Springfield’s Beau Grogan to perform at the Texaco Country Showdown August 23rd

Springfield Colorado’s own modern day version of Chris LeDoux,  Beau Grogan will perform at the Texaco Country Showdown event on Saturday, August 23rd at the Gem Theater in Walsh. Beau was the runner up in last years competition, and caught the eyes and ears of the judges. “When I heard Beau, I knew immediately that a great new talent had been discovered. I felt like I had found the next Chris LeDoux, or Merle Haggard.” said Chris Lash, owner of 91.9 HANK FM, who put on the competition.
Beau will perform before the competition begins,and also during intermission.




FREE LEGAL CLINIC – BACA COUNTY - First-come, First-served;  ALL FREE

WEDNESDAY JULY 16, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM in Springfield

A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney and will be representing themselves in court, will be featured from 2:00 pm – 5:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Springfield Public Library at 1260 South Main Street, Suite #1 in the Resource Center in Springfield.    By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions one-on-one, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for civil litigation, family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veterans issues and civil protection orders.   Walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming dates in 2014 are:  July 16,  August 20,  September 17,  October 15,  November 19,  and December 17.


We are hosting a Hotter than Hell Music and Art Festival on July 19. This includes vendors, live music and an art show. I’m searching for “live” artists to come to Lamar for the day……what I have envisioned is theatrical mimes, human statues, stilt walkers, non-musical street artists. We can pay a minimal fee and perhaps lodging and gas. Would you happen to know any artists your way that may be interested? I thought I may have some coming for Denver but they have had to cancel so I apologize for the last minute notice — I’m just reaching out to any and everyone that I know at this point!
Any help would be appreciated.

I have attached our poster with more information.

Shawna Hodge

Executive Director


Contact Phone: 303-291-7475

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) offers big game licenses for elk, pronghorn, bear, deer and turkey, to residents and nonresidents, beginning at 9 a.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) Aug. 5. This is the first time all big game licenses (leftover, over-the-counter with caps, unlimited over-the-counter) are for sale at the same time.

Leftover licenses are what remain after the draw process for big game and turkey. The number of licenses available depends upon how many licenses remain after the draws for a particular hunt code. A list of available hunt codes is slated to be published on July 29 at

Over-the-counter with caps licenses are licenses that initially go on sale Aug. 5 but are limited in quantity, or “capped”. Unlimited over-the-counter licenses are not limited in number. Look for unlimited over-the-counter licenses and hunt codes for over-the-counter with caps licenses in the 2014 Big Game Brochure.

License sales begin 9 a.m.(Mountain Daylight Time), Aug. 5. Individuals may choose to purchase in person at more than 700 licensing agents, including CPW offices, online at or by phone (800-244-5613). A list of license agents can be found at

CPW Draw Coordinator Devon Adams recommends checking with your preferred license purchase agent ahead of time to ensure business hours coincide with the start of the sale and that they are familiar with changes to big game license sales this year.

In addition to a current and valid photo ID, proof of residency and social security number, anyone buying a license must have a Hunter Education card, unless the hunter was born before Jan. 1, 1949. Online verification requires input of the hunter education information located on the card and the state in which it was issued. Bring this card with you for in-person sales.

To sign up for a Hunter Education course go to To request a replacement Colorado hunter education card, go to

For more information about hunting big game in Colorado or the Aug.5 sale go to, contact your local CPW office or call 303-297-1192.

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National Country Talent Contest Comes to Baca County for Local Competition

The 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown is America’s largest Country music talent show. It’s designed to find the most promising country music talent in the nation and to give these performers a chance to launch their professional music careers. The Country Showdown begins each spring with over 450 local talent contests sponsored by country music radio stations throughout the US. Winners advance to their respective State competitions held at leading fairs and venues. Acts then compete for a $1,000 prize, the State Title and the opportunity to advance to one of five Regional Finals. It’s the last step before the prestigious, televised National Final. The audience cheers on the Regional Winners, as they compete for the Grand Prize of $100,000 and the title of “Best New Act in Country Music.”

