Vol. 138, No. 109
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  1. 1. 50Cents trinidad Colorado ~ Vol. 138, No. 109 Monday June2,2014 JUNE 2 ~SPBC Fire District MONDAY (9 a.m.) The Spanish Peaks/Bon Carbo Fire Protection Dis- trict Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at the Century Financial Group Building, 109 W. Main St. Information: Dana Phillips, 719-846-2080. ~Planning Commission MONDAY (1 p.m.) Las Animas Coun- ty Planning and Land Use Office com- missioners’ meeting at the County Court House, 200 E. First St., Room 201. Infor- mation: 719-845-2561. Today’s Quote “The first step in achieving prosperity and wealth is learning to appreciate what you already have.” ~S. Richardson JUNE 3 ~Las Animas County TUESDAY (9 a.m.) Board of County Commissioners meeting is in the Las Animas Courthouse, 200 E. First St., Room 201. Information: 719-845-2568. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Gary Hill (719-845-2595), Mack Louden (719-845- 2592), and Anthony Abeyta (719-846- 9300). ~Trinidad City Council TUESDAY (7 p.m.) Regular session, Council Chambers, City Hall, 135 N. Ani- mas St. Information: Audra Garrett, 719- 846-9843. PUBLIC SERVICE ~2014 ARTOCADE CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: Any- one interested in participating in the Sep- tember ArtoCade please contact Rodney Wood at 719-334-0087 or artcarfun@ yahoo.com. ~Creative District Meeting WEDNESDAY (5:30-7 p.m.) The public is invited to attend the downtown Creative District’s event rollout for sum- mer in the Pioneer Room at Trinidad State Junior College. Information: 719- 846-4765. ~Annual Book Sale FRIDAY (8 a.m.-2 p.m.) Mount San Rafael Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Book Sale fundraiser will be in the lobby of the hospital, 410 Benedicta Ave. Information: Sylvia Lackey, 719-846-6497. ~Community Blood Drive FRIDAY (Noon-4 p.m.) Help save a life! Bonfils Blood Drive will be held in the Pioneer Room at Trinidad State Junior College, 600 Prospect St. Sign-up and information: Bonfils Appointment Center, 800-365-0006 or www.bonfils.org. ~FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE! JUNE 6, JUNE 13 & JUNE 27 (7- 10 p.m.) Kids from 13-18 can join in the fun at the Mt. Carmel Community Center for music, dancing, snacks, games and more. Event is free (parents/guardian must sign in and out for 13 – 17 year old teens). Sponsored by TSJC and local merchants. Facebook info: https://www. facebook.com/#!/pages/Friday-Night- Live/1448564638717198. ~Calling all Volunteers JUNE 7 – Anyone who wants to be a server at the Honor Flight Banquet for the Las Animas County Veterans to be held at Mt. Carmel Community Center, please call Chris Huffman at The First National Bank, 719-846-9881 ext. 3107. ~Stonewall Fishing Tournament JUNE 7 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) Join in the fun at the 18th Annual Stonewall Fire Aux- iliary’s Fishing Tournament at Monument Lake. Registration and information: www. stonewallfireauxitiary.com. ~Town Hall Meeting JUNE 10 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) The pub- lic is encouraged to attend an informal “come and go” discussion meeting “Con- versations with the Trinidad City Council” that will be held in the Pioneer Room at Trinidad State Junior College. Council will take questions. Information: Audra Gar- rett, 719-846-9843 ext. 135. ~ Books & More The Carnegie Library’s bookstore is located at 132 N. Commercial St. All pro- ceeds benefit the public library. (Open noon-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday.) Vol- unteer information and book donations: 719-846-8522. ~SUICIDE/CRISIS HOTLINES: *ADULT HOPE: 800-784-2433 *TEEN: 877-968-8454 *GLB-YOUTH: 866-488-7386 *VET-2-VET: 877-838-2838 “When the world says, ‘Give up!’ Hope says, ‘Not today!” ~Unknown ~ ABUSE HOTLINES: *Domestic Abuse Hotline: In Trini- dad call 719-846-6665 (24-hours a day). National Hotline call: 1-800-790-SAFE (7233). *Animal Abuse: Do your part and help put a stop to animal cruelty. Report animal abuse and dog/cock fighting at Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line: 720- 913-7867. theFinePrint WeatherWatChMonday: Sunny, with a high near 86. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the morn- ing. Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55. SW wind around 10 mph. Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 92. Breezy, with a W-SW wind 10 to 15 mph in- creasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Breezy, with a W-SW wind 15 to 20 mph de- creasing to 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the morning. Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. SW wind 10 to 15 mph becoming NW after midnight. Thursday: A 10 percent chance of show- ers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. NW wind 10 to 15 mph becom- ing SE in the afternoon. Night: A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. riverCallPurgatoire River Call as of: 05/30/14. Enlarged South Side: Priority #73 / Appropriation date: 11/01/1875. Trinidad Reservoir Accounting: Release 352.71 AF Inflow 341.67 AF -- 172.25 CFS Evaporation 4.96 AF Content 13,873 AF Elevation 6,173.79 Precipitation 0 Downstream River Call / High- land Canal: 04/01/1884. theChroniCleneWsCOMMUNITY-MINDED COLLABORATION New art gallery opens with charitable purpose By Steve Block A collaboration between two close friends has resulted in the opening of L and L Fine Arts Gal- lery, located at 149 E. Main St., across from the Mitchell Muse- um. Lisa Edding and Lucky Mur- phy opened the nonprofit gallery to raise funds for local people who struggle to pay for gas, food and lodging during trips to Denver to receive medical treatments. The gallery features the art- works of some of the area’s best-known art- ists, including Paula Little, Frank LaLu- mia, Cindy Montoya, Alan and Lois Pe- tersen, Sheighla Hartman and others. The gal- lery receives approximately a 30-percent commission on sales, and after meeting expens- es such as rent, insurance and utilities, the remaining money will go to support the Community Chest, a new nonprofit charitable organization founded by Edding that will distribute the funds to people going back and forth to Denver for medical reasons. Mur- phy has 40 years of experience as an art framer and will do framing at reasonable prices in the back of the gallery. The two of them were work- ing hard to get ready for Friday’s opening, which coincided with the first summer Art Trek, when Edding explained the reasons why she and Murphy decided to open the gallery. “It’s a nonprof- it community gallery,” Edding said. “I’m a caregiver. I lost my grandmother to cancer. I bathed her and cleaned her until her very last day. So it’s become a big passion of mine to seek a cure. I’m currently co-chair of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, and I’ve been i n v o l v e d on their Re- lay for Life for several years now. I’ve been lis- tening to the people, big and small, community b u s i n e s s owners, and there is a de- sire, in fact, a screaming shout out for people to keep their money here in this coun- ty. My pas- sion is still geared toward cancer. It’s just that there are bigger cities and towns that can raise that money to go to that cure. But our coun- ty’s population is so small, and it’s the people that are giving these monies, and we have, just in this county, a lot of people who are suffering or are touched by cancer. There were 86 people here in Trinidad, I believe, who were diagnosed with cancer last year.” Edding said she’d been hear- ing plenty of stories from people who were struggling to come up with money for gas, food and lodging when scheduling trips to and from Denver for medical ap- pointments. She said the Commu- nity Chest nonprofit’s board of directors consisted of Christine Duran, Bernadette Mattorano, herself and Pam Cordova, whose son Josh is now cancer-free af- ter taking many medical trips to Denver. Murphy said the artists would establish their own prices for their artworks. He said there’s a real need for inexpensive pic- ture framing in Trinidad, and he aims to fill the bill by selling dis- counted moldings and offering a reasonable price structure. The profits from his framing business will go to support the Community Chest, he said, adding that he is thoroughly convinced of the need to provide financial help to people suffering from cancer. Murphy said, “It’s a hardship to have to go to Denver for che- motherapy treatments, and pay for gas, lodging and meals. We’re both fundraisers, and we came up with