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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon

Adams State University

Bring seeds to share and donate at the Community Seed Exchange from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, in the Adams State University Nielsen Library. The free Seed-to-Seed event will include a potluck. Serving ware and dessert provided.
For more information call 719-587-7174.

The Valley Community Chorus is open to all adults and high school students. The spring theme is “Pop Goes the Music,” celebrating popular music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. No auditions are required. The first rehearsal begins at 7 p.m. February 16 in the Adams State University Music Building.
For more information call 719-206-3081.

ASU STEM Saturdays

As part of Adams State University’s ongoing efforts to influence student success in STEM, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs are pleased to announce a series of activities for San Luis Valley students: STEM Saturdays. These interactive sessions will stimulate the imagination and curiosity of students and topics range across the spectrum: biology, robotics, earth science, chemistry, computer science and mathematics. All sessions are designed with specific grade – level, developmentally appropriate lessons in mind. They are provided free of charge, but reservations are required as space and equipment are limited. Exploring Fractals with Dr. Robert Astalos is the next available STEM Saturday. This class will be held on February 6th from 9am to Noon and will be accepting students from grade 6 to 9. This class will start with a trip to the planetarium to see the ASU-produced fulldome movie, “Fractal Explorations.” (Parents and siblings are welcome to join the class for the movie!) We will then head to the computer lab, where students will learn to use several free fractal generating programs. They will be introduced to the mathematics of fractals so they can understand the many different fractal formulas. We will also learn how to create our own color palettes and how to animate them. We will finish with an introduction to creating fractal movies. The last 10 to 15 minutes of the class will be a show-and-tell for families, so students can show off their fractals. Students will be given a USB flash drive so they can take their creations home with them. To join please follow the link provided here.

Max Stark & Christian Juarez Benefit Dinner & Auction

Max and Christian were flown out with serious injuries on an early November morning following a rollover crash occurring sometimes the night before. Their families and community were devastated to hear of the accident as the boy endured severe injuries and a night on the frozen ground. Both were airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Denver where they received top care from many doctors and professionals. Both have made remarkable recoveries and are now home to continue their recoveries and are counting their blessings. A benefit dinner will be held to help the families with the medical costs associated with the traumatic events. This dinner will be held Wednesday January 27 at the Sanford Community Center 390 Greenleaf St. in Sanford. Dinner will start at 6:00PM followed by an auction at 7:00PM, live music will be provided by Kickin’ Back. For more information or to donate items or services please contact Carolyn Faucette at 719-588-8996.

Tu Casa Lunch N’ Learn

Join Tu Casa and Angela Sillas-Green, MA, LPC, on February 3rd, 2016 for a presentation on Adolescent Development, and how she incorporates Positive Youth Development in her programming. She will also discuss how she has implemented youth advocacy into Tu Casa’s prevention programming. We hope to see you Wednesday, February 3rd, at *Hospice Del Valle* (514 Main St. in Alamosa) from 12-1 for this Lunch N Learn. As always, this is a free event to the public and a great opportunity to learn about issues in our society and community.PLEASE RSVP so we know how much pizza to order,
as lunch is provided. *RSVP* by e-mailing Fonda at Fonda@slvtucasa.net or call 719-589-2465 to reserve your place.
Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
(@SLV_Tu_Casa)!

American Grassfed Association

One of the biggest challenges facing small livestock producers is the lack of slaughter and processing facilities. Many producers who would otherwise market their meat products directly to consumers or work with retailers on a wholesale basis find it difficult to locate facilities that will allow them to enter different supply chains, and are at the mercy of distributors and middlemen who make a profit at the expense of the producers. American Grassfed Association, with help from USDA Rural Development, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, Ranch Foods Direct, and Natural Grocers, is conducting a feasibility study regarding the potential for a humane slaughter plant to be located near Pueblo, Colorado. They are seeking input from small and midsize producers in the Rocky Mountain region who would be interested in using such a facility. AGA will be conducting a series of free listening sessions throughout the region and invites all interested producers to attend to learn more about the project and to share their ideas and concerns. Each session will run approximately an hour and a half and light refreshments will be provided. Speakers will include Mike Callicrate of Ranch Foods Direct, Harrison Topp of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and Allan Lewis of Natural Grocers. Marilyn Noble, American Grassfed Association, will be the moderator. The sessions are listed below. Please register in advance to reserve your spot. If you have any questions, or if you can’t attend but would like more information, please email Marilyn@americangrassfed.org. You may also offer your comments and feedback by filling out a survey here.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M6GM7QS