The Country Showdown will hold the Baca County competition on August 23rd at 7 pm at the Gem in Walsh presented by 91.9 HANK FM. To register participants can register at or by calling 91.9 HANK FM’s Chris Lash at 724-516-8885 or via email at “Last year we had a tremendous turnout at The Gem for this free night of country music. Its fun, and features great talent. We look forward to our winner going onto the Colorado state finals again. Everyone is welcome to attend. We’re finalizing a special performing guess as well.” said Lash.

March Against Monsanto

“Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” – Kissinger

While the film makers of Santo Movie were researching for the film, they came across a little known fact that should be sweeping the internet and informing farmers across America and other countries facing territorial Monsanto.

Even though the Monsanto protection act is in place and even though Monsanto is known for its brutal attack of patent infringement, typically leading to expensive court battles for the farmer, there is light at the end of the tunnel that will affect Monsanto in ways unknown.

All the farmer has to do is identify cross contaminated GM crops on their natural and organic farms and make a formal written demand to Monsanto to come and remove those plants before Monsanto makes a claim of patent infringement.

“If Monsanto refuses, and demands the farmer to not touch those plants, under jurisdiction of patent rights, the farmer can exorcise it’s right to tell Monsanto their plants are on the farmers property and therefore trespasses”

If Monsanto refuses to collect its property, the farmer can have it removed and send Monsanto the bill for removal. If Monsanto refuses the bill, the farmer can take Monsanto to small claims court and will be granted the amount and avoid any gag clause Monsanto is famous for during negotiations with suits against people they fight.

While this may seem simple enough and it is, it is an example of how little farmers are in the know how to forearm themselves and beat Monsanto before they get dragged into a situation that typically causes great harm to the heritage the farmer has built.

This is a situation where knowledge truly is the power.

We applaud Santo team for its continued efforts in exposing the truth through its research and ask you to help support the film we know will bring great awareness to this devilish GMO landscape.


Vic Meyers, Democratic Candidate for Congress, congratulates Ken Buck on his victory in the Republican primary race for Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District and said that he looks forward to a vigorous discussion of the issues.

“The voters now have a clear choice about how they will be represented in Washington”, said Myers. “We believe that they will choose the candidate that can bring Democrats, Republicans, and Independents together. People want a Congressman who will listen to their problems and then work for a solution, even if finding that solution means reaching across the aisle.

“People are tired of extremist politicians”, Meyers said. “They’re tired of politicians who put their party affiliation and personal political ambitions ahead of the needs of the people back home.”

“I look forward to debating the issues with Mr. Buck, ranging from our differing plans for the continued economic recovery, to women’s issues, to immigration. More than that, I’m looking forward to continuing to have those discussions with Colorado voters so that I can remain true to the will of the people—because that’s what being a representative is all about.”


Vic Meyers, Democratic Candidate for Congress, congratulates Ken Buck on his victory in the Republican primary race for Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District and said that he looks forward to a vigorous discussion of the issues.

“The voters now have a clear choice about how they will be represented in Washington”, said Myers. “We believe that they will choose the candidate that can bring Democrats, Republicans, and Independents together. People want a Congressman who will listen to their problems and then work for a solution, even if finding that solution means reaching across the aisle.

“People are tired of extremist politicians”, Meyers said. “They’re tired of politicians who put their party affiliation and personal political ambitions ahead of the needs of the people back home.”

“I look forward to debating the issues with Mr. Buck, ranging from our differing plans for the continued economic recovery, to women’s issues, to immigration. More than that, I’m looking forward to continuing to have those discussions with Colorado voters so that I can remain true to the will of the people—because that’s what being a representative is all about.”

Salzbrenner Wins Primary in race for Sheriff.

Steve Salzbrenner won the republican race for Sheriff against Dennis Bradburn pulling 445 votes to Bradburn’s 209. David Campbell, democrat, had 299 votes.

Summer Reading Program, Lamar Public Library

A light dusting of flour and the smell of yeast took over the Cultural Events Center at the Summer Reading Programs “The Art and Science of Bread, for adults and teens in the programs at the Lamar Public Library. After a lecture by Valerie Reifschneider, Lamar Community College chemistry teacher and self-professed baker, participants created their own sourdough bread starter using a recipe from King Arthur’s Flour website.

