex is represented by Alamy Images Stock Agency based out of the UK where his images are sold worldwide. He is employed by Otero County as Public Works Director but still continues his photography adventures.

Vincent Gearhart
Vincent Gearhart has a varied professional background.  A graduate of La Junta High School, he worked for the railroad in a regional capacity for 20 years.  He became adept in computer work through his experience with Computer Products and Services.  That work augmented his career as a sales representative with B106 and KSIR in Ft. Morgan, Colorado.  He has been employed for several years at Robinson Printing, Inc., in Lamar.  Gearhart helped create a successful weekly newspaper which serves Prowers County and is involved in sales, graphic design and publishing for The Prowers Journal.

Vincent Gearheart

Vincent has had a passion for photography and from starting and raising a family, his interest in photography became a natural endeavor.  In the past several years, he has expanded his interests with new photographic equipment and software and has been studying recent developments in photography and digital art.  He mainly enjoys taking photos of isolated objects, whether the subject is flowers, animals in their natural habitat, vegetables, automobiles, or any subject that sparks his interest



Entries for the Autumn Art Show will be taken on Saturday, October 22 from 9a.m. – 12 noon. Again the show will be locate at the Shore Art Center, downtown Lamar. Pat Johnson is again in charge. Marilyn Gentz and Dorothy Buxton will assist her. The rules, awards and prizes at this time have not changed.

The panels will be set up on Saturday during entries. Vincent Gearhart will be in charge. Jeff Alexander will assist. We could use some more help there. Leonard Pruett has moved and he always graciously assisted us. Jeremy Cooper has had surgery on his shoulder and will not be able to help. Vincent is also in charge of the PR work and has already started working with his daughter to get posters printed for us to hang up. As soon as we have those I will let you know. Please offer to take some and hang them in you community.

Show hanging will take place following entries on Saturday. We could use some volunteers especially if you have been involved with hanging before.

Judging will take place on Sunday, October 23rd. Time still to be determined but 9:00 is a good time to start. Dorothy Buxton and Jennie Dooley will serve on the judging committee. At this time the plan is to do a walk through on Saturday night before the judge is treated to dinner. More info to follow on the judge and what the judge can offer such as a critique, demo etc.

Awards will be hung on Monday, October 24th. Jeff Alexander will again be taking care of the awards as well as the show info and entry information we will be sending out to all artists in the near future. Please watch your email as we will send out to all who we have email addresses for to save on postage. We could use some assistance on hanging the awards on Monday evening.

Show is open to the public Tuesday, October 25 – Thursday, October 27 th. Exact times to be open are still to be determined. Please think about volunteering to sit with the show.

Wine and Cheese reception will be on October 27th from 6 – 8:00 p.m. during the Lamar Moonlight Madness event.
Awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m. and check out will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27th.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, September 15th at 5:30 p.m. here in the SECED office located at 112 West Elm.

If you would like to help, please let me know and I can see that we make that happen.

We will also be sending out personal invites to business people and other parties that might not be aware we are having our show. Please get us names and addresses if you want someone invited to the reception.

I know I am probably forgetting something so let me know.

Bev Middleton

Triumph Bancorp, Inc. to Acquire ColoEast Bankshares, Inc.

DALLAS, March 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Triumph Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:TBK) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ColoEast Bankshares, Inc., parent of Colorado East Bank & Trust, headquartered in Lamar, Colorado.

ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. is a bank holding company with $759 million in total assets as of 12/31/2015. Its community banking subsidiary, Colorado East Bank & Trust, offers personal checking, savings, CD, money market, HSA, IRA, NOW and business accounts, as well as consumer, commercial and mortgage loans from 18 branches and one loan production office located throughout Colorado and far western Kansas.

“Triumph’s acquisition of ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. will provide immediate and long-term benefits to both of our organizations,” commented Aaron P. Graft, Vice Chairman and CEO of Triumph Bancorp, Inc. “We are excited to welcome the customers and staff of Colorado East Bank & Trust to the Triumph Bancorp group of companies.”

Stephen A. Sherlock, Vice Chairman and CEO of Colorado East Bank & Trust commented, “We are pleased to join a dynamic and entrepreneurial organization with a track record of strong growth. By partnering with Triumph we will be able to offer our customers the same level of prompt, professional and personal service they are accustomed to along with an expanded product offering in support of local economic and civic development in the communities in which we operate.”

The definitive merger agreement provides for Triumph Bancorp, Inc. to acquire ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. in an all-cash transaction. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Triumph Bancorp, Inc. will pay $70 million for the outstanding common stock of ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. Consideration could be reduced to $69 million should ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. not achieve certain targets.

The merger has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval of the merger agreement by ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. shareholders and receipt of required regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016.