*La Junta*
February 4, 2016, 10am
Otero Junior College
1802 Colorado Avenue
http://conta.cc/1nf8JPc

*Alamosa*
February 5, 2016, 9:30am
Hospice del Valle
514 Main Street (please enter through the back door off the parking lot)
http://conta.cc/1Rwnj0Z

*Fort Morgan*
Morgan County Rural Electric Association
20169 US Hwy. 34
http://conta.cc/1V2jcYo

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon

Adams State University

Today at Noon we will have a guest. Her name is Simona Guilen, and she will be speaking about STEM Saturdays at ASU. Just so you have the resources at your fingertips, click here.

Adams State University will host a special thirty-minute screening of The Head of Joaquin Murrieta: Lynching, Legends and Love in the Wild West by filmmaker John J. Valadez. The film will examine the difficult history of Mexican-American lynchings in the Southwest. A discussion with the filmmaker will follow. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 26 in Adams State McDaniel Hall room 101. The event is free and open to the public
For more information call 719-587-7102.

Bring seeds to share and donate at the Community Seed Exchange from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, in the Adams State University Nielsen Library. The free Seed-to-Seed event will include a potluck. Serving ware and dessert provided.
For more information call 719-587-7174.

The Valley Community Chorus is open to all adults and high school students. The spring theme is “Pop Goes the Music,” celebrating popular music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. No auditions are required. The first rehearsal begins at 7 p.m. February 16 in the Adams State University Music Building.
For more information call 719-206-3081.

Alamosa Police Department PSA’s

The Alamosa Police Department in an attempt to inform residents what is required of them per city ordinance as owners of dogs is sending out this information letter. Per City ordinance and state statute all dogs will be vaccinated for rabies and must be registered annually with the City of Alamosa by January 31, 2016. Each dog must have the tags of both proof of vaccination and registration on their collars at all times. Your dogs may be registered at the Alamosa Police Department, 425 4th St. during normal business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you have any questions pertaining to registering your pet you may call 719-589-2548. The proof of vaccination must be presented at the time of registration. A City registration is $2.00 for spade or neutered dogs and $10.00 for unaltered dogs. Any questions regarding the City ordinance may be directed to Community Service Officers Cerny 719-496-6996 or Steve Earls 719-496-7016.

Historically when the Police Department recovers a bicycle we have no way to locate the rightful owners, so in an attempt to help bicycle owners recover their property when stolen or misplaced, the Alamosa Police Department will begin offering a bicycle registration program beginning January 1, 2016. Owners wishing to register the bicycles can bring them to the Police Department at 425 4th St. during normal business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Owners will be asked to provide some basic information about the bicycle and a picture of the property will also be taken. Parents are requested to accompany their children wishing to register their bicycles, but this is not required. This service is free of charge to all residents of Alamosa, Alamosa County and students of Adams State University or Trinidad State Junior College. Please contact the Police Department at 719-589-2548 with any questions about this service.

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 12-2-15

Conejos Library

The Conejos Library District will be accepting non-perishable food items in lieu of fines from November 18 through December 31. We encourage everyone to come in and donate non-perishable food items even if you do not have fines. We will be accepting food donations in both Antonito and La Jara. This is a great opportunity to return any overdue books and help our local community. All food items will be donated to Conejos County families in need.

Tu Casa Gingerbread Festival

The Tu Casa Gingerbread Festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 5th from 9 am-11am at the SLV Boys and Girls Club. Free to all children, but a donation of a non-perishable item is encouraged.

Tu Casa

Sacred Heart Parish Holiday Bazaar

Sacred Heart Parish Holiday Bazaar 2015 will be held Friday, Dec 4th 9am-8pm and Saturday Dec 5th 8am-4pm at Sacred Heart Church, 709 4th St. in Alamosa. The bazaar has 20 vendors with a wide variety of handmade arts and crafts. In addition to the vendors, the church has a white elephant sale, a bake sale and a silent auction. The Fireplace Room is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a free cup of coffee and visit with friends. Breakfast and lunch will be served both days (including Frito Pie Friday and Posole Saturday). Local chef Mark Lara will prepare a delicious Enchilada Dinner Friday evening. Dinner will be served from 4:30-7:30. The tickets are $6.00 and are available in the parish office or at the door. For information call Mary Motz (589-2267) or Phyllis Melgares (580-5477).