The event was inspired after library director Debbie Reynolds read Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish, and became fascinated by the idea of artisan bread-making. The topic coincided with this year’s summer reading program theme of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The adults and teens in the summer reading program were invited to attend the program.

Reifschneider presented a Powerpoint explaining the three main components of bread and the different chemical reactions. Her presentation helped to make the complex science of that perfect loaf of bread understandable to the audience. She also presented information about the differences between artisan breads, which use yeast, and cakes and quick breads which use different leavening agents.

The chemical reactions between the three different leavening agents, yeast, baking soda, and baking powder, were all shown visually by adding water to cause the reaction to occur. The visual demonstration made it easy to see how the chemical reaction with yeast takes time.

Reifschneider concluded her talk with a video showing Giorgio Locatelli, a European baker, recreating a 2,000 year old loaf of bread. The loaf of bread was found in 1930 in the ruins of Herculaneum, a Roman town destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Locatelli created a visual replica of the loaf including the string that was wrapped around the loaf before baking so that people could carry the loaf once completed.

After the presentation, the participants were able to create their own bread starter using flour and water mixed in a Mason jar. The jar is left open to the air so that the yeast found naturally in the air can be added to the starter. Everyone left with a set of instructions on how to feed their starter and a bag of flour to do the feeding with. In seven days, the starters should be ready to be added to a bread recipe to create an artisan loaf of bread.

-Article by Leigh Forney



LITTLETON, Colo. — – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI).

During this three-day weekend, officers will be on the water reminding boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence and detecting boaters who are impaired.

Boating under the influence continues to be major problem nationwide. In fact, the leading factor in boater deaths is alcohol use while boating. By participating in Operation Dry Water, CPW is doing our part to keep recreational boaters safe and reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to alcohol or drug use.

“Our agency encourages boaters to enjoy the boating season with friends and family, and we also encourage you do it in a safe and responsible way,” says Kris Wahlers, Boating Safety Program Manager. “Drinking alcohol while on a boat can have serious, even deadly, consequences, and our goal is to make sure everyone is enjoying their time on the water and staying safe.”

CPW would also like to remind boaters that it’s just as dangerous to operate a boat under the influence of marijuana as it is alcohol and the penalties for doing so are identical. Many lakes, reservoirs and rivers in Colorado are considered public property, so open display or use of marijuana is also illegal.

In Colorado boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) level exceeds the state limit of .08 can expect to be arrested for BUI and face other serious penalties including having your vessel impounded, payment of fines, jail time and loss of boating privileges. Operation Dry Water patrols will include increased patrols, breathalyzer tests, and checkpoints as well as boater education and outreach, but even with those, the best detection and apprehension of buzzed/stoned boaters begins with fellow boaters.

“If you see someone drinking and boating or boating dangerously, please tell us” says Wahlers. “Everyone knows to call 911 and report a drunk driver on the road. The same applies to the water. Drinking is not part of the boating experience; it’s a serious public safety issue and the people at risk are you and your group.”

Operation Dry Water is a joint program of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information on Operation Dry Water, please visit

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to

Congressman Gardner Listening Sesson, June 20th

Doris Morgan, District Representative for Congressman Gardner, will be holding a listening session on Friday, June 20th, 2014, from 11:00 AM to Noon at the Springfield Town Hall Council Room, located at 748 Main Street, Springfield, CO. These sessions allow constituents to express their opinion on issues in front of Congress, or seek assistance with a federal agency. We look forward to seeing you there!


PUEBLO, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers recovered a body from the Arkansas River Monday afternoon, June 16. The body was found on State Wildlife Area property near South Swallows Road.

The body was reported by two men who were boating in the area on Sunday evening. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, Lake Pueblo State Park rangers and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to search for the body. The search was called off near midnight, and resumed the next morning. The body was recovered from the water around noon on Monday.