this idea of using the profits from this gallery to support the Community Chest. It also pro- vides a new venue for some of our local artists to display and sell their artworks. It adds to our lo- cal arts community and it has a good purpose.” Photos by Steve Block / The Chronicle-News Lucky Murphy and Lisa Edding work last Thursday to prepare for the opening of L and L Fine Arts Gallery at 149 E. Main St. NEW DOWNTOWN BUSINESS Natural Scent-Sations to offer unique bath products By Steve Block A long soak in a warm bubble bath is always a pleasure, and very soon a new business in Trinidad will cater to people who love to take baths. Natural Scent- Sations will open for business at noon on Friday, June 6 at 115 N. Commercial St., with the smil- ing face of store manager Tammy Hammond waiting to greet cus- tomers. Hammond, a 2014 graduate of Hoehne High School, and her mom, Cindy Hammond, are open- ing the store as a way to promote their line of fine bath products, while providing a method for Tammy to make some money as she attends classes in the nursing program at Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC). Tammy said she and several of her friends had been struggling to find jobs in the area, and she hopes, if the store is successful, to be able to hire one or two more college students who are looking for a way to defray their expenses. Natural Scent-Sations will sell bath soaps, bath gels, bath bombs and bath fizzies that foam up in the bathtub. Various fragrant exfoliants will also be offered. Ex- foliation is the process by which people help the skin-regeneration process along by removing dead skin cells and making way for new ones, according to the web- site . “We make everything our- selves,” Cindy said. “The soap that you see in the glass cases behind the counter is aging right now, and every one has a due date. We thought we’d do it like a baby nursery, and promote each kind of soap with its due date posted.” About joining Trinidad’s downtown business community, Tammy said, “I’m really pretty excited, actually. Hopefully, it takes off and we’ll be able to do everything we can to help with my college, and with my rent and everything.” The store will be open from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Cindy said the hours of operation would de- pend on the amount of foot traffic that comes through the door. The Hammonds will also have their products for sale at the Farmers Markets in Trinidad and La Veta during the summer months. The Hammonds began mak- ing bath products six months ago and have found them to be very popular with their family and friends. “There are so many dif- ferent kinds,” Cindy said. “There are glycerin-based and coconut- based, and the ones we’ll be doing in the nursery are actually lye-pro- cessed soaps that are completely natural. They’re made with lye the old-fashioned way, like the way your grand- mother used to make soap. None of our products have any of the nasty chemicals or preservatives. They’ll have a shorter shelf life, but they’re com- pletely natural.” The Ham- monds use molds to fashion their bath cookies and make soap cakes in the form of popsicles. Cindy said she also wants to host baby showers fea- turing Natural Scent-Sations products. The business is located on the ground floor of the historic Co- lumbian Hotel, which was built in 1879, and Cindy said she had enjoyed researching the history of previous businesses at the lo- cation. Legendary gunslinger Doc Holliday was said to have gambled in the basement directly below the store, which served for many years as a tobacco and candy shop. Dark brown ci- gar burns are still visible on the ledges of the display cas- es behind the counters. The smell of stale tobacco that was prevalent back in those Wild West days would have been quite a contrast with the fragrant aromas of the bath products that were being put on the shelves of the new Natural Scent-Sations store. “There are so many beautiful fragrances found in all of these soaps,” Cindy said. “We really feel that it’s the scent that sells.” Owner photo by Steve Block / Product photos by Bruce Leonard / The Chronicle-News Natural Scent-Sations will open its doors at noon on Friday, June 6 at 115 N. Commercial St. Tammy Hammond will be running the new bath-products store.