The Colorado Trust Informational Meeting

Residents of Antonito and surrounding communities: The Colorado Trust will hold an informational meeting on Saturday, December 5 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Antonito Senior Center to share a new resident-led community initiative. Snacks, child care and Spanish translation will be available. For more information, e-mail Lorrie Crawford at aaorganizer@yahoo.com or call 719-376-2520.

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 11/11/15

Adams State University

The Adams State University Free Faculty Lecture, “A Bold New Path: Colorado’s Novel Approach to Marijuana Policy,” by Dr. Thomas Heddleston begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 18, in Porter Hall room 130.
For information call 719-587-7767.

The flexibility in 3D modeling software inspires contemporary artist Joe Meiser. His exhibit, Harvest the Day, opens on November 13 in the Adams State University Cloyde Snook Gallery. An artist lecture will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, November 13, in the Art Building room 227, an opening reception will follow. “Broadly speaking, my creative practice examines conflicting narratives about mortality that come from science, philosophy, and religion, as well as great thinkers’ suggestions on how to lead a good life.”
The show continues through December 17. For information call the Art Department Office at 719-587-7823.

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KZBR’s Wednesday”s News @ Noon 10-28-15

Adams State University

The Adams State University Grizzly Activity Board is hosting a fundraiser to benefit a local child, Jaiden Gulliksen, who has been diagnosed with Stiff Skin Syndrome a rare and rapidly progressing connective tissue disorder, which drastically reduces his mobility. GAB has organized a Halloween Smash Bash, Trunk-or-Treat, and Miracle Minute from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, before and during the Adams State Grizzly Football Game. That evening, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., Adams State clubs will trick-or-treat for money throughout the community. The fundraiser will help finance a visit to a specialist in Europe, in order to slow the symptoms of the disease. For more information contact GAB at gab@grizzlies.adams.edu or visit youcaring.com/Jaiden to donate online.

Adams State University spring semester classes begin January 19, 2016. Undergraduate advising has begun for students. For more information call the Adams State Welcome Center at 719-587-8146 or visit adams.edu and click on the “Spring Registration” link.

Employment Workshop

Want a Job? Need a Job? The Conejos Library District – La Jara Branch will be holding an employment workshop on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 3:30 to 5:00. Plan on attending the workshop at the library to learn how to search and prepare for a job. For more information call 274-5858.

“FROZEN” Fall Festival

Join us at the Sacred Heart “FROZEN” Fall Festival and Raffle Drawing, an event for young and old alike. The Festival is set to take place on Friday October 30th from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Faistl Hall 709 4th street. There will be games, face painting and prizes. Raffle tickets will be available, purchase one for a chance to win up to $2,500! Kids come in costume. Everyone come hungry for the delectable treats sold at the concession stand. Cost: $1 or a non-perishable food item. All entrance proceeds will assist community members in need.

Basic Food Safety Class

Alamosa County Public Health is putting on a Basic Food Safety Class on Tuesday November 4th in the morning and has offered for people from the Local Foods Coalition to attend for free.

Tu Casa Lunch N Learn

Please Join Tu Casa and Audrey Reich* for a presentation on Self Care and Professional Burn Out! Burnout can be described as “a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in emotionally demanding situations.” – Ayala Pines and Elliot Aronson. “A state of fatigue or frustration brought about by devotion to a cause, way of life, or relationship that failed to produce the expected reward.” -Herbert J. Freudenberger. Burnout can happen to us all! Attend this presentation to learn how to live and work with intention and build resiliency to address and prevent work-related burnout. Please note that if you attended this breakout session at the DV Symposium on 10/23/15, it will be the same presentation. Wednesday, November 4th, 2015*, from *12-1pm* at *Hospice Del Valle* (514 Main St. in Alamosa) for this Lunch N Learn. For those that RSVP, free pizza will be provided. As always this is a free event to the public and a great opportunity to learn about issues in our society and community. RSVP* by e-mailing Fonda at Fonda@slvtucasa.net or call 719-589-2465 to reserve your place. Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
(@SLV_Tu_Casa)!