The victim is a white male, but no other information about his identity is available at this time. It is suspected that the victim has been deceased for several days. The body had been in the water for a period of time, making physical identification difficult.

No foul play is suspected.

An autopsy will be performed by the Pueblo County coroner who will determine cause of death and identify the victim.

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GUNNISON, Colo. – Work to protect the Gunnison’s prairie dog by Colorado Parks and Wildlife has proven successful during the last four years and biologists are continuing with more research to improve methods to sustain populations.

“In some situations prairie dogs can be seen as pests, but they are critical in the environment and help to promote survival of numerous other species such as burrowing owls, badgers and raptors,” said Dan Tripp, a wildlife disease researcher with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

In Colorado there are three species of prairie dogs. The Gunnison’s prairie dog resides primarily in the southwest portion of the state. The others are the white-tailed prairie dog which lives mainly in northwestern Colorado, and the black-tailed prairie dog which inhabits areas along the Front Range and eastern plains.

Plague, caused by a non-native bacteria carried by fleas, has been identified as a threat to the stability of Gunnison’s prairie dog populations in Colorado. Outbreaks of plague frequently kill every prairie dog in a colony. To combat the disease, agency biologists are dusting prairie dog burrows with an insecticide powder that kills fleas. Researchers are also evaluating the efficacy of oral vaccine baits which may prevent plague in the animals.

The bacteria that causes plague was transported to North America around 1900 and was subsequently found in Colorado around 1940. Because prairie dogs did not evolve with the bacteria, they carry little immunity to fight off the disease.

“The plague bacteria is a non-native invasive species that devastates prairie dogs and other wildlife species. We’re not attempting to upset nature’s balance with these treatments. We are working to restore balance in the environment and reduce the risk of major plague outbreaks in prairie dog colonies,” Tripp said. “We lose a lot of resilience in the environment when we lose prairie dogs.”

Controlling plague in prairie dogs may also help limit potential exposure to people and their pets.

In 2010, CPW biologists started dusting some burrows in the Gunnison Basin with an insecticide that kills fleas. The experiment has worked. In some cases, nearby colonies that were not dusted were wiped out by plague while colonies that were dusted remain healthy. Biologists also said that they’re seeing many more prairie dogs in more areas in the basin this year compared to five years ago.

Although the insecticide is not harmful to other species, applying it is labor intensive and expensive. For dusting to be effective every burrow in a colony must receive an application annually.

A potentially promising treatment is the oral sylvatic plague vaccine, Tripp said. Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center, the vaccine—still in the experimental stage—works well in the laboratory. It is administered in a cube flavored with peanut butter. The baits also contain a red dye that adheres to animals’ coats which helps researchers track the prairie dogs that eat the bait. This is only the second year that the vaccine has been tested in the field in Colorado. Longer term monitoring will be needed to determine its efficacy.

“So far, we’re encouraged by the results and we are optimistic that the vaccine will be effective in limiting future plague outbreaks,” Tripp said.

In the Gunnison area, four prairie dog colonies are being used for vaccine testing. Two colonies are receiving the vaccine bait, two are receiving no treatment. In Teller County the test is being conducted with two colonies.

The vaccine is also being tested in Arizona, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. The experiment will continue for another two years and is a collaborative effort among more than 30 federal, state and tribal agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

In Colorado, the vaccine research in Gunnison’s prairie dogs is occurring on public land—state wildlife areas, BLM and National Park Service property.

Contrary to public perception, prairie dogs don’t reproduce prolifically. Females have only one litter of 3-5 pups each year and the natural mortality rate of the young is about 50 percent. Consequently, the colonies generally do not spread rapidly over wide areas. Tripp explained that few connections between colonies across a landscape exist; so when a colony is wiped out it may have little chance of being re-colonized.

“By preventing plague we can have healthy, stable prairie dog colonies that we can manage on public lands,” Tripp said.

The conservation work is aimed at preserving the ecological niche of prairie dogs and preventing a listing of the Gunnison’s prairie dog under the federal Endangered Species Act. If the animal is listed it could lead to various land-use restrictions.