Triumph Bancorp, Inc. was advised in this transaction by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as legal counsel. Performance Trust, LLC rendered a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. in connection with this transaction. Bieging, Shapiro & Barber acted as legal counsel to ColoEast Bankshares, Inc.

Aaron P. Graft, Vice Chairman and CEO, and Bryce Fowler, CFO, of Triumph, will host a conference call for investors and analysts, to discuss the transaction details, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Central Time on Monday, March 7th, 2016.

To participate in the live conference call, please dial 1 (855) 779-1042 (U.S. and Canada) and enter Conference ID # 62419950. A simultaneous audio-only webcast may be accessed via Triumph’s website at through the Investor Relations, News & Events and Webcasts and Presentations links, or through a direct link here at An archive of this conference call will subsequently be available at this same location on Triumph’s website.

About Triumph

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Triumph Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:TBK) is a financial holding company with a diversified line of community banking, commercial finance and asset management activities.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Press Release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Investors are cautioned that such statements, including statements with respect to the expected benefits of the proposed transaction and the timing of the proposed transaction, are predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those we may expect, including, but not limited to: economic, political and market conditions and fluctuations; competition; the possibility that the expected benefits related to the proposed transaction may not materialize as expected; the proposed transaction not being timely completed, if completed at all; prior to the completion of the proposed transaction, ColoEast’s business experiencing disruptions due to transaction-related uncertainty or other factors making it more difficult to maintain relationships with employees, customers, other business partners or governmental entities, difficulty retaining key employees, and the parties being unable to successfully implement integration strategies or to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies within the expected time-frames or at all; and other factors identified in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” and the forward-looking statement disclosure contained in Triumph’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on February 26, 2016. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and Triumph undertakes no duty to update such information.

Investor Relations:
Luke Wyse
Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations

Media Contact:
Amanda Tavackoli
Vice President, Marketing & Communication

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Exercise for Older Adults

Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging Celebrates Go4Life® Month
with Event Highlighting Importance of Exercise for Older Adults

September has been designated Go4Life Month and the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging is celebrating by partnering with Springfield Resource Center to offer an exercise class on Thursday, September 17th at 12pm at 1260 Main Street. The class will be led by Lisa Bamber, an instructor at Otero Junior College and certified by the National Exercise Trainers Association. Free materials on exercise techniques will be distributed at the event.

Go4Life is the national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50+ from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The campaign seeks to empower older adults to become more physically active.

The Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging is dedicated to serving seniors in Southeast Colorado. In accordance with the Older Americans Act, the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging provides services and advocacy to older adults. The service goals are to enrich the lives of older Coloradans and to help maximize independence while enhancing quality of life. The agency is participating in Go4Life to draw attention to the importance of aging well.

Go4Life is based on studies showing that older adults can exercise safely and should exercise regularly to help prevent many of the chronic conditions and disability associated with aging. Despite the growing list of benefits of exercise for people of all ages, U.S. adults tend to become less active as they age. Go4Life is trying to make a difference, by providing information and motivational tools to help older adults increase their physical activity and by working with the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging to support their efforts.

The centerpiece of the Go4Life campaign is an interactive website——with sample exercises, success stories, and free materials to motivate the growing numbers of Baby Boomers—and their parents—get ready, start exercising, and keep going to improve their health and achieve a better quality of life.

For more information about the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging, please visit or call (719) 383-3166. Visit to learn more about Go4Life Month.

Go4Life® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S.Census Bureau Community Survey and why you should refuse to fill it out.

U.S.CENSUS BUREAU American Community Survey
and why you should refuse to fill it out.

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing statistical survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. The letter comes to a randomly selected house addressed to “the resident” and asks you to respond by going to their website where you will be asked a lot of personal and highly invasive questions regarding how much you earn, what you pay for utilities, what utilities you use, how many bathrooms, bedrooms, age of your house, exactly what time you leave for work, and other very unnecessary personal questions etc. The survey asks for more information, and at a higher frequency, than the simple enumeration required by U.S. Constitution Article I Section 2.

Despite the GAO’s conclusion that the Census Bureau has the authority to conduct the survey under 13 U.S.C. § 141 and 13 U.S.C. § 193, several U.S. representatives have challenged the ACS as unauthorized by the Census Act and violative of the Right to Financial Privacy Act. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who opposes the ACS, said of that the founding fathers of the United States “never authorized the federal government to continuously survey the American people.

The agents working for the Census Bureau prefer to gain cooperation by trying to convince respondents of the importance of participation. Failing that, they are quick to tell you that it is required by law. (Title 13, Code, Sections 141, 193, and 221) and that you could be fined. The Department of Commerce has stated that those who receive a survey form are legally obligated to respond to the ACS. Those who decline to complete the survey often receive follow-up phone calls or visits to their homes from Census Bureau personnel who keep coming back after you have told them you will not agree to complete their survey. A friend told me she once worked for them and their task was to collect GPS coordinates of where the front door was of each and every residence as well as verify the address in the database.