 

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 10-21-15

Adams State University

The Adams State University Music Department Wind Ensemble Concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 25, in Richardson Hall Auditorium, located on the Adams State campus. The program will include Winter on Emerald Bay by Alan Lee Silva; Fortress by Franck Ticheli; Sovereign Variants, by James Curnow; Snakes! by Thomas C. Duff, and more.
For information call 719-587-7621

Dr. John Pennington, an educator, composer, performer, author, producer and conductor, will perform as a guest percussion artist at Adams State University. Sounds of The Earth, begins at 7 p.m. Monday, October 26, in Leon Memorial Hall.
Pennington will perform Moon Child, by Keith Jarrett; Adagio from Sonata I. for Solo Violin, by Paul Creston; Asturias – Leyenda, by Isaac Albeniz and adapted by B. Michael Williams; as well as his own music, Five Elements (Wu Xing).
For information call 719-587-7621

Conejos Library District

The Conejos Library District will be hosting their Annual Pumpkin Carving Event on Saturday, October 24 at 10:00 am at both the La Jara and Antonito Branches. Pumpkins and decorating materials will be provided. Come and join us for some pumpkin carving fun! For more information call 274-5858 or 376-5904

Want a Job? Need a Job? The Conejos Library District – La Jara Branch will be holding an employment workshop on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 3:30 to 5:00. Plan on attending the workshop at the library to learn how to search and prepare for a job. For more information call 274-5858

Large Item Pickup

To facilitate fall cleanup efforts, the City of Alamosa will be offering large item trash pickup Monday Oct 26th through Friday October 30th for City solid waste customers. Please call the Public Works office before Friday October 23rd at 589-6631 to schedule pickup of the large items. A pick up of no more than three large items will be offered during this time. E-waste (electronics), tires or hazardous material cannot be accepted. Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners must have the Freon removed and the red tag placed on them prior to the time of pickup. Lawn debris must be bagged separately for composting. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 589-6631.

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 9-16-15

Adams State University

Celebrating the New Wave of Ibero American Cinema, Adams State University will host a Spanish Film Festival in September. All films will have English subtitles. Four films, Open Cage (Los Bañistas), Yvy Maraey: Land Without Evil, Operation E (Operación E), and Even the Rain (También la Lluvia) be shown at 7 p.m. from September 17 through September 20 in the Adams State Art Building room 227, located in Alamosa, Colo.
With a special screening of Who is Dayani Cristal? (¿Quién es Dayani Cristal?) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Conejos, Colo., at the Parish Hall of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the oldest church in Colorado. The Adams State Spanish Film Festival was made possible by a grant awarded to Adams State by PRAGDA, and several Adams State University Departments. For more information contact Gustavo Plascencia at 719-587-8136.

The Adams State University Counseling Center will host Laughter is Sacred Space, a multimedia presentation by Ted Swartz. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 17, in Carson Auditorium, located in the Student Union Building. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 719-587-7746.

Adams State University Theatre opens its 2015-2016 season with Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. Tickets are on sale right now at the ASU Theatre Box Office. The production begins at 7:30 p.m. on September 25, 26, and October 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Dr. John H. Taylor the production consists of nine short plays that offers unique takes on the moments before, during and after “I do.” It features an A-list lineup of playwrights whose works are witty, warm and occasionally wacky. The Gay Marriage Plays is part of Standing Strong: The ASU Equality Project, ponsored by the ASU Theatre program and the ASU LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Coalition. For ticket reservations call 719-587-8499.

The Valley Community Chorus, through Adams State University, is open to all adults and high school students. No auditions are required. The first rehearsal is September 22.
For more information call 719-206-3081

The Adams State University Music Department will host guest pianist Dr. Alex McDonald 8 p.m. Saturday, September 19, in Leon Recital Hall, located on the Adams State campus. Since his orchestral debut at age 11, pianist McDonald has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, among others. For information call 719-587-7621

Veterans Coalition of the SLV

Coffee Break for Veterans! Free coffee every Thursday from 8:00am to 11:00am at the SLV Museum, same block as VFW and American Legion. Join us for coffee. Veterans understand Veterans and deserve a place to relax and visit with each other. Sponsored by Veterans Coalition of the SLV, hosted by Women Veterans of the SLV and the SLV Museum, supported by donations from the SLV Community. To donate, call 719-937-2926. The San Luis Valley Thanks You!

Attention Veterans, Veterans’ families, Veterans’ friends and those who care about Veterans. All are welcome to the meeting of Veterans Coalition of the San Luis Valley. September 18, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in Richardson Auditorium on the Adams State University campus located at Edgemont Blvd., Alamosa. For more info call 719-379-2720.

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 9-9-2015

Adams State University

Enjoy a weaving of cultures at Adams State University in an afternoon of soul and spirit. A performance by the Aztec dance troupe Huitzilopochtli (weet-zil-o-pokt-li) followed by a Catholic Mass will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, on the North Campus Green, in front of Rex Stadium. A community cookout of green chile burgers and Sonoran hot dogs will follow. For information call 719-587-7516.