J Wenum, area wildlife manager in Gunnison, explained that when landscapes are restored to a more natural condition, more uses can be accommodated.

“If you have healthy, functioning landscapes you don’t have to be focused on limiting uses,” Wenum said. “A healthy landscape will accommodate agriculture, recreation and wildlife.”

The testing of the oral vaccine will continue for a few more years, and biologists are cautiously optimistic that the vaccine will prove to be effective at limiting plague.

“We won’t be able to prevent plague in every colony. But this work will help to stabilize the overall population at its current distribution and benefit this important species,” Tripp said.

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DURANGO, Colo. — This is the time of year when wild animals give birth to their young and Colorado Parks and Wildlife asks that you not approach, touch or handle young animals.

“We know that people are trying to be helpful, but the young animals are best cared for by their own parents,” said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “The best thing people can do is to leave young wildlife alone.”

During spring and early summer, people often see young animals that appear to be alone in the forest, in backyards, on or near trails or along the sides of roads.

“The animals have not been abandoned. Young animals are often left alone to allow the mother to feed, to help them avoid predators and to learn how to live in the wild,” DelPiccolo explained.

Deer provide a good example of how wildlife adapt behaviors to help them survive. Young fawns have no scent and are born with speckled coats that provide a natural camouflage. These two factors help them avoid being found by predators. When the mother doe senses a predator might be close by it moves away. Many other animals use similar survival techniques.

Elk and moose calves are also left alone by their mothers. If you see one, move away quickly. Do not move closer or attempt to get the animal to move.

A disturbing situation occurred in Vail earlier this week when a moose calf was apparently chased by children into a hotel lobby where it collapsed. The animal was picked up by a wildlife officer and is now at a CPW facility in Fort Collins.

Young birds often fall out of their nests or are pushed out of nests by parents to encourage them to fly.

“If a young bird is on the ground it will quickly learn to fly. So let nature take its course,” DelPiccolo said.

If you see a bird on a hiking trail and you think it might be stepped on accidentally or easily found by a dog, you can pick it up and move it a short distance to cover.

People also need to keep their pets under control. In the woods, dogs acting on their natural instincts can find animals and attack them. The stress of being attacked often is fatal for young animals.

In neighborhoods and backyards cats are adept at finding eggs and young birds. Cats are pets – but they’re also predators.

“Many studies show that cats are damaging the songbird population. Please, don’t let your cat roam free,” DelPiccolo said.

Cat owners who are concerned about songbirds will place a small bell on the cat’s collar and the sound will alert small animals.

Food should never be given to wildlife. There is plenty of natural food available for wild animals. Providing food causes animals to bunch up in small areas and that makes them vulnerable to diseases and predators. If they’re provided food they also become habituated to humans and will stay in residential areas instead of natural lands.

People also need to understand that not all newborn animals will survive.

“In the case of all wildlife, we have to understand that mortality is part of the natural cycle,” DelPiccolo said.

If you see a young animal, admire its beauty from a distance, and then move on quietly. CPW encourages parents to explain to their children not to disturb wildlife.

If you have any questions, call the nearest Colorado Parks and Wildlife office.

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Buckle up Folks, The Heat is on. July 21 -27

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and law enforcement throughout the state remain committed to stopping two major causes of death on Colorado roadways: impaired driving and driving unbuckled. During a recent two-week Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign running from May 12 – 25, a total of 7,554 seat belt violations were reported to CDOT. But even with the heightened Click It or Ticket education and enforcement, there were 10 unbuckled fatalities that occurred during that timeframe, representing a 25 percent increase from the same enforcement period in 2013.

Over the recent Memorial Day Weekend through The Heat Is On DUI enforcement period, law enforcement removed 397 impaired drivers from Colorado roadways. And during this year’s DUI enforcement period which ran from May 23 – 27, there were two alcohol- and/or drug-related fatalities on Colorado roadways, representing a 67 percent decrease in fatalities from the same time period in 2013.

The next Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, with efforts focused on nighttime hours, will take place from July 21 – 27. The next The Heat Is On DUI enforcement period will focus on the 4th of July weekend, running July 3 – 7.

More details about the DUI enforcement plans and arrest results can be found at and more details about the seat belt enforcement arrests can be found at

Meyers gets more Endorsements in Bid for District 4 Congressional Seat

Parker, CO (June 4, 2014)—Vic Meyers, the Democratic candidate for Colorado’s 4th Congressional district, announced today that he has received three more big endorsements. The Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 58, SMART Transportation Division Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Union, and the American Postal Workers Union have all pledged their support.

“Coloradans deserve better leadership in Washington, plain and simple,” said Meyers. “We don’t need another politician that says they’re going to get things done, then goes off to D.C. and contributes to the gridlock. Mine is a candidacy of true independent leadership. This is why I have received these endorsements. These are the people who have lived and worked in our district their whole lives—just like I have. I’m running for Congress because I want to fight for them,” Meyers said.

These endorsements are representative of a large portion of Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. With their endorsements, each union has also pledged their support and partnership during the upcoming Congressional campaign.

In a letter to Meyers, Carl Smith, the Colorado Legislative Director for SMART, said, “Thank you for all you do for working families and the countless other people who don’t have a voice but depend on you to speak for them.”

Cory Gardener, the incumbent Republican in the 4th district, dropped his bid for re-election to seek the GOP nomination for Senate. There are four ultra-conservative Republicans fighting it out in the June Primary.

Meyers said, “I’m tired of our current do nothing Congress; and I’m tired of radicals, on both sides, who are so busy fighting each other that they forget about our local working families.”

Meyers, a Colorado native and U.S. Army Veteran, works at the Colorado Department of Corrections. He served on board of both the Trinidad School District 1 and AFSCME Local 935. He resides in Trinidad with his wife, a healthcare professional, his three daughters, and their two grandchildren.


OPEN TO THE PUBLIC June 14th, 2014…9 Am to 4 Pm

Pre-Entries Due By June 9th, 2014
Door Entries Due By June 12th, 2014…10am to 5pm
Downloadable Brochures and Entry Forms at
Contacts: Crazy Bear 719 – 529 – 1026 Art Show Demonstrations By:
Janet Hancock 719 – 324 – 5477 Mildred Walker – Pottery
Martha Cook 719 – 529 – 0900 Rex Crawford – Silversmith

$500 Grand Prize

*Merchant Award b *Walsh Dental Clinic

*People’s Choice Award

Monetary Awards: for 1st Place in Professional, Amateur, and Student, for each Categories

Donate $1 for a chance to win one of seven $50 DICK BLICK COUPONS (National Art Company,, that can be used on-line for art supplies. Contact Russ Matzke at 719-523-3336.

The Walsh Art Show is accepting donated gifts for the “Silent Auction.” Please contact Martha Cook, 719-529-0900 for donations.
For auction:
Bev Doolittle – Signed / Numbered Print
Kathy Marrow – Signed / Numbered Print
Crazy Bear – Signed / Numbered Print

The Walsh Art Show is accepting donated gifts for the “Silent Auction.” Please contact Martha Cook, 719-529-0900 for donations. Bev Doolittle – Signed / Numbered Print Kathy Marrow – Signed / Numbered Print Crazy Bear – Signed / Numbered Print

The Walsh Art Show is accepting donated Baked Pies, for sale at the show. Please contact Martha Cook at 719-529-0900 for more information. Donated pies are to be delivered to the GEM Theatre, between the hours of 9 Am and 12 Pm, the day of the show.

Walsh Grocery Store – Free Food, Music, and Drawings for Freezer, Grill, and More

Walsh Cheer Squads Annual Bake Sale

Craft Sale at the Park

Free Swimming at Walsh Pool

Jordan Freed Receives Scholarship

Sheriff David Campbell awards the County Sheriff’s of Colorado $500 scholarship to Vilas graduate Jordan Freed.
Baca County is able to award this scholarship every other year to one graduating senior or college student that is a resident of Baca County.
Congratulations Jordan!

Annual Banquet 2014 Las Animas County Livestock Association

2014 Las Animas County Livestock Association
Annual Banquet – Cattlemen of the Year & Dance

June 7, 2014 Feed & More – 43510 HWY 160
Business Meeting 4:00 PM
BBQ Banquet: 6:00 PM
Dance: 8:00 – Midnight – Blue Canyon Band
Ticket Price: $25/Person (Includes Banquet & Dance) RSVP by June 2nd
$10/Person ( Dance Only) at the door

Honorees: Gary Yocam and Max Yocam
Special Guests: Pamela Rose – Canadian Consulate in Denver
Consul and Trade Commissioner for Agriculture
Randy Hammerstrom – Market Reporter – USDA Ag Market
Information and tickets:
Denise Tortorice: 719-250-8794 Dean Oatman: 719-680-0705 Randy Howell: 719-846-4209
R.C. Patterson: 719-643-5275 Bob Patterson: 719-643-5259 Larry Gilstrap: 719-946-5652

Pamela Rose
Consul and Trade Commissioner

Bio Information
Pamela Rose joined the Canadian Consulate in Denver as Consul and Trade Commissioner for Agriculture in September 2011. Prior to this assignment, Pamela was posted to the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC as First Secretary (Agriculture and Fisheries), where she took the lead on bilateral livestock, fisheries and meat trade files. Before going to Washington, she was Deputy Director of the Regional Trade Policy Division with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, where she was a lead negotiator on several of Canada’s bilateral free trade agreements. She joined the Canadian public service in 2000, and her education includes a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Pamela grew up in an air force family in Alberta and Ontario, as well as in the United States and Belgium.

Randy Hammerstrom – Market Reporter
USDA’s Ag Market

Bio Information

I was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. My father managed a cow/calf ranch 50 miles NE of Wall, SD when I was 4-7 years old. We then moved back to the eastern side of the state where my folks grew up. I graduated from Lennox High School in 2000. I then attended Chadron State College in Chadron, NE. I graduated from there in 2003 and began working for Market News. My first duty station was in Montgomery, AL. My wife and I spent a little over a year there and the took a transfer to Greeley, CO. We have been here since 2005. I am currently the Officer In Charge. I supervise two state auction reporting programs along with 3 state reporters. I also work with five federal employees. To know that I am helping members of the agriculture industry make marketing decisions is very rewarding.

Beef BBQ Caterer – Primero Café & Catering



DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding turkey hunters that they can begin applying for fall limited licenses Thursday, May 22 through the July 10 deadline. Over-the-counter turkey licenses can be purchased at any Colorado Parks and Wildlife office, license agents or online beginning August 5.

Hunters are advised that applying for a limited license, or purchasing any license online is recommended to streamline the process and prevent common mistakes that may invalidate an application.

“We continue to see an increase in online license applications and purchases, whether for big game, fishing, small game or turkey,” said License Manager Henrietta Turner. “It has significantly cut down on disqualified applications.”

Turner says that CPW customer service representatives and hunt planners are always available to help with general questions or applications , whether completed online or on paper. If you need assistance with an application, call your nearest Colorado Parks and Wildlife office. Hunt planners are available Monday through Friday at 303-291-PLAN (7526) to help with questions about hunting.

“Just give us a call if you get stuck,” said Turner. “We understand that for some people, using a computer may be a new experience, but we are here to help them get through the process.”

Turkey hunting continues to grow in popularity across the country and the state. In Colorado, opportunities are greater than ever as the in-state turkey populations continue to grow and expand.

“Turkey are certainly one of the success stories in terms of Colorado’s wildlife management efforts,” said State Small Game Manager Ed Gorman. “Fall turkey hunting offers a very unique and different opportunity than spring turkey hunting. Regardless, turkey hunting remains very popular with the dedicated hunter while at the same time attracting many novices each year, including women and youth eager to try hunting for the first time.”

Through CPW’s Hunter Outreach Program, novices have the opportunity to participate in mentored big game, small game and turkey hunts, often leading to a lifetime of active participation in outdoor activities and wildlife management.

To learn more about hunting turkey, download a current brochure or to purchase or apply for a license online, visit

For more information about the Hunter Outreach Program, visit