People who have refused to comply to this invasion of privacy have reported being harassed with numerous phone calls and home visits by agents who, after failing to convince you to do your “civic duty,” have used threats and intimidation about how they must comply by law or they can be fined for refusing to fill out the survey or for willfully providing false information. To date, no person has ever been prosecuted for refusing to answer the ACS. Former Director of the Census Bureau Kenneth Prewitt remarked that the Department of Commerce is “not an enforcement agency” and that “the Department of Justice would have to do the prosecution, and we don’t recommend that.

I think the time has come for some civil disobedience and the intrusive nature of this American Community Survey makes is the perfect place to start. The American people need to draw a line in the sand and tell the reprobates in the federal government we will no longer tolerate their usurpations of power.

These agents don’t care about your constitutional rights and they don’t read you cover letters. They have no respect for your freedom or right to privacy and will just ignore your protest and refusal and continue their harassing tactics. Collections agencies are not allowed to use these tactics so what makes these people think they have a right to?

If you order a trespasser to leave AND leave you alone and said trespasser continues to attempt to engage you in conversation, you can press charges for harassment as well as trespassing. There are statutes that make harassment a misdemeanor. Simple English: If they don’t leave when you order them to do so, call the law. You do NOT have to wait until they return to press charges.

While this survey letter and the agents assures people that the survey is “completely confidential” it would be wise to remember that Census Bureau information was used to locate thousands of Japanese American Citizens and round them up during World War II. The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States was the forced relocation and incarceration during World War II of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the Pacific coast in virtually slave labor camps in the interior of the country.

Passion 4 Paint – Rock Art

As a community center, the library is more than a repository of knowledge and technology. The library is also a cultural center and art is a natural extension of this place in the community.

People have been painting rocks for centuries

Rocks are like fingerprints–no two are exactly alike–which makes them a great art base!

Passion 4 Paint – Rock Art @ Your Library

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13th @ 7:00 pm

We will supply all the materials for this first rock painting event (rocks, paints, markers, brushes)

You are welcome to bring any supplies you would rather use

Misty L. Warren

Library Assistant, Senior

Lamar Public Library

Read, Learn, Succeed….for a Lifetime

102 E. Parmenter St., Lamar, CO 81052

Phone: 719-336-1292

Fax: 719-336-1294

Blue Skies in Baca County

Picture taken July 13th, 2015.

Someone’s Not Happy With Government

At ten mile corner in Baca County  someone decided to voice their unhappiness with some of our leaders.

Unique Teacher Workshops at Mueller State Park

Contact Name: Linda Groat
Contact Phone: 719-687-2366

Unique Teacher Workshops at Mueller State Park

Mueller State Park is offering three unique workshops for Teachers. Learn new ways to catch your students interest and get them engaged in math, science and reading! In these day-long classes, teachers will walk away with lots of new ideas, award-winning curriculum and resources! Teachers may choose to get college credit for these classes also. Not just for teachers; scout leaders, home school folks and anyone with an interest in learning will enjoy these workshops!

Thursday, July 16th – Mammals of Colorado.
Discover the many species of mammals in Colorado and learn about their interesting life histories. Jump in with lots of hands-on activities with skins, skulls, tracks and scat. Biologist Julie Stiver with Colorado Parks and Wildlife will discuss how these animals fit into their habitats and the techniques used to manage them. A hike in Mueller State Park is included. This class is listed in the Florissant Fossil Beds Seminar Series.

Wednesday, July 29th – Project Archaeology
Have you ever found an arrowhead, piece of pottery or rusty old tool and wondered who left it there? Project Archaeology gives students a basic understanding of how archaeology works and teaches them to respect and protect our nation’s cultural heritage. “Project Archaeology-Intrigue of the Past,” is a program designed for teachers of fourth through seventh grade but anyone would enjoy the contents of the seminar. The program uses archaeology to teach science, math, history, social studies, art, language, and higher thinking skills such as problem solving, synthesis, and evaluation. The program will give an eye opening understanding of the process and a new perspective on archaeological resources. This class is listed in the Florissant Fossil Beds Seminar Series.

Thursday, August 6th – Project Wild
Project WILD captures the attention of students by using wildlife as the topic. As one of the most widely-used education programs of its kind among educators of students in kindergarten through high school, its mission is to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education to foster responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.

To register or get more information about these classes, please contact Linda Groat at Mueller State Park, 719-687-2366 ext. 107 or

Participants must pre-register. Some fees are required and tuition is required for the optional college credit.

Mueller State Park is located just 45 minutes from Colorado Springs on the west side of Pike’s Peak. For more information about Mueller State Park go to