 
The Adams State University Annual Volunteer Fair is from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, at the Japanese/American Memorial Garden. San Luis Valley non-profits are invited to campus to represent their agency and recruit for volunteers. The Annual ASU Cares Day is Saturday September 19. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for projects that serve area nonprofit agencies. For more information contact Mark Pittman 719-587-8274

Walk For Life

The San Luis Valley Women’s Resource Center is holding its’ annual Walk for Life, Saturday September 12, 2015. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the walk will begin at 8:30 am. The walk will be held at Alamosa Christian Church- 410 McQuerry St. Alamosa, CO 81101. The SLVWRC is asking for a minimum donation of $10 but walkers are encouraged to fundraise! All proceeds will directly benefit the clients of the center. Walkers’ donations cover the cost of a t-shirt and refreshments following the walk. All ages are welcome! There will be balloons and face painting for tiny walkers. Register at the SLV Women’s Resource Center, online at slvwrc@gojade.org, by calling 719-580-6698, or the day of the event

5th Annual Headwaters Hoedown

Get your dancing shoes ready for the conservation celebration of the year! The community is invited to the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust’s Fifth Annual Headwaters Hoedown on Sunday, September 13th from 1 to 5 pm at the beautiful Gilmore Ranch, just west of Alamosa on the Rio Grande. The event will celebrate the many landowners and partners who help RiGHT conserve the Valley’s “land, water and way of life.” The afternoon will feature a local food feast, fine wine and beer, and live music by Don Richmond & the Rifters. There will be a walking ranch tour, a studio tour with sculptor Jim Gilmore, a fabulous Silent Auction and lots of fun activities for kids — so bring the whole family! For information and tickets for the Headwaters Hoedown, visit RiGHT’s website at www.riograndelandtrust.org or call the Del Norte office at 719-657-0800.

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 9-2-15

Adams State University

The Adams State University Human Performance and Physical Education Department (HPPE) continues to offer the community a variety of affordable fitness tests. Testing is conducted from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Thursday, in the Human Performance Lab room 106, located in the East Campus Building. Fitness testing appointments are mandatory. Fitness tests available include VO2 Max $50, Wingate anaerobic power test $10, FitnessAge $15, and body composition $10. To set up an appointment, contact Dr. Tracy Robinson at 719-587-7663.

 
“BOUNCE” – an art exhibit by the Adams State University art faculty opens in the Cloyde Snook Gallery on August 31 and continues through September 24. An opening reception begins at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, September 3 in the Art Building. For information call the Art Department Office at 719-587-7823.

 
The 2015 Adams State University Last Lecture event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, in McDaniel Hall room 101. This year’s presenters are David Wreford and Dr. Nick Saenz. The discussion is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be served. For information call 719-587-7827

Walk For Life

The San Luis Valley Women’s Resource Center is holding its’ annual Walk for Life, Saturday September 12, 2015. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the walk will begin at 8:30 am. The walk will be held at Alamosa Christian Church- 410 McQuerry St. Alamosa, CO 81101. The SLVWRC is asking for a minimum donation of $10 but walkers are encouraged to fundraise! All proceeds will directly benefit the clients of the center. Walkers’ donations cover the cost of a t-shirt and refreshments following the walk. All ages are welcome! There will be balloons and face painting for tiny walkers. Register at the SLV Women’s Resource Center, online at slvwrc@gojade.org, by calling 719-580-6698, or the day of the event.

Friends of the Alamosa Library

Do you have trouble deciding what to read? Friends of the Alamosa Library has a solution for you. September’s sale will feature mystery grab bags of paperback books for $2 per bag. Each grab bag includes older and newer books from a variety of authors in certain genres. Sale hours are 11 to 5 on Friday, September 4th, and 9 to 3 on Saturday, September 5th at Spines, located just north of the post office and near the Skate Park. The Friends will have tables outside to display our full assortment of books. Pamphlets, magazines, and children’s pamphlet-type books are free at this event. The money raised by Spines is used to enhance programs, collections and activities at the public library. Donations of used books may be made at Spines on sale dates or at the library at other times. For more information or to volunteer, contact Rhonda at 719-580-2010, or contact alamosafriends@gmail.com.

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KZBR’s Wednesday’s News @ Noon 8-12-2015

Friends of the Dunes sponsoring a Volunteer Work Day at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, August 15, 2015

On Saturday August 15, 2015 at 9:30AM, the Friends of the Dunes will sponsor a volunteer work day at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. The project is expected to last 2-3 hours and volunteers should meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00AM. The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is extremely grateful for the stewardship in action shown by this indispensable park partner. The service project will provide essential assistance to the Great Sand Dunes Invasive Species Management through Citizen Stewardship program. Invasive weed species in the park can be easily controlled through the efforts of volunteers, as the areas we are treating are generally limited in nature, and do not require anything other than gloves, shovels, and a proclivity for doing good stewardship on public lands! The Friends of the Dunes was founded in 1989 to provide a forum for citizen involvement at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Since the formation of this non-profit organization, the Friends Group has provided much benefit to the park and its visitors. Donations that are received, contribute directly to the park. The Friends have supported numerous projects in cooperation with park staff including, the expansion of the park’s night sky program with the purchase of a large telescope, sponsoring events such as the Park Volunteer Work Day, and securing and managing resource research grants for major archaeological and scientific research. Membership fees and more information on this organization can be found at www.friendsofgreatsanddunes.org The VIP Work Day project will assist in the removal of the invasive species, Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus.)An invasive species is generally defined as:
• a species that has been introduced or is non-native to a particular ecosystem; and
• 2) the introduction of which could cause environmental damage or economic loss.
Tall and wooly, with somewhat attractive spikes of yellow flowers at summers’ end, common mullein is known by many names: wooly mullein, velvet dock, flannel leaf, Common mullein can be found where mean annual precipitation is greater than 3-6 inches and the growing season lasts for a minimum of 140 days. Intolerant of shade, mullein will grow in almost any open area including natural meadows and forest openings as well as neglected pastures, road cuts, industrial areas. An area does not necessarily have to be disturbed in order for it to establish. Mullein plants are easily hand pulled on loose soils due to relatively shallow tap roots. This is an extremely effective method of reducing populations and seed productivity, especially if plant is pulled before seed set. A park supervisor will provide on-site and off-site training to safely carry out these duties and responsibilities. Working conditions require standing for extended periods in the sun upon uneven (dirt) surfaces. Long pants, long sleeves, work gloves and eye protection are suggested for participants. An appreciation luncheon for all park volunteers will be served upon completion of the project. To participate in the August 15, 2015, Great Sand Dunes Volunteer Work Day contact Volunteer Coordinator, Eric Valencia, at eric_valencia@nps.gov or call 719-378-6349 for more information about volunteering. To learn more about Great Sand Dunes, visit www.nps.gov/grsa.

ALMA

The Alamosa Live Music Association presents Blue Canyon Boys at Sundays at Six, Aug 16th at 6 p.m. in Cole Park, Alamosa. The Blue Canyon Boys are one of Colorado’s most celebrated bluegrass acts and are known for their energetic live shows. ALMA “Builds Community through Quality Live Music.” For more information like on Facebook or go to www.almaonline.org.

Q&A Over Methadone Clinic To Be Held

There will be a community meeting to learn and ask questions about the new Methadone Clinic and Heroin Detox Unit, which is coming to the South Side of Alamosa in the next month. Meeting will be held at the SLV Baptist Church (10th & State) on Thursday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. Representatives from Crossroads Turning Point will give a presentation then answer questions in a moderated Question & Answer session.

Tire Collection Day Plus School Supply Drive

Come help support your local schools and clean up the blight within your community. Waste tires can attract and harbor rodents and mosquitoes, both of which carry diseases that can harm humans. Bring your old tires on Saturday, August 15th, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at locations:
• San Luis Valley Regional Landfill, 1600 County Road 44, Monte Vista, CO 81144
• Alamosa County Road and Bridge, 8663 County Road 109 S, Alamosa, CO 81101            All tires will be accepted, but they must be off the rim. No commercial tire haulers will be accepted. The fee is just $1.00 per tire plus a donation of school supplies, which will then be distributed to schools throughout the San Luis Valley. You may donate glue sticks, bottle of glue, box of crayons, #2 pencils, colored pencils, pens, dry erase markers, highlighters, scissors, folders, loose leaf paper, binders, notebooks, Kleenex, backpacks, and/or money donation accepted to the school of your choice. This event is sponsored by San Luis Valley Regional Land Fill, Alamosa County Land Use, Alamosa County Public Health Department, and Alamosa County Road and Bridge. For more information call 719-852-3810 or 719-589-3812